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My Top 20

This is my top 20 list of what I learned this week from observing the people and world around me. Coming in hot at #15… Pigeons do not scare easily. Especially Steve.

July 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

fear

I quit my job. But I wasn’t unhappy. I wasn’t running away from anything. I was running toward something.

July 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

my feet

Today I am thankful for… my feet. And the grass I was able to walk on. And the memories of jumping, of grandparents, of all that has been gifted to me.

June 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

you’re the one

You’re the one the world has been waiting for. In the rain. In the sun. Take the chance. Make the move. God gave you a purpose. Love.

June 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

the we

I tried writing so many times today and nothing stuck. It felt like a ramble of so many disconnected thoughts. Until one photo, with one post, from an old friend, reminded me of how powerful words can be.

June 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

the secret

In a moment, in the rain, I heard more, I saw more, and found joy.

June 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

I wanted to hug her

It was my birthday. I wanted to hug her. We awkwardly stood 6 feet apart and smiled. It will be normal again. We will hug again. Until then, I’ll keep coming back.

March 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

until the bubbles end

Some things never seem to have an end. Work. Email. Information. It’s overwhelming. So I stepped away, and remembered it’s possible. I remembered it’s okay. And I stayed.

March 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

salt

Today I am thankful for a little salt shaker. A little reminder that not only should I not be salty, and not pour salt in a wound, but that we are called to something more. We are a key ingredient in every interaction in this life. We can bring out the best in each other.

January 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

responding

We often miss how much control we have in our response. We claim “we had no choice,” but it’s our response to their words, no matter what those words are, that reveals our character. We have an opportunity, you and I. To receive feedback with curiosity and compassion. To choose a better way.

January 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

planning meeting

Meeting Notes: It’s been a long time since we had a planning meeting. They were scheduled but I wasn’t showing up because “I had a conflict.” I was the conflict. So we met and we started at the beginning.

January 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

the art of the thank you

Thank you notes are not required. But your words are powerful and meaningful and have the ability to change someone’s moment, day and even life.

November 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

funk

It’s a weird thing to read something you’ve written and not recognize your own voice. To wonder where that person went and how to find her again.

October 14, 2019 · 2 Comments

break through

the sun breaks through the clouds like waves the lure breaks through the water makes waves the birds break through the silence in waves how can I break through to … Continue reading

August 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

sometimes

most times social media ruins me. annihilates me. into a spiral of zombie behavior and destructive comparison. but sometimes it makes me cry in a good way. a healthy way. … Continue reading

August 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

boiling

I don’t want to be perpetually agitated… quick to anger, easily set off by poorly timed red lights, political posts, rearranged super market aisles, incomplete reporting, the wrong kind of ranch dressing… I want to try something different. With you.

May 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

porch swing

If I had a porch swing someone could sit with me, and in that moment we could be a blessing to each other. But I don’t need to wait for a porch swing for that. It’s my excuse. I don’t know what your porch swing is. But stop waiting for it. You are enough as you are right now.

May 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

throne

the game  it’s thrones obsessed with filling the void the empty longing for leading  they tried to rise  to demand command their right to fill it to sit in it … Continue reading

April 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

influence

You don’t get to decide what will or won’t leave an impression on someone else. You don’t get to decide what will or won’t leave an impression on you. You do get to decide whether to care. Whether to try. Whether to be better.

April 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

anthem

The concept of an anthem, a personal musical anthem, first surfaced in college. When I had to choose what song would play when I came out on stage for the … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

high five

When you’re having a no good very bad day, can you still praise someone else for a job well done? When you’re having a no good very bad week? Very bad … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

choose

I cried this weekend. I experienced envy. In envy I longed for the clarity of direction from God. In envy I wanted to be pursued to participate in something bigger … Continue reading

March 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

start slow

I chose to sit in the dark. Sometimes darkness is not a bad thing. It slows things down. In the evening after the sun sets and the sky darkens, your … Continue reading

October 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

buffering

I stepped back into my life. Parts of it. My head swells. My jaw aches. I clench when stressed. The rest of me doesn’t feel stressed though. But my teeth … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

layover

I people watch at the airport. With enough distance that I can’t hear; I can only see and I write poems, imagining their stories and their lives based on body … Continue reading

October 4, 2018 · Leave a comment
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