For all of you wondering, our interview aired this week on Blazetv.com! I’m so excited.
Jennifer and Kirk on the Glenn Beck Program. Snapshot from The Blaze TV.
Since some of you may not be able to see it, I thought I would tell you a little bit of what Kirk Cameron and I talked about. For those of you that don’t know, he guest hosted on the Glenn Beck show this week, and invited me to come and talk. We talked about some of the big questions of faith like, “If God is good, why do bad things happen?” and, “Is God really fair if He lets innocent people suffer?”
One lady on the first night shared that one of the questions she has of God is, “Why do I suffer with all this pain? I’m not old enough to hurt so bad.”
The next night we read that you wrote, “We often assume God’s apparent inactivity in our situation is evidence of His neglect [so far, so good, but . . .] when it really may be His way of showing compassion to protect you, provide for you, or preserve you.”
Help us understand how your quote relates to that lady’s question. Thanks a bunch. We had 23 show up for our first session. Praise His holy name!
Every time I am with them on their Life Today television program, I am moved. They lift me up with their personal words of encouragement. They challenge me to give more of myself with their appeals to build water wells. They draw me toward helping hurting people with their sincere love for people…”call if you need a friend.”
In Missing Pieces, I write about the importance of recognizing that “God is with you” in both your darkest and most joyous times. As we latch on to this truth, the missing pieces in our blanket of faith become places where we experience the absolute fullness and goodness God.
Listen to these beautiful words performed by my girlfriend and sister-in-Christ, Mandisa. I met and worked with Mandisa before her debut on American Idol. I love her music, but more importantly, I dearly love her heart for the Lord. Mandisa’s testimony rings true through this song! Always, always, always remember He Is With You.
It was January of 1989 when I stood in our kitchen with Darlene as she focused on that little stick that would determine whether or not I was pregnant. I was a mix of emotion. I was nervous, worried, hopeful, anxious and insecure.
So, as we waited those eternal few minutes to see the stick change colors, I opened a bag of mini Heath candy bars. I unwrapped one by one and with every bite, I felt a little better. I was distracted and enjoying that toffee crunch and chocolate. By the time the stick turned blue, I had eaten half the bag!
God, are you there? Because I really messed up this time. That was my somewhat hesitant, and very much hysterical, call to God back in late 1996 when I became pregnant.
I had been confident that my boyfriend, who had asked to marry me, would come through as the hero to rescue me and to set a date. And he did want to set the date, but not for the wedding . . . . for the abortion.
In ministry you always need people to come along beside you, encourage you, link arms with you and help you get the word out about the message God has laid on your heart. I feel so blessed because God has given me 70 women (so far) who have doing just that. They are my Missing Pieces Launch Team! <insert happy dance>
Over the next few weeks they will be telling their friends, family, hairdresser, garbage man, cashiers, mail carrier, kids teacher…(oops, I’m getting carried away) about my latest Bible study Missing Pieces: Real Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense.
I’m sharing some Chocolate Recipes, and I would love to share yours with the world of Missing Pieces, and beyond.
Those of you who know me well, know there is nothing that melts my taste buds more than sinking my teeth into a piece of dark chocolate. In fact, you could dip just about anything in dark chocolate, and I would eat it – and I’m not kidding!
Just like chocolate sends my taste buds into overload, life sometimes send us into overload. As Forrest Gump would say, “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.”
March opened with the filming of my Missing Pieces Bible Study. I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for what God did. And, I cannot put into words how grateful I am that it is…OVER! Ha! (Relief is my favorite emotion!) I am incredibly grateful for the hundreds of ladies who came each night and were so supportive as the audience. If you want to see some behind the scenes pictures, check in here.
The following weekend after filming, I gave a “Honeymoon Tea” for Caroline and Clayton. They are getting married on May 18 – less than 2 months away! I sent invitations that included a white tea sachet and asked the ladies attending to fill it with a little cash for the honeymoon. When the ladies arrived, they placed their “tea bag” in a tea pot which Caroline took home. We used my great aunt’s silver service and lots of tea cups from friends and family. It was such a sweet time. I made crustless quiche and chocolate croissants. But, the best part of the menu was the blueberry scones we got from Hebrews Coffee. I have never tasted better scones! Anyway, it was a special time and an easy kind of shower both for the host and the guests – no shopping or wrapping or games! Yeehaw! If you want to see the video I sent Clayton from the tea, click here.