Janet K Johnson is an award winning author, speaker, pastor, and mentor in spiritual formation. Her passion is helping others draw closer to God in all of life’s situations. She finds joy in the “little things” of life and knows it is God’s love that has sustained her on her life’s journey. Janet is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a Board member for Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, and an active member of the Blue Ridge Walk to Emmaus. She and her husband of over fifty years, Richard, live near Asheville, NC along with their much loved dog, Daisy. Janet especially enjoys time spent with their grown children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren
Formational in Janet's growing deeper in love with God, was her journey in grief. In addition to the loss of her parents and several close friends, Janet and Richard lost a son in a car accident. Additionally, Janet’s brother was murdered and her brother-in-law committed suicide. Through the pain and grief that accompanied these tragedies, 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."
She and her husband, Richard (a 30-year veteran of the Air Force), and their four children, experienced living in many areas due to frequent military moves. Each move brought excitement and new adventures, including new schools and friends, but it also brought the pain of leaving friends and family behind. Janet leaned on God as her strength and comfort through the many transitions. Now retired, she writes, speaks, helps others draw strength from God through Spiritual formation, draws joy from the love of God, and ministers in the power of God's Holy Spirit.
Most Requested Topics
The Crooked Journey
Dreams. Hopes. Plans. One day life is going well; the next it is turned upside down by tragedy or loss. Grief can come into our lives like a thief in the night and along with it many unexpected emotions. While acknowledging the journey of grief is different for each person, the audience will focus on God’s love and faithfulness even on the most difficult days. In addition to examining the different stages of grief, participants will focus on God’s promises to believers and God’s involvement in their lives. They will find God's desire to bring each person into His joy which then begins a shift in how they live their lives. Participants will leave with new expectations of what their future hopes may be and be encouraged to live a joy-filled future. Yes! There is joy to be found amid grief!
The Bright Side of Darkness-Letters from God
One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy but how many of us truly live in it? I’m speaking about real joy-joy that cannot be stolen by life’s circumstances! Even amid our struggles with broken relationships, tragedies, or losses, God wants to provide for us in ways we might not imagine. Participants discover how to recognize and avoid pitfalls that prevent them from living in joy while being encouraged to cling to God’s promises and future hope because they have the “joy, joy, joy, joy, down in their hearts!”
The Unexpected Gift
Not all holiday gifts are found under the tree! When life has taken away our joy, special times become difficult to celebrate and often we miss gifts from God in our midst. During this presentation, participants discover practical and spiritual ways to shift their focus from grief to honoring and celebrating what once was. Grief is a journey but it can be accompanied by God’s love, future hope, and finding joy in God’s promises. This can be a hands-on experience, if desired, making it very personal and transformational.
Why Did You Kick the Dog?
Children often have a hard time understanding the feelings they have. This is especially true when they have lost someone or something they loved. Helping children navigate their emotions means we must understand how their emotions take on different ways of expressing themselves. There may be issues of anger, regression, clinginess, isolation, and even times of kicking the dog because they just don't know what to do. Janet shares age-level behaviors associated with grief and suggestions on how to help.