The following list of Janet’s speaking themes are divided into three sections:
Retreats & Conferences (with multiple sessions); One-session events; workshops.
Themes for Retreats & Conferences
Weekend in the Psalms (4 sessions)
We love the Psalms—it’s like no other book! The psalmist says things we want to say, and asks questions we want to ask, “Lord, why do you stand so far away?” Although we have our favorites, most of the psalms confuse us. We read them with a 21st century lens and we miss the beauty and the meaning. My goal for this weekend is to teach you about the Psalms so that you’ll get more out of reading them, to give you insight into Hebrew poetry that will open up the meaning, and to present four different psalms from four categories so you can see the richness and variety of the book. You will never read the Psalms the same way again.
Connecting with the Heart of God (3 sessions)
Psalm 139, cherished for centuries, announces, “God weaved you and knows you”. He hears your un-whispered thoughts, sees the hidden caverns of your soul, and knows the dreams that keep you up at night. But this relationship was never intended to be one-sided. God wants you to know Him — that’s why he gave you his Word. This retreat will cover both sides of the relationship between you and God, and show you from Scripture how you can connect with God’s heart. Discussion Group Questions are available.
Finding Hope in a World of Hurt (3 sessions)
Suffering, the universal common denominator, gives no exemption for believers. The hope that most people look for is the removal of pain and hurt but that is not the hope we find in Scripture. From a backdrop of chronic pain, Janet teaches from 1st Peter the living hope that comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Peter wants to change the nature of our hope and help us find purpose in the midst of our pain so that we can move forward in our suffering. Discussion Group Questions & Personal Reflection Questions are available.
An Invitation to Rest (4 sessions)
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus called out the weary and the burdened and promised them rest for their souls. Then he spelled out the conditions: come to me, take my yoke, learn from me. To a 21st century audience nothing in that list sounds like rest. To be honest, we’d rather have a vacation in Myrtle Beach. And so we plod along, with restless hearts and worn out souls … while Jesus waits, invitation in hand. Discussion Group Questions are available.
Catch The Wind: Harnessing the Power of God Within (3 sessions)
This retreat was designed for a Women’s Ministry Leadership Team. The key to winning a sailboat race is knowing how to harness the wind, and executing that knowledge in a set time frame. God created us to be like sailboats, powered by the wind of His Spirit. We often avoid the topic of the Holy Spirit because of its controversial nature, but we do this to our own peril. We end up functioning more like a row boat instead of catching the wind. The apostle Paul prays that we will know the incomparably great power for us who believe. Our purpose for this retreat is that we will know the power of God available to us, so that we can accomplish our purpose on earth. Our key text is Colossians 1:28-29.
Psalm 1 Revisited (3 sessions)
This is an interactive conference with small groups at tables discussing today’s current topics. The purpose is to teach you how to think biblically. We will cover scenarios that are not in the Bible and walk through how to process new situations. Our text will be Psalm One. There’s never been a more relevant message for the 21st century. This psalm recognizes the tension of living in a culture that is alienated from God, and tells how to thrive in that environment. The solution to our complex lives is not to “find a verse” that answers our questions. The Bible doesn’t cover every situation we encounter—it was never meant to. God’s plan was that we would learn to think biblically so that we can live biblically.
Themes for One-Session Events
Dust on my Heart – Janet’s Story
At age 35, Janet considered herself a sincere and dedicated Christian… but dust was accumulating on her heart. She shares her inspirational journey of going deep into God’s Word and the transformation that has come from memorizing over 15 books of the Bible. Dust is unavoidable but we can clear the dust away, and keep it from piling on.
Extravagant Love – Mark 14:3-9
Onlookers were appalled when a woman poured expensive perfume on Jesus. Even more shocking was Jesus response. He said that her beautiful deed would be told throughout the world wherever the gospel was preached. What was it about this woman’s lavish deed that made Jesus want everyone to know about it?
Under His Wings: The Story of Ruth
An ancient story of hope despite bitterness, redemption after loss, and finding security under the wings of a redeemer. Ruth, a foreigner with no claim to God’s mercy, secures her place in history through her bold choices, and we see why this story matters today. Contact Janet to listen to this message.
You have never before heard all ten chapters of Esther recited from memory in storybook fashion. More than a royal beauty pageant, this story of risk and reward, humor and heroism, answers questions we didn’t ask, and shows us truth we might have missed.
An Intimate Conversation – John 13-17
On their final evening together, Jesus comforts his confused disciples, answers their honest questions, and teaches his most poignant lessons about the believers’ life and lifeline.
The Treasure & The Sword – a Christmas message, Luke 1-2
The events surrounding the birth of Jesus caused Mary to “treasure up all these things and ponder them in her heart.” Mixed in was a prophecy that “a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Like Mary, our lives are a mixture of treasured events and a piercing sword that deflates our future dreams. We find hope in Mary’s story because we are told in God’s Word what she was never told. And… we see that her sword became our treasure. Contact Janet to listen to this message.
Growing Like a Weed? — MOPS message
If we look up weed in the dictionary we realize that this is not what we want for our children. The alternative for Christian parents is to produce deeply rooted plants that develop into healthy thriving members of God’s family. Janet provides an abundance of resources and encouragement for the spiritual development of children.
Staying Spiritually Refreshed as a Mom — MOPS message
The exhaustion of motherhood keeps many moms dry, depleted and guilt-ridden. The temptation to postpone her own spiritual well-being looms large in every pre-school home. Janet gives biblical and practical suggestions from Psalm 19 to revive your weary soul.
Get More out of your Bible (Three 1-hour sessions) or (One 1-hour session covering only a passage from the gospels)
In a hands-on workshop format, step-by-step guidelines teach you how to study the Bible for yourself. In three sessions you will learn how to study:
-a passage from the gospels
-Old Testament wisdom literature – Proverbs
-a New Testament letter
-Old Testament prophets
Bible Interpretation: How Can I Know what it Means? (1 hour session)
In this jam-packed session I will:
-explain the main causes of misinterpreting the text
-walk through ten guidelines for correct interpretation
-present a good model for interpreting scripture.
With multiple examples you will see how the meaning of Scripture opens up when you know what to look for.
His Word in My Heart: Memorizing Scripture (45 minutes)
This workshop proposes something different than memorizing scattered verses. Rather, the focus will be on getting to know God and His Word through memorizing sequential verses in their context, achieving a more accurate and complete picture of who God is. You will be amazed at how simple this method is as you incorporate scripture memory into your daily routines. The ultimate goal is not to memorize the bible but to walk closely with God.