Janel Breitenstein

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Are You Struggling? God Sees You

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Today I’m writing for those of you who identify with Thomas more than Peter. Who tend to uncover more questions than answers in your faith.
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When God Isn't Who You Thought He Was

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Some years ago, my family went through quite an upheaval as we transitioned from one country to another. The transition unearthed in me something unsettling about my own understanding of who God is.
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Why Humility Isn't the Same as Putting Ourselves Down

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My friend gazed at me through FaceTime, a kind smile on her face. “I just want to let you know that I just counted you saying the word ‘stupid’ six times when talking about yourself.”
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What Keeps Us From Going Deep in Friendships

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When I first found out that my thirdborn was a girl, a real part of me was afraid. I should have been happier to welcome a girl. But the thing is. . . female friendships had left me limping.
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What It's Like to Wait on God

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Some of the very least favourite parts of my life are the days of waiting. Which, I guess, doesn’t say that much. After all, so much of life is waiting for something.
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Am I Really My Sinful Self? Yes and No

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Someone told me they had stumbled on a great new discipline strategy for their children. When this person caught their child doing something wrong, the child was stopped. The parent would tell them, “That’s not who you are!” In one sense, that's true.
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Real Thoughts About Real Temptation

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Is there such a thing as a monthly sin? Because I think I have one of those. Okay, maybe more often than just once a month.
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In Praise of Sabbath: On Letting Go

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One summer, my family wrangled our carry-ons from Uganda onto a plane bound for six months stateside. I felt conflicted over this long break, as I tend to find my identity deeply in usefulness and purpose and work.
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Ideas For When You’re Spiritually Distracted

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You’ve probably been there, like I have. You settle in for some time with God, but your brain feels more like a pinball machine.