About Me

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I am a daughter of God, a servant of the Lord, a wife to a patient husband, and a mama of two forgiving boys. God has placed these three men in my life rightfully so. I thank Him for them everyday. And like so many of the Lord’s children, I am a work-of-glory-in-progress. I am on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!

Lost and Found

After a lifetime of struggling with the illusions I paraded for others to see, haphazardly treading troubled water on my own feeble strength, I was drowning, suffocating within myself. I was broken in every sense of the word. My body, my mind, my spirit, my faith, and my heart were ransacked daily by emotion. Vital pieces of me were tossed to and fro, the things of worth were eventually carried off by this relentless thief. I was mortally wounded and in terrible turmoil. Rad seems like a happy word until you live with it. Rage, anxiety, and depression ruled and consumed every part of me. See, not so “rad” afterall. I was blinded by darkness and chained to its bottomless pit but through it all I was not alone. Internal torment and suffering kept me company. They even ushered in their closest friend, hopelessness. She nagged and sneered all day long about why I simply can’t go on. When her job was done. I was done. Period. Physically, mentally, and emotionally done.

But here comes the rescue as I like to say… God got ahold of me in an amazing way!

Reclaimed and Renewed

The dawn of a new day bursts forth as the sun glides across the horizon illuminating the darkness and weariness of night with shining prisms of gorgeous light, so does the One who seeks to save that which is lost, He rescues them from the dominion of darkness and transfers them into the Kingdom of His Son – the Light of the world – and there He ministers healing, redemption, and forgiveness of sins. Like a magnet of Love He draws all people, everywhere – every tribe, tongue, and nation – personally and intimately to Himself.

When I say, “God got a hold of me!” Oh, I mean but He absolutely did! He pursued my eternal soul and wooed my heart with all-consuming compassion and unfailing love. He cared that much for me – His daughter – that He scooped me out of the muck and mire that confined me like quicksand in the hold of the pit and held me in His powerful hands. I saw Him as He was. Perfect and True. I knew Him, like I knew Him, like I knew Him. The Great I AM – the Almighty Creator of everything. The Faithful of Ages, my story…He knew. His brilliant perfection drove me to my knees. My face buried in His palm, I trembled and wept before Him. He lovingly lifted my head to meet His gaze. His touch sent rockets of energy through my entire being – the Light of Life bubbled within my veins. I quickly cried, “My God, my God, You are too wonderful for my eyes to behold.” Through the sweetness of tear-soaked lashes my reflection in His eyes glimmered. In Him I am not what I once was. I am made new and set free. Illuminated by the flawless Truth of His Word. Not broken but made whole. Holy, righteous, and royal. I am His and He is mine.

After many, many agonizing years without Him, I finally surrendered my life in repentance to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I traded ashes for beauty, bonds for freedom, and sin for the Righteousness of God. All of Heaven rejoiced with me on May 23 2013. He works in such amazing ways; He continues to renew and rescue me daily. His Word transforms my life from dark solitude, desperate pleas, and the deepest pit of despair into blossoms of His Grace and Mercy.

Despite my best effort, this daughter of God is still not perfect, nor will I be this side of Heaven unless Jesus Christ returns during my lifetime (Oh, how I yearn to behold thy face Jesus. Even so come Lord, I beckon thee with great longing and desire!). But until then… I take up my cross and follow my Savior to Calvary. There I am crucified with my Lord Jesus. Spiritually speaking, the life I lived died, was buried, and was then raised in newness of life with Christ and infused with His Holy Spirit. It is not I who lives then but Christ in me. He reigns in my body and I live by faith in Him. I stand in the resurrection power of His blood and I contend with my flesh – crucified nature – daily. I actively engage the weapons of spiritual warfare – the Sword of the Spirit and the Armor of God. I submit myself to the Mighty hand of God and He enables me to stand firm resisting the wiles of the devil.

Even with all viligance, I fail to do what I set out to do – I am continually at war with my old “flesh” nature and my new “Spirit” nature. I must resist depression and anxiety every day or it will enslave me again. Sometimes, I fail to exercise the Fruit of the Spirit – peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, love, and self-control – and I get all bound up in knots again.

Despite all this, I remain steadfast in obedience to His Will. I can face the ‘evil day’ with perseverance and a joyous spirit of contentment because I truly believe I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. His power is made perfect in my weakness. Though I seek daily to be more like Him, allowing God to conform me into the image of His Son is a gradual process from glory to glory and as He builds my character, I make every effort to add to my faith.

