1. Category Archive: Things I’m Learning

    Enjoy Me!

    Our youngest daughter, Clover Dawn, is by far our wiggliest, craziest baby.  Our other three daughters are wild and free as well, but as far as the baby stage goes, Clover stands out in this. She’s always moving and on to the next thing, always!  Ever since she was about 6 months old, when we hold her, she immediately tries to turn her whole body around to see what else might be going on, or what her sisters might be up to.

    I remember one time in particular, I picked her up and she tried to wiggle her way out of my arms, and I said, “Clover! Just enjoy ME!!!”

    And I immediately thought how that must be what God says to me so often, “Jennie, just enjoy Me!”

    How many times do we have the opportunity to spend time with God in His word and in prayer, and yet we get distracted by what’s going on around us, by what people are up to on Instagram, or thinking about the sink full of dishes that need to be done, or the laundry room that is overflowing with clothes needing to be washed, or the emails needing to be written, or the calls needing to be made or the party needing to be planned, and the list goes on and on and on…

    We see this perfectly pictured in Luke 10:38-42, as Martha is apparently super distracted with her to do list. It says she was “distracted with much serving” and Jesus told her tenderly, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.

    But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

    I don’t know about you, but I make a to do list every day, and while it’s rare that I actually accomplish everything on my list, I find that it’s so easy to overwhelm myself with the worries of the day!  But if we were to follow Mary’s example and choose the “one thing”, the most important thing, first things first, then God will help us with our to do list.  I find that when I do this, and choose to spend that time enjoying the Lord, the rest of the day falls into place (not necessarily perfectly), and usually not how I planned, but God is in control and He knows best! {my husband taught a message on this passage in our “one thing” series last year, and it changed my life. That might seem dramatic, but it really did!  You’ll definitely want to listen!}

    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-8

  2. Category Archive: Things I’m Learning

    So You Had A Bad Day


    We all know it and live it. Some days are just bad. We wake up grumpy. The day starts off with you finding your child in your bed AND them having wet the bed right beside you, or babies are crying, or you sleep in and now are rushed into the rest of your day. Simply put, we have bad days.

    But what do you do with your bad day? I find that it’s super easy to let those things that make a bad morning ruin my whole day. It’s easy to blame, and to be grumpy and rude, but it’s not easy to get over it, right?

    In 1 Samuel 30, David had a bad day. He comes to his town only to find that their enemies had burned it down and taken his family captive.  Verse 6 says that David was greatly distressed. You think?! Everyone was grieving the loss of their wives and children….

    “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

    The Bible doesn’t say exactly how David strengthened himself in the Lord, but really the only way to do this is to spend time with Him, in His Word, giving Him the stresses, worries, grievances, knowing that He alone is in control.

    So what has caused you to have a bad day? Perhaps a bad week? Year? Decade?
    Look up dear one, hope in God, spend time in His Word, in prayer. You may have little ones and you can’t get a quiet moment, but try to make one.
    Strengthen yourself in the Lord, and choose to have a JOYFUL day, even in the midst of situations you can’t control or seem to even be getting worse.

    “Have you not known? Have you not heard?
    The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
    Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
    He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might
    He increases strength.
    Even youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,
    But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
    They shall mount up with wings as eagles,
    They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
    Isaiah 40:28-31

    *this picture shows one of Lenya’s classic looks – angry butterfly…

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    Thirty One is a Good Number

    Before I turned twenty three, I thought how incredible it would be to have a theme for the year, an anthem, something specific to focus on, to memorize, to pray in my life, to allow God to saturate into my soul. And I thought, Psalm 23 would be perfect for my twenty-third year! And thus began the start of my yearly themes for my life. Some years it’s been whole chapters, some years it’s been verses or passages in the Bible that I felt God leading me to learn and to study more deeply.

    I don’t know if I’m supposed to reveal my age at this point in my life, but about half way through last year I realized I was turning 31 this year and I knew exactly what I wanted to study –  Proverbs 31 – and I was so excited!

    My birthday was January 11, and at that point it had been 22 days since Lenya went to heaven, and I remember feeling numb and shocked and just sad. And in the midst of the grief, Proverbs 31 has been one of the passages I’ve been studying and I just love the example we get in the Word of a godly, hard working woman who highly values her family and her responsibilities. For example, verse 25 says:

    “Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.”

    I’ve heard that the Proverbs 31 woman wasn’t a real person or that she doesn’t really exist, that she was just an example to lead the way for us, but the older I get, the more I’ve seen women in my life with all of these qualities. Of course no woman, no person is perfect, but I love the inspiration of this woman. I also love the examples God places in our lives who lead the way, who inspire, who challenge, who lead by example how to be a woman. A few of these women in my life are Lenya Heitzig and Cathe Laurie.  These ladies are treasures and pure gold in my life.

    So for me, this yearly anthem habit has been so rich and rewarding. Memorizing God’s Word is always important, and my sweet friend Crystal Lewis has an inspiring way to do this on her blog.  To be meditating on and growing in super specific ways, for me, has been so needed and so refreshing.

    “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

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    Love Doesn’t Keep Track

    Love thinks no evil.

    As I was thinking over this truth today, I really couldn’t get my mind around this. In a world where all you see is evil and bad news, where it’s easy to be negative and a pessimist, where sarcasm drips off of our vocabulary, it was hard for me to think about thinking no evil.

    The NASB says, “…love does not take into account a wrong suffered…” or the NIV, “…it keeps no record of wrongs…” 1 Corinthians 13:5

    When the people in our lives have done something wrong to us or against us (which has happened to us all and will continue to) it’s easy to hold on to that and keep track of it and think about it. But love doesn’t do this. When balancing the books of things people have done to us, we’re not supposed to keep track of the wrong things, we’re not supposed to think about and ponder those evil things, but what we do need to do is not even take this evil into account! How on earth are we supposed to do this?!

    It means we must be quick to forgive. Quick to let go of the wrongs people have done to us. Now this is not easy. It doesn’t even seem right or fair. Especially in the instances when the wrong done was really wrong and evil and ugly. When these things happen, the option that makes the most sense is to always think of that person in light of their sin and their mistakes, but that’s not what God calls us to!

    To think no evil does not come naturally, but the more we practice this, the better we will be at it, as we pray for God to give us His perspective, and to be quick to forgive like He is faithful to do.

    “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

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    When I think of being possessive I think of a selfish person who can’t let things go and has to have control or else she can’t handle it.

    But I just read Proverbs 14 verse 1 in a new light:

    “The wise woman builds her home, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”

    I’ve read this over and over and over, and the word “her” never stood out to me so strongly as it did today. “Her home.” That’s a possessive pronoun and that means that this home is hers. There’s a sense of ownership, responsibility, and care.

    It brought me to the amazing Proverbs 31 woman, where I found the word “her” over 28 times. Her hands, her household, her husband, her clothing, her children, etc…

    And this was eye opening to me as I believe God was teaching me ownership and a self-less, possessive attitude of the things God has placed in my care.
    Going back to the proverb, in my life it’s easy to be nonchalant, relaxed, and almost indifferent about my home.  Of course there’s the actual building which makes up the house itself, but there’s also the people within it who make it a real home. I tend to be on the lazy side of life, and as I read and learned more about the possessive quality of what “her” means, I was really challenged in my attitude toward what God has put in my care. I want to be intentional and passionate about my home and those in it. To take my responsibility even more seriously and carefully.

    “Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Proverbs 31:28, 29