Jen Hatmaker

In addition to Jen Hatmaker beating me over the head with words of wisdom this past weekend, she also gave me a new word.  She used it to describe herself, and I have adopted it as my own: Un-precious. You know how there are those people who are so kind and thoughtful when they speak?  Every time you are around them, you just feel like a warm blanket has been wrapped around your shoulders and they stroke your hair by a fireplace and tell you great stories and wise words and sage advice?  Then they pour you a cup of tea and you have hour long conversations about books and current events? Yeh.  I am not that person. If you know me personally, you are probably laughing because you are whole-heartedly agreeing with me. Instead, I am that person poking the fire with a stick yelling LOOK AT THIS GREAT FIRE I BUILT while doing a dance around it.  I am choking on the smoke and adding more logs to see how big I can make it, and possibly threatening to jump across it just to see if I can.  And I will ask you to wager a bet with me

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I had the pleasure this weekend of attending a women’s conference at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham with my mother in law.  We attended Shades when we lived in Birmingham, so it was nice to be back and see all of our friends. The keynote speaker for the event was Jen Hatmaker.  If you have not read her books or heard her speak, I would highly encourage you to.  You know that episode of Friends where the book Kujo scares Joey, so he puts the book in the freezer?  Jen Hatmaker did the same thing for me with her book, Interrupted.  I’ve actually hidden it so well that I can’t find it anymore, which is a shame because Mom wants to borrow it. I have to hide it because she speaks truth so well that it hits the deepest core of me and it scares me to death that I am actually being challenged to do what she is asking of me. But it’s not her asking me at all.  It’s the Holy Spirit prodding and urging and pushing me to do these things that He’s called me to do.  And as Mordecai made it clear to Esther (Esther

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