Helping you live boldly in a broken world

Helping you live boldly in a broken world

Helping you live boldly

Ministry Evaluation

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

Doing hard things

Doing hard things

The funny thing about hard stuff is that we didn’t believe it would be this hard.

Ministry.

Adoption.

Marriage.

Parenting.

Walking by faith.

Those of us living in a first world country are especially confused by hard. We watch commercials promising the easy life, sure that if we buy or do the right things, we’ll be able to avoid hard.

But aren’t all our best memories connected to the hard stuff?

A race won.

A baby born.

A degree earned.

What’s your hard thing?

About eleven years ago, mine was moving to a fourth-world country and becoming an instant mom to three… eventually mom to five.

Around three years ago, it was fighting panic and adrenal fatigue — pushing through life even though I wanted to hide in a safe little corner.

Today it’s being faithful at home, while also letting my light shine a little further. It’s putting myself on my blog, in a book, and even on a speaking platform.

Each hard thing has been scary. Today is scary. And exhausting. Did I mention hard stuff is exhausting?!

BUT

Every single time I want to go live in those life-made-easy commercials, God gets involved.

He elbows me in the ribs and just won’t let up until I’ve gotten the point:

  • blogs…
  • verses…
  • songs…
  • homeschool curriculum…
  • sermons…

They all say the same thing:

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I don’t know what the future holds; God might take me from hard to easier, or maybe from hard to harder. But even in my fear and wimpiness, I’m motivated to press on by a couple huge things:

1) I know there will eventually be a permanent end to all that is hard. Hallelujah!

And at that end we will be rewarded for our perseverance.

“In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” Hebrews 10:37

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

2) I don’t have to do a single thing in my own strength!

God promises to empower and equip me for each challenge.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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Here’s the deal: God has specific tasks in mind for each of us. We’ve been uniquely designed for our own hard stuff.

Jesus saved us — completing the ultimate overwhelming job. And He sustains us. He empowers us.

Our time here is limited. Will we do what He’s created us and saved us to do?

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:8-10

Alright, now it’s your turn to share. What hard thing is God asking you to do?