Jan Loyd

Jan Loyd is a child of God, a disciple of Christ, a Jersey girl, a former nun, a teacher, and now a wife of 48 years, mother of two, grandmother of 5 boys and finally a baby girl...these are just some of the hats she wears or has worn. Her hat as teacher has seemed to be one she’s worn her entire adult life, ranging from teaching elementary school, homeschool, adult ESOL and GED language and writing. But along with all of these opportunities has been her favorite above all the rest: teaching women the Word of God in various ways, Precept Upon Precept and Bible Studies she’s developed by the grace and tutelage of God along the way. The heart of the message that she delights to share is that we are in union with the Living God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Currently you may find her on her devotional blog “A Branch in the Vine” where she shares several times a week and in her Bible Study/ devotional book The With-ness of our God: Relationship in Every Dimension.

A Project for This Pandemic and Beyond: Remembering Stones

Why not consider using some of your time on a project which can prove valuable for yourself and even for your children and grandchildren in years to come.

The Emptying of Motherhood– Alone On Mothers’ Day?

Motherhood is filled with emptyings — from the emptying of the womb in childbirth to the emptying of self in child-raising to the emptying of the nest, the ultimate goal. The stripping is hard, every step along the way.

This Pandemic . . . the Father’s Sifting

We fight the sifting, the stripping, the emptying; instead of embracing our real life today, each and every “today.”

Are You Guarding an Empty Tomb?

But why are so many of us believers “guarding an empty tomb,” trying to keep the shame of memories, regrets, sins of the past from impinging themselves on our present as if these offenses are still alive…and unforgiven?

Jesus’ Word from the Cross: A Word of Completion

Tetelestai!* It is finished! The death of Christ on the Cross is the HINGE of human history…and now before He breathes His last breath… a cry of victory, It is finished!

Jesus’ Words from the Cross: a Word of Personal Need

Here He is…the Source of Living Water…asking for a drink!  That reminds me of another time Jesus was thirsty…and it was a thirst that ended up quenching thirsty souls.

Lenten Meditation: Eulogize Your Living Loved One

We busily go through our lives, often thinking many kind thoughts and feeling loving, appreciative sentiments for our loved ones, but not stopping to put words and voice to them…nourishing the soul of ones we love.

Jesus’ Words from the Cross: Word of Abandonment

What happens next in the unfolding drama of the crucifixion of our Lord is incomprehensible! It’s an abandonment so profoundly mysterious that it boggles the mind…but ravishes the believing heart!

Jesus’ Words from the Cross: a Word of Salvation

We all go our own way — wandering off and needing God’s rescue.  And we’re all faced with a choice (as these two criminals were), God’s salvation or our own.  Yes, even as believers, “saved ones.”

Jesus’ Words from the Cross: a Word of Family Affection

So by entrusting His mother to His beloved disciple and friend, Jesus was “creating a new family based not on kinship to one another [blood relationship] but solely through their relationship to him.”

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