I eagerly fill every facet of my life with God. The more I store His Word in my heart, the stronger I become, and all the more I reclaim the stolen pieces of my life for Christ and His Kingdom. He is the Master of the 4-R’s – Reclamation, Redemption, Restoration, and Rest. How could I not share His awesomeness? How could I keep Him to myself? God revealed that the strongest calling of my life is hidden in Christ. I want to prepare the way the Christ’s return. Though His Spirit lives in me, I cannot get enough of Him. I know that may sound silly but it could not be truer. I cannot imagine being this on fire with an all-consuming passion for God and just going back to life status quo; sorry it is just not possible. I cast aside into the Lord’s shadow whatever meaningless life I previously planned for myself. I cannot imagine carrying on my new Christ-given life in meaningless, selfish ambition. 

I have the deepest desire in my heart to proclaim the Gospel, to love well, write, disciple, and share Jesus with the world 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, nonstop until I join Him in eternity. I have no idea where God will lead me but I make no plans of my own, I put my entire trust in His hands to mold, make, and accomplish anything He wishes of me. It is the solemn prayer of my heart that nothing hinders me from sharing the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ with the billions of souls in this dying world and that I be a completely surrendered vessel for God’s glory. And let me tell ya, God will be found when we seek Him wholeheartedly and above all else!

But that is usually about the time the devil’s sorry nagging returns. Which come to find out, is the familiar voice of my old companion, hopelessness, “What can you do to help others, when you can’t help yourself? You continually struggle to get through your day, how can you possibly be of help to others when you’re not 100% fixed?” I got your number Accuser! Aside from Jesus – the perfect, spotless Lamb of God – is anyone 100%? Yeah, no, nice try! So, I remind him what Jesus once said to him, “Get thee behind Me Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” I am a daughter of God – blood bought, fully forgiven, joint-heir with Christ, sanctified, and sealed for the day of my redemption – and no serpent, evil spirit, demon, devil, antichrist, beast, dragon, nor satan himself is going to talk me down from the pedestal of Salvation Christ’s sacrifice put me on.

I cannot see my new Christ-like self, this amazing new creation, continuing negative patterns full of worry and strife, depression, anxiety, and self loathing – the very opposite of God’s beliefs about me. Yet knowing all this and acknowledging the fire for God raging inside me, I struggle with my “old-self” and sometimes fail miserably but therein lies the beauty of Salvation. I am not enough but Jesus is. Though I deserve death, He gave His life for mine. And not just for me but for the entire world. Every single one of them – of YOU. Glory be to God!

As you can see, I am a work-of-glory-in-progress. I am on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!

I am so happy God has led us to one another. I invite you to join me on the journey to reclaim and renew our lives in Christ, while sharing God’s love with others.  I believe we can, because God says we can!

God Bless You,

Jennifer – I Give God all the Glory

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54 comments on “About Me
  1. "light and salt" says:

    If you follow Twitter, I am “@lightandsalt60″… Like you, like so many, I too have struggled with the sinful desires. I was selfish, full of the pride of life and lusts of the flesh. I still struggle with some of these today…
    The Apostle Paul was one like this. Some say he had to “beat on his body” to keep himself from the desires of the law of sin!
    I appreciate your honesty above and welcome you into the Christian life you have discovered. It will “task” and challenge you, especially now that you have left the enemy’s “camp.”
    Lean on your like-minded Christian brothers and sisters for strength and understanding. More than that, lean upon your prayer life…God is the greatest Comforter and Encourager!
    Steve Pejay

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  2. Miss Jennifer — In my Bible time today I read that “enthusiasm stirred people to action” — in just my brief encounters with you I would have to say this verse describes you. Your enthusiasm and encouragement are contagious. Keep chasing hard after Him Sister — He will never disappoint you. In Christ Sweet Friend.

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    • Awe, Marilyn your love and kindness stirred me right to humble tears of joy! Glory to God from whom all blessings flow, O Lord Your blessings are abound today – whooo hooo! I very much look forward to interacting with you on here and social media (I liked your Facebook too) as we share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. You made my day, Sister!

      God bless you!

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  3. secretangel says:

    Love your blog. I am so glad that I found you through Steve at “light and salt”. We are all a continual work in progress. You are a blessings to all who reads your blog. Many blessings to you!

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    • Oh yes, I’m so glad Steve shared my blog. I’ve meet so many wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ thanks to his kindness. I adore this social networking fellowship of sorts and I’m so glad to have meet you 🙂 Looking forward to many more exchanges.

      God bless you!

