Prayer for America

Dear God, I pray for my country. Lord, I ask for the eyes of the American citizens to be opened, for the laws, values, and freedoms put in place by our founding fathers to be remembered and respected, for us to stand together as brothers and sisters to protect this amazing nation from those trying to harm it, and to share your love and your light to those who have not yet experienced it. Father, open our hearts, individually, to the issues in this world and show us how we can make a positive difference. Where there is loss, let us bring your comfort to someone, where there is abuse, let us bring hope of your healing hands! Where there is hate, may we give the example of ultimate, limitless, unfailing, love. Where there is loss, may the great gain of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior fill any emptiness. May our lives be beams of your grace, mercy, forgiveness and love to all those in our paths, especially right now when there is so much tension, negativity, hate, disrespect, abuse, pain, loss, hurt, sadness, and fear in this world. We live in a fallen world and will until Jesus comes back! But God, I ask you to instill hope in all of us, that Your will be done, that your hand will be upon those who declare Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Be with those who do not know you as Savior. Father, as we, America, head to a very important election, I just ask you to allow us to focus on what’s important for the protection and survival of this country. May we do our part in selecting a leader most likely to protect this country and allow You to lead. May we, the people, stand together on the important issues…most importantly our freedoms. Freedom of religion, speech, choice, action, belief, thought, love; freedom in general! You have given us this country to live freely within, to have opportunities, to prosper and grow, and it is amazing what you’ve allowed this amazing country to do! May we, Father, be deserving of keeping this country great and keeping You a part of it; the most important part of it. People have forgotten you, God. Your people have failed to live in fear of the Lord and instead live in fear of this world just like everyone else; fear of money, man, life, death, health, wealth, pain, sorrow, hopelessness, etc. Set a fire within your people, God, may we stand up strong for Your names sake and bold for our country’s sake! We need to protect the United States of America from the evil lurking around the corner, but most of all, we need You! Be with us, Lord. I love you and pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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This is a prayer that comes from my whole heart.  I love my country and I am very proud to have been born and raised in the United States of America.  I’m proud to be a citizen of a country that is based on freedom for all.  I do not want to see my country be beaten and torn and disrespected and ruined, nor watch my family or friends live in a country that seems to be “giving up”.  We MUST stand together to fight for this nation, one nation under God, and to protect it from all evils.  We must make America safe again; safe, great, free, and a country that honors our Lord and respects itself as well.  God bless AMERICA…land of the free, home of the brave.

Blessings and much love,

Jennifer~

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Saturday, June 4th

Aloha!  So, already I’ve missed one day, but I have good reasons!  Yesterday, June 3rd, I woke up at 5am with horrible stomach pain.  Turns out a snuck some dairy into my body from the day before, little to my knowledge, and I was throwing up all morning which left me feeling very weak and pathetic all day Friday!  SHOUT OUT to my amazing coworker who was able to last minute fill in for me.  Thank you SO much!

Anyway, that was my Friday.  I do not wish the pain of lactose intolerance on anyone.  It is awful!

Last year I posted something (one or two posts) each month except December, and this year I posted in January then missed the four months between January and June!!!  Just coming to that realization and I can’t believe it!  No it’s not a big deal, but how can I call myself a blogger if I took a four month hiatus?  Sometimes you just need a break, but it’s not like this blog is taxing on my life whatsoever!  But here I am now, so I will stop writing about how I’ve not been blogging.

Okay, I lied…one thing about not blogging is that I take TONS of pictures with the intent to blog about them and I don’t, therefore I have TONS of pictures of past events or ideas that wouldn’t make much sense to post now and I have to decide whether to delete them or not.  Okay, now I’ll move on.

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I’m going to “brag” on a few of my siblings real quick…

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This kid is losing all of his teeth!  It’s crazy!  Two front teeth are gone, one bottom tooth fell out yesterday, and a few more have come out!  What a stinker.

Mr. Cael never smiles for pictures, so my friends, this is a very RARE picture!  He is such a little man; tough, serious, sensitive, adventurous, caring, animal whisperer, thinker.  He’s so cute, but if he were to read that I would be chased around the kitchen!  He prefers not to be referred to as cute, as hard as it is not to say.

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John is a creature enthusiast.  This lovely chameleon is Emerald.  She is awesome.  I love her.  John is currently adding onto a small salt water aquarium tank he has and it is full of crazy creatures!  He is very knowledgeable about his creatures, though sometimes he thinks he’s a little too smart, but John is a very gentle and sensitive young man, with great ideas and good intentions, and he has a blog he’s also working on called John’s Pet Basket: Reef Snippets.  Check it out!

