To be honest, it doesn’t feel like Friday. It doesn’t feel like Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday either. The past few days have been a total blur. A crazy, dramatic blur…but a peaceful blur.

Have you ever had a time where you should be freaking out and the peace of God just sits inside of you and refuses to budge? That is one of those times. Yeah, sure, things are a little crazy at Belmont, but above all I feel wrapped in peace and grace, affirmed by the dozens of people who have sent me encouraging texts, messages, Kit Kats, and even an entire Domino’s pizza (thank you, Em). Seriously, each of you who has taken the time to reach out to me has meant so much and been reassuring in one of those times when I would have tended to freak out. So…THANK YOU. Thank you for loving and reaching out to me. It means a lot.

Here are five other things going on in Jen’s world…

1. Happy news: my sister is in town! Yesterday we snuck into the Bluebird Café for a hot second to hear part of a writer’s round, and then I introduced her to the amazing (and awful) life choice that is Cook Out. Super great night and I am so happy to have her here this weekend.

2. If you’ve got a spare minute to pray, please send some Jesus-lovin’ to my brother John. He’s my #1 hero and has lived since he was 12 with Chron’s disease. Unfortunately, this demon has no cure and he has returned to the hospital in a lot of pain. Please pray for his heart to remain as strong as I know it is and for the doctors to find a way to remedy these struggles. Heck, be bold and pray for a CURE!

3. The Superbowl was not about the commercials. It wasn’t about the Patriots winning or the Seahawks throwing that cringing interception. It was about the rise of a legend. A hero that lies within each of us. We are all Left Shark.

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4. I love breakfast. People around the world do, too!

5. Mulling over these words by Mother Teresa here. A hard call I am seeking to practice in my own life.

“These are the few ways we can practice humility:

To speak as little as possible of one’s self.

To mind one’s own business.

Not to want to manage other people’s affairs.

To avoid curiosity.

To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.

To pass over the mistakes of others.

To accept insults and injuries.

To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.

To be kind and gentle even under provocation.

Never to stand on one’s dignity.

To choose always the hardest.”

Have a wonderful weekend. Xoxo,

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