• Reply justine 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Hey Jen! Great post, I really needed this. As a mom (you know how that is!) feeling backlash or judgment for things you do when you raise your kids (especially if you open your life up to be a public figure or blogger) is so tough.
    We’re moving soon, which means I have to find new friends and adjust to a new normal.. normally i close myself off to people because “they won’t understand” or “they’re not like me” etc etc… what I didn’t realize was that I was judging them for fear of being judged!

    • Reply 2017 at 11:53 AM

      Oh Justine, I’m so glad you understood this. Sometimes, I have doubts & wonder if my thoughts come out right. This really hit me when a neighbor (who I’ve been ignoring because we obviously have NOTHING in common) opened her mouth and paid me a compliment. It broke my heart in two. In that moment, I could almost hear her calling out to me. Did she see something in me, did God prick her heart? I don’t know, but I’m not willing to stand in the gap between earth and hell. Rather I’ll stand leading the way towards Jesus & heaven. Thank you so much for taking time to read this post. I pray you’re encouraged in your new move to set the tone for your new normal.

  • Reply Alyson 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Wow, I’ve never thought of it that way – but you are right! I’m judging what my neighbors will say before I even give them the opportunity. Thanks for giving me a little push!

    • Reply 2017 at 11:56 AM

      Alyson I never thought of it that way either. Then my neighbor spoke to me and I though “well, she seems pleasant enough” then a wave of guilt came over me. It’s really scary to go out a start speaking, but I think that’s because I need to ask the Lord to help me put aside myself, and put His kingdom first.

  • Reply Cayla 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Great post!! It’s takes a lot of courage to speak your heart and let people know of your convictions! But your words here are so truthful! Thanks for sharing your heart!

    • Reply 2017 at 9:14 AM

      I want to make sure I’m growing and sharing with others, and hearing what thy have to say is vital to that. Thanks for taking time to read!

  • Reply ailie 2017 at 4:37 PM

    This is great. I love how you talk about judgment being like a gatekeeper between heaven and hell. I’ve never thought of it that way. Your post confirms for me what God has been speaking to my heart regarding comparison. We just don’t know what is going on in people’s lives or what they need but God does and he wants us to be his hands and feet. Love looks like something. Like you I also need to put on my big girl pants and bravely be God’s vessel. You never know it may bring many to salvation. Powerful post

    • Reply 2017 at 9:18 AM

      Ailie, when I realized that I could be the only Jesus people ever come across, I immediately felt like “Wow, I could be standing tin the way!” We’ve all heard that before, but it really hit me when my neighbor spoke to me. I had to come face to face with the thought that 1. I was judging but 2. maybe I’m scare to speak out for God because of my own embarrassment. This post is so close to my heart, and I love that you read and may learn something from it. Thank you for taking time to comment!

  • Reply Kristi 2017 at 12:43 PM

    This is so good! We are not supposed to judge those who don’t know Jesus but to love them and let them know Him through us!

    Love how God’s been working on you and am thankful for your willingness to share it.

    • Reply 2017 at 9:21 AM

      I readily admit that talking about the hard stuff can be difficult, but also cleansing and helpful to the body of Christ. We all have struggles and I want this to be a place where we can let others in a discuss what’s hindering us. Thank you for reading.

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