Category Archives: Holidays

5 Tips for a (Truly) Happy Thanksgiving

1. Lighten up. Life is short. Live today like it could be your last. 2. Expect nothing. That way everything you receive is a blessing. 3. Don’t get your panties in a wad. (That’s a southern thing, it means #1 lighten up.) Let things rolls off your back. Don’t get offended — because when you […]


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Beginning with Thanks and Praise

This week on Jen’s Journal, I’d like to welcome my longtime friend and sister Megan Carter to the writing chair.  Megan and I have shared hundreds of prayer calls across the phone lines over the years, supporting one another’s families and walks with God. Megan is a prolific writer, a genuine friend, and a dedicated […]


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The Spirit of Christmas Lives On (how to keep your candles burning for the New Year)

This Christmas post from last year rings even truer this year.  As we rest, reflect, and renew our focus on the year ahead, enjoy a quiet read… “Christmas is over, baby,” I said nonchalantly as I buckled  little Sam into his car seat, his legs dangling long.  “It’s time to go back to school.”  “Christmas […]


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The Miracle of Christmas comes again

A few nights ago I was wrapping presents while Livy’s friends draped themselves on my couch. “I already got what I wanted for Christmas,” I told them as I tied the bow.  “Really?” “Really.”     In the midst of Christmas errands the Cowboy had said it like a thought that often runs through his mind. […]


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