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Mother of two. Lover of words, coffee, Jesus & music. Encourager of spirits. Collector of “B”s – books, boxes, baskets, oh my! Traveler on a journey of faith through the ordinary.

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  1. Jessica!! I love this!! That passage from Nehemiah is my favourite… so much of God’s redemption is captured in that book… thank you for this!

    • Thanks, Tonya! I appreciate you taking the time to leave me some comment love. Having a post on your favorite site can be a tad bit intimidating! xoxo

  2. where do I need hope the most? hmmmm….. I need to have hope and believe and trust that God does have a husband for me. The hope for change!
    Wonder why it is so challenging? I know He spoke and said , “I have a husband” . I can relate to Abraham and Sarah , they didn’t like the wait either and thought they should help God out! I don’t want to wait, I’ve been waiting some 25 years now. When it seems impossible, with Him, all things are possible. I know He can and does just change things.

  3. The understanding that I am not alone in my struggles is the greatest comfort. I have lived with depression for many years- drifting in and out of my life. But The Lord has never given up on me(even when others in my life did) and has worked to put me in a much healthier situation so that I could experience joy and love. This has meant HUGE changes- some unexpected, but all meant to help me grow closer to God. My depression has dimished; my heart is healing and life is full of new possibilities. I am now surrounded by people who love me. With the strength of The Lord, I’ve regained personal strength and emptional stability. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for me next! I know that the joy of The Lord is indeed our strength!

  4. Ah, yes, two simple words that hold so much power. Me too. Me too. So thankful God restored your perspective of community and has loved you through that. I love seeing your words here today, Jessica!

  5. “You want desperately to be known, yet find yourself terrified of being seen?
    Me, too.” I can relate….Thank you for sharing your words and your story. I’m going back to read that story in Nehemiah!

  6. I had always felt alone even in a crowd of people. I feel like I was born lonely and, born to feel lonely. Because of my upbringing, I felt alone most of the time. I didn’t feel like I belonged in my family and I certainly didn’t below to any of the groups at school.

    My next stage was seeking anyone and everyone to be part of a group. I would make many sacrifices in order to be identified with specific groups. Then I realized that even with the group I still felt alone.

    I realized that my loneliness had nothing to do at all with my circumstances. I had not learned how to love myself and love being alone with me. This was a hard thing to admit to myself.

    My task was to learn how to love me and love being in my own company. It was one of the most difficult things I had ever done. But I can say that I am my own best friend. I can easily go and be with my friends or communities of which I have many. I am made to be with and round people but today I do NOT have to be with people. I can just as easily be alone.

  7. This is beautiful and so perfect for where I am in life right now. Thank you so much for sharing your heart in this post. 🙂

  8. I love a good gathering, too! In fact it’s one way I can check in with myself and know there are things in my life I am hiding if I’m avoiding gathering with my people. Yes we all need a safe place…and we all need to be that safe place for one another. Great post, Jessica.

  9. There are so many who hide behind their pain. We isolate ourselves when we’re hurting. But we need each other and the healing that comes from being together!

  10. I often forget that joy can be found in community–it’s rough being an introvert ;). But what you say is true–we must be in community in order to find others to minister to. Thank you for the reminder!

  11. Jessica,

    Just discovered Incourage.me today and am so happy to know there is a community like this!

    We have a ministry at http://www.the315project.com/stories that helps people through the process of knowing and sharing their story. You’ve got so many courageous women on this site! Hope we can connect up and encourage and lift each other up!

    Peace and love,
    Todd