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Oh, what a heart throb!  This one is going to have all the young ladies falling over themselves.  Again, another sensitive, dear young man.  Eli is so thoughtful, helpful, caring, and smart!  Very good at figuring out how things work and putting things back together after taking them apart.  He is getting way too tall though!  I am very short (5 foot 1 1/2 inches), so having all my younger brother growing sky high over me is very strange.  Eli just got a lizard, but I don’t remember what kind he is.  Sniffleton is his name, if I remember correctly (he just got him 2-3 days ago).  All of my brothers are outdoors men, especially this guy.  No shoes and all!

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Well, I am going to work in my room.  I need to go outside and breath some fresh air!  We’re working on moving bedrooms around so I’ve got a lot of work to do.  Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed weekend!  Make sure you tell your family you love them!

Much love,

Jenny~

Thursday Thoughts

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It’s Thursday, the 2nd day of June.  I don’t know what I think about June, in general…not that my personal opinion of June matter.  Anyway.

Today marks the 32nd year my parents have been married.  Happy anniversary to two people I love dearly and wish the absolute best and utmost happiness for!

Summer is here.  Weird!  Time for shorts, tans, pools, teenagers ruining everyone elses outings…haha!  It might sound mean but it’s the truth!

21 more days…TWENTY-ONE!!!  That is the number of days until my Lyn-Lyn is back home! ❤  Oh!!!  I can’t even wait to squeeze R and E SO tightly in my arms!

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I don’t have a very “exciting” summer planned.  Yes, I have quite a bit of stuff to do, and yes I’m looking forward to the summer, but no big plans.  Just day to day to do’s!

Hmm…I wonder if it will rain tomorrow.  I don’t feel like checking the weather, but I hope it doesn’t rain, only because I have to drive and I don’t want to drive in the rain.

This is a random post, but it’s late, I’m working in the morning, and I wanted to post something!  Haha!  The days to come will have more thought beforehand.

Well, I better catch some Z’s, as they say.  Lord, thank you for this day!  Thank you for the people I got to see and talk to and be a light for.  I love you!  Bless this weekend.  Amen.

Jenny~

P.S. Photography by me…

Update on Jennafifi

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Hello blogging world!!!  I’M ALIVE!!!  Wow…this feels so foreign!  Okay.  No rambling intro; let us dive right it.

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So, very quickly I’m going to share a little over view of the passed four (4) months…holy cow!  I haven’t blogged in FOUR MONTHS!  And since my last post I hardly blogged the past year…for those, whoever you may be, who have followed me at all, thank you and, whether it matters or means anything, I’m sorry for this extreme negligence.  Onward!

 February: I experienced my first (and only) heavy metal concert.  My two brothers, Joshua and Ben, and myself went to see Epica.  They are amazing; crazy talented!  The lead female vocalist makes me want to give up on life, but it’s all good!  So I say it’s my only heavy metal concert because it was a little too intense for me.  Not to mention I experienced my first (and only) “wall of death” (look it up), it was SO loud, the people were sketch, and at the end of the day, metal is NOT my genre of music!  I’ll tolerate it to an extent, and I do love Epica’s female vocalist Simone Simmons, but it’s not my cup of tea.

I got braces in October 2015 (whoop) so I’ve been getting those adjusted a LOT and am happy to report that my pearly whites are looking FABULOUS!!!

Esme (younger sister) and I got to play Cupid for Valentine’s Day!  I took a bunch of pictures to post and obviously didn’t…oh well.  Each year my mom decorates the dinner table in pink and red hearts and candies and lights for us to wake up to.  It was super fun setting it up for the rest of our siblings this year.

March: I was invited to participate with a girls ministry this June leading worship.  I’m really looking forward to it!  The friend I am leading with started meeting with me in March and since then we’ve met whenever our schedules allow to go over our selected songs and make sure everything is working for the both of us.

My sisters and I started attending a bible study which was really great.  I am currently not attending it because it falls on the days I work and I can barely make it on time or not at all, but it was a lovely group of young adults, mostly younger married couples, who really wanted to learn about the Bible and God’s word and sharing the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Easter was in March…I didn’t enjoy that because I’m so use to it being in April!  And St.Patrick’s Day which I take very seriously…sadly though I only found 3-4 four-leaf-clovers this year on the 17th, but post-St.Patty’s I’ve found quite a few!

April: We went to a women’s conference hosted by Answers in Genesis and the Creation Science Museum (Ark Encounter coming July 7th 2016!!!) and it was awesome!  Last year in June, Joshua, Ben and I went to the Answers MEGA Conference and there was SO much amazing information and eye opening things thrown at us, and this year at the Discern Women’s Conference, we were again given great, trustworthy and truthful insight on the world and it’s happenings, and I personally left it feeling inspired and eager to act and learn more.  *I highly recommend visiting the Creation Museum in Kentucky whether for a conference or just a museum tour.  It’s such a cool experience!

