1. You definitely have to be able to take criticism if you speak God’s truth. We must be willing to suffer for the cause of Christ but what wonderful fruit you are producing. May God continue to bless you! Love, Lori

  2. wow, I missed all the drama with the old post! I read it before and enjoyed it! never realizing it was causing you so much drama!

    Thank you for being bold enough to share your heart and encouragement with us despite the hardship of it. You are an encouragement to young wives like me! 😀

  3. I just wanted to say God bless you as you follow the Lord and minister. I came here through a Christmas link from “Good Morning Girls”. I am determined to make next Christmas better than this past one. (Does the fact that I am starting to prepare in Jan. give you a hint as to how poorly I did?) Thank you for your ministry and your honest words. I look forward to reading more, may God his self encourage you as you step forward.

  4. Amazing how He has us step out of our comfort zones to serve Him. And as always there is a reason. But look how you have grown from this experience. And how much you are care for by so many readers. You are a blessing to us all

  5. I came to your blog through that viral Pinterest post, and I tell you from the depth of my heart that it is precisely where I needed to be for this time in my life. I have been a Christian for many years, fully vested in my personal callings, but God has called me to attend to my marriage in this season. The words you share provide not only encouragement but direction as well. I am so thankful for Godly sisters on Christ who are obedient to Hus instructions. Your inspired words bless me daily. Thank you for living that poured out life ;)!

    1. Hi Melissa,
      Our God is so great! He knows what we need, when we need it! I’m so glad you are here, friend! And thank you so much for your encouraging words.

  6. I like writing because I’m an introverted and am not troubled at all by spending time on my own, in fact I actually enjoy it!

    However, it does make you vulnerable like you said. You lose confidence when you don’t get feedback, or even worse if some of the feedback you get is negative! (The one negative comment has more impact that 10 good ones doesn’t it?)

    I find the blogging community helps keep me connected to others and gives me encouragement. Also, even though after I have posted something I worry, feel insecure, deliberate about how good it was, when my hands get back to the keyboard again and I do what I love I know God’s presence and blessing as I am assured I am doing what He gifted me and called me to do.

    I pray that you will be blessed in your ministry and know how much it helps others.

  7. Hi! I am newish here. I have linked up a few times before. I loved this post because you were writing about me. I have walked this walk (and am still on this path) that you write about here. And I have shed so many tears over my blog and writing. Feeling isolated online? Yep! This can be a very lonely place as I rip out my heart and show it to the world. God has asked me to write about my hurting marriage and asked me to walk in pure obedience. I did. My life has been transformed. So that’s what my blog is about. But I don’t share it with my real life friends and that’s the place I find myself relating to you the most. When you talk about dying to yourself and showing it to the world. Out of the obedience I was trying to “do” I told a small group of women about my blog and was rejected. They didn’t understand. So it scared me back into my shell and even though I hear God asking me to come out, I’ve stayed in. Anyway, I just wanted to share with you that we are in the exact same place. I want to encourage you and I’ll be praying for you. God is faithful!

    1. Hi Amber,
      So glad you stopped in to share your heart! Yes, it sounds like we have similar paths with the same Father and same calling! May we be obedient to our Savior no matter how difficult the path!

  8. Jolene, I want to let you know how much I am personally encouraged by what you write! You seem to touch on all the topics in marriage and what it is to have a deep personal relationship with our Lord. I want to thank you for pouring your heart out as you do. My husband and I are in a long process of healing. It seems like we take two steps forward and one step back. Your blog helps keep me focused on The Lord and on me and how I can impact change. Thank you for your ministry! Bless you!

    1. Awe, thank you, Laura! Thank you for pouring into me today! 🙂
      Keep being intentional in your marriage and try not to grow weary. Our God is faithful!

    1. Nope, following the Lord will never be easy, but as one who is called His daughter, how could I not obey Him? Thanks for your sweet words, Laurie!

  9. Hi Joleene! I’m sooo thankful that I found your site. I have to be at school now, but this has made me feel so much better. Thank you.

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