Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Consider the Why of Christian Platform - {#makemuchofHim}

Sometimes I imagine conversations in my head. Do you ever do that? Surely, I'm not the only one. Right?

Recently, I have considered the discussion of - platform.

When it seems like everyone is shouting about the "what" and the "how", I am considering the "why".

photo credit - dbannie

Monday, August 18, 2014

The letter I am rewriting to myself

photo credit - 2happy
I look back. I see a young, wounded girl in need of healing. In need of grace.

That wounded girl? It's me.

Back then, when high school was coming to a close, I believed my body was sickening. That 86 pound goal? It hadn't been met.

Then, I was desperate for love. I longed for close friends & a boyfriend who would never leave me.

Then, I had failed myself and those around me who might care more - if only I'd done better.

That letter I wrote my senior year of high school? It found it's way to me five years later like my teacher said it would. As my shoulders slumped the tears came for the depth of agony and distorted views I told myself.

Today, I know it was my heart that was sick.

Today, the deep recesses where rawness throbbed are clothed with grace, steadfast love & truth.

Today, I have fallen.

Grace has caught me and held me close.

It's time for a new letter.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Snapshots - A Vlog, #BlogitForward & Acts 15 Team Encouragers

Snapshots are moments in time encapsulated in a post. This is where I share updates on what I'm up to and what God is doing.


If you haven't heard, there's a new Vlog in town. This journey began a couple of weeks ago as a response to Asheritah's #OTAVEDA challenge on www.onethingalone.com.

In stepping out to take on this challenge, I found that I enjoy talking to my phone and making videos. Eh- just chalk it up to another "endearing" quirk like those we shared for the Declare Conference 4X4...

Friday, August 15, 2014

New VLOG: Behind the Screen with Jolene

Y'all - what?

I don't even believe I've begun this new journey. I'm wondering who is going to join me?! BE BRAVE! I know you want to....post a VLOG? or a podcast?

A few weeks ago I visited Asheritah's website, www.onethingalone.com.  She mentioned that there is this thing called VEDA (Video Every Day in August) going on on YouTube.  People from all different venues will be posting videos daily.

Asheritah challenged believers to do the same. Share your faith. #OTAVEDA (One Thing Alone Video Every Day in August)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seasons & the Potter's Wheel - A Message from a Friend

When the Spirit seems to simply take over and the words pour out, they should be shared.

My dear friend shared these words with me and I wanted to pass them on to you.

Be blessed.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Sikkema

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wild Obedience in Authentic Moments {Declare Conference 2014}

It should be a simple question; one with an automatic pat reply. No emotion necessary.

"Hi! How are you?"

But it wasn't.

The genuineness of her smile stopped this heart that wanted to keep walking aimlessly away. It just isn't simple to betray your hurting heart when authenticity surprises you. An easy response would keep attention at bay, but a heart that meets the love of Christ cannot help but be moved. 

"Truthfully? Not so well," I replied.

What just happened? Now what?

It was out there & the awkward ball was put in someone else's court for the moment. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

#BlogitForward Linkup No. 5 {God's Word & Video Blogs}

Friends - I took a week off in posting the next linkup because things have been turned upside down in my life in many ways.  While I am in this place of waiting and trusting on God I am also reminded to simply do each day as the Lord leads.

To be honest, I don't really fret much about getting a post on a certain day because when I try to write for the sake of writing, it just doesn't work.  This blogging and writing thing, they are for Him and by Him. Without Him, it's nothing.

I am working on various writing projects and spending a fair amount of time journaling and seeking the Lord through prayer and His word.

In addition, I'm having fun posting short videos on my new YouTube channel. I started it for #OTAVEDA (see this post from Asheritah). I have hesitated doing any video or audio in the past because I've always considered myself more of a writer than a speaker.  Too often my words get jumbled out and the thoughts I want to convey just don't come out right.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Share the journey of faith {Declare Conference Get to Know Each Other}

When you are someone who writes, there is much of the writing & blogging craft to learn and practice. Through this, hopefully, you improve so that the words you write will convey a message well.

When you are someone who writes because you have stories to share and a faith building message to convey, there will be testings and trials to walk through. They become part of the story.

When you write through the journeys, writing becomes a way to remind yourself of who God is in the midst of it.  It is also the means through which God brings connection, fellowship and ministry.

When you are a woman on this path, you sign up for a conference like Declare!

The writing, the stories, the connections, the ministry and the faith journey, they become a testimony of who God is and what He has done.

Friends, I look forward to meeting you, praying with you and joining you.

Let us lift Him high and DECLARE HIM through our Wild Obedience!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Choosing faith through tough times

Today, I am in a tough season, again.  How about you?

I mean really tough. It feels like everything is collapsing. It feels really hard to walk through and I wish someone who has gone before me could give me some pointers.

God is asking me, again, to trust Him and Him alone. 

He wants me, and you, to rely on Him and Him alone.

Friday, July 25, 2014

His hand upon my back {FMF: Finish}

I have spent so many years looking ahead to the finish line while too often dismissing the runners around me, the people in the bleachers, the beauty in the field and the purpose of the race.