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Thinking about // Amazing internet friends. The Influence Conference that I went to this weekend was so, so good for my soul. Not only was I thrilled to be there to worship, learn and grow in this blogging world, but I made incredible real life friendships. I roomed with three other gals, and they were the very best for my soul. My biggest takeaway from the whole weekend is my new relationship with them.
We stayed up until all hours of the night talking husbands, impersonating each other, blogging, our online presence, and my favorite of all: religion. I have had a huge passion for a while that really grew and blossomed when my husband played in a Christian band: I love ecumenical relationships.
ecumenical: promoting or relating to unity among the world's Christian churches.
I love friendships and relationships that see beyond a certain religion or faith and are able to come together in one accord under the most important fact of all: We love Jesus Christ. I have such a grateful heart to my Protestant brothers and sisters: who teach me by their examples of praying and reading the Bible, of worship, of the gifts of the Spirit. I am grateful for the differences that make me broaden my own relationship with the Lord as well. I am grateful that I am a better Catholic by being surrounded by Protestants. I am so thankful for unity under the blanket of Christ.
It's weird. And I love it. And we started the hashtag #ecumenicalfriendships because it is important to get the idea and word out that this is important.
Listening to // Lots of Audrey. She is a great joy to my heart. After my post last week about how I've changed in the past year, I linked up to Audrey's song Breaking You.
This song has always been a really special one for me. I have family members that struggle with anxiety and depression, so when I hear these lyrics, they coat my soul in the Lord's love.
You lost your fire, and your flame's gone out, and you're down on your knees, 'cause your life is not what you thought it would be.
And I realized for the first time that those words mean so much for my own life as well.
Thankful for // This gorgeous necklace I got from Influence Conference from Beautiful & Beloved. Here's a teensy bit about the company:
Beautiful & Beloved's desire is to help create awareness of the epidemic of human trafficking and to also bring a practical application for you to support the men and women effected directly… an awesome yet simple way for you to impact a life.
Loving // This beautiful new church that Cassie and I found while we were in Indianapolis for Influence. It was GORGEOUS. Churches like this are a rarity to me, and they take my breath away when I get to see one. It was truly beautiful.
Loving // This trip this weekend. I was extremely nervous about leaving the babes, but I'm so glad that I went. I learned a ton, I came to understand my relationship with the Lord even more, and I made incredible friends. Win-win-win.
I'm also loving on my co-host this week. Hannah of Joyful Life is one of my favorite people in the blogging world. I SO wish that I could have met her at the conference, but she recently had another sweet baby girl who she got to snuggle with instead. Lucky duck, right?
Some of my favorites posts of Hannah's:
- The Mom Police
- Why I Don't Want My Girls to be Beautiful
- My Rambling Thoughts on Two
- Thoughts on Raising Community-Minded Children
Hannah is not only co-hosting this week with me, she will be taking over the hosting of Currently. I cannot say enough how much I've loved hosting this amazing link-up with you all, but it's time for me to take a step back. I need to focus on my family (A LOT) right now, and I wanted this incredible community to go into some amazing and capable hands: and Hannah fits that bill to a T.
She is a lover of community, and I know that she will host you all with the most gracious heart. I am excited to pop in and out of her link-up and catch up with you all in this space that we've grown to love and appreciate (at least, I have).
I appreciate every single one of you more than words.
Seriously. You all have fed my soul in so many ways with your love, encouragement, support and presence. I could never fully express my complete gratitude for who you have been for this link-up.
With that being said, let's end on a good one. I can't wait to see what YOU'RE currently up to.
Much love, Jenna
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In between tweeting, reading books to my daughters, and [not] burning mac n cheese, I am the Founder + Creative Director of Blessed is She women's ministry + community.