Tell us a little bit about yourself and what God has called you to do? My heart is burdened for the overwhelmed doer, for the woman who is stuck while the Lord is asking her to move and for the dreamer who is afraid to take a risk. I love gathering these women through the retreat I host twice a year called Camp Well and remind them they are not alone . . . they are not the only CRAZY ONES, because we often feel like we are crazy. I think we feel this way because it’s hard to find community and other women that get us. Either our family and everyday friends don't understand us OR we are so busy doing and dreaming that we become isolated. I love seeing what God does when we all come together.
Where do you live and have you lived anywhere else? I currently live in Dallas, Texas - "Dallas Dallas" - that is what those of us call it when you live in the heart of the actual city and not a suburb;) I have lived in and around Dallas for 27 years. My family lives just 30 minutes away. I was born in Northwest Arkansas though and still call myself a Razorback!
How do you carve out time with God everyday? My routine is usually get up, walk, grab coffee and sit on my couch to be with the Lord. I LOVE the idea of a War Room - a prayer closet - but I live in a tiny 671 square foot apartment. So instead of a War Room I have a War Drawer - I found a coffee table with a drawer in it where I keep my Bible, devotional and prayer journal. I love curling up on the couch and waiting for the Lord to show me what He wants to that day. If I don't do it first thing, the tyranny of the urgent invades my day. I'm not perfect, but am super blessed when I do it. I think everyone needs to find what works best for them and their schedule because it’s more important to DO it than to do it at a certain time.
What is your favorite Bible Verse? Share with us why you love it so much. Right now I am searching for all the places God talks about "making things new." God is healing and restoring NEW things to my life and I am having a hard time RECEIVING - as if I don't deserve it I guess. He has a gift for me and I am putting my hand up. So Isaiah 43:18-19 is what God wants me to know right now. "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! now it springs up; JENN, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
What is your best organizational/planning tip, other than your Anchored Press Devotional Planner, of course? My tip would be to block time. Mondays are for catch up, I don't take meetings or calls. Tuesdays and Thursdays are when I try to keep my meetings scheduled on. Then Wednesday is another focused workday. Otherwise I can get so distracted!!!!
What is your favorite go-to easy meal? I love a good crock pot of Taco Soup - just throw in 2 cans of rotel tomatoes, 2 cans of corn, 2 cans of ranch style beans, 1 ranch dressing dry packet, 1 lb of browned ground beef and set the timer! Serve with some cornbread top with sour cream, avocado and fritos- done and done.
Tell us your favorite God story (in your own life)? I love that you asked this question. I am living my most favorite God story right now and I want to shout it from the rooftops! Last fall I began walking through a divorce, not initiated by me. I had prayed for years that God would restore and save my marriage. When I faced the reality that my marriage was ending, the truth I clung to was "Even if not, God is still good." And He is. God quickly began the process of healing in my life and it was overwhelming, supernatural and powerful. That would have been enough - enough for God to show me how He is my Counselor, Redeemer, Rescuer and Healer, that He makes beauty from ashes, that He wants us to experience the power of the resurrection from walking through the valley. It was powerful to experience. He moved me to start living a brave "year of yes" - saying YES to opportunities for Him to redeem the most broken of things. One brave yes was when two friends of mine asked to set me up on a harmless-practice-blind-date . . . out of state. I honestly don't think I would have said yes so soon if I had not made a commitment to start saying yes to all the things, even if they seem crazy. Well, something about that 1 hour blind date prompted me to send the first "post date" text! (this is so-not-me). Long story short (of God affirming over and over to lean in and trust Him with this relationship), I am now dating this amazing man who is truly God's sweet favor in my life. God has written the most beautiful love story and story of redemption in BOTH of our lives. I remember earlier this year when I got brave enough to start praying for my future relationship, I prayed that I would trust God's timing, even if it took 5-10 years OR even if it meant He did not have someone for me. I guess He wanted me to trust His speed. :)
What are your 3 favorite books, other than the Bible of course? My Utmost for His Highest devotional - other than that, I am trying to become a better reader!!!!!
We are dying to know . . . a time that you lost focus on a call God had on your life. What was the outcome? YES!!!!! Oh my goodness. When I felt called to start The Well Studio I got so stuck, stuck in being paralyzed, stuck in overwhelm with where to start, stuck comparing, stuck in doubt. Just stuck for over a year. Finally when the Lord got me straight and focused on "obedience over outcome" I began to do the "next right thing" The beautiful thing that God did through that stuck mess I was in, is he birthed the idea of 31 Days of Prayer for the Dreamer and the Doer - a devotional of prayers to help other women get unstuck. He redeems and makes something good even out of our messiness!
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