People…

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Hello blog!  It’s June 30th, the last day of writing every day for a month!  I managed to write only 11 (eleven) our of 30 days!  Haha!  Not even two weeks, though it seemed as if I posted every day for at LEAST two weeks…oh well!

There are a lot of thoughts going through my head at the moment, but here is something I would like to share…

This passed weekend I attending a retreat.  We name of the retreat was “United” and it was a great retreat!  Wonderful experience, the kindest girls, and a great worship leader; like crazy good *cough cough* (I lead worship with a friend)!🙂

This weekend, and life in general, as showed and or taught me something and that something is:

  1. How important Unity is.
  2. How toxic relationships can get, even if you don’t realize it.

On both topics I can, and did, say so much, but below I have copy/pasted from an email I composed about my thoughts, though they may seem scattered, on the topic.  Without further ado.

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People are so interesting.  We come, as they say, in all different colors, shapes, and sizes; all different personalities, characteristics, fill in the blank!  People, you and I, you and your sister, you and your friend, are completely different people.  There is no one exactly like you in this entire world, past, present, or future.  Isn’t that a crazy thought?

  When I think of people, the human race, I wonder sometimes why it’s so hard to accept each others differences and move on living together in somewhat peace in this fallen world, having a good time and doing what we love.  What I don’t understand are people who hang onto and pick up on superficial “blemishes” other people have and because of those superficial imperfections they can’t have anything to do with that person!  Instead of digging deeper and truly learning the persons heart, they get so caught on actions or reactions of the flesh and just completely disregard who the person, their spirit and soul and heart, truly is!  I believe that we show a lot through our actions, but I also believe it’s so important, if you care about someone, to know their heart so that you truly know how they feel about things.  If you pay attention to someone you care about, you know how they react to things when they’re in a “good” place or “bad” place.  You know that somethings wrong if they react negatively in a situation that they would normally be very calm or positive in.  Anyway, forgive any rambling.

  What I was getting to with our differences and all is that, although there are SO many differences, so many divided people and opinions, so many people…there is one thing that makes us all identical, united and tied together as one and the same.  Do you know what that is?  Well, friend, it is our amazing God!  It is the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for our sins!  Because of Salvation through Jesus we all have the identity of Christ, therefore we are all united in Christ, our Lord and Savior.  That is the only thing in this life where there is complete unity and oneness.  Stop and look at your life, look at the world and notice how there is segregation all around.  But having the Holy Spirit in you, you are a new creation, you are joined by faith with your brothers and sister in Christ, granted with the blessing of eternal life!  And guess what?  Through all of our physical differences, all the things we can see with our eyes, through our different personalities, ways of thinking, etc, we must, I repeat MUST, stick together and stand up for each other and also for the Word of God!  The Bible and God himself are bible trampled by every power that be; but guess what God’s word says: “But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 esv).  That is what encourages me.  But it also motivates me to live a life, the best of my puny little human ability way, a life which honors and brings glory to God and that shines brightly to others as well.  We can’t be lazy!  We can’t keep rejecting those who are not just like us because, like I said, though some may have similarities we are all different and we need to support each other and love each other and live our lives seeking the Lord and asking for His perspective and guidance.

  So, I encourage you, as well as myself, love thy neighbor as thyself.  That is not to say if someone is being mean to you, saying things behind your back, believing lies about you, using you, trying to have unnecessary power over you, the list goes on, then you need to let go of those relationships, no matter how hard or unthinkable it may seem, give it to God and ask Him to replace it with peace and joy in Christ, and just let go of the toxic relationships(s) that may be in your life; we don’t need them.  We can still love someone, as a follower of Christ, and not get along all the time.  Maybe this is sounding hypocritical, but I think most of you (hopefully all of you!) understand what I’m trying to say.

