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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dear God, They Say It's Cancer--Again--the Dreaded Recurrence

Sorry about that last post...it got away from me before I could write anything.



I just learned that I have a recurrence of my breast cancer after six years. These are of course words no survivor wants to hear. I am still awaiting the results of a MRI to make my final treatment decision.



I never expected to be using my own book, Dear God, They Say It's Cancer, but sadly I am. But I can't tell you what a blessing it has been to me. It is everything I had hoped it would be and this time my husband is reading it too!



If you would like to stay updated on my progress, my husband has started a website at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/janetthompson.



I value your prayers!

Merry Christmas to you all,

Janet

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Let's Chat

I mentioned in the November edition of my online newsletter that I receive numerous requests from churches who want to talk to other churches who have Woman to Woman Mentoring. But I have no way of knowing who those churches are since they don't contact me when they start the ministry.



So I thought we could use my blog for you to talk to each other and ask your questions. So fire away!



Also some of you are wanting to know how to start Breast Cancer Support groups, and you too could talk to each other here.



For guidelines in starting Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter Support groups go to http://www.prayingforyourprodigaldaughter.com/

So grab a cup of coffee or tea and let's chat!

Friday, October 17, 2008

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH


October is the month that the nation focuses on finding a cure for breast cancer and many of you, like me, have walked or run for the cure.

When I had breast cancer, I was very sensitive to how uncomfortable some people are around someone with cancer. Even those closest to us can feel awkward at times and often end up saying or doing something that can be hurtful instead of helpful. They don't mean to...they just don't know what to say.

So in my book Dear God, They Say It's Cancer, I have a chapter on Dos and Don'ts that includes "The Top Thirteen Things to Do or Say and NOT to Do or Say to Someone with Breast Cancer," which you can find on my website
http://www.womantowomanmentoring.com/cancersite/links.html.



If you are a woman over 40, please have your annual mammogram and if you are under 40 with breast cancer in your immediate family, talk to your doctor about having a mammogram now. Digital mammography located my cancer, and I encourage you to find a facility that offers this type of exam.


If you know a woman who is a survivor or newly diagnosed, I wrote my book Dear God, They Say It's Cancer for her, and it would make a great gift that she would appreciate. Often I find that women will not buy gifts for themselves. That's what friends are for.

October is the month to think pink and remember to take preventative measures: self breast exams, mammograms, exercise, eat healthy, enjoy life.

Woman to Woman Mentoring Web Training






Recently, I have received inquires as to how you can receive training in Woman to Woman Mentoring if you do not live near a training I am conducting.
On LifeWay's website you can purchase, for a very small fee, a training course that I recorded live in their studios. Go to www.lifeway.com Training Online How to start a Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry in your church Woman to Woman Mentoring By Janet Thompson.
Here is a LifeWay description that explains what you will find there:

Have you heard about spiritual mentoring and know it would benefit the women in your church but didn't know how to implement a mentoring ministry? Join us for the online training where author and speaker Janet Thompson will walk you through the steps that she outlines in her LifeWay resource Woman to Woman Mentoring How To Start, Grow, and Maintain a Mentoring Ministry.

Participants can access it by clicking the "add to cart" button and purchasing through the online catalog at http://www.lifeway.com/.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Here is a picture of my son in law and new baby Sienna. I'm still trying to get the family picture to download...sorry about that.
Next month my husband and I take off for an adventure to Montana and Idaho. If you know of fun places there to see and visit please let me know. We are looking at a possible retirement spot near water, mountains and a cabin setting. Any ideas?
I'm on a 2 book deadline so have to get back to writing. Hope you are having a great summer...mine has flown by.
Blessings, Janet
PS I will be speaking for LifeWay at Max Lucado's church in San Antonio Aug 22-23. If you would like to come go to www.lifeway.com and go to women's events and Fully Loaded. I'll be teaching on Woman to Woman Mentoring and The Team That Jesus Built.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Here is the sweet family

Sorry the picture did not attach to the last post. Here it is:)
Janet

New Addition to the Family

I am happy to announce that my once infertile and former prodigal daughter just had a beautiful baby girl on July 1. I went to Boise to visit and am now in Orlando at ICRS and back to Boise today for 10 days to enjoy her sweet family.



There is much interest in my future book Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby? and possibly an infertility Bible study. If any of you would like to share your story of waiting on God to expand your family, I would love to receive it. Just write from your heart and you can send it to me as an email attachment. Don't worry about grammar or writing perfectly. I will be editing it for you and using it where it fits into the book or Bible study.



