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In Faith, Home Decor, Lifestyle on
27 April, 2017

Loving The Space (And Place) You’re In

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“It was such a blessing to find myself thriving in the middle of the pain. Unless you find a way to do that, there’s always going to be this fake illusion that once you get there–wherever “there” is for you–you’ll be happy. But that’s just not life. If you can’t find happiness in the ugliness, you’re not going to find it in beauty, either.” Joanna Gaines

In January 2016, something really exciting happened for me and my husband – we closed on our very first house! We were so excited (and a little stressed), but it’s safe to say we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Read More

In Faith, Trials on
7 March, 2017

Taking The Small Steps – Guest Post by Paige McGoldrick

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Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday! Today I have the pleasure of hosting a very special guest blogger, my friend Paige McGoldrick. I have known Paige for a few years now and her family has a very special story, so of course I got really excited when she asked if she could guest blog for me! I pray you are encouraged by her words today, just as I was.

In some seasons God doesn’t call us to move mountains, He just asks us to take baby steps every day. Almost 4 ½ years after watching my father die, I am finally able to look back and see how faithful God was during the excruciating time of terminal sickness, death and grief. And as I look back, I see not only how my whole life was changed drastically from a major life event, but also how God was guiding me through the little steps every day. Read More

In Authentic Beauty, Faith on
24 August, 2016

My Struggle With Self-Image

I’m going to be really honest with you: sometimes being a woman is really hard. In our culture today, we are presented with infinite images of all-too-perfect models. But, in reality, those models aren’t perfect at all. Their makeup is airbrushed, their skin is spray-tanned and their extra weight–which is really just beautiful, womanly curves–is removed with the click of a mouse in Photoshop.

I think it’s safe to say that every woman has at least one self-image issue she struggles with. I know I do. In fact, ever since middle school, I have dreamt of having perfect skin–you know, tan, flawless and smooth. In reality, however, I was born with very fair skin and freckles, and my complexion is far from smooth and perfect. Read More

In Faith on
12 August, 2016

I Will Not Look Back

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“Don’t over-think. Just let it go.”

I recently read those words on Instagram, and they instantly grabbed ahold of me. They caused me to examine my heart, and to ask myself these questions: Have I really let go of the past? Have I completely forgiven and chosen to love those who have persecuted me and sinned against me? Have I fully allowed the Lord to heal my heart? Are my scars reminding me of the One who rescued me? And, am I actually pressing onward to become more like Christ with each new sunrise? Read More

In Faith on
14 June, 2016

When you can’t find “me time”

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Lately I’ve been struggling to find peace and quiet.

Anyone know what I mean? It’s like life. just. doesn’t. STOP.

You feel like you’re drowning–like all of the air has gone out of your lungs and you can’t get anymore of it back in. You feel like you constantly have a headache–but it’s not just your head, it’s your whole entire body. You’re tired. You’re worn.

And that one little phone call today just put you over the edge. How can I keep going? When can I rest? Read More

In Faith on
7 June, 2016

Living well right where YOU are

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We live in a world where technology is all around us. It’s a pretty cool thing, you know, being able to connect with people all over the world with just a few clicks. But for me, it’s also a temptation–a temptation to compare myself to what I see before my eyes when I pop open Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

When I first discovered the world of bloggers with pretty Instagram feeds, I went crazy following them all because their pictures were so pretty…and, well, I wanted to fill my feed with incredible pictures of Paris and peonies. But soon, it became a whole lot more than that… Read More

In Faith on
12 May, 2016

Dear Younger Me

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Sometimes I wish I could go back and tell the younger me so many things.

Work harder and save your money – start good habits now, it will help you down the road.

Be nicer to your family – hard times are coming and you’re gonna need each other.

Don’t revolve your world around that boyfriend – you know, the one you blew off your friends and family for…he won’t stick around in the end.

Show kindness to that unkind person – maybe they aren’t nice to you, but there’s more to the story than you know. Read More

In Trials on
1 May, 2016

When things don’t go your way

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Hey there, friends! This is a post I originally wrote three years ago, but it’s just as relevant to me now as it was back then – I pray it will bless you today.

Hello, my name is Jen and I like to be in control.

I like to be in control of my life today and in control of my future tomorrow. I like to make plans—from deciding which days I’ll run this week to planning where I want to be in 10 years. I like routines, schedules and calendars.

But some days, and sometimes, I like to go with the flow. I do like spontaneity and the unexpected…that is, unless it goes against what I want, and until it messes with my plans. Read More

In Trials on
30 March, 2016

There is No Formula for Healing (Blessed Are Those Who Mourn)

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There is no formula for healing.

What I mean is that there is no “step one, step two, step three” process for getting back to “normal” when you’re going through a difficult time.

As a person who naturally likes to be in control of her own life, this was a particularly tough lesson for me to learn. To be honest, being in control and following a step-by-step process that has a guaranteed outcome is something I love. Perhaps that’s why I love to bake. Perhaps that’s why I feel so secure in a salaried job. Perhaps that’s why I actually miss being in school. Read More

In Faith, Trials on
24 March, 2016

Thank God for Grace (And Starting Over)

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It was one of those days—one of those days when I just really wanted to throw my head back in frustration and ask God, “Really? Can anything else go wrong?”

And literally, just after the words, “This day keeps getting worse and worse,” rolled off my tongue, something else happened.

As you can imagine, I felt like a volcano preparing to erupt. 

It was the icing on the cake of an already bad day, and it just about put me over the edge.

The truth is this: my sinful heart desires to be in control. And the truth is this: sometimes I really struggle to just let it go. Read More