May: Puppies!  My parents over at Day Break English Setters have been VERY busy with litters of puppies.  We currently have 13 at home waiting to go home (some are a couple weeks away from going to their new homes, the others are almost 1 week old and already have homes), and if my part in that is photographing all the pups to put pictures on the website, so that’s been busy!

I MISSED my blogs anniversary!!!  Happy 5 years!  Wow!

AND I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day.  Thank you for the many many many men and women who have committed and sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  A dept never to be repaid.  God bless you and your families.

Aside from the things mentioned above, I have been working a lot and training people at work, working in my room/moving into a different room (bitter sweet which I’m planning to post about!), getting SUPER excited for my sister and her family to come home from South Korea this summer (whoop!), and etc etc etc!  From the things I have shared, doesn’t seem like I have an excuse for “not blogging”, but times flies my friends, and I assure you (though I know it doesn’t matter), I have purposed my time to do other things, but I will say I have missed blogging and sharing pictures and really just unloading my mind on all who come across to read! 🙂

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It is June (tomorrow)…already.  June 2016.  At the end of this month I will be leading worship for a ministry (yay), I will be working two weeks this month full time Monday-Saturday, I am dedicating June to an actual exercise schedule and consistent routine because I’ve been planning to do that this month for a couple months now, connecting to the Lord, preparing for the Koreans to arrive, painting my new room and a fence, hoping to start some classes for various things, and who knows what else!

Life is full of mysteries.  Each day comes and then it goes; 24 hours seems like an eternity or a mere speck in the span of life.  I’m changing everyday whether for the better or seeming as if I’m reverting to my old ways.  This life is so big, but we often get stuck in our own little fish bowl with no where to turn but around and around!  Can you tell I’ve been in somewhat deep thought lately?

For the summer I desire to attempt posting on my blog once every day.  By summer I mean June.  If I epically fail in June, I will try again in July.  The reason: To start blogging again, sharing pictures, and to have somewhat of a virtual summer journal.  I love writing and I LOVE journaling!  I’ll get my head on straight and we’ll see where we go!

It is 1:13am; June 1st, so this post will qualify as Day 1 of my summer journal-blogging…journoggling!!! 🙂

Goodnight and until tomorrow…

Jenny~

P.S. WordPress has changed so many things!  I don’t like it, but it’s what I get for being such an inactive blogger!

Wishes

I went shopping with my friend and came across a mason jar that had little gold stars on it and in the middle of the stars it said “Wishes”.  I bought it.

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I had to!  Not only was I slightly inspired by it, it was just so cute!

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I will fill it with all my wishes…

There are a few other things I’ve purchased recently that I really love.  Like these furry guys…

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Slippers are one of my favorite things, especially in the fall and winter, and I also love panda bears!

If you haven’t seen some of my older posts or any pictures from my Photography Blog, you may not know that another thing I adore is the moon.  The moon and the night sky in general is something that makes me very happy, and I was thrilled to find this night light!

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What a great idea!  Now all that’s needed is some stars on the wall or a little projector and I’ll be set. 🙂

When it comes to nail polish, I don’t enjoy wearing it.  You take time to paint your nails a fun color then never fail to mess it up, or it chips off, etc, but I bought a nude nail polish that is my new favorite nail polish!

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It’s hard taking a picture of your own fingers.

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November 30th, 2015.  11/30/15…NOVEMBER 30TH 2015!?!?!?!  Holy cow!!!  You guys, it the end of November.  It’s almost December, Christmas time and New Years is almost here!  I truly cannot believe how fast this year has gone by!  It doesn’t even feel like I’ve achieved anything this year.  Surely there have been lots of goings on, like traveling to Korea, my 3rd nephew being born, doing lots of stuff with music and more, but at the same time it feels like each day has gone by idle and so quickly!

You, or at least I, always plan to do, see, get, go, make, fill in the blank, so many different things when I new year starts, and I can’t say that I completely failed or that the past year has been a dud, but at the same time I feel like I haven’t moved forward very much.  I don’t like that feeling.  Maybe it’s my own judgement of myself, but it feels as though 2015 has gone by too fast to even try to have achieved anything!  Kind of makes me sad.

Well, on that happy note!  I am going to compose my Pixie Haircut Journey PART THREE now and hopefully inspire some people out there who have or want a pixie to grow it out with confidence or to take the plunge and cut it all off!  I loved my pixie and just might be getting another…we’ll see.

To start my wishes jar, I wish for time to be used to the fullest and for myself that I will boldly and confidently take every opportunity that comes my way and to just do the things I love.