  One last little story.  In my life I have experienced countless (so it seems) situations of confrontation.  My biggest weakness probably!  I have experienced situations and gone through friendships and relations during my life that seemed so pointless or I really just couldn’t understand why I went through them if the outcome wasn’t going to be positive.  In the moment I didn’t understand what the reason(s) was that I had to “suffer” through uncomfortable confrontational circumstances.  Today I’m happy to report that God has helped me over the last few years SO much and confronting people, though scary, nerve wracking, or intimidating at times, is very necessary and it’s not up to me how someone reacts to what I have to say!  Nothing about someone else is up to me!  I, with God help, am in charge of my actions, responses, decisions, you name it, and other people, you, are in charge of your actions, responses, decisions, etc.  So, what I’ve learned is that no matter the outcome, whether you lose something or someone you though was dear to you, it is okay.  Even if it’s confusing at the time, God is amazing guys!  He is there always when you call upon His name!  As the Bible says “Ask, and you will receive…” (John 16:24 esv).  If you are going through a difficult time with a person, whether you know them very well, you’re related, you love them, you hardly know them, whatever your situation may be, don’t forget about God.  You are fully equipped by God to handle every situation.  You are strong enough, you are powerful enough by the power of the Holy Spirit in you!  You are worth it to stand up for yourself and end a toxic relationship!  You don’t need to have any excuses, any reasons, or any apology if you are involved with someone who is superficial or degrading or mean, fill in the blank!  I keep saying “etc” or “fill in the blank” because I truly want you to choose the word(s) for these situations/circumstances and relate to my rambling words!
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I don’t know your story.  I don’t know if you’ve been hurt by someone or multiple people or if you haven’t experienced that yet (I say yet because in this world, you will experience it!).  Through many different times in my life I have experienced loss of friendship and relationship and even unity.  Within myself I battle flesh and my faith.  All these things I’ve said are things I have struggled with or experienced myself!  But I have chosen to seek God in all things, especially when life lets you down, because it is overwhelming how amazing He is and how much He loves us!  We need to seek God in the good and the bad in our lives because we need to thank Him for giving us life, no matter what we get to go through in our lives.
This has been long, I know, and if you are reading this paragraph, thank you for staying committed!  I hope it was clear to you what my thoughts are and what I was trying to say!  Remember that you are amazing and you are worth being in healthy, positive and uplifting relationships whether romantic or friendships.  Remember how important it is, as a declaring Christian and follower of Jesus to have unity in the church and to love those, no matter their differences, who truly love our God; the Creator of all things living.
Have a very blessed weekend and a safe 4th of July!  God bless you and God bless the United States of America!  Much love.
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Jenny~

Not Feeling It

Didn’t feel like writing yesterday…or the day before, or the day before, or the day before, or the day before…you get the picture.  It’s been a week (and June daily blogging is almost over!), so let me fill you in…

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We have been moving!  Some of my siblings are moving upstairs and I am moving downstairs with Skylar who came back from Korea earlier then expected and it’s been a long 4-6 months trying to decide where everyone is going to go!  Susanna and Skylar are currently in Israel; they have been there since the last week of May.  Skylar is coming home on the 24th, and Susanna is coming home on July 2nd, I believe.

So, along with moving which has been QUITE the task, and I won’t lie, I’ve been a bit stubborn because I loved my room upstairs, but it’s just a room at the end of the day and I’m so grateful for my parents home and a place to live!  Anyway, along with that, I have been preparing for a retreat where a friend has invited me to not only participate in the retreat, but we are going to be leading worship for a whole weekend!  So that has been keeping me busy!

We have had two litters of puppies (Day Break English Setters) and when we have puppies my second job is photographing them for the website.  One litter is all settled with their new owners, and then second ones are home bound in the next couple weeks.

Well, lastly, but CERTAINLY not least, the Miller’s are coming home from South Korea and we have been preparing for their arrival and SO excited and anxious to see them!  I can’t believe two years has gone by, but at the same time it has seemed like forever and I am so so so extremely happy they are coming home!  We’ve missed them terribly.

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I was going to write about something, but I think I will save it for another day.  Sadly while I’m at the retreat coming up I won’t have access to blog for 2-3 days, but it’s been pretty easy for me to miss a week so that shouldn’t be a problem!  For those who don’t know, I have been trying, for fun, to challenge myself to post something everyday in June.  I have missed quite a few days, but it has still been fun!

Time to take a shower then finish moving some things around.  Oh, and if you want to see some pictures I’ve taken recently, here’s a link to my photography website: https://jennafifiphotography.wordpress.com/

Have a lovely evening!  Stay hydrated during these warm summer days, and I will be writing soon!

Jenny~

 

Wrong Phone Number

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Day 15; posted 10 out of 15 days so far.  It has been raining SO hard!  Random showers, like the sky is full of tears and can’t decide whether or not to cry..anyway!

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So, to keep it short because I’ve been rambling lately and it’s late!!  This morning at work I was attempting to call my sister, but I forgot the order of the last four digits of her phone number.  I remembered the numbers, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember the correct order (I didn’t have my personal phone with me to look it up).  So, because the number wasn’t coming to mind, I took a wild guess and it was the wrong guess.

The phone rang 1, 2, 3 times, then a lady with the most joyful tone of voice answered and said “This is Diane!” (she may have said Diana…I can’t remember!?!) and I said “Oh, I am sorry!  I think I called the wrong number!” and she replied “Are you sure?  Maybe you needed someone to tell you to have a wonderful day!” I thanked her so much and wished her the same, as joyfully as I could, and hung up.

