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
If I could only do what I was meant to do... I know it is a struggle, that feeling swelling inside that you were meant for more. Often feeling like you were made for more than this... I might not know what defines your this... but I hear your ache to do the things of your dreams, … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: whatever you do
Isaiah and I were out walking; he turned to me and said: "Mom, we're reading the book The Giver, in class. Have you ever read it?" "Yeah, I have," I replied. "I read it when Lily was about your age and was also reading it in school. I remember it being a pretty intense book in … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: searching for utopia
It really gave me pause as I read this post-it from my 14 year old. I slowly opened my Bible to Romans 5... I think giving myself a moment to catch up to the weight of her Bible Study reflection. Even though I knew what I'd read, it still hit me again. Peace and Hope … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: for the joy set before him…
We may have packed up our Christmas tree yesterday but I'm still thinking about ornaments. 1- The word ornament is really weird to spell... At least for my 4th grader. Elanor had it as a December vocabulary word so I've seen all the incorrect phonetic spelling variations... 2- Iris was so good with not touching … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: dusty
Much to my husband's chagrin, there is a lot of glitter at Christmastime. To say that he isn't a fan of glitter is an understatement, it just might be one of the few things he actually uses the word hate regarding. The darn stuff gets all over and it never goes away. From clothing, to decorations, ornaments, and Christmas … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: all that is gold does not glitter