Teaching the Things She Is Also Learning

If you have a copy of Favored One (which, according to my brother–who doesn’t have to say this; parents might, brothers don’t–five minutes ago, you really really should), you will see in the “About the Author” section in the back that it says, A writer, teacher, and spiritual caregiver at heart, Jenn loves team building,Continue reading “Teaching the Things She Is Also Learning”

Praise Festival 2020

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-njuf2-ceef77 It has taken some time to decide whether to post this or not. It’s not a usual podcast of any description. It’s wonky and awkward and there is no real sermon/teaching and none of us are professional singers.  But this is the church at worship, at the start of the year, simple and awkwardContinue reading “Praise Festival 2020”

Rules for People Who Don't Like Being Boxed In (or Who Feel Like They Already Are)

Back in 2018 (I keep wanting to say “last year,” but that is no longer correct…), a lot of fairly momentous things happened. In hindsight (which is, as they say, 2020–that’s a pun, guys), Paul and I were being prepped for each of these events for a long time, but in not-hindsight, all of themContinue reading “Rules for People Who Don't Like Being Boxed In (or Who Feel Like They Already Are)”

Life in the Vine

How do you cultivate a fruitful life? Probably not with New Year’s resolutions… Who doesn’t long to stop feeling overrun by the demands of schedules, jobs, relationships, wallets? Was the easy yoke and light burden Jesus promised when we come to Him just a PR pitch? Is a joyfully managed life actually possible through connectionContinue reading “Life in the Vine”

What Are You Waiting For? Joy!

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-7mmvx-cc14b4 Isaiah 35:1-10 “On our own, we can’t make a desert into a garden. We can try to put a positive spin on our personal desert. We can try to reframe our desert. We can try to run away from the desert…None of that will bring us joy–maybe some happiness for a few seconds; maybeContinue reading “What Are You Waiting For? Joy!”

Magnificat

I met with my spiritual director last week and in the course of our conversation, she said, “I wonder if you would consider…I think we did this together when we were in London, too…writing a Magnificat. You know, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for…’ You write theContinue reading “Magnificat”

Irrational?

There are three women who, unbeknownst to them (and not totally consciously to me either, until recently) inspired the writing of Favored One, and exactly this year–the year I decided to publish the novel of the woman chosen to physically bear the Word of God in her body, and the year I became a differentlyContinue reading “Irrational?”