{Ministry} New Year, New Challenges

We are all met with different challenges, big and small. As we come up on a fresh new year, I pray that you have the strength and perserverance to overcome them!

2012 was full of challenges for me…

Photo by d-Squared Designs in June 2012

A new baby has its own string of ups and downs… This year taught me so much as I learned to be a mother! I learned how to let go as I went back to being a working mother…I have learned that I need to work on my patience daily…and I am consistently trying to juggle my career, family, and spiritual lives.  I know 2013 will boast new mom challenges of its own, but I feel confident that the Lord will guide me through them!

My health has gotten persistently worse since I was 7 months pregnant with Rypken.  I started getting migraines weekly and my irritable bowel syndrome went haywire.  I am soooo very thankful for the doctors I was advised to visit! For the first time since prebaby, I am starting to feel like myself! I never thought I would find the root of my issues, but my doctors did…now I am on the right meds/life choices and hope my current good health continues in the years to come!

Photo by Emily Miller Photography in Feb 2010

This year has been a rollercoaster of emotions in my Christian walk.  I have faced some of my lowest of lows, but God met those with some of my highest of highs! Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Eventhough I believe singing has been a calling for me, this blog has really tugged at my innermost heartstrings. I believe with my whole spirit that God is using me for His doings. My Gramps always said, “You know you are doing God’s will when the devil is after you.” Because of this, I am sure I will face more criticism, ridule, and negativity towards my Christianity in the future…I am also sure that I will fail someone’s expectations of my Christianity in the future… Even though all of these are tremendously hurtful and embarrassing, how I deal with the challenges will only make me stronger in my walk with the Lord!

Bring it on 2013! Some new things I will be attempting in the new year will be journaling, speaking, and vlogging. Can’t wait to share God’s word with those searching and with those who aren’t.  I pray that people pay attention to all of the evil the devil has been allowed to do in this world, because we need to wake up and smell the roses… The Lord is coming back sooner than later and I want EVERYONE to make it to Heaven…yes, I said EVERYONE! Not only my family, friends, and followers…but my enemies, doubters, and nay-sayers. A big goal this year and challenge to you is to:

Let the start of 2013 be a new beginning for you… Focus on God’s role in your life and how you can become a light in this dark world.
God Bless & Happy New Year!


  1. Anonymous
    December 27, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    yay! guess who found the comment button!! first, i am so glad i found you…i have so loved finding like minded, Godly women to relate to…and the fact that you are a working mom {teacher} too, is awesome!
    it is so challenging to find a balance at being a wife, mom, teacher, friend, and follower of Christ and you seem to do it all beautifully. thanks for sharing, i have enjoyed, “getting to know you”. 🙂

    my question: i started getting really bad migraines too not long after ty, my little boy, was born…in fact i am going to the neurologist on the 3rd…you mentioned you had yours under control…what are you doing to help? i wouldn’t wish migraines on anyone:/

  2. December 28, 2012 / 1:18 am

    Your amazing, thank you for your encouragement and transparency. I also how iBS, you really have to pay attention to what you eat, lots of fiber and chew meats really well

    God bless you

  3. December 28, 2012 / 7:37 pm

    Love it, Jess! So proud of you for following God wholeheartedly and not being ashamed of your walk with Him!!!!

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