I look forward to hearing from many of you. Also if you would like to receiving my monthly newsletter, just go to my website at http://www.womantowomanmentoring.com/ and sign up. It's FREE.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Three Book Trailers on Godtube.com

If you would like to see me talking about my three books you can visit Godtube.com or Youtube.com and type in Janet Thompson.
There are three videos posted:

Woman to Woman Mentoring

Dear God, They Say It's Cancer A Companion Guide for Women on the Breast Cancer Journey

Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter Hope, Help & Encouragement for Hurting Parents

I would love to hear your comments.
Enjoy!

Monday, May 12, 2008

What Does It Mean To Die to Yourself?

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he (Jesus) said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? Mark 8:34-37


Over ten years ago, I asked my husband to pray over me that I would die to myself. What a process that has been but what a glorious journey. At the time I saw too much of “me” in everything I did, and I wanted to see Christ in all I did. I have come a long way, but there is still much dying to self to do.

If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, could it be that you are trying to hold onto your old life while you put on your new life in Christ? That will never work. I can tell you from personal experience.

Let me give you a visual: I once heard a couple interviewed on Oprah. It was a second marriage for the husband and wife, and the wife raved about what a wonderful husband he was and that she never knew a man like this existed. Oprah asked the husband what he did to make his wife so happy and he said, “I died to myself.” Oprah did not understand what he meant, and questioned something to the effect of: You died? How could you die, you’re still here? The husband tried to explain, but Oprah didn’t get it. But I immediately knew what he was talking about. This was a Christian couple, who understood Mark 8:34-37. This is such an important concept that it is repeated in Matthew 16:24-26 (which Beth Moore spoke on at the Colorado Springs Living Proof) and Luke 9:23-25.


I would love to hear your comments on what it means to you to die to yourself and live in Christ.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Free Book Opportunity

FREE BOOK OPPORTUNITY!
PARTICIPATE IN A LIVE INTERVIEW WITH JANET!
May 8, 2008. 12:00 noon CST, 1 p.m. ET, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT

Host, Amy Hagberg, will chat with Janet about her faith and her new book Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter.
The 60-minute show airs live. Callers are welcome to join the conversation and ask questions during the show by calling (347) 324-5425. You can also listen online by visiting http://www.blogtalkradio.com/godunplugged and participate in the chat room and ask questions. To join the conversation via chat, however, you'll need to register (it's free and easy).
Can't join us live, DON'T WORRY! You can listen any time by visiting the archives. Read more about the host and the discussion on Amy's website, www.HesReal.com.

There will be a drawing during the interview on May 8th for a free copy of Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter, so be sure to call or log in and participate. Janet would love to chat with you.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Praying Scripture is Praying God's Will

Have you ever wondered what God's will was for your life or your children's life? Wondered what to pray? Well I have found that personalizing God's Word and praying it back to Him is one way to assure myself that I am praying with a pure heart.


Personalizing scripture is simply putting in names and pronouns. For example: "Lord, I pray that You will guard my daughter_____'s heart above all else, for it determines the course of her life (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)." In my book Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter, I have a section titled "Forty Days of Praying Scripture for Your Daughter," which is simply personalized scriptures for the parents to insert their daughter's name into and pray.


Three parents in our Hope for Parents of Prodigal Daughters Support Group had a breakthrough with their daughter after only praying scripture for three weeks. One daughter even was saved!!


Another parent wrote me: "Praying for our daughter has made her become more touchable to me through prayer than any other experience I tried to make happen. Our daughter has been separated from our family for 16 years...Praying Scripture has given me new insight into God's Word and into my own heart, and becoming more real, and seeing our daughter as God sees her and intends her to be and become."


If you haven't prayed scripture before, try it this week in you quiet time with the Lord. If you have questions, just leave a comment and I'll try to answer them.


Prayer works because we are partnering with God.

About His Work,
Janet

Monday, April 7, 2008

Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter is for Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Legal Guardians, Mentors, Friends of Prodigals

I have received many emails from parents, and recently a grandmother wrote me that she is raising three of her daughter’s children. I speak to these grandparents in the book, and I know there are many of you out there who find yourself raising your children’s children. I know you are using the book to pray for your daughter or son, but also be praying for your precious grandchildren exposed to the sins of their parents. How blessed these grandchildren are to have grandparents, who in their golden years, are providing love and shelter to the next generation. Here is a line from this precious grandmother who contacted me: “Please pray for my daughter because I want my child to be in heaven with me.”

