Move away from comfort and face change head on
What reaction does the word change bring to you? Is it fear of the unknown? The feelings we had when we walked into a new school, no friends, no idea where to go. The halls were haunting, no familiar faces, no familiar smells, no parent to run to. You just had to push through the fear, wear your strong face, man up. And all the while you just wanted to turn tale and run home...
Possibilities? First take out the trash
Created-Psalm 139:13-16, "You formed my inward parts, knitted me together in my mother's womb...I am fearfully and wonderfully made...intricately woven in the depths of the earth...in your book were written... the days that were formed for me" Predestined-Ephesians 2:10, "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."...
Spring cleaning is a must for healthy living
Growing up, springtime around our house always meant time to "Spring clean." I always dreaded it, I knew that everything had to be moved, every spot cleaned, every dust bunny caught, every window washed, spider webs down, paneling cleaned, attic combed through...
Make a difference
There was a tragedy that took place in Nashville this week that took me back to a very devastating time in my life. I'm sure if you watch the news, you are aware of the young mother who was shot by her husband. It is never far from my memory. My sister was killed by her ex-husband, he had been abusive during their relationship so she finally got up the nerve to divorce him. ...
The ultimate sacrifice gives us a future
Today is Easter, the day that we, as Christians, set aside for special remembrance and celebration. We celebrate our Savior stepping out of death, which could not hold Him, to life everlasting beside our Father. A celebration that assures us that because of His ultimate sacrifice, we too can spend our eternity with Him. Driven by love so deep, so immense, that even an agonizing death couldn't stop Him. Have you ever loved liked that?...
I love this time of year; watching as the flowers peep through the cold ground, buttercups bursting with yellow blooms, redbuds unfolding, trees popping with new buds. All nourished through the winter, as they rested, to show their beauty in their season. We ready the ground to grow our vegetables, hoping for a good harvest in due time. The soil must be ready for our seeds and flowers when planting time comes...
Tears of a clown
Do you remember the song, "Tears of a Clown"? The chorus goes "Tears of a clown when no one's around." Can you relate? We sometimes hide our sorrow and pain from the world, we tuck it deep down inside, far enough so no one can detect, right? We wear that smile, the one that tells the world everything is fine, I'm good, no problems, right? But then when we crawl into our safe place, where no one can see, the smile disappears, and the tears flow. ...
Hopeful optimism for peace eternal
I am always in awe of the way God set the world in motion. In nature, the trees follow His bidding, the ocean ebbs and flows, the animals instinctively know how to care for their young, and the birds follow His lead of migration. The earth continues to spin on its axis and gravity holds our feet to the ground. ...
Gifts of time
Christmas is less than two months away. It is such a wonderful time. "Time" filled with family, friends, great food, and gifts. It is the time that we celebrate the birth of our Savor. Unfortunately, His birth sometimes gets lost in the festivities. And oh the money we spend on gifts. I have struggled so in the past trying to find the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Just what do you give someone who has it all?...
Answers to the age-old questions
Why? Why, the age old question. At a very early age, "why?" becomes a part of our vocabulary. Inquisitive and trying to understand the world around us, we ask, we seek, we explore, we want answers. It's how we learn, how we satisfy our curiosity. As children we are why boxes. Why can't I have candy? Why is it raining? Why is the sky blue? Why does my stomach hurt?...
Chip or chipper?
My mother used to say that I sometimes had a "chip on my shoulder," "the old "woe is me attitude". Funny how I look back and realize that my mom was usually right, of course at the time I thought I knew it all. Attitude is defined as a personal view of something, an opinion or general feeling. ...
I am having a knee scope today. It happened while I was playing basketball, meniscus tears, two of them. I love to play and I love the ladies I am privileged to play with. It is one of those bucket list things. I wanted to play basketball and so I did. ...
The search to discover our destiny
Destiny is defined as the inevitable or necessary fate that a person is destined for; one's lot. Have you ever had those moments when you wondered why you're here, why you were born, what your very purpose is? I mean there must be more to the everyday grind, right?...
Self-worth is not measured by others
I love all the books of the Bible. Some I understand better than others. And always when I read them again, I find a better understanding and new insight. I tend to be drawn back to James. He just lays it on the line, in my face, no bones about it. I invite you to spend a little time there with me...
Baggage and burdens
Summertime, the time of year for family vacations. Of course, we have to pack our bags with all the necessities for the trip, but there are a few pieces of baggage I hope you will leave behind permanently. You know the ones I'm talking about. Life's negative baggage that wants to hang around long after the damage is done...
Roots and light: Needed to grow
Roots are described as "the essential core of something." The roots of a tree anchor it to the ground, from which it receives its nourishment, its life source. If at anytime the root is broken away from the tree, it begins to die. It cannot survive without the sustenance that the root provides. ...
New journeys of hope
While on our life journey, we are met with many decisions about which paths we will follow. The signs along the way are enticing, yet scary. Fear of the unknown may keep us from traveling a path that is very intriguing to us. We may have chosen the path of least resistance. ...
Self talk: Rewinding, deleting and rerecording
Our hearts and minds are like spiritual recording devices. They are constantly recording and storing messages into our data bank. We are born hungry for truth and our spirits are very receptive. As children, we are sponges, soaking up the world around us and believing the words of the people we know and trust. Then comes the outside voices, stimuli, and feedback that may or may not be truth, positive, or healthy...
Stand tall in the face of negativity
A new year, new opportunities, new challenges, rocking on in our life journey, running our race, as the clock ticks on. Time is precious. Every day is a blessing. Have you taken a look at 2011? Did the year take you closer to where you want to be? And where is your journey taking you?...
Jennifer Jarrell is a resident of Bedford County, a realtor, and a life coach and personal trainer. She inspires others through motivational speaking, nutritional, physical, and spiritual coaching, camps and group classes. You can reach her at 931-703-0667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.