jessica lynn shull

becoming the woman God needs me to be

reach out

On the heels of Christmas, one fire destroyed my cousin’s house and all of their belongings. Nothing is left. All the new things just gifted and opened are gone. All … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

resolve

I sit here at the tail end of a cold, head pressure filled, mouth dry, teeth oddly achy, nose plugged (and yet miraculously runny at the same time). Laying in … Continue reading

January 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

different winds

The clouds are still rolling in, at 30 mph apparently (so says the weather channel app). It was worse all night, sustained ridiculous winds that never ceased and kept me … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

cream puffs & chili

I printed out my calendar for work on Monday. A color coded rainbow of where I need to be and who I need to meet with. Looks daunting. Should I dread … Continue reading

November 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

push pause

There is a lot of background noise (and foreground noise) in life. A lot of things going on that want or demand our attention. And when we’re in the middle … Continue reading

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

leaves change

I love fall. The trees go through a season of change every year. They don’t freak out when their leaves fall off. The world is not ending. This change sets … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

i hope

I love (understatement) the food at Epiphany Farms restaurant in town. They switch the menu every season based on what is fresh at their farm. I never want to look … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

be noble

Being noble is not reserved for old men from the Middle Ages who conquered lands. I am called to be noble and so are you. Our character matters more than … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

bring coffee

I complain that I’m too busy. Too many meetings. And now I laugh. Jesus was ridiculously busy. Everyone was scheduling meetings with him, speaking events, miracle performances, one on one … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

look up

I see a lot of screens in my life these days. This morning I am watching leaders on a big screen, typing notes on a tablet, and tweeting on my … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

one body

Today is a new day, but this body I am sitting in is the only one I get on this earth and there is a lot God has for me … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

approval jar

If I could store up “approval from others” in a jar, that would be the treasure I hold on to. That’s my guilty pursuit and the thing that drives my … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

rebuild

It takes more than a day to rebuild. But it’s worth it. There is a lot of history (and even recent stories in the news) of people destroying buildings. But … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

trust directions

One of my favorite scenes from Indiana Jones is when he has to walk across a chasm and trust there is a bridge beneath his feet even though he can’t … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

dignified strength

I take way too long to get ready. To pick my clothes, do my hair, put on makeup. It’s really a sloth like pace. I am under this assumption that … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

perspectives change

My life is not the only storyline in this world. Everyone starts from a different place. Everyone has different circumstances. Everyone has different hurts and pains and joys. In 1 … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

follower

He changed. I changed. We’re not the same people we were when we got married. He is a better man than he was when I met him, and he will … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

dramatic lighting

I am thankful. It’s been a rough 2-3 weeks for me. But today I find myself looking out the window and genuinely smiling. Not much has changed in my circumstances … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

accomplished heart

This morning I wrote down the following prayer before I opened my devotional, “Thank you God for the morning & the sun. Quiet my heart and my mind to focus … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

be available

“to be” is a verb. (Sorry for the impromptu grammar lesson but it’s important.) When someone asks you if you are available or if you have time, the real question … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

reflect

I am a talker. I know this is a shocking revelation to many of you. I believe that words matter a lot, and should be chosen carefully. Our words can … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

build intentionally

I always had to build a tower with the creamers, or the jelly, at the restaurant. Papa used to do it, too, and the memory of that makes me smile … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

focus

Life is not “fake it ’til you make it.” God doesn’t ask us to pretend. It’s about seeing the world (and most importantly people) through God’s eyes. Anger, pain and … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

it’s simple

We tend to over complicate things. Should I stay here, go there, take this job, buy/sell this thing? What if I told you it doesn’t matter. Not really. No matter … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

patient trees

I spent part of my morning admiring the trees. They used to be seeds. But they stayed planted, weathered the storms and grew. So will I. So will you. (We … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment
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