This past year has been a whirlwind of newness for me. I think my body doesn’t know what to do with itself and might curl up into a big ball of anxiety if I do one more new thing. :)

Not really, but kind of.

I have conquered a lot of fears and unknowns this year, and I really feel I’m becoming more and more of who God has created me to be. It is thrilling! And scary. There are moments where I think, “wait, who the heck am I and why do I think know what I’m doing?” But then I do it, and I become more confident in what God is calling me to next. More often than not, I find that no, I really don’t know what I’m doing, but yes, God equips me each time I need to do it!

I’ve always struggled with anxiety and “that voice” that tells me nobody likes me and they’re all just waiting for me to fail. As an 11 year old I regularly visited with a therapist because I would cry and cry at night to the point of vomiting, all because I was worried my teacher was mad at me.

This new season of life has brought out a new level of, but familiar sound to my anxiety. But instead of being afraid of it, I’m learning to say, “Oh, hello voice. I see you’re there, but I’m not going to let you control me.” I’ve been working with a life coach who is helping me develop skills to learn to live with my anxiety, and I’m also going to be visiting a therapist again as well. I am finding power in the ability to acknowledge my struggle, name it, and find tools to learn to process it.

This year has also been a new stage of mothering for me. I no longer have babies, but boys. No diapers, no high chairs, no early morning wake up times. They are more and more independent, and we have a new element to our relationship that I really enjoy. We have conversations about life and God and feelings. We laugh together, and go on dates together. We have moments away from each other. I work. They go to school. They play with friends and neighbors, I go out on girls’ nights and dates with my husband. It is a new season that I just kind of stumbled upon, and there is much beauty in it. God is helping me to continue to understand that yes, life is designed to move, and each stage and season is full of goodness and beauty.

Surprisingly, even though filled with newness and anxiety and thrill, I would label this season: quiet. My heart (and blog!) have been quiet, listening for God. I often hear Him in the quiet times of my day, through the wind in the trees and the pitter patter of the rain. It’s almost as if He’s revealing Himself as the calm and the constant presence I need amidst the chaos. I’ve held to that and found myself looking forward to those moments of quiet and stillness with God, enjoying His unconditional love and peace.

I have this beautiful picture of five birds flying together that I find myself thinking of often. Michael, Trevor, Elliott, Simon, and I fly together and enjoy each other’s presence, but we also fly off on our own at times too. As God has helped me “fly off” to become more of who He has created me to be this year, He will also help each of the boys to do that too. It is my joy and my honor to be a part of their journey and help equip them to do great things. When I see them choose compassion for the underdog, or love for someone different than them, or joy in the little, ordinary things my heart feels full. I may not feel like I know what I’m doing, or that most of the time I’m flying by the seat of my pants, but I have great peace in knowing that by helping them develop language for connecting with God and loving people, they will change their world.

5 thoughts on “quiet”

  1. Jenni, I love your heart. You are such a beautiful and inspirational woman of God and I am often reminded of God’s peace and wonder through you. Love you!

  2. Love!!!! So excited for you! I love watching you face your fears and realize that the voice you are facing is often telling you untrue stories. Because it’s not telling you that people love you, and they are watching as you soar, but will also pick you up when you fall. I love being teammates and friends. Keep being awesome!

  3. I love you Jennifer Joy! I love watching you fly! I love watching you choose to overcome, spread your wings and SOAR! More and more like Jesus! YOU make my heart full. You help me see Jesus, His faithfulness! You inspire us all to deeper humility and courage. xoxo

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