They say people will do crazy things for love. I’d have to agree.
Over the years, I have learned to love new things all in effort to connect with my precious boys on a deeper level. I don’t think I would naturally make shooting noises with my mouth, learn stats about our teams newest recruit, listen to Ed Sheeran songs, or sign up for a hiking trip into a mountain range all on my own. These are all things that I have been led into and they have made me a better person (period).
We are approaching my favorite season of the year, and it’s my favorite season because it’s when I connect with my boys even more. I just printed off the Michigan Football 2017 schedule and I can’t wait to tape it up on my cupboard at home. I can’t wait to spend our Saturday’s rooting for our favorite team and hosting party’s where I make our favorite food. It makes me happy because it makes them happy.
For whatever reason, God didn’t give me any girls. He gave me five sons.
I want to know my sons.
I could just let them do their thing while I do mine, but then I’d miss out on all of the amazing things that I’ve learned from them and that would be silly. I’m glad that God knows exactly what I need to discover all that He has for me.
While hiking in Wyoming last week, I was awakened to a new level of adventure. There’s more to this life and I want to learn how to embrace the beauty found in simple things along the way. I’m grateful that God has used my sweet boys to teach me new lessons in life. What a gift.
You’re not going to want to miss today’s episode where we hear from Mr. Fred Baxter. He shares his faith journey transparently with us and his longing for a burden for souls. Join us on the adventure.
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I was sitting in a parent meeting a few months ago for my sweet boys who had signed up for a back packing trip to Wind River mountain range in Pinedale, Wyoming. As I listened to the leader (Jeff) talk about the intensity of the trip, I quickly began to question whether or not my boys would be able to manage the trip at all. I wanted to find reasons to encourage them not to go and help them realize this may not be a great idea, when all of the sudden something happened.
Jeff said he was still looking for a “girl leader” to join the adventure and then he literally called me out on it and said I should try to go.
And get this… (My boys agreed) – what in the world?
I mostly blew it off and headed home for the evening telling Jeff that I would pray about it. (I was pretty much kidding about that though).
But the thought wouldn’t leave my mind, so I began to question the idea. “God is this you”? Are you behind this?
I emailed Jeff the next day and said, “I’m going to see if I can get the time off of work and we’ll go from there.”
I mentioned it to my team at work, and that’s when it became clear. They said, “You better go”.
That was about 2 months ago now.
Let me tell you something, the adventure has already begun. The boys and I have shopped for gear together, both in the stores and on-line, and just yesterday we met with the rest of our group to pack our backpacks and load them into a trailer. It’s official now. I’m really going.
We leave first thing Monday morning. (Lord help us).
You see yes, I am worried about the fact that Jeff has repeatedly said that this is the hardest thing we will EVER do in our lives.
And… that he let me know that I should start taking some ibuprofen the day before we leave. I am also concerned about the fact that my pack weights 25+ pounds and that I won’t be able to wash my hair for a week.
Oh there’s more too… You know, things like altitude sickness, blisters, and the biggest thing… Creatures – bears and what not. Who gets up and goes to the bathroom when there’s bears outside? (I’ll soon find out if the answer is me or not).
But here’s the thing. I cannot deny that this is God’s idea and because of that, I say yes Lord.
So, stretch me Papa. Beyond my wildest imagination and then some. Show me how strong Jen really is, and please keep us all safe too.
Join us in listening to Jordan O’Brien share his testimony with us on today’s episode of of the 1MProject.
Don’t miss week 2 with Nate Johnson… What a powerful challenge he gives us to let the Holy Spirit be the Comforter He was sent to be.
Oh my goodness, You are NOT going to want to miss listening to the testimony of our first guest on the 1MProject. Mr. Nate Johnson is a powerful example of a life radically changed by the Gospel. Enjoy!
One of my favorite things to do is to throw on some Bethel worship music and lay face down on the floor for a while. It has served as a pretty therapeutic exercise for me over the last few years. It’s not an unusual thing for my older boys to come home from work or spending time with their friends to find mom laying on the floor again. It’s just what I do.
The other night while I was laying there, God was reminding me of how close He is in every season.
I just sensed the need to be reminded to make sure to reserve a spot for Him wherever I go, because He’ll be tagging along whether I acknowledge Him or not.
I’m never alone. You are never alone. Even when the enemy would want you to believe you are… There’s a space reserved right next to you for the One who loves you most… (Every single moment of every single day).
And do you know what the word RESERVED means in the Greek?
from a prim. word téros (a guard)
to watch over, to guard
When you place your life in the hands of your Maker and you ask Him to teach you how to dream again… You can trust Him to protect you as you venture out into new territory, because He’s going with you.
My how life can change.
I enjoyed a quiet evening outside on the deck last night listening to the sounds of summer. As I sat there, I was reflecting on where my heart and life were at just one year ago. My whole world was falling apart and I was clinging to the Lord with every ounce that I had left.
It was a desperate cling. Have you been there?
It’s a place where you have to take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself if you really believe what you say you believe. A place where the only option is to let go and where holding on would just prolong the hurt.
It’s called surrender.
The journey has been liberating and painful at the same time. What a mystery.
All I know is that the process has left me incredibly grateful.
No,I don’t have all the answers to my questions, but I do feel blessed when I look back on the beautiful life that God has given me. I became a better woman in my thirties and loved the life God gave me while I grew.
This song reflects my heart tonight.