I need to share this picture with you. Are you ready for it? Not sure I'm ready, but I'll do it anyway. This is me. Me with the first baby that made me a momma. By no means was he the last, there were many more to come. But that first baby holds a special … Continue reading Mothers Day 2018: on the verge of the most obvious thing (that I never saw coming)
Do you ever make yourself out to be the hero? Watching a movie, reading a novel... do you find yourself identifying with and casting your role as one of the main characters? Identifying with their quirks, finding yourself in their struggles, aspiring to their successes? I can think of a few books and movies that … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: when you aren’t chosen
There are moments in life when all we are left with is: God is still God. He is still good. God still loves me and I know His plans for me are good... even when... Even when it hurts. Even when I've lost something so dear to me. Even when everything is falling apart around … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: …even if he doesn’t…
There are times when a word or phrase won't leave my head, constantly running like a song lyric you just can't stop thinking about. But more than a song I can't escape, there are words and phrases that won't leave my heart alone. That's what happened this weekend. Actually, it started (again) in earnest weeks … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: fighting the lies
A remnant of a stain... "When you want to know who you are, first you need to know whose you are. Then you will find who you are in Him." This week in lab, some biology students went looking for who they are... (I guess you could say at the most basic of levels) as … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: A remnant of a stain
Sitting in church as youth from our YLC group led the Sunday Service at First Baptist Ravenswood, WV, I noticed something special. The teens did a great job preparing their messages. But as good as the messages were... it wasn't those that I noticed. Different youth truly stepped up to allow God to work through … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: love one another deeply
Maybe I should be apologizing to my children because it seems most of them are destined to have their name spelled wrong or mispronounced. It started with Micah... I don't think I really anticipated that his name would be difficult. But since he was tiny just a few days old, doctor offices have been spelling … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: what’s in a name?
What do you think of when you see stained glass windows? Do you see their beauty? Perhaps, like me, you marvel at the craftsmanship it took to create such masterpieces. I've sat in many churches looking at windows created across a few centuries, from the late 1800's to windows refurbished in recent years. And I've … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: is it enough for me?
PostIts make me happy. I am a Type A person... can't deny that. I function better with lists and use PostIts at my desk to organize my thoughts. If you've been through a recent meeting or workshop with me then you've also fallen victim joined my sticky note madness of different colors, categories, etc. None of … Continue reading PostIts
Remembering the book of Esther could win you some points in a game of Bible Trivia. It did for me. Q: Name a book of the Bible that doesn't mention God. A: Esther Fun fact, I guess. That little tidbit about the book of Esther resulted in lots of debates amongst kids when I was in … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: for such a time as this