It was lovely!  The way she said that like an angel, instantly using that situation to encourage and bring a little sunshine to someone.  It was very inspiring and encouraging and, Ms. Diane/Diana, wherever you are, I thank you so much for the most pleasant wrong number phone conversation I’ve ever had!

We don’t think about it all the time, but do you know how simple it is to show little acts of kindness like answering a wrong number and genuinely wishing someone to have a wonderful day?  It takes nothing; nothing but a little kindness which, depending on the day, might take a TINY bit of effort!  It is so simple and easy and I believe necessary to be kind in our responses to people.  What’s the point of being blessed with the ability to speak if we don’t speak in kindness?  If we don’t encourage each other?  We was our breath on ugly words or short speech and phrases because we don’t want to talk to people, and we miss opportunities to give someone a smile.

Anyway!  Now that I’m rambling (ha ha!  I just have to get to bed which is why I didn’t want to ramble), I encourage you to take up the opportunities that come your way to show a little selflessness and share a little love and happiness and encouragement to your family, friends, or strangers (as long as it’s safe to do so; you know what they say about talking to strangers).  You never know what someone may be going through or experiencing and if you get that urge or feeling to say something to someone, it just might be the thing they need to hear to comfort, uplift, or even give hope to.

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Okay, time for bed!  Have a blessed rest of your week.  Thank you for stopping by!  I intend to post tomorrow and so on for the rest of June, then I’ll cut back.  It’s been very nice for myself to start blogging again and share random things (almost) everyday.

Much love,

Jenny~

Life Check

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Life…sometimes the only word that comes to my mind is life; no further explanation.

There are so many little things we care so deeply about.  So many little things that we make into the biggest deals ever.  So many little things that make up each day, every care and concern we have, and yet they are all just little things!

The color of the wall, the status of the dishes, getting an A on a test, changing your tires; the list goes on.  How we feel, think, and react in situation, how we view things, how we handle things, how we respond to people and talk to people.  These are all little things.

I say little to put it in perspective.  To us, the littlest things seem so big sometimes and the biggest things seem nonexistent.  But guess what?  All the little things and all the big things are exactly the same to God, and to Him everything is a little thing.  That doesn’t mean He doesn’t care about everything, but what it does mean is that He can help with everything and anything and that He’s capable of all things, especially the things we care so much about.

Give God everything you are caring about, thinking about, worrying about, looking forward to, pursuing, investing in, etc etc etc.  Anything that takes passion, desire, motivation, ambition, integrity from you, give it to God and you will prosper all the more!  Relax in His love and presence and accept His peace which surpasses all understanding!  We are not alone, no matter what you have, what you are or what you will go through; He is always there.  Do you know how much He loves you?  Apparently so much that we cannot even comprehend!  Our God is an awesome God, an amazing Father who loves His children more then anything this world can ever possibly offer.

May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine down upon you and give you peace…I pray that your mind and heart will be open and sensitive to the Holy Spirit, that you will make the best decision for yourself and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  “Come to ME all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”— Jesus.

Much love, blessings, and may you have an amazing evening and a wonderful day tomorrow!

Jenny~

P.S. Day 9 of 21 down for our exercise!  Whoop!  12 more days to go!!

June 12th, 2016

It’s 1:22am…June 13th, technically.  I have to go to bed, but here’s a song I recorded over the weekend!  Please enjoy and thank you for stopping by and listening!

Jenny~

**UPDATE: If you are having trouble viewing the song, I apologize!  Try going to soundcloud.com/jennifer-barger-7  copy and paste that link and there you can view the song posted below and others!  Thank you!

Four Days Gone By

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Hello, Blog.  It’s June 11th.  I have been computer access-less the passed four (4) days, which is why I haven’t posted for June!  Right now all I have to say is this…

Life is precious.  It is truly a gift from God, even if we have to live in this world which gets darker and terrifying and ridiculous every day.  God created you in HIS image, whether you know Him or not; you were created in the image of the God of creation and He loves you, no matter what you have, are, or will go through.  No matter what you’ve done, you’re doing, or you’re going to inevitably do!  He loves you so much that he came into this world, born of a virgin, Jesus Christ lived and breathed on this earth, the son of God, and was later sacrificed, crucified, on a cross for YOU and ME!  He gave His life in one of, if not the most brutal ways imaginable and it was all for us selfish humans and our sins.  Our debt of eternal hell was paid by the blood of a perfect Lamb.  When you ask God to forgive you of your sins, ask Jesus to wash you pure as snow with His blood you defeated death and the grave when He rose from the grave, and the Holy Spirit comes into your heart, your conscience, to convict you of your wrong ways, we; the miserable fools who can’t see passed our own noses most of the time, were given the gift and the choice in this life to live eternity in heaven!  We are promised, all those who call upon the name of the Lord (For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13), to be saved and be granted when we die to live eternity in heaven with God, the created of man, creature, nature, universe, time, science, etc!  You may not want to believe that or may have never known about it, but that right there, the decision of your eternity, is the most important decision you will ever make.  This world is fallen, we will make bad choices, meet bad people, get involved with bad things, but God has forgiven you and will continue to forgive every sin as long as you confess them to Him.  And you have full power over you decision to accept the Lord Jesus as your Savior!  You get to choose!  You’re not going to be forced to because it has to begin in your heart.

