Pioneer Women…That's Who We Are!

Now that my previous blog series, “It’s About Time”, is “history”, I began seeking divine direction on what I was to focus on next for Fridays.  Realizing that every blog doesn’t have to be a series, I had a bit of an idea of what I would share today…and THEN!!!

I was traveling home earlier this week after a day filled with many meetings and lots of activity.  Wanting to simply clear my mind and pray (I do that a lot while I have precious “windshield” time), I decided to “press play” on my car’s CD player and as track #6 began to play, I knew I had my answer…the song played and the tears flowed, as they typically do when I hear that very special song!Honeytree

Let me give some quick history about the recording artist on that awesome CD.  Her name is Nancy Henigbaum Miller.  Her “stage” name is Honeytree.  Her maiden name, Henigbaum, means “honeytree” in German. She’s from Fort Wayne, Indiana and we attended the same church during my 22 years’ living there.  I was privileged to serve as her ministry coordinator/booking agent for many years.  I have such fond memories of those days.

Nancy is known in contemporary Christian music circles as “First Lady of the Jesus Movement”.  Back in the early ‘70s many young people (then known as “hippies”) came to know Jesus through Nancy’s music ministry…why?  She was one of them!  And she’s still traveling the world, speaking and singing…and sharing her love for the Lord.

Now that you know just a little bit about Nancy Honeytree (as she’s know today), I suppose you might be wondering about the SONG.  One of the extra-special things about “Pioneer” is that I was a part of Nancy’s ministry when she wrote and recorded it…and even more, how it personally resonates with me…and I pray it blesses you too.

I’m not sure how long this series will be but I do know that I’m to feature women pioneers, much like Nancy… what makes them tick, what has inspired and driven them to pursue their passion.  I believe this will be a source of encouragement and inspiration to women from all walks of life…and the ordinarily extraordinary woman…YOU!!!!

I’ve uploaded the YouTube video of Nancy singing “Pioneer” to kick off the series…and have also shared the lyrics below.


Pioneer, Pioneer
Keep pressing onwards beyond your fears
Only your Father goes before you to your own frontier
Youʼre a Pioneer!

Verse 1
Uncharted wilderness stretches before you
You thrive on going where no one has gone
Still it gets lonely when darkness nears
Sing by the fire until the dawn

Verse 2
You travel light, you travel alone
When you arrive nobody knows
But your Father in heaven, He is glad you can go
ʻcause those who come after you will need the road

Verse 3
What you have done, others will do
Bigger and better and faster than you
But you canʼt look back, you gotta keep on pressing through
Thereʼs a wilderness pathway and itʼs calling you

Nancy Honeytree Miller
CCLI# 2316237
© 1993 OakTable Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Are you a woman who’s gone or going now into “unchartered wilderness”?  But you THRIVE on it?  Does it get lonely at times?  Do you sometimes  feel  fearful?  Do I have great news for you!   Your Heavenly PAPA is paving that “wilderness pathway”…going before you!  He’s saying to you now… keep pressing through…you’re charting a course for other women…and yes, they will run faster and stronger.  And that’s okay…because you’re a PIONEER WOMAN and this Well Woman is one too!


“Pioneer” Jana





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Jana Denninger

I am a woman on a mission to be a world changer - one relationship at a time. I want to encourage, empower and equip others to live a life of balance and excellence whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, environmental or relational. Connect with me so together we can map a plan that works for you!

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