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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. I am approaching 2019 with the same tender resolve, borne from wisdom that comes from 2018 being nothing like what I had expected or planned. Jonathan Edwards had the right idea–we so easily forget where the power of resolution actually comes from!

  2. Girls I want to say this it not what size of home or flat you live in or what you have in that God cares about. As there are people in our world today who have nothing living on street’s. People who have everything and would give it up in the morning to have their health. Like the homeless person who like a warm place to sleep one nice meal. So I just thank God everyday for what I have. As to may people get into debt to have the latest this and that. Or if have money have to have it. When I stop and think God I have a mobile I don’t even if I could afford it would I want it no. Because I stop and think of the person that is struggling that would love to afford to have a mobile like mine. Say God I am thank full to have one. As everything we have comes from God above I go into prayer for them. If I can give to food banks etc As I feel God would want me to. Every day give think as it says in psalm 100 plus This Is Day The Lord Has Made Love Dawn xxx

    • “Every day give think as it says in psalm 100 plus This Is Day The Lord Has Made Love”

      Amen and amen. Thanks for sharing, Dawn.

  3. Jen,
    I’ve been a Christian since I was 13 years old. I am now 57, and I can attest that God’s shaping us into the likeness of His Son is a series of baby steps. After 44 years, I certainly haven’t “arrived” at perfection or having it all together….far from it. In fact, the older I get, the further from Christ I see myself as being. So thankful for His grace and forgiveness. If I haven’t resolved some things in 44 years, to think that in 2019 I’m going to magically get my act in place entirely….pfffftttt! Another year of baby steps and God’s loving molding. Joining you in your rebel-utions!!
    Bev xx

    • “In fact, the older I get, the further from Christ I see myself as being.”

      My hubby and I were just having this conversation. As we get older, we are SO much more aware of our need for Him. Amen?

      So appreciate you, Bev.

  4. Jen,

    Jonathan Edwards had it spot on. We can’t do anything without God’s help. Thus far 2019 isn’t starting out great for me. I am going to rebel against resolutions. Perfection is overrated. No one down here is perfect only Jesus. “If we strive for perfection, there’s no need for a savior and we will never meet
    everyone’s expectations, including our own.” There is nothing we can do in our own strength. Jesus is the only one who can strengthen us for the year’s battles. The enemy & the world would have us believe that we can accomplish everything if we try/work harder. Do more be more is their motto. People’s expectations of us are high. The only person’s opinion we should concern ourselves with is God. What He says about us is truth. Making rebelutions to get closer to God & His will for my life.

    Have a blessed 2019!~ Blessings 🙂

    • Beth –

      Happy 2019. We are so honored that you are part of this daily community here. Thanks for always sharing your wisdom. xoxo

  5. Right there with ya, Jen. It’s all about a process of peace this year, not accomplishments. Already, there is joy in these small beginnings. — Praying with you for a year filled with Him and His agenda. ♥

  6. Jen,
    Thank-you, this was like a breath of fresh air. Recently I’d become distracted as I dealt with my son’s regular morning medical routine, something new came up, and then I got distracted. I thought I had it covered until yesterday it dawned on me that I had forgotten to do something. Thank God for my son’s sake my mistake was corrected.
    Isaiah 42:16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them, I will turn the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do: I will not forsake them.”
    After I got over being mad at myself I was beyond grateful, and humbled. No matter what I plan, think or try to do in a day, by no means can I do anything without Him.
    Have a blessed day all,

    • I’m glad this resonated, Penny.

      I’m surrounded by some amazing friends who are incredibly driven in their goals and often I’m left feeling like I can never get my act together. I’m preaching to myself in these words. 🙂

  7. Our pastor usually challenges us to pick a word for the year. This year he changed it to an action! I had already picked my word as delight.. But after reading Just Open The Door, I decided my action is to delight in hospitality… a struggle because my house is unfinished and usually a mess! And yes, boxes in the corner, etc.! I want to delight in it. Delight in people connections. So I hosted life group yesterday and it was the most relaxed I’ve ever been with a house full of guests! I noticed things I wish were cleaner but it was okay. I will do a little here, a little there, but most of all I want to delight in Jesus!

    • Oh Deb – I am beyond delighted to hear this!! Thank you SO much for sharing and I’m celebrating with you. I know your guests enjoyed every moment. Here’s to a year of delighting in Him and opening that door. 🙂 xoxox

  8. Wow, Jennifer. I have rebelled against resolutions for years because I could not bear landing in another pit of December disappointment. Thank you for sharing the tip from Jonathan Edwards, I’m going to write that down a few, no a few hundred times…but seriously, I needed this. Thank you SO much for sharing this, and I think I will join you (insert scared emoji face here).

    • I’m with you, Christina. We can write it out a few times together and remind myself we can do this. 🙂 (No, He can do this. ;)) xoxo

  9. This has me thinking! “I don’t want to make New Year’s resolutions by downloading a list of regrets at the end of December.“ I can relate so well to what you shared! Thank you.

    • It’s always encouraging to know that others are at the same place. So glad this resonated with you. xoxo

  10. This speaks to my season of transition so well. Even though I’m not really a “full grown” woman yet, I find myself truly being able to relate to the struggles that other women who are older than me share.

    • Natalie – thank you for sharing here. While I don’t know how old you are, I think there such comfort knowing that we are all on this journey together. No matter the age, we can encourage and build each other up as we learn more about Him.

      Sweet blessings to you as we start this 2019. xoxox

  11. Jen,, thanks so much for this post! This is the first time I have adopted Rebel-utions. This year will be about doing my best at what I can do and letting that be enough. I am tired. It’s time to step back from the ‘must’ do list and into a place where I give it all to God. To let him heal my heart, my mind, and the feelings of never being good enough.
    Today is the first time in a long time that enough energy to catch up on reading the (in)courage posts that so brighten my day.