Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine based in Missouri. She writes novels for young adults, is the author of the Wordsmith creative writing series, and reviews books at RedeemedReader.com. Follow Janie on Twitter @jbcheaney.

To a young mother

| Don't try to change him; look instead to Him
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 5/13/06, 12:00 am

Let me guess: Ten years ago, you never expected to be where you are today. If you could have looked down the corridors of time and seen yourself with a thoughtless husband and screaming kids and a mortgage on a house filled with days too much alike-well, you might have croaked in your youthful bloom. But that's not the point. Where you are at age 29 depends mostly on circumstance. Where you are at 39 depends mostly on character.

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Walking on air

| The world can't see it, but the web beneath a Christian is stronger than steel
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 4/22/06, 12:00 am

She was busy all summer, constructing a web on the north window upstairs. Unless the sun was at exactly the right angle to gleam the gossamer threads, her structure was practically invisible and her actions mystifying. All we could see, glancing out the window, was a round body with mechanical legs, dropping, ratcheting up, running to and fro on what appeared to be thin air.

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Small beginnings

| What looks insignificant can end up changing the course of history
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 3/04/06, 12:00 am

The kingdom of heaven, Jesus said, is like a mustard seed. It's like a measure of yeast that works its way invisibly through the entire lump of dough. It's a treasure in a field, a priceless pearl, seed scattered on good soil and bad . . . huh?

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