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Jen is a wife to Shawn, a mom to Noah, and they live out their story in their tiny town of Barboursville, WV. She is a freelance writer and a blogger at girlmeetsgrace.com. God’s grace has redeemed her big time and she wants everyone to experience it for themselves.

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  1. Jen,
    Absolutely loved this!! I can just see Molly happily going about her business getting her nest in order in her very own special way. She’s not comparing herself to the Jones’ nest next door, she’s just delighting in the fact that God will soon bless her with little ones and she needs to get things in order. Living our lives to an audience of One with the gifts we have been uniquely blessed with is such a more joyful experience than getting caught up in the enemy’s traps. It’s 5:29 am. and I am heeding your advice to do my best to rock this day the Lord has given me. I’m up, I’m breathing, I’ve got coffee….that’s a good start!
    Blessings to you and Molly,
    Bev xx

  2. I love the lessons we can learn from God’s creation — particularly the birds. These days here in the north, birds are flying overhead in their amazing v formation in total obedience to the call of God He placed in their hearts, teaching me some important lessons about this following life.
    Blessings to you!

  3. Jen,

    I love this: “When God sends an assignment my way, I often compare myself with anyone else who has ever done this job. Will it be as good? Can I measure up? Maybe I shouldn’t even try.”

    Gosh, so many of us feel that way! We slip into the comparison trap!

    I invited about 50 moms and their kids over this coming weekend to play in our sprawling backyard, and I was excited until I realized we haven’t weeded all season! And my back porch is a disaster. And our giant yellow umbrella on the back porch is broken. I was writing the list of all the things I needed to do to not look like I’ve been asleep at the wheel as a mom and property owner.

    And then I remembered that my home is my own. Perfectly imperfect. And I don’t want to create an environment where women are comparing my nest to their own. So boom! I’ll read a book instead.

    Thanks again for sharing!
    Erin

  4. Jen,

    Your post reminded me of the Stephen Curtis Chapman song “DO Everything”. Some lyrics include: “You wonder sometimes does it matter at all.” “Let me remind you it all matters just as long as you do everything you do to the glory of one who made you ’cause He made you.” “If you do every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face & tell the story of grace”. It’s not about what we do-rather how we do it. Doing our best each & every time to please God.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. What a great message!! And funny! This spoke to me hardcore this morning, I think I must have needed a little change in perspective. “Keep children alive for an hour,” hahaha! Great article, Jen, thank YOU for taking the time to write something that really speaks to the hearts of the women you are ministering to!

  6. Love this so so much! I have lived by Colossians 3:23 throughout my {short} work career. I am in ministry work and it’s amazing to me how many Christians – even in this profession – forget who we are to ultimately work for and treat their job as a way to pay the bills. God has given us gifts and we are to use them, even in the work place! This means we do our best and go the extra mile in “whatever we do.” I always tell myself, “would I do this for the Lord?” If the answer is “yes,” then I know what to do. I saw a quote once that has really stuck with me these past few years…it said: “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” We are made in God’s image and likeness, let’s aim to autograph our work with His excellence!

  7. I love this visual so much! (My kids call me a “weird bird lady.” I always stop to see what those beautiful creatures are doing.) Thank you for sharing a different and JOYFUL perspective on how to approach the sometimes mundane in our lives. Now I’m all fired up and inspired today to go out and rock it! Have a great day!

  8. What a great post, Jen! Thanks so very much for sharing. I needed to hear it and read it. 🙂

    How many times have I gotten caught in the comparison trap, looking at the way others do things rather than turning to my Heavenly Father for His guidance? Many times, I’m afraid to admit.

    Today and everyday after, I’m going to use what I have for Him and His Glory. Lord, help me to rock this day for You! 🙂

    In Him,
    Lara

  9. Loved your post. Thank you. God by His grace is delivering me from being a doer. This morning had several errands that could have been rushed BUT intentionally decided to let God’s grace have its way. What a blessing and oh what I could have missed!!!

  10. My husband and I will be “worshiping with the toddlers” this Sunday. I greatly appreciate your attitude of communicating with upbeat attitudes, playful spirits, and enthusiastic story readings that we love these little people, that church is a warm, fun place to be. Thank you, Jen, for your inspiration! (And thank Molly for me.)