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  4. rolerrol says:

    Hey Jennifer
    When nothing else works, God does!!!! You are such a blessing! You and your family. I will join you in reclaiming the life Christ planned for me……I want to have your fire, seriously!!! I thank God for meeting you. I pray the fire you have rubs off to me…and thank you for being real. We are a work in progress. Your testimony is truly inspiring…..
    Rolain

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    • Rolain,

      AMEN! I thank you again for your kind words! I am honored to have to you aboard. The best advice I can offer is just like you said in your recent blog post – persistently work at it all the time – so, you’re already on the right path! Plan to love, want, and need God more than anything else, submit and devote yourself to Him and WOW what a change you’ll see! It has everything to do with what we do each day to reclaim the bits stolen by the enemy and renew them with God’s Word until it becomes our word lived out according to His Will – and even then we don’t stop because it’s a continual process that requires hard work every second of every minute of every hour of every day. I’m praying over you, I know God will guide you, and I’m here anytime for encouragement 🙂

      God bless you.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory.

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      • rolerrol says:

        Thanks so much for the advise. I will remember it and apply it. I do want Him so much and I want to be on fire!
        The word reclaim really resonates within me! That is what it’s about. It’s not an accident that I met you in this season of our Lord’s death. God has been showing me there is something that needs to change in my life and now I know what!!! God is wonderful in the way He works. I will be coming for encouragement for sure……! Thanks again Jennifer!

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      • Amazing! Glory to God!

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      • rolerrol says:

        Thank you for praying….. 🙂

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  5. Kelly Grace says:

    Hi Jennifer, thanks for your email & for your kind words. Steve at light & salt has been a real encouragement to me. Blogging challenges my motivation, especially when days go by without comment. Does any of this resonate with anyone? Then I remember the parable of the sower. It’s about sowing the seed. The rest is in God’s hands. It’s late so I’m come back tomorrow to snoop around your lovely WP home.

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    • You’re most welcome 🙂 Yes, Steve is a Spirit-lifting, encouragement GEM! I pray, God-willing, to be able to return the favor of support Steve provides. I started my blog as a journey to renew and reclaim my life in Christ. I want nothing more than to talk with others about God and the love of Jesus but some days I feel like I’m talking to myself, which is fine I know God hears me. But yes, days without comments can be a downer – I wonder – Am I making a difference? Am I doing enough? Like you said, it is in God’s hands – I trust He will guide and direct me to the people who need me most and vice versa. And as long as we sow the good seed with pure intentions, we can trust God to do the rest.

      God bless you.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  6. kimi17 says:

    Continue with wonderful work you are doing here. You are in our prayers. May God bless your ministry.

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  7. Jennifer, we all struggle because we are human. This is a lifelong journey. God loves us precisely because we are human. In Him, and with His unconditional love, grace, mercy and strength, we can support and encourage each other, and move toward Him one step at a time.

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    • Amen Susan!

      2 Corinthians 12:8-10 – 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

      Thanks for your visit. I’m going to pop over to your blog and see what great inspiration I can find!

      God bless you.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  8. Mel says:

    Wonderful Blog!!! *doing a little dance* I’m SO happy we found each other, almost feel like kindred sisters! May you continue to be His ambassador, salt and light with your words and presence! Be blessed! Love, Mel

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  9. "light and salt" says:

    Hey, Jennifer! I missed you today. Got your email and I am very happy to accept. Also, I hope it was okay to dedicate my post “Got Sin?” to you. That phrase…”God has got this” kept ringing through my head today!
    Have a super evening, my dear…
    Steve 🙂

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    • It’s perfectly fine 🙂 I’m glad it resonated with you! ‘Got Sin?’ reminds me of my old license plates that said, ‘Got God’ I let them go when I fell off the God-wagon & wandered away from Him years ago – a big regret! I still have them but they’re invalid now, maybe I’ll do a post around them or something??? Hmmm… thanks for the idea! God bless.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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      • "light and salt" says:

        Wow, I had this whole big reply written out to you and then accidently wiped it out before sending it!
        Anyway, I just said that I too struggle often with sinful ways, and have fallen off the ‘God-wagon’ more than once myself! Thank God He understands this and extends grace to the repentant of heart!
        I know you will put your “creative genius” to work on the license plates…can’t wait to read it…
        ttyl,
        Me 🙂

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      • That happened to me today too – I had to rewrite a response to Rolain about my Bible study review 3 times! Wonder if something is weird with WordPress?? Hmmm.

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      • "light and salt" says:

        Well, in my case, I think it was “operator error!” Anyway, I usually type my fingers to the bone when talking to you…maybe it was for the best…

        How are you guys doing today? Let me know when you have time.

        Me 🙂

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      • Oh, ok! We’re well thanks!

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  10. In response to your invitation I am joining you and YES! we can. “I am so happy God has led us to one another. I invite you to join me on the journey to reclaim and renew our lives in Christ, while sharing God’s love with others. I believe we can, because God says we can!”

