Helping you live boldly in a broken world

Helping you live boldly

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I’ve been thinking over here at jenniferebenhack.com.  And obviously it’s been some pretty quiet thinking — in other words, I realize you haven’t heard from me in a while.

Lately my thoughts have swirled around the theme of my blog and ministry:

Helping you live boldly in a broken world.

Is this what I’m really about? I’ve been asking myself if it’s an accurate portrayal of what I do and what I want to continue to do.

And I think it is.

Because brokenness is what we struggle with every day. I know I do.

How many times in the past week have I been at my wit’s end due to my own sinfulness, the impact of sin on my family, and the sorrowful effects sin bears on our world? I can’t even keep count.

But every time I get to the end of myself (which is frequently), I’m reminded to lift my head.

Where does my help come from?

And just typing that makes me want to shout Hallelujah!

A New Plan

So I’ve created a plan to share the boldness Christ offers us a little more frequently around here.

To start with, I want to draw our focus to the Lord:

Being as messed up as we are, there’s no other place to begin. I’ll share Scripture each Monday to lift up our eyes to the One who emboldens us.

Then we’ll take a look at ourselves:

The first Thursday of each month, we’ll take a look at life-coaching principles that help us understand who we are and most importantly, who God created us to be.

From ourselves, we’ll move on to our families:

The second Thursday of the month, we’ll talk about those most dear to us. I know how deeply sin and brokenness affects these relationships, so I’m looking forward to encouragement in this area.

Then we’ll reach out even further to our community:

We all struggle in our close circles from time-to-time, so the fourth week, we’ll talk about loneliness, friendship, listening well, church issues, etc.

And the final week of the month, we’ll think global:

These days we’re painfully aware of suffering around the world. How can we reach out with boldness as our brothers and sisters in Christ are persecuted? How can we reach the lost?

Disclaimer

I’ve got to confess, I’m simply not a planner. Committing to a system goes entirely against my nature, so bear with me on this. I may indeed fail, but I’m going to um, boldly step out in spite of my brokenness!

Thank you

Thanks, faithful friend for being a part of this community. I’d love to reach and give you a hug! But since it’s not possible for us to connect face to face at the moment, would you drop me a line and just let me know how you’re doing? List a prayer request or a blog topic idea… anything! I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings,
Jennifer

8 comments on “Helping you live boldly in a broken world

  1. Hello friend! I’m excited about this Jennifer! A few weeks ago I set a goal to do a Bible Study, but getting to one at church doesn’t seem to fit my schedule (maybe I should check my priorities???). This seems like a great place to start, so I will be following along! Looking forward to learning from and with you.

  2. Jennifer, thank you! I love your blogs. As I scroll through facebook, I don’t take a lot of time to read, but what you write is always worthwhile to read and I always find myself saying, “Yes! Well said!” Thank you for using your gifts to serve others – including me! Yes, we are all broken and messy. A believer in one of our churches once said, “We are all in the hospital. We may all be on different floors, but we are all there, needing healing by our great Physician.” I thank God for you and the burden he is giving you to help others live boldly in this broken world.

    • Hi Eileen! Ah, yes — that hospital analogy is perfect! I’ll just shout encouragement from my uncomfortable bed to all the others. And when I start whining, just shout back at me from yours. 😉 Thank you so much for your kind words, and I know you have the exact same mission in the world, so thank you for all that you’re doing!

  3. Hi Jennifer! It has been awhile…so glad to “see” and hear your voice! I am not a planner either but your post has made me think about my calendar and how many meetings and appts.I have to put in…lol! On a deeper level, It has also given me pause to think how I may need to get my life a little more in order… a great weekend to ponder and pray about this. Praying that your planning gives you time to share your inspirational thoughts and feelings as we all struggle with sin in the brokenness of our lives and our world! God bless!

    • Hi Mary! So nice to hear from you and know I’m not alone in my tendency to fly by the seat of my pants. 😉 Thanks for your encouragement, and happy planning!

  4. I think we are sisters from another mister! ;). You are someone I would love to have a nice long coffee chat with. Thanks for writing and bearing your soul. You are never alone. God bless you!

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