Did You Come to Pray? I didn’t…

Praying Hands Heart photoToday, I’m at a local coffee shop writing. I should clarify: I’m supposed to be writing, but I’m distracted. My attention continues to be tangled up in the conversations of others. Most have been quite depressing. I find myself pretending to be reading or typing on my computer when all I’m really doing is praying for people.

Some days I wake up with a plan. Today was one of those days. I woke up, did some cleaning, made the twin’s breakfast and then hurried out the door to get us all to the dentist for our checkups and cleanings. After that, I dropped Sam and Grace off at my mother’s house for the day. I am determined to finish the new book I’m working on. I came here to write! But in actuality, I didn’t come here to write, I came here to pray.

Our best laid plans are often interrupted by a faithful God who wants us to intercede for another soul through prayer. Obviously, since I’m not here to write today, this is going to be a short post. However, I do want to communicate to you that wherever you are, you can make a difference in another life. You can pray for them.

I decided to quit fighting the distractions and take them as a cue from the Father. My purpose today is different than I intended, but anytime I can be used by God to do something He needs me to do, it’s a productive day.

So, I’m praying for those all around me. And as I write this, I’m praying for you too!

May you see the beauty of God today as you wrestle with whatever is thrown your way. May you recognize hope in every situation. May you give thanks for every blessing you have. And may every tear turn to joy. I pray that you will take a moment to pray for another. Maybe it’s the lady at the table next to you. Hey, maybe it’s me… (Hint, hint)

With folded hands and an open heart, we can each make a difference in another life.

God bless you today, friends!

Love,

Jennifer

Today, I’m linking up with Holley Gerth for encouragement through  Coffee for Your Heart.

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What Helped to Seal My Eternity…

CourtnetyGraveStone_photo2Hello friends! I hope you had a beautiful and blessed Easter. I believe God is doing such amazing works deep in the hearts of so many of us who love and serve Him. I often wish I had the opportunity to talk face-to-face with those of you who comment or message me. I would love to share a conversation over a cup of coffee and find out what God is doing in the inter-working of your hearts.

I know, that recently, I haven’t been writing quite as often as usual. I am putting the finishing touches on my upcoming book, Nothing to Hold but Hope. The cover work is finished and it is being given the final once-over by my editor. I cannot remember the last time I was ever so excited about anything!

I can’t say I understand it, but God moves through pain. I know those might be difficult words to digest if you are dealing with a painful circumstance right now, but it is true. He seems to live, move, and have His Being inside the deepest parts of our wounds. He makes our scars shout His glory. The voices which praise Him will echo throughout all eternity.

I want my voice to be one that echoes His praise forever. What about you?

Throughout the process of writing my book, I had to revisit some pain. Just the other day as I was writing the acknowledgments, tears streamed down my face right in the middle of Panera Bread. Through it all, I wouldn’t change anything. God has shown me such a tremendous amount of mercy throughout my sorrow, and I’m convinced that I am more in love with Him than I ever could have been if I hadn’t experienced it.

I wholeheartedly believe that my tears have helped to seal my eternity. (Tweet that.)

As the old hymn states, “I have decided to follow Jesus; no turning back, no turning back.”

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.

-Psalm 63:3

My lips learned to praise Him when I felt like I had nothing to hold but hope. And I can’t wait for you to learn the process through which He worked all things together for good in my life.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

-Romans 8:28

Within the next week I will be announcing a release date for the book. Please pray for me as the final details fall in place.

I am speaking at two different women’s conferences over the course of the next four weeks. God is opening amazing doors and it’s so exciting to see the desires He placed in my heart come to fruition.

If you need a speaker for an upcoming event you can email me at jen@agirlonthedoorstep.com to inquire about availability.

We are also still selling tickets for The Mercy Retreat! If you are looking for a weekend away to find refreshing in worship, the word, and your fellow sisters in Christ, then I ask you to consider this event. The prices are all inclusive. Once you book, everything from your room and food to your gift bag is included! There will be books available for purchase and some other fun items as well.  However,  if you don’t want to spend a dime once arriving, you don’t have to. Maybe we can even sit down and have that face-to-face conversation over coffee while we are there!

Today, I want to encourage you to use your lips to praise Him. Regardless of how dark your situation appears, allow his breath to breathe life into your wounds. Rise up and praise Him, dear friends. Sometimes, having nothing to hold but hope causes tears that send us straight into His arms. It is ultimately those tears which  seals our eternities in His awesome presence.

To Him be the glory!

Love,

Jennifer

 

 

 

He is Risen!

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I pray today carries with it new breath as you reflect on the Life which was raised up for you. May colorful spring blossoms represent hope and freedom birthed from the price He paid on the cross.  May today be different from yesterday as you walk in His love and purpose for your life. You are loved with an everlasting love and He proved it to you the moment the stone was rolled away. He did it for you, friend, He did it for you!

