jessica lynn shull

becoming the woman God needs me to be

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

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

eye contact

I switched tables this morning to move closer to the sun. I feel closer to God when the sun is out. I wonder at times if that’s what he looks … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

wait & see

My coffee is way too hot to drink. The steam rises like the sun behind it. So unless I want to burn the roof of my mouth (again) or my … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

positive voice

I couldn’t get the phrase “build each other up” out of my head. So I just let myself start to write. I read 1 Thessalonians 5:11 a few times and … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

insert here

I looked up from my reading this morning at the empty chair across from me and smiled at the thought of what it might be like to share a cup … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

leave joy

When wet grass is mowed, the lines are so obvious, marking where you’ve been, where you turned, stopped… went back. Honestly you made quite the mess of ruts and mud … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

your path

There are days I want to be antisocial. I want to escape into a little spot of solitude and just be. But if I all I do is go from … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

listen understand

“Listen.” Over and over again this morning the word that kept popping into my heart was “listen.” On the surface that can seem so passive, especially if you’re in a … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

super powers

I always thought it would be awesome to be a super hero. I always wanted the ability to fly. Or to swim underwater without ever having to take a breath. … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

different lens

You were meant to change the world. You are meant to change the world. Wherever you are, every day in every interaction you have a chance to be an answered … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

best version

The world tells us to be who we are. But that is so limiting. I can’t imagine being forever stuck as 12 year old me or 21 year old me … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

joyful timing

In some situations waiting is easier now that I have a smart phone to keep me distracted. But that doesn’t work for everything. I can’t make my hair grow faster, … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment
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