Meet the Authors
Jodie is a wife, mother of two, speaker, teacher and blogger. Her passion is teaching women the Word of God to help motivate and encourage them to strengthen their faith walk. She looks for joy in the everyday things like laundry, waiting in line and cooking, considering each an opportunity to share God’s love with others.
One Jar At a Time
Our world needs joy! Will you join us on a mission to deliver joy, One Jar At A Time?
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Founder, Worship Leader
Donna is a daughter of the King, wife to an ordained youth pastor, mother of three beautiful children, and a physical therapist. Her passion is music, leading and sharing in worship through song in order to bring women closer to the heart of God, verse by verse. She looks for joy in the misfit places of life, sharing laughter with others and showing them God’s extraordinary love for them.
The Long and Short of It
Join us today as we share sweet things! We are three weeks into a wonderful online Bible study about embracing God and each week our dear friend, Jana Kennedy-Spicer, has been sharing sweet extras that are just too good not to share with our friends here in blog-land. Today Jana shares her heart and a sweet challenge! Jana is a wife, mom and Nana who is passionate about inspiring and encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ. A woman rescued and repaired by the grace of God, she loves to share about the realness of God’s love, redemption and faithfulness. Embarking on a new life journey, she is dedicated to using her blogging, Bible teaching, writing, photography, drawing, painting and graphic designs to bring glory to the Lord. You can find Jana at Sweet To The Soul Kind...read more
As I read all of Mark Chapter 1, I thought, WOW! Jesus was a busy guy! Ya know, we ladies are often found going in ten different directions at one time and we often pride ourselves on getting many important things done. But if you are like me, there comes a point where we fall down and feel like there is nothing that is left. Jesus had established his team of disciples and He set out on a boat to spread the Good News. He was on a mission. Casting out demons, healing the sick and word was traveling fast. People were lining up to be next. There was no time to stop and rest. No time to stop and refuel. Or was there? “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 Jesus GOT UP. Jesus...read more
Rounding turn one on the bike course during my first triathlon was nerve-wracking! There was sand on the course competing with the thin wheels of my road bike and I could feel my hands tightening around the handle grips preparing for a wipeout. In that moment, during that split second, I whispered, “run the race, keep the pace, keep your eyes on Jesus.” It’s my summary for Hebrews 12:1-2 and I often recite it as motivation during training to remind myself who to focus on when pressing forward in the hard. That spilt second when I thought my face was about ready to meet gravel was hard. Knowing that verse and being able to call on it in a time of need allowed me to stay upright in a scary situation. That was over ten years ago and I continue to use those verses to help me press forward...read more
The first day of Spring just came and went. I blinked and it was here and gone. Almost like New Year’s Day. Wasn’t that just the other day? I often find myself wondering where time has gone, but the upside of time progressing is that with the passing of each new day comes new opportunity! We are so excited to share a new opportunity with you. As April rolls in we want to invite all the gals out there to join US in a new online bible study called, “Let’s Be Women Who Embrace”. 4 weeks. 4 ministries. 1 purpose… To encourage women to live proclaiming their trust in the Lord; embracing the truth of His word as active and alive, affecting how they embrace and interact with others every day. (Living, Embracing, Affecting!) One of the most exciting things...read more
I have a new chair. I have affectionately named it my “God-chair” because I told my husband that I was going to write my book in that very chair. But truth be known, this is the first thing that I have written since getting the chair. And at this moment..I am at my desk chair writing. Why? Is it writer’s block? Do I have nothing to share? Nope…that’s not it at all. It’s also that I am not in His word…I just haven’t been writing. The trouble is…I have been putting everything else in life before my writing. Not that “everything else” is bad…. My husband’s ministry gets top priority and I am called to be his help mate, I have three beautiful children that need me, I have a home that is not self-cleaning, I have...read more
February. It’s the shortest month and at my house it’s filled with several celebrations. There is Valentines Day, my daughter’s birthday, and her grandmother’s birthday. And this February there was another celebration. The celebration of God’s love for us. Honestly, I never knew what asking one question on my Facebook page could lead to, but I’m sure glad I asked. Responses from women to complete these two statements led me on a journey that was nothing short of remarkable (can’t you just hear the little boy from the Little Rascals? REE-Mark-able!). Just before February I asked Facebook friends to complete this, “God’s love is ____________ and makes me __________”. The answers that followed made me smile, think, reflect, and dig...read more
Stuck. She was stuck behind a log truck trying to get to a 9am class and her students were waiting. The she wasn’t me, but I can just imagine the anxiety that was building. Well, if it were me anyway. I would be constantly looking for away around the truck blocking my progress and slowing me down. Can I just say this about myself, I don’t like to be stuck. I really have trouble when I feel delayed. I just don’t wait well. I want to wait well. And then a thought came to my mind. What I now believe was a prompting of the Holy Spirit. Stuck or still? When I feel stuck in a place that I don’t want to be stalled, is it really an opportunity to be still in a place where I need to rest and grow? To be stuck or to be still. It’s my choice, our choice, or is it? I...read more
All afternoon I had one thought with every field we passed, I want to jump on hay bales! A friend and I had set out for a destination and no real timetable. So unusual this day and age when we are a people who schedule everything. But we were doing it! Taking the day and getting away. The beautiful chatter in the jeep between two girls made the driver (who remains nameless) miss a turn. Oh well. We pressed on. Back roads are more scenic anyway. The fields were beautiful and with every field we passed, I wanted to jump on hay bales! Approaching a town not on our schedule, but one we knew would lead us to our destination, we eagerly headed toward a bridge that would correct the wrong turn. And then we saw it. A big orange detour sign. The bridge to the other side was OUT! No problem! It...read more
I think I did it just because my best friend Lisa was doing it. I had no idea what I was suppose to be doing but there I was. Sitting at a table, behind a score chart watching guys dressed in ill-fitting leotards. There they were rolling around on the floor, slobbering through their mouth guards and being twisted into positions that I did not think were possible. Yep, I was a mat maid. I guess it looked good on my college application, right up there beside horn line captain and honor roll student. Yeah, I don’t think I can explain away this one. But as a mat maid, one thing was for sure…I did not have to wrestle. This week, we have begun our Armor of God Bible Study. Week 1 – sizing up the enemy. Day 1 – WRESTLING match. I’d rather be a mat maid. “For...read more
“I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no satisfaction. ‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try. I can’t get no, I can’t get no.” Pardon me for using a Rolling Stones song to start a blog post about The Lord and all His goodness. But I think it works here. Here in this messed up world where we look all over hoping to find what we need and never finding what our souls are truly longing. Satisfaction. What is it and where is it really derived from? I want to give that neat answer tied in a bow and I could. I trust the truth of God’s word and know that He can “fill my every longing”. But allow me to be very honest (It’s what you expect, right?). I trust that God can satisfy the empty places within me, but I still...read more
While getting dressed this morning I had a flood of memories come back. It all started while I was putting on a camisole under a new top that the neckline falls a little low on. I stood there with good and bad memories. Memories of living a life wanting acceptance,...read more
Words don't always come easy...sometime there is just no time, other times there just are no right words. But my heart desires to always share good words from the great words of the Truth! To lift others up, to point them to Truth, to share hope and love! Lately,...read more
I want my daughter to know that she is a princess!Not just my princess.Not just her daddy's princess.A very special princess to a very special prince. This past week we had prom preparations going on at our house. I have a son who has been to a prom before and a...read more