community, grace, New year, parenting, thankfulness, trusting God, Uncategorized

2018 Year-End Ebenezer Awards

My counselor often says--"take time to write that down, Jen." How can we so easily forget the beautiful provisions and lessons that are so life changing? We have amnesia of the moment.  Whatever is right in front of us gets our attention. So, I am writing it down--"blogging it forth"--"setting the Ebenezer up" to remind… Continue reading 2018 Year-End Ebenezer Awards

Anxiety, authenticity, comparison, discernment, grace, insecurity, parenting, the gospel, transformation by truth

A good mom…

Well, it's building again.  That pressure to do the right thing, to do it the best way, to prove your worth is on the rise.  Where does it come from?  From women's mouths, popular books, sub-cultural norms to your ears--actually straight to your heart.  The words marinate in your heart until you believe it and… Continue reading A good mom…

advent, God's sovereignty and goodness, God's word, grace, healing, Hymns, sin, the gospel, transformation by truth, Uncategorized

When blind hearts see

I hate that thing in us, in me, that thinks we know better than God.  The voice that says, "yeah, but I see another angle."  "Just this one time I have it figured out."  "I deserve better." It gets us in a whole heap of trouble. That trouble becomes the state of our heart health… Continue reading When blind hearts see

authenticity, comparison, God's word, grace, humility, prayer, spiritual growth, transformation by truth, Uncategorized

The Tyranny of Criticism

The last few weeks, I have been working with a couple of the young women I disciple to help them identify where their hearts are in the everyday.  The objective is to stop and identify where they are as they come to God--sharing their heart with God, joys, disappointments and confusion.  This is where prayer… Continue reading The Tyranny of Criticism

discipleship, God's word, grace, humility, New year, pride, self-absorption, the gospel, transformation by truth

A humble entrance

       As I looked toward this new year, I am overwhelmed.  Yes, we are having a baby (still sounds crazy to say), but that is not until June.  I am seemingly overwhelmed by every task and relationship I face even before the new year rolls.         This Christmas season has been busy.  We traveled for… Continue reading A humble entrance

God's sovereignty and goodness, grace, healing, infertility, prayer, thankfulness, The body of Christ, trusting God

A thankful heart that He has given me…

      When I was in 8th grade, I went to an aerobics class where we listened to a Mylon Lefevre song "Thankful heart" while we did abdominal exercises.  An ironic lesson for choosing thanks in pain (who likes sit-ups?).  An ah-ha moment--exactly what I have been learning the last few years--learning to think on truth… Continue reading A thankful heart that He has given me…

Anxiety, God's sovereignty and goodness, grace, infertility, transformation by truth, Uncategorized

A hidden talent…

I have a hidden talent that I have honed all my life. Depending upon the season of life and circumstances, I could be called an expert. This talent is not something to be proud of. It is not healthy or truthful. It involves self-worship, and it does not produce fruit that lasts and encourages. That… Continue reading A hidden talent…