If you have read the blog in the past, or perhaps you are finding it for the first time today. Welcome! My name is Jana Bishop. My husband and I were in ministry for 17 years. We served in big churches, small churches. Healthy churches and abusive churches. And one thing is for sure, the abusive church experience stayed with us for years. Long after we left. And that's why I started this blog. I'm not an expert. I'm just a girl with a story to tell. My hope is that if you are reading this because you too, have felt like damaged goods, you will see some similarities in my story and know that you are not alone.
I am so excited to present a guest post to you today from a good friend and man who Barry and I greatly respect. He is an author, teacher and has made a tremendous impact on our lives over the last two years. I read his book last year and tears hit each page as [...]
I am Afraid...but I don't want to be... Recently I logged on to Anne Jackson's blog and read an old post titled "Are You Afraid to be Amazing?" Anne's blog is wonderful and if you would like to check it out, you can click here. Here's the excerpt from Anne's post that got my attention: I wish I had [...]
A friend of mine is an AMAZING artist and she just posted this painting on Facebook today. Once I saw it, I knew I needed to share it with everyone...especially those that are hurting. All of her work is inspiring because she has used painting as an avenue of healing in her own life. Feel free to [...]
This post will go deep very quickly...hang on folks. 🙂 I sat teary eyed last week, talking about my blog. I realize between my last post and this one...you all probably think I'm just a mess. Well, I'll help you out. I am and I'm not afraid to admit it. I have issues too...just putting [...]
Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about my blog. As some of you know I started a page on my blog titled My Story. It recalls the time that Barry and I spent on a church staff years ago. That was a very difficult time in our life, marriage and ministry. We whole heartedly [...]
Have you ever had to take inventory of your life? Ugh, it's such a pain in the butt. I know none of us are perfect, and it certainly makes it difficult when we begin the process of sifting through old habits, hurts, mentalities and actions. It seems like all the bad stuff just suddenly emerges [...]
I gently caressed Rowan's little face while he slept in my arms. He was so young, yet he had already brought such incredible joy to our lives. I caught a glimpse of Barry sleeping as he reclined his head back against the wall. We were so tired. We knew to expect weariness, but I don't think either of us [...]