The fear of not seeing my daughter, Kim, in heaven is what kept me on my knees diligently and persistently praying for her salvation. If you have a daughter or son who is keeping you on your knees—don’t give up. Remember he or she is not the enemy, Satan is, and the only proven way to fight Satan is with the Word of God—Scripture.

So learn to pray scripture for your child or grandchild or niece or nephew or friend... It is simply personalizing scriptures that speak to you. If any of you have prayed like this before, please share your experience. Praying God's Word back to Him is what kept me praying God's will and not my own for my daughter.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby?



No, that is not my desperate cry, but it is the cry of many women who struggle with infertility, and it is also the title of my next book. This week I leave for Mount Hermon Writer's Conference where I will be sharing my proposal for this book.

Two of my daughters have struggled with infertility, and they also share their story in the book. I know there is a void in the Christian market for books that give these "Parents-in-waiting" as I call them....hope, solace, and encouragement from others and from the Lord.

If you are a "Parent-in-Waiting" and would like to share your story in the book, please let me know. Or even if you don't want to share the story, tell me if there were any books that helped you or what you would like to see in a book. I would love to have your comments.

I also share with you here a marquee that greeted me when I was in Idaho earlier this month doing book signings with my daughter Kim for Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter. I don't think I have EVER had such a greeting. Kim also struggled with infertility and will be sharing her story in the new book. She and her husband adopted my precious grandson Brandon and then she became pregnant with Katelyn who was born nine months later and now she is pregnant again....you just never know what God has planned. Here also is a picture of these two little cherubs.

I look forward to hearing from you on this topic.
Blessings, Janet

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sunny California Day


Last Saturday I had the pleasure of doing a book signing on Balboa Peninsula which is just a couple blocks from the beach. It was such a beautiful day in February that the bookstore set me up out on the sidewalk to talk to people as they strolled by walking dogs and pushing baby carriages. My best friend joined me and here is a picture of us together.

The motorcycle in the back pulled up while we were sitting there and a young man and his little grey haired mother got off the bike. It was not a common site and I made the comment to her that a mother's got to do what she's got to do to spend time with her son. And she said "You've got it absolutely right!" My friend then said that she hoped when her son was that age he would be driving her around in a convertible but she would still be wearing a crash helmet too!

It was a fun day people watching and signing a few books. Enjoy

Monday, February 11, 2008

God-Incidences at Book Signings


This past weekend I had my first book signings for Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter. What a blessing it was to be able to talk to parents who are searching for help...often so desperate. There were a few tears and lots of hugs as they shared their stories. Many commented that it was a devine appointment that brought them into the store.


I also had my previous book Dear God, They Say It's Cancer on the book table and one woman came up to me and said her mother had just brought her my book from Boston, and here we both were in a bookstore together in Orange County California and this woman lived in San Diego!


We immediately hit it off talking both as breast cancer sisters and sisters in Christ. We exchanged contact information and you will see in this blog the picture of my new friend, Christine. We were in a mall at a Barnes & Noble not even living near each other, but God orchestrated our meeting. I love those "ah ha" moments with God, don't you? I would love to hear some of the God-incidences you have had in your life. Write and share some with us.
About His Work,
Janet

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hope Offered for Parents of Wayward Daughters

I am excited to announce the release on 1/29/08 of my new book Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter Hope, Help, & Encouragement for Hurting Parents (Howard Books a div of Simon & Schuster). I was one of those hurting parents myself and share from my own experience of praying a prodigal home. My daughter also tells her story along with other mothers and daughters who candidly share their stories.

One of my visions for the book is that it would be a tool to start Hope for Parents of Prodigal Daughters Support Groups. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter and a chapter on how to start a group.

My husband and I are starting a group in Orange County, CA. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining our group or starting one, please feel free to contact me at ahw@sbcglobal.net.If anyone lives in Orange County California or Boise, Idaho I will be doing book signings and in Boise my "former prodigal" daughter will join me.

For more informatoin on the book and the book tour go to http://www.prayingforyourprodigaldaughter.com/. I guess you can tell I am excited about this book and in anticipation of all that God might do through it. There is nothing more painful than watching your child self-destruct and nothing more joyful than watching her return to you and to the Lord