I say these things because I heard a very sad thing today, and yesterday I experienced an accident.  Today I found out that a girl, 22-years-old, a very talented singer, she was on The Voice and also had over 3 million subscribers on YouTube, was shot last night, three times, and confirmed dead this morning.  Someone took her life then took his own life and possibly the lives of other people there because he was upset (and crazy) about something?!  See how selfish we are?  It’s our second nature!  Maybe our first.  These days when everything is easy access and no one’s waiting for anything, kids are being deceived in every aspect of life, parents aren’t parenting their children well or caring for them well, everything is electronic, the list goes on.  People are losing more and more sight of what’s important, and I hate to say it but YOU are not that important.  Where were the people raising this guy when he was going through crap in his life to get to this point where he takes two shot guns and a knife to a concert and SHOOTS someone, kills her?  What was going on in his mind?  The reason these things keep happening with shooters at events (other then peoples/terrorist groups from other countries which is very different), is because they get a hold of weapons somehow and the majority of the time are on medication for mental disorders or depression, etc.  People aren’t loving them or really trying to help them.  Maybe some of these mental shooters have been paid, who knows!  I’m getting a little excited here and I don’t want to ramble on and on.  Ms. Christina Grimmie was shot, but from things she’s posted online it looks like she is in heaven with God and Jesus!  Hallelujah!  What is the point of this life if you cannot live with the hope of spending eternity with Jesus?!  We’re fearful of death, and even I don’t want to die, but I know, because of my choice to accept Jesus into my life and my heart, that when, where, however I leave this world we all know my spirit, my soul, is going to heaven!

The accident I witnessed (to keep it short) was on the way to work I was going to turn left and I was yielding, a silver car drove by and slowed down to stop at a traffic light.  Right then I decided to turn right instead of left, and as I switched my blinker, a red car came up behind the silver one (where I would have been if I turned left) and bashed right into the back of the car.  It was a awful sound and the bumper/fender and headlights/tail lights shattered all over the road.  Thankfully no one was hurt, but man!  It was a close one for myself and a crappy start to the day for both of them!

So, I don’t wish to leave anyone feeling hopeless; that is the last thing I want to do!  Please, if you have stopped by today, take this hope from what I have said: Jesus loves you so much that He died for you.  You are made perfect and whole and are completely forgiven by the blood of Christ.  All you need to do is realized you have sinned, go to Jesus confessing your sins and asking Him to forgive your sins and for the Spirit of God to come reside in your heart.  For anyone who hasn’t done this who may be reading this post, I will leave some links at the end of this post of some wonderful resources (*I am NOT sponsored!).

Blessings to you.  May you have an amazing day, a safe weekend, and tell those you love and hold close to you how much you love them.  It’s so important to do that everyday.  Not only does it lift your spirits, but it also lets people know that they are loved which prevents depression, for example, and awful accidents from happening.

Oh, and I have nothing against guns; I believe wholeheartedly that responsible, legal, gun owners should be able to defend themselves with their guns and defend people around them if they were ever in a shooting situation as such.  No matter how much you out law something, people who want it are going to get it at any cost; even the cost of someone else’s life.

Okay!  I will write tomorrow for sure and have a more cheery topic!  Much love and many blessings.

Jenny~

 

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https://answersingenesis.org/gospel/salvation/

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P.S. I did not go back and proof read so I ask for you forgiveness of anything misspelled…

June 7th: TIRED!

Hello!  Hope everyone has had a marvelous Tuesday.

Well, tonight will be short.  Today I worked out in the morning (my legs are so sore), then my sisters and I went to the pool and got some sunshine!  That was nice.

I am so tired and super sore, but this too shall pass!  Not trying to complain; just stating the facts.

Well, that’s all I have!  My mind is not on right now.  Powering down.

Tomorrow is Wednesday; I like Wednesdays. <3  Well, have a blessed night and I will write soon!

Jenny~

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