Meet Janell


First and foremost, welcome to my site!

My name is Janell, and I am the writer of this here Mustard Seed Family blog.  I’m a wife to Isaac, and a mom to Ella (3) and Calvin (1).  We reside in good ol’ suburbia near Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I currently stay at home with the kids, and Isaac works in IT.  We love pizza nights, hanging out with friends, spending time with family, binge-watching TV-shows on Netflix, going on hikes, and serving the Lord in a multitude of ways!  It’s such a pleasure to take part in an encouraging community online, and I can’t wait to get to know each of you!

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Why Mustard Seed Family?

When I decided to start creating a blog, the name was important to me. I didn’t want some cheesy name that I would roll my eyes about years later. I wanted a name that represented who I strive to be. Obviously I don’t strive to be a mustard seed, but there is meaning behind that tiny seed that I’ll share with you.

A while back I was given a book called, “Praying God’s Will for my Daughter” by Lee Roberts. If you have a daughter (any age) I highly recommend you get this book. It’s full of biblical prayers for specific needs. I started using it to pray for Ella when I was pregnant with her. There was one prayer that caught my attention. After reading it I got goose bumps, after reading it out loud I cried. You could chalk it up to crazy pregnancy hormones, but I believe it was God.

Here is the prayer (from Matthew 17:20):


Can you feel that?

Isn’t that an amazing verse and prayer? It got me thinking about my role as a mom. Motherhood is a big job. I didn’t realize how big until I had a screaming baby in my arms. Each stage has its ups and downs, but God gave me this baby for a reason. My job is to nurture her physically, mentally, but more importantly I am called to nurture her spiritually. I want her to have that mustard seed faith; a genuine and potent faith that knows no limits, a faith with authority. If that’s what I want for her, then I have to demonstrate that and so does my husband. That verse needs to come alive and be evident in our lives.

In order for our mustard seed faith to be potent, it needs to be backed up by actions. Jesus said that love without action is dead, and I believe the same is true of faith. Now, I am no biblical scholar, but from what I’ve read in the bible it’s clear that Jesus hated the “faith” of the Pharisees. They paraded their faith around for everyone to see, but it wasn’t genuine. It was prideful. It was focused on the law. It was not backed up by action. It was legalistic, and it consumed them.

Faith that focus’ on anything besides the Lord is not the faith that Jesus calls us to have. If you want to do the impossible you must stay focused on Jesus and the word of God.

So here’s the big question:

Are you using the authority God has given you to tell your mountains to move?


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Keith lokkesmoe says:

    Wow Janell. Gives me goosebumps reading your blog! Congratulations on launching your blog. It’s so neat that your focus is on living, grace-filled faith.

  2. Rebekah says:

    Wow! I love this question! Am I using all the power God has given to me? Good food for thought.
    I just wanted to let you know Janell that I’m nominating you for the Liebster Award. You can read more about it on my blog later. 🙂

    1. Janell says:

      Oh thank you! I’ll check that out for sure!

  3. Ina Library says:

    Beautiful, Janell! I love your voice and attitude! I am so excited to read more and share in this journey and community of motherhood, faith, and writing with you!

    1. Janell says:

      Thanks for reading! I have a huge heart for building community. Love sharing the joys and trials of motherhood with my fellow mom’s 😊

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