He is Risen!!!!

 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

-Mathew 28:5-7

Love,
Jennifer

 

How to Turn the Light on Inside of Your Darkness…

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What often seems like our darkest days will turn into the light of life. Today is Good Friday, and I can’t help but think of how dark the day must have been for those who watched their Lord suffer the agony of crucifixion. His innocence and power screamed from the cross when He drew His final breath, and those who followed Him were left with only memories of teachings and promises, which seemed as if they would never be fulfilled. On Good Friday grace was still undefined. However, three days later the light switched on.

Three days later, grace hummed a melody so pure that would have the power to change every soul from that moment until the end of time. You see, nothing can silence the power of the almighty. No one can steal the power of His grace from your life. The definition of grace has been solidified and can never be changed.

According to Merriam Webster the following is the first full definition of grace:

Grace – unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.

The key word in that definition is unmerited. We’ve done nothing to deserve it and yet He did it anyway. He died. He suffered and died to steal the keys to death and hell for all eternity. A dark day turned into the most beautiful light we will ever behold.

And this means that not only are we able to spend eternity with Him in heaven, but He will also work for us and through us here on earth.

Your darkest days have opportunity to turn into light because of the power of the cross and the grace bestowed on you. If today is a dark day, don’t give up. Reflect on His grace and remember what He did to gift it to you.

Have a blessed day, friends. May your darkness turn to light and may you glorify the risen Lord. He may have died on the cross, but He didn’t stay there. He rules and reigns at the right hand of the Father. And because of His scars, you have grace! Believe Him, accept Him, and turn the light on!

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

-Romans 10:9-10

Love,

Jennifer

The Hope in Our Scars (And a Book Update!)

Our ScarsIf you know me at all, you know some of my story. You understand why I encourage from the place of a woman who has been through her share of sorrow. And if you don’t know me, then I should probably tell you that I experienced secondary infertility which transformed into a fifteen year battle accompanied by miscarriage and stillbirth.

Since I started this blog, not quite two years ago, I’ve shared about my upcoming book, Nothing to Hold but Hope. It has taken a long time to align all the details, but it is finally going to debut before summer begins! Over the course of the  last five years I have literally lived the definition of Romans 8:28.  Freedom and truth live deep inside it.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

-Romans 8:28

Today, I want to communicate that no matter where you are on your journey, Christ loves you. He has crafted a beautiful design for your life. Throughout my struggles I’ve learned that the messy, imperfect, battered, and bruised pieces make me unique. It is the same for you.

Our scars are lines in a story that have opportunity to shout the beauty of our Savior. (Tweet that!)

We cannot expect to live a life free of suffering when Christ Himself could not escape it. However, we can learn there is a much larger plan than our eyes can see. We can hope, rest, and trust in it. Our hope is sure and built on a solid rock.

Today, I pray that everyone who reads my words on this tiny piece of the internet will think of the power in the word hope. I pray hope beckons you. I pray it calls your name so loudly that you will not be able to ignore or deny it.

Friends, if you feel like you’ve nothing else to hold on to, you always have hope.

Grip it tight!

Love,

Jennifer

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My Hope for You Today…

rainbow blog picToday, I hope you find unexpected surprises and beauty beyond your circumstances. In faith, walk wherever the Lord leads you. Even if you’re not sure you are ready to take the next steps to get there, go anyway. I pray you crave His will for your life and that today will be a new day filled with new boldness in Him! Step out and be brave,  friends!

May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. 15 May you be blessed by the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

-Psalm 115:14-15

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Love,

Jennifer

What We Must Continue Teaching Our Kids…

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Yesterday, just less than 20 minutes outside my community, there was a stabbing at a high school. 21 teenage victims were scarred forever, literally. Hundreds of others now live in fear that it might happen to them someday. As parents, during the early years, we spend so much time instructing our children to avoid strangers […]

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Humility or Pride? (Then and Now)

Recently, I’ve been looking back at some older posts. They serve as a journal of sorts. When I was reading I couldn’t help but reflect on all God has done in my heart over the last year. Just last Friday, I wrote about taking ownership of gifts. I couldn’t have done that last year. I […]

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Five Minute Friday: Writer (A New Land)

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I remember a time last year, when playing games with friends, that someone asked a frantic question while trying to earn points for their team, “What does Jen do?” the answer shouted out was, “She’s a writer!” I wanted to look behind me for the “real writer.” I thought, “There must be another Jen in […]

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Why Are You Allowing Your Voice to Be Silenced?

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I think it was my 5th miscarriage. To tell you the truth, I’ve had so many I can’t remember which one it was… It had been a very long day. My body felt as if it had been through the war, probably because it had, and I just wanted to escape the cold and antiseptic, […]

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