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Monday, March 10, 2014

A Brand New Beginning

Change is hard. But it's necessary. And inevitable. Our human nature often resists it but requires it as well. Every once in awhile, we are led down a radically different path that requires a breaking away from the past for a brand new beginning.





I find myself there ... in a brand new season. A season of change, particularly in my writing.

I started this blog in 2007 as a way to keep in touch with friends both near and far. Over time, it evolved and writing became more of an outlet for me. However, in the last few years, God has shown me that it's to be more than an outlet, it's an assignment... a calling. 

In the seasons of {blog} silence, I have wrestled with God about what that would mean exactly. Around the turn of the year, I prayed for clarity about what that assignment would really look like and I somehow sensed God leading me in a brand new direction. One that requires a radically different path ... a writing path, that is. And He quickly began to shine light of the first couple steps of that path. I'll still be writing but my focus this season will be some offline projects.

So, I write to tell you that today will be my final post here at pressing on toward the goal. I am grateful for the years spent here in this space. God has met me in unique ways through my writing and many of you have encouraged me greatly through your comments and messages over the years. 

I'll keep this blog online for now. When the time comes for a new blog (it's most definitely on the horizon), I'll be sure to send out an update.

Thank you, friends. You have blessed me more than you know. 


"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." 
- Philippians 3:12-14


With much love and gratitude...

pressing on toward the goal,
Jenn




Saturday, October 19, 2013

Nissan Tabernacle

135,673 miles, 13 years, 3 states, hundreds of conversations, umpteen prayer meetings, and countless encounters with God. It's the end of an era. Today I say farewell to my car... aka 'Nissan Tabernacle.'



I know it's only a car but there are so many memories attached to it. As silly and as over emotional as it may sound, it represents so much more. (Some of my Chi-town fam will understand). Throughout the seasons of life, the (many) moves, the tears and laughter, and the ups and downs of the past 13 years, The Lord kept me. In the natural, if you look at some of the craziness of life, I really should not be where I am today, yet I stand victorious because of Jesus. 

So yes, I know. It's just a car. But God met me so many times in this car so it is reminder to me of His grace and faithfulness. There's been a lot of goodbyes lately. But the end of a season only means the beginning of a new one. And I have no doubt that God will continue to be faithful as I move forward in what He has for me. 


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gracie


Today we said goodbye to Gracie. She was such a special dog and I am grateful for the years she was part of our family. We are very, very sad. Even Wolfie (our other dog) is.



The vets were kind and did all they could but Gracie's illness was aggressive and she grew very weak. She passed away in her sleep but the vet assured us that she did not suffer.

God blessed us for almost 10 years with such a loving and caring dog. There was only one Gracie in this world and I'm grateful we were the ones to have her. Missing my pup... :(


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Matt!!!


As a young child, I prayed a very specific prayer and asked God to give me a brother. Time passed and I learned from my parents that a baby was on the way. And, on October 15, 1983, I got to see firsthand the answer to my prayer … a little brother named Matthew John.



Matthew means Gift of God and what an appropriate name. His life has been a gift to many. I am grateful for the wonderful memories that we have shared and so appreciate his kindness, compassion, generosity, and (can’t forget!) hysterical sense of humor. I don’t know anyone who can make me laugh the way my brother does. We share a lifetime of inside jokes.

Today is Matt’s 30th birthday and, before this day comes to a close, I want to take a moment to honor him on this significant day. 

Matt, there is no real present I could give you that could express how much I love you. It seems like yesterday that I held you as a baby when you came home for the first time with Mom and Dad. Now you are a grown man with many gifts and talents, a loving and faithful husband, a persevering and hard worker, and a gracious and understanding friend. You truly are a gift from God … particularly to me. I am so grateful to The Lord for answering the prayer of a little girl decades ago.

Praying this is a year full of abundant blessings and wonderful gifts from God!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:17

Happy Birthday, Matt! I love you!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Holy Reset



In our advanced, technological era, most of us are pretty familiar with the need to reset. When it comes to computing, according to good ol’ Wikipedia, “a reset clears any pending errors or events and brings a system to normal condition or an initial state, usually in a controlled manner. It is usually done in response to an error condition when it is impossible or undesirable for a processing activity to proceed and all error recovery mechanisms fail.”

I’ve definitely had my share of "error conditions." I’m grateful that, in Christ, we have been reset and, thankfully, it’s not just a one time occurrence! I like the way Webster’s puts it… to set again or anew. Yes! Because of God’s faithful love to us, we’re given a holy reset … His new mercies each and every morning.

The past few months have been challenging personally; hence the silence here on the blog. For a season, writing became difficult and even undesirable, and there were many reasons why. But there’s also been some truly amazing experiences as of late; much to rejoice about even in the midst of hardship. I haven’t even been sure where to pick up in my writing but I can't use that as an excuse. It's seriously just time for the "activity to proceed."

So, here I am once again… resetting the error condition of my writing. I am grateful that God’s holy reset applies to every area of life – including my inconsistency in the blogosphere! Time to get back to work. There is much I look forward to sharing... by His grace.


pressing on toward the goal,
Jenn



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