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In Faith, Motherhood, Trials on
19 April, 2017

My Journey with Postpartum Depression – God’s Story


Have you met my friend Helen Gentz from Helen’s Corner? Well, today you’re in for a treat! Helen is here to share with us her journey with postpartum depression. She has such a beautiful story to tell, and it honestly brought me to tears when I first read it! My prayer is that you will be encouraged just as I was. – Jen

It was a Sunday evening.

My 2 year-old son was fast asleep. And my 7 month-old daughter had finally gone down for the next few hours. It was my husband Joel’s prime time to decompress after a full day of teaching, preaching, and hosting friends. Mine, too, but I didn’t need to decompress because it was Sunday evening. I needed to decompress because it was like any other day. There I was, sitting in our TV room. Arms crossed. Anger. Tears. And my dear husband sat by me, unaware of how it got this far…this bad…this desperate.   Read More

In Faith, Trials on
7 March, 2017

Taking The Small Steps – Guest Post by Paige McGoldrick


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 Faith, Trials on
21 February, 2017

Victory Comes From Surrender


Today I have the pleasure of introducing you all to my sweet friend Amy from Cosentino Living. Amy and I connected on Instagram awhile back, but only recently discovered how similar our paths have been! I hope you will be greatly encouraged today as Amy shares her story of God’s faithfulness in her life. Plus, when you’re finished, you can head on over to her blog to read a guest post from me! -Jen

One Sunday back in 2014, I had the incredible opportunity of sharing my testimony before my church family. To this day I’m not entirely sure how the Lord made that happen; it’s not as though I have some drastically crazy testimony. (Although for the record, I think any testimony of the Lord changing someone’s life is a testimony worth sharing! And if you have Jesus in your life, then you have a testimony, my friend). Somehow, God found a way to have our pastor hear my testimony, and decide it would be meaningful for our church body to do the same. Crazy, I know! Read More

In Faith on
20 December, 2016

Life is Not a Hallmark Movie


I have a confession to make. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is sitting down with a cup of hot tea and a cozy blanket…and, of course, watching the Hallmark channel. I’ve always loved those sappy, Christmas-themed RomComs they play throughout the holiday season. I can’t help it; I just get sucked in. (Surely, I’m not the only one!?)

But this year, as I’ve watched countless Hallmark Christmas movies (to the dismay of my patient husband), I’ve realized something more than ever before: life is nothing like a Hallmark movie. And it’s easy to feel like it should be. Read More

In Faith, Marriage & Love on
10 October, 2016

When Marriage is Less Than Perfect

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I thought I had it all figured out. Before I started dating, I thought finding a spouse was a simple process. I had read a ton of Christian dating books, so I figured all I had to do was guard my heart and make sure I found a guy who loved both God and me, and I would find my “Happily Ever After.” After all, I was pretty sure God wanted me to be happy.

But things got pretty messy for me a few years later. I got my heart broken, and suddenly the whole dating thing wasn’t so simple anymore. Through the pain, however, I found healing for my brokenness as I found my identity in Christ. I truly began to bloom. And after a few years of painful yet blissful singleness, I was ready to dive back into the dating world. Read More

In Faith on
12 August, 2016

I Will Not Look Back


“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”


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
12 May, 2016

Dear Younger Me


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


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)


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