Have a blessed week.  Enjoy December, and I guys it’s time to start saying Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Years!  *sigh*

Jenny~

Thoughts on Thursday

*Disclaimer:  “Thoughts on Thursday” will not be a weekly thing, but since it is Thursday, and since I have a few thoughts, well…it just flowed nicely. 🙂

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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Today I truly realized how busy life can be.  Whatever busy means to you, of course.  To me busy means being away from home all day every day which is what this past week has been like.  But I also thought that even in the times when you are busy, so busy to even think so it seems, you are never to busy to talk to God, to help someone, to smile, to text your best friend a simple silly message, to use your manners, to stand up for what you believe in, or to try to enjoy your time being busy even when you don’t want to be.

The moon is almost 100% full tonight and it’s bright light is filling up my room!  I love the moon and the stars.  They are beautiful.

There are more thoughts I have, but tomorrow is a busy day, and I don’t want to think about the time, but living by time, in time, you think about time a lot.  Time.  Sometimes I wish time didn’t matter.  The good and most important thing is is that it doesn’t matter to God, the creator of all.

Thank you, Lord!

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Have a wonderful weekend, and goodbye July! ❤

Jenny~

 

Independence (and rambling thoughts…)

Hello Blog!  How are you???  I say that as if my blog can speak.  Silly me.

Well, it has been a while since I’ve been on a nice blogging schedule and I have missed it so much.  My time lately has not been used well and I’ve been thinking much more then living and I can only say that it’s much better to live then to sit and ponder away!  I’ve let my thoughts wonder here and there and I have not kept my focus on God, but that is my goal.  I want more then anything to live each day acknowledging the Lord, my Creator and Savior because He deserves it 101%!  In my heart there is deep love for Him, but my life and actions haven’t shown that; or at least I don’t feel like they have.

No, nothing is wrong, I’m not doing anything “bad”, I just am in one of those extremely stuck places where you just don’t know what to believe or what to trust or where to go!  But I’ve realized that I need to believe the Bible and it’s truths, trust in Christ and Christ alone, and follow God through this life that He has given me; through this new life in Jesus Christ!  I need to realize everyday that I am made new.  The old has passed away; behold the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).

So, that’s where I’ve been; stuck in my head! 🙂  I’ve taken so many pictures to post and have ad so many ideas for my blog and never did anything with them.  I hate that, but instead of thinking of all the things I didn’t do, I’m going to start by just doing it.  Just Do It.  I know Nike uses that as their motto, but it’s very true and I’ve kind of used that for my quote this year along with various anchor bible verses!  Just do it, Jenny!  Don’t be afraid!

Now I’m talking to myself.

It is July 4th, 2015.  I am very happy that I grew up in America which is a beautiful country in this world that God gave us back in 1620 to live in freedom and peace, and although today you never know what could happen in this country, or the world, I am still happy to have grown up in America.  God Bless America is a statement I say sincerely with all my heart.

There is something else I have figured out about myself.  I am having a hard time comprehending this.  If you are in Christ, meaning you asked Jesus to save you from your sins, you are not of this world.  This is something I know and have always known, but never really realized I guess.  Am I making sense (this post might be a rambler!)??  No matter what happens in this world, no matter who you love or the people and things you care about in this world, we are promised eternity in God our Creator in Heaven to one day be apart of the new heavens and the new earth.  That is what boggles my mind and kind of scares me only because I don’t have a good understanding about it.  God is in control of this world, but he gave us freedom and a choice therefore things happen, people make bad decisions and life is crazy sometimes.  Anyway.  Just another thought I’ve had!

So many things go on in this world and I’ve been wasting my energy, care, concern and time on “What’s going to happen next?”!!  Yes, God’s creation is amazing; jaw dropping.  It is a blessing to live in His amazing world, but this is not our eternity.  This is not what I need to dwell on and focus on every day.  Mainly I’m writing this for myself to look at and read and realize!  So, if you don’t finish reading this that’s ok!  If you do, I hope it was worth it to you and I appreciate it.

There are so many little things in this life that I desire to learn, do, experience, etc.  I get scared thinking “God isn’t going to allow me to do these things!”  but I forget that even though in this life certain things are dear to me, my purpose is not only to learn and experience things in this life.  I believe every Christian is meant to share the truth with people, Salvation and the bible with people so that more and more of God’s creation can spend eternity in heaven.

With all these thoughts let out, and plenty more to share, I will end here for today.  I am going to post more.  I really like posting pictures and I’ve been discouraged from that because our internet is really slow and I can never load them so that’s one other reason I haven’t been posting, not that it matters. 🙂

Thank you for sticking around or for stopping by today!  God bless you, and Lord please lead me and guide me and give my mind peace from all of these thoughts, in Jesus name!  Bless us today as we celebrate our independence from England and show us your glory every single day.  I love you and pray these things in Jesus name.  Amen.

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Stay safe and have a wonderful day!

Much love,

Jenny~

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