jessica lynn shull

becoming the woman God needs me to be

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

dialogue

I don’t know if prayer “works”. Mainly because I don’t know what it means for a prayer to be “effective”. But I know there are moments when I feel God … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

you woke up

I hate my alarm clock. But it’s so easy to forget that we are not promised another day. God gave me another day. God gave you another day. Choose today … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

choose direction

When your alarm went off did you hit snooze? Or did you turn it off, get up, and start your day? No matter what you’ve already done, start from right … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

suns out

Note: Attempting to take a bicep selfie at work is highly awkward, I do not recommend it… But as the saying goes, suns out guns out so here we are. … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

refuel

I’m beginning to think coffee is hot just to force me to slow down. If I chugged that cup of lava there would be no joy in it, just a … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

hit pause

Stress is a mood killer. A day killer. A sleep killer. A relationship destroyer. It lies to you and tells you the world is too much and you are not … Continue reading

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leave room

“Do you want to leave room for cream?” Though I drink it black, I do need room. In my calendar and in my mind. I need space and margin so … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

distracting opportunities

I have a love hate relationship with doing the dishes. On one hand, I’m super grateful I have dishes and food and a kitchen and a home at all. On … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

sunrise possibilities

I sat in simple wonder this morning. Not trying to solve a problem, make a to do list, or build my schedule for the day. I took a moment to … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

walk alongside

I’ve heard it said a few times that you become a reflection of the five people you spend the most time with. So if you want to become more kind, … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment
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