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Keeping in step on life's journey while staying in tune with heaven's Voice

Jan Merop

For almost 29 years, Jan Merop has been writing her inspirational column, Pause…and Consider for the Highlands News-Sun in Sebring, Florida.  Along with various other columns and a variety of feature articles over the years, Jan’s prolific writing has included being published in national magazines such as Decision, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, Today’s Christian, and Journey. Read More

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Journeying with Jan

My column of spiritual encouragement is published twice a month.  

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In this section I will post anything that is on my mind at that time. These blogs will be posted on a random basis.



See more of the photography used on my site. Visit Ken Merop Photography.


July 31, 2019


           Journeying with Jan began November, 2017 with the first blog on Faith….baby steps for me into blogging. 

            I decided that each month I would develop a theme and so Journeying with Jan included two blogs a month as w...

July 26, 2019

This flying jewel…reflection of light shining through…

Alights gently on her Cone Flower hostess.

She stays briefly…much like the sun’s fading at sunset…

Leaving an impression of beauty on one’s soul.

May every touch, smile or word we give

beautify the world of its recipien...

July 17, 2019

Have you ever tried to convince a child to “just taste it!”  We know that if they would just taste the food with an open mind, they might actually like it.  They would see that it is as good as Mom and Dad say it is.

            However, if you can even get them to...

July 12, 2019

Somewhere between salty and sweet

there’s a place called savory.

It speaks of a blending of herbs and spices…

mingling and leaving a distinct impression

on welcoming taste buds!

We are to be sweet, salty, savory

to a world that’s grown bitter. 

And light to brighten the darkn...

July 3, 2019

My Mom’s favorite flower was the Gardenia.  Bright white flowers resting on dark green leaves.  Sweet as anything you can imagine, it rivaled the aromatic Orange Blossoms in our neighborhood in Florida.

            Fortunately, the Orange Blossoms made their debut...

June 24, 2019

Flat, yet intricately designed lily pads

fill the lake waters near the shore.

Slowly…as if by magic…tiny buds appear.

Then in the early morning sun,

beautiful lavender water lilies stand upright;

Like jewels displaying their brilliance.

“Look at the lilies…how they grow…


June 19, 2019

She was the sweetest young girl, perhaps about three-years-old. 

            Ken and I had just married and moved across the street from her family with our three boys.  And we were all taken with this little girl.


June 14, 2019

The slightest breeze lifts the petals…

inviting them into a delicate dance.

I’m captivated by nature’s elegance,

hues, gracefulness, and charm.

Nature is infused with our Creator’s essence.

And when we know Him, we, too,

 share in the beauty of His divine nature.

“…you may be...

June 5, 2019

My Mom and my Dad had enduring qualities that made them compatible.  They both had dependable work ethics, values that placed God at the center of life, parenting ideals that didn’t clash and a desire for home and family to be cherished.

            However, they were a...

May 15, 2019

I love to watch skiers and snow boarders execute their moves against the magical backdrop of snow.  However, the closest I came to participating in a winter sport was on a February vacation in Estes Park, Colorado.

We wandered into a shop that outfitted athletes in wint...

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