Monthly Archives: November 2010
There have been some bittersweet moments for many of Jennifer’s loved ones this Thanksgiving. The makeup of holidays change when someone special is physically removed from your celebration. Still, each of us have so many things to be thankful for. For many that includes precious new friendships that have emerged through this season. God has woven our hearts together in a powerful way that brings comfort, hope and understanding. He has fused together the exact people each of us need to help us push through and keep our eyes on Him.
Jennifer’s legacy continues in countless ways, but this week marked a unique milestone that is just another example of how God’s plans exceed our expectations. On Thanksgiving day, Jenn’s blog surpassed 100,000 visitors.
None of us could have imagined what God had in mind for Jenn’s story. As one of many “behind the scenes” friends, I can tell you that Jennifer truly lit up as she realized how God was using her story to touch others. She drew great joy from your encouraging comments and prayers.
Simply put, Jenn had a passion for sharing what God was doing in her heart and life that was much BIGGER than the cancer she was battling. She recognized that in every circumstance was another opportunity to point people back to God’s love, hope and perfect peace.
Although we sit in awe as God’s plan for Jennifer’s story unfolds, it’s no surprise to Him. He knew exactly where each of us would be in our hearts, lives and spirits as He led her through the fight of her life. The many ways that her fight has inspired, challenged, grown and even broken each of us were part of His plan from the beginning, intended to draw us closer to Him.
… In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
1 Peter 3:15
On Saturday, October 23rd, Church @ The Springs in Ocala, Florida hosted a Celebration of Life in Jennifer’s honor. In case you weren’t among the nearly 300 in attendance, you can now view the event online by clicking here.
Tremendous gratitude to Pastor Ron Sylvia and his entire team as well as Patty Laramore for their very special parts in this celebration.
H20 Church in Ada, Oklahoma is the sort of place that makes you immediately feel at home. Each person you meet is like a long-lost friend. It’s a congregation that operates from a genuine desire to become the hands and feet of Jesus. This house of worship is literally crackling with activity; a deep sense of God’s purpose is tangible from the moment you arrive.
H20 has been a pivotal part of Jennifer and John’s journey, and as a result this church has touched everyone who loves them. In fact, in the midst of our most difficult season, this extended family emerged as a shining light: praying, loving, serving and simply *being* when we needed them the most.
They filled in the gaps in every sense imaginable – literally and spiritually. If you were blessed by them or have experienced something similar in your own life, you understand that there simply aren’t words to adequately express gratitude for such a gift.
In the last month, many of you have made donations in Jennifer’s honor to benefit the H20 Children’s ministry. To date, your generosity will bless this ministry with over $2,600 and honors Jenn’s heart and life’s work in a unique way that will truly leave a legacy of faith; equipping H20 to reach more kids for Jesus.
Jenn’s family, friends and the many children blessed by H20 Church thank you. The next time you’re in Ada, Oklahoma, stop by, say hello and see what God’s up to next in this amazing fellowship of believers.
This weekend several of Jenn’s good friends including Christie Nelson, Christy McFarland and Dede McFarland will hit the streets for the Dallas / Fort Worth Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure. This event is no easy undertaking; it’s involved intense training (28 weeks!), fundraising ($2,300 minimum per participant) and unwavering personal commitment. We’re talking genuine, above & beyond personal commitment that involves sacrifices like getting up at 3 a.m. for team training on an ongoing basis, financial investment and even unfortunate personal injuries (we’ll consider these a badge of honor, ladies).
This weekend Dede and our “Christy/ies” will walk in memory of Jenn as well as other friends & family who have and are fighting a brave fight against breast cancer. They’ll be sporting these t-shirts as they do so:
- Pray for great weather and ideal walking conditions.
- Pray for endurance and that they would finish well.
- Pray for physical health and safety and that God would protect them from injury.
- Pray that God would magnify their energy from start to finish.
- Pray that God would fortify them emotionally from attack.
- Pray that they would feel God’s presence and that He would bring about amazing new friendships.
- Pray for the work that God will do in their hearts during this significant weekend.
If you’d like to support their efforts, you can still donate to Christy Nelson, Christie McFarland and DedeMcFarland. Plus, if you’re in the Dallas / Fort Worth area you can head out to a cheer station to voice your support in a more audible way!
Finally, if you’ve recently participated in a similar event in honor of Jennifer or plan to, please let us know. We’d love to acknowledge your efforts, share your story and celebrate the lives that Jenn continues to touch.