Grief is Hard But Hope and Joy are Possible

Janet K Johnson is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor, and mentor in spiritual formation. Formational in Janet's growing deeper in love with God, was her journey in grief. Janet found God’s unending love permeating each situation bringing healing, inner peace, and joy into each day. Her life passage of scripture is from Nehemiah 6:8, “The joy of the Lord is my strength."

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“When Janet takes the stage, joy fills the room. She brings deep understanding of God’s word into the toughest subjects-grief and loss-because she has walked the hardest roads. I highly recommend Janet as the speaker for you next event.”

Karen Porter

Professional coach of speakers and writers, author of eight books, and entrepreneur

“Jan Johnson is a wealth of wisdom on navigating grief. She’s been through more traumatic loss than anyone I know, and God is using all of it to instill joy and hope in others. Jan empowers the hurting with biblical, strategic, and practical answers for the lament that aches within.” 

Athena Dean Holtz

Podcaster, pastor’s wife, and spiritual abuse survivor
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Janet Johnson

Joy on the Journey!

Welcome to my website! Over the years, my journey has taken me along many paths and I am so grateful for each one. Like many of you, I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Moving many times with my now retired husband, I have seen most of the United States. With each move came a variety of new jobs including being a social worker, a Home-School Coordinator, a psychologist's assistant, and a second and third-grade teacher. It was amid the joy of teaching that God called me into full time ministry where I served both large and small congregations for over twenty five years. My life has had many ups and downs, tragedies, losses and joys which I now share as I write.

I invite you to join with me on this continuing journey of life, its many struggles, and the very difficult journey of loss and grief. My focus is sharing life, knowing God is always present, and joins us wherever we are on our journey. I will talk about grief and loss, joy, and celebrating our loved ones. Your comments are welcome and I look forward to getting to know you in this virtual world in which we live.