Author Archives: Jill

About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and work as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!

for now, over coffee

The first post I ever wrote, five years ago now, was called As if over coffee. At that time, I yearned to meet with women (one-on-one, over coffee!) and talk about Jesus’ faithful love in our desperate need. I wanted to speak of … Continue reading

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church isn’t a class you go to

I had to apologize to my son recently. We were on our way to church one Sunday, and he said, “I think I know all the Bible stories now.” “Really?” I said. “All of them?” “Just about,” he replied. “And I know … Continue reading

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the places doors take us

Exploring historic cities with their hundreds-year-old cobblestone streets and gazing on their old-world architecture stirs my heart. I could spend all day meandering around corners and discovering unexpected treasures. And I always find myself drawn to the beauty of antique … Continue reading

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though I oft left Thee

Thou on my head, in early youth didst smile; And, though rebellious, and perverse meanwhile, Thou hast not left me, though I oft left Thee, On to the close Lord, abide with me. (Abide with me, Henry Lyte, 1793-1847) __________________________________

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I love teaching children

I love teaching children at my church. I love their bubbly answers and their eager, serious faces. I love that when we talk about Jesus and His love for them, they — even the wiggliest ones — suddenly sit still … Continue reading

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Buckets that leak

My bucket leaks. My bucket forgets. My bucket even quarrels and questions: “God, why don’t you make life easier? Why don’t you arrange my circumstances so that I don’t lose heart? Why can’t I just grow more like you without … Continue reading

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

“…I think the fundamental reason [people don’t take the Holy Spirit seriously] is that they don’t think of him as a person…But the Bible is very clear that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three persons … Continue reading

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Are you walking at a distance from God?

“In the military, nobody doubts what’s meant when the order is given, ‘Halt! About turn! Quick march!’ It means the soldiers are being told to turn their backs on the direction in which they are going and to start marching … Continue reading

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no matter when or where you’ve lived

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives … Continue reading

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Why do we respond to beauty like we do?

When we see beauty of all sorts: autumn leaves, spring flowers, summer fruit, we yearn for something which can hardly be put into words. We record beauty —  in our minds or through paintings or by photographs — because beauty … Continue reading

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self-hate, or what God says about you

“…Relationships are our life context. People are our environment. We live before the eyes of others, and they live before ours. We take our cues from them, and they from us. We evaluate, and we are evaluated. We size up, … Continue reading

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if you haven’t read it…

Our children were 6, 5 and 3 the first time I read Don’t Waste Your Life. I’d gone along on a work trip with my husband, and for the first time in years, with our children at their aunt’s house and … Continue reading

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An embarrassment to be hidden, or a door for grace to enter through?

Depression, or inability, or any sort of lack are not embarrassments to be hidden, but are means of grace and teaching, doors to a deeper faith, doors through which grace enters. “…the experiences of anxiety and depression make a lot … Continue reading

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when I need an attitude check

“If you mourn the fallenness of your world rather than curse its difficulties, you know that grace has visited you.” (Paul Tripp) Has a phrase ever helped you in an opposite sort of way from how the author originally meant … Continue reading

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Were you hired at the eleventh hour?

“…And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they … Continue reading

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