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  1. mercedes permalink
    March 16, 2008 6:25 pm

    Hi, I wanted you to know that you bring a smile to my face. I LOVE THE LORD SO MUCH. But I feel like most of the time (ok all of the time) I get it so wrong. I am a stay at home mom and I know I have to get a job soon to help my husband out financially. You make me smile because I am not alone and lately I feel like I am messing up so much and I hope you pray for me and I will pray for you.

    Your sister in CHRIST


    P.S. My childhood was crazy also and my mom is bipolar so I know your pain.

  2. Tasha permalink
    May 18, 2008 5:10 pm


    Today I got on the computer and thought, “I really really hope she blogged today.”

    My house is crazy, my life stressful, my kids a royal terror, and my heart down.

    I just wanted to say, your blogs mean so much to me. You are a bit of a role model for me. So honest, so real, so in Love with Jesus. It inspires me. It makes me feel like I am not the only one. It is refreshing.

    Thank you so much for your posts… They mean the world to me and I don’t even know you!

  3. Mercy permalink
    July 30, 2008 7:53 am

    I would like to win because I just need something nice to happen to me. But I know that if is not this God will bless me some other way.

  4. Hallel Smith permalink
    August 30, 2008 8:55 am

    Jess, Just wanted to let you know that I have just recently read your article on the P31 magazine and loved it. “laying down my Isaac” was wonderful and inspiring. It really made me think about what my Isaac is and how I need to bring it to the feet of Jesus. Thank you for sharing.

  5. patty permalink
    September 22, 2008 11:11 am

    Hi Jess, I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and am always inspired by your honesty and your precious love for Christ. Today’s post reminded me that Jesus wants us to come. He takes us empty, tired and not ready to worship and fills us to overflowing. Through your posts I am inspired to meet Christ where I am…Thank You Sister, thank you.

  6. November 18, 2008 9:56 pm

    This year, my wife and I have decided to create Christmas for each other and donate the rest to a small third world village. In an attempt to “create Christmas” instead of buy it, I am working on a project for my wife. I am gathering a compilation of letters from mothers to mothers. The letters are in open letter format and can be to any mother. The letters should share stories (no matter how real, raw, or funny), worries, encouragement, advice with these mothers. My vision is to give my wife a group of these letters so when tough time come in raising our 3 boys (yes, we had three under 3 at one point; I know, she’s a saint), she can find encouragement in the words of other mothers.

    I have taken letters via email and have also opened a blog to try and pull in additional submissions. See . So far I have collected around 35 letters from mothers of all walks of life. I would absolutely love it if you would consider taking part in the project. I’m sure your writing plate is full, but I appreciate the consideration. I would also appreciate it if you could pass this on to any other mothers you know. I am really hoping that this project reaches unmanageable status.

    Thanks, and keep up the good blogging.

  7. Anna permalink
    January 26, 2009 11:48 am

    Hi Jess; we didn’t meet yesterday in Sunday school but wanted to say that we’re glad that you came! I hope you enjoyed it and feel at home in our class. We do a lot of fun things outside of Sunday morning so it makes it easier to get to know everyone. I’ll introduce myself to you when you come back!

  8. Some One unimportant permalink
    February 1, 2009 6:57 pm

    I am not sure I really like blogs because they show too much. I have no
    idea what brought me to yours, but I try to stay in touch with my familys life through a blog that routed me to yours..Depression is hard. I came
    within minutes of ending my life because of it. I lost a beautiful daughter, the first thing I think about every morning (20 years ago). I lost a step son 5 years ago. I’ve been divorced (don’t believe in it). My x husband killed himself with a 357 magnum. My childrens father is no where to be found. (who cares after 30 some years). We were homeless, lost business, home and rentals. My sister, brothers , nieces, nephews hate me and I know not why. Gifts, cards are all returned unopened. I have never been invited to a wedding shower, wedding, baby shower, Christmas, family reunion for over 10 years, I honestly do not know why. Yes depression is bad……………………………………
    But, because of all of the above, I have a wonderful husband, a son,
    daughter in law and four grandchildren I would die for. Have traveled a lot of beautiful country in our homeless time, Have three dogs, 2 cats, a small house (no garage yet), a new career (getting ready to retire) and
    very important, because of the travels and a new homestead next to a
    huge Catholic church in the middle of a wheat field, became Catholic..something so precious to both of us.
    Someday, maybe, I will be told why I am not wanted by those I love, but I have never for one day, stopped loving any of them. This blog
    lets me get glimpses of my nieces and nephews and see how beautiful they are.
    Hang in there….It will be ok.

  9. Laurie permalink
    March 25, 2009 10:23 pm

    I don’t know you, but tonight I was searching for a message about a broken and contrite spirit because I needed hope. I came across your blog. Thank you. You have lifted my heart and spirit. I love you. I was carrying the weight of the world and you reminded me to put it down. Bless you

  10. Sherry permalink
    August 1, 2009 10:28 pm

    Hey Jess,
    I wanted to give you the link to the whole foods blog I mentioned last night. I think you’d probably enjoy it, too. It’s – it’s the one I mentioned was peaceful – and asked how a food blog could be peaceful. I signed up to get their updates through email and love reading the blurbs about eating simply, frugally and good. Perhaps it will be an encouragement to you as it has been for me.

    I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you the last couple of days. I prayed before the conference that God would give me the roommate he wanted me to have. I bet you did , too. I’m thankful that He chose to give me a roommate that’s been a blessing, as you have.

  11. September 9, 2009 9:47 pm

    That post brings tears. ‘Cause I can honestly tell you, that your honesty ministers clarity and healing to me day after day after day. You’re in good company, sister. David’s psalms are raw and real, and he’s the one we now look back on and simply call, ‘Friend of God.’
    love, Anya

  12. September 20, 2009 5:38 pm

    I love your website/blog. Yours is the first one I have ever read. I’m a fan for life.

  13. patty permalink
    June 22, 2010 7:44 am

    Thank you so much. I’ve missed your clarity and honesty. I look forward to reading your wonderful insights into this Jesus-filled life that is filled with ups & downs. Welcome back.

  14. August 30, 2010 3:25 am

    Hi, your blog was automatically generated onto a post of mine today. God has obviously led me here, I find your blog extremely refreshing and wanted to say “HI!”
    “God is so good!”
    Blessings to you and your family. x

  15. September 4, 2010 11:37 pm

    I read your post from July 11- thanks for stopping by the Dollywood Chapel- our doors are always open. Let your recreation become re-creation.

  16. January 22, 2011 1:15 pm

    Missing your writing … hope you’ll post again soon.

  17. patty maynard permalink
    February 8, 2012 9:45 am

    Thank you so much for the wonderful posts you have allowed me to read in the last week. I have so much missed you and the encouragement & honesty you provide in every day life.
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday! Patty

  18. March 8, 2012 4:21 pm

    Can I have youir mailing address? I want to send ya something. I’m in Texas and we have emailed and commented on each other’s blog a few times and I am doing a pen pal project and i’d love to send you a handwritten letter. Just let me know!

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