Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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I don’t think I ever really understood St. Patrick’s Day until I lived in Ireland. There was just something about being surrounded by those lilting voices, celebrating Ireland and a man who brought them hope so many years ago. (Okay, so not all of them think about the hope thing, but I can’t help but)

Since our time in Ireland, I’ve had lots of people ask me, “So, what’s the point of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? What meaning does it hold?”

3 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Your KidsSo, I was honored and super excited when Tricia Goyer asked me to write a post for her blog about meaningful ways to celebrate Paddy’s Day with your kids. You guys know me, and know that I’m all about simple, stress-free, fun and grace-filled. So, that’s what you’ll find in these 3 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Your Kids.

To make it a real party, Tricia is also hosting a giveaway for a copy of her new book, Prayers that Changed History! (hint: Patrick is in there!) So hop of over to Tricia’s place and enter!

On Roots, Rootlessness, and Faith

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Photo by Deibel Photography

Photo by Deibel Photography

Our family is embarking on a new adventure. After over a journey of over ten years of overseas life, we are daring to believe we can start over. This time, we’re starting over right here in the United States! What are we doing? We don’t know. We just know, we sensed the Lord closing the doors to our overseas life.

In all of this, there has been a mixed bag of emotions, and our faith has been stretched in new ways. I’m honored to share a bit of our journey over at Djibouti Jones. If you’ve ever struggled with reconciling a feeling of rootlessness with your faith, this post is for you. Head over to read my story, and be sure to take some time to check out Rachel’s beautiful site there.

Calling All Writers!

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I only recently started owning the title of writer in my own heart and mind. And the more I talk with other writers, the more I realize the struggle to own that title is not one unique to me.

Earlier in the year, as a way to hone my skills and learn more about the art and business of writing, I took a six-week online course from Ann Swindell called Writing with Grace.

Writing With Grace

We met once a week for just over an hour (and the classes were recorded so you could watch later if you were unable to attend live for some reason) and learned about things like voice, tone, and how to write a good query letter.

There was one thing about the course that surprised me, though. And that was how closely I met Jesus each week. By the time the course was finished, I felt so encouraged and uplifted in my own spiritual walk.

I enrolled in the course to hone my craft and learn more about the business side of writing. But what I gained was so much more than practical tips and helps and valuable insights from professional editors – although those abounded. I gained a closer walk with God, and a deeper understanding of His desire to work through me and the passion for writing He has given me.

If you are looking for a way to better your writing, find your own voice, as well as depend and refresh your walk with God, Writing with Grace is for you. You don’t have to be a professional writer, or even a blogger.

And today through March 15th, registration is open for the next session of Writing With Grace! This will be the only other time she will offer this particular course in 2016, so take advantage of it now – I promise you won’t regret it!

And, for all my lovely readers out there, use code JENN10 when you register and receive 10% off your registration fee! (And when you use that code, I earn credit to use towards future classes and/or services with Ann! Win-win!!)

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over the register for Writing With Grace!

Learning to Curb my Temper in Motherhood

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old-faithful-2You guys, I struggle with being a grumpy mom. That’s a nice way of saying that I tend to snap quickly and ask questions later when I’m dealing with my children; particularly when I’m tired and/or stressed. So, basically the past 2 years of our lives.

However, I’m taking steps, along with the Spirit’s help, to improve my situation – and my attitude.

Surprisingly, what is helping most is allowing myself to get ANGRY. Yes, really. To find out exactly what I mean, click over to the Better Mom to learn how Getting ANGRY is Helping Curb My Temper.

If you’ve just hopped over here from The Better Mom, welcome! I’m so glad to have you here! I hope you’re grab a cup-o-joe, make yourself at home and look around awhile.

Blessings, friends!

What Anxiety and a Buffalo Taught me About Grace

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It has taken a long time for me to feel comfortable talking about my struggles with anxiety publicly. Who am I kidding, I’m still not comfortable with it, but I believe that what God has taught me and used to encourage me in my journey may just be exactly what you need to hear in this┬ámoment. So I am being faithful to share more.

Be Still My SoulThere’s been no diagnosis, no medication. But anxiety has struck nonetheless.

Today, I’m over at The Better Mom talking about a time when panic set in at the most unexpected and inopportune time; and how God is using that experience to let me experience grace in a more tangible way, and hopefully be an encouragement to others.

So, if you struggle with anxiety, or know someone who does, won’t you join me at The Better Mom today?

If you’ve just clicked over from The Better Mom, I just want to say how much I love having you here and sharing this space – and my heart – with you. It is my prayer that you at home here and leave feeling uplifted, encouraged and/or challenged to stretch your faith in some way today. Welcome!