Storyteller. Grace Dweller.

I’m Jennifer — wife of an Iowa farmer, mom to two girls, new book author. I believe in you, because I believe in Jesus. You matter to Him, and you matter to me. more »

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Monday 2nd May 2016

flowers are for the living (plus a $100 giveaway)

flowers, bouquet, FTD

I grew up in a little town with a lot of old folks, and it seemed like every other week, Mom walked us uptown to the old funeral chapel, where we’d say goodbye to another of our old friends, who’d taken the offramp toward heaven. The sight of our old friends in velvet-lined boxes ...

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Tuesday 26th April 2016

how to take a compliment with grace – #tellhisstory

how to take a compliment with grace - #tellhisstory

I was still new in my faith, and that morning, I sat like a firework in the front pew. My heart was eager, ignitable. Our church had a guest speaker, and I hung on every word, as if I were hearing the gospel for the first time. His fiery words were like a match on […]

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Sunday 24th April 2016

words of encouragement if you’ve got a hard week ahead

words of encouragement if you've got a hard week ahead

I dialed my friend and told her about the Hard Thing I had to do. “I don’t know how to do this,” my voice shook when I spoke, and I felt hollowed out. “How do I tell him the news? This is so hard.” My friend Michelle said she’d go with me, because that’s what Jesus-sisters […]

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Thursday 21st April 2016

even if your voice shakes a little

this is my story, this is my song

We’ve been without a pastor for several months now, and while that’s not been easy, something really amazing has been happening. Week after week, members of our little congregation have agreed to take the pulpit — some for the first time ever — to lead our congregation ...

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Tuesday 19th April 2016

if you’re feeling irrelevant – #TellHisStory

if you're feeling irrelevant  - #TellHisStory

Sometimes, I think I’ll run out. Run out of something to say here. Run out of hours. Run out of life. Of energy. Of purpose. Of time. Run out of being relevant anymore. The other night, at Bible study, our leader asked the question: “What are you most afraid of?” He gave us choices. Fear […]

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