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    • Jane,

      Hey there fellow bgbg#2 member, thanks for visiting here! I am thrilled for you to renew and reclaim your life in Christ – day by day, piece by piece! After visiting your blog (it’s awesome btw), I believe you’re well on your way! ‘Talk Kindness To Me’ goes hand in hand with love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy! They’re all lovely Christian traits for us to strive to embody! As we grow in Spirit, as does our time and dedication to the Lord – glory to God as our Spirit delights in Him!

      God bless you.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  11. Catherine says:

    Your blog is refreshing as you share your renewed walk with Christ. Blessings to you and thank you for visiting my blog!

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  12. Your story sounds very similar to mine. I decided to give my life back to God in July 2013. That was the greatest decision I’ve ever made. Satan has been on my back ever since, but God is always there to give me strength, guidance, hope, and much more. He is great and mighty. I’m so thankful for His love and grace. God bless you on your journey in Christ. I know you will be a blessing to many! 😀

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    • Shannon,

      You are right, similar indeed! For me, God proves His healing and renewal continually day after day as He reveals stories like this, like ours! There is alot of ‘us’ out there and it’s good to know we’re not alone- God is with us and we have support in the body of Christ! I like the way you described giving your life back to God being the greatest decision you ever made – those are true words – glory to God! As we turn more and more of our lives over to God, the enemy is there with his futile rebuttal. Satan is certainly an annoying daily disturbance with all his distraction tactics and such but you’re right God is there to see us through it all – we are never alone. I enjoy your blog and the invigoration of love your doodles provide – keep it up sweet Sister-in-Christ!

      God bless you.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  13. lifehelps says:

    Hello, Jennifer,
    Isn’t it so good to know that we are not simply works in progress, but God’s “poemas” (Ephesians 2:10)! Blessings to you and all who come by. hannah

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  14. messiah gate says:

    Bless you Jennifer.

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  15. Lisette Defoe says:

    Hello… Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you found something that blessed you. I will be sharing soon on some more dreams, visions and things I sense the Lord speak to me in quiet times. You also keep up this great work! 🙂 have a great day!

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  16. aussiebirder says:

    What a simply beautiful honest and heartfelt testimony to our Lord in your life. Thanks you Jennifer I am deeply touched!

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    • Glory to God! It was scary at first to be so honest but the Truth shall set us free – and oh, boy does it! Being so open allows us to see the real, raw issues that we all struggle with. Thank God we have hope and a Savior! Thank you for visiting and commenting. It is nice to meet you! God bless you and Merry Christmas!

      Jennifer

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  17. realchange4u says:

    Jennifer your testimony sounds a lot like mine and others I have read. Everyone of them are amazing. The Holy Spirit calls and some hear him. I am so happy and rejoice with you in hearing Jesus when he called. There are folks that come to Jesus and don’t change then there are those that come to Jesus and surrender their hearts to him fully trusting in him to do the work in them. Staying the course always. These to me are the ones that will make it. You see they know they are broken. They know they need Jesus. My heart is on fire for you and your family as I type these words. To those he has called he will use. You already know that satan did not want you to hear Jesus call.. Never give in, you and your family are doing mighty things for God and his glory. I will lift you all up and pray for you as you all grow steadily in the grace,mercy and love of Jesus. Your testimony touched my heart. Out of the miry clay to the potters wheel. You go sister,may God speed you along your journey.

    Much Love Tom

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    • I cannot properly articulate the strong emotion your note evoked… so I will start with thank you. Your words were both timely and much needed. You spoke directly into our Spiritual lives and struggles right now and for that I thank you very, very, much!

      God bless.
      Jennifer

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  18. sarah1 says:

    Thank you so much for your site! I love your honesty, and am and looking forward to reading more.

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    • Welcome Sarah! Thank you for your time and kind words. Without honesty and transparency, it would be impossible to give God all the glory. His power is made perfect in our weakness, therefore may we boast all the more gladly about our weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on us. I love your blog name 😉 Write on sister! Here’s to magnifying His mighty Name and sharing the journey together.

      To God be all the glory forever and ever.

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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  19. messiah gate says:

    Are you still blogging? Hope all is well.

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    • Hi! Yes, I am still here. 🙂 Thank you for asking. All is well and God is good. I write posts, lots of posts, but lately they stay in draft unfinished and unposted. I’ve been sorting through transitioning some pieces to spiritual warfare and even Christian fiction, which is so different from IGGATG. My spirit has been moved the past several months and I have been praying to return here and once again pour my heart out as an offering to Him.

      I also pray it is well with your soul. May our mighty God be upon you in all you do and bless the work of your hands. Be blessed friend.

      To Him be all the glory,

      Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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