One year ago today

One year ago yesterday, I was painting our fireplace, spending some time with the Lord.  Out of the blue, I “heard” Him whisper in my spirit, “You’re going to be a minister’s wife again, and I’m going to use you in that way.”  I responded with a quick, “O.K.” and went on with my painting.

One year ago today, God picked us up and put us on that path.  The whole story is here and here.  And all of the details inbetween can be read here.

Over the years, God has called us to walk a few unexpected paths… A 14 year illness, and a 3 year battle with the ACLU to name a few, but this current journey is one I never in my wildest dreams would have pictured for our family.

But here we are… and Here God is… And we are truly blessed by Him.

I’m celebrating this anniversary, because one year ago today, my walk with the Lord began to grow steeper and deeper, and I give Him all praise and glory!!!

About SmellingCoffee

I'm a Jesus-loving, husband-loving, family-loving minister's wife and mom to two college kids, making our home and serving our Lord in the Mississippi Delta. I study, teach, speak, and write for the greatest Boss in the universe. "Faith, Family, Food, Fun, and Living Life brewed in the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus Christ in every place": That's what you'll find at


  1. Shell in your Pocket says:

    What a year it seems to have been-

    sandy toe

  2. Tales From My Empty Nest says:

    Celebrating with you. I have enjoyed being on this journey with you, my blog friend. Enjoy your weekend. Keeping on walking and growing in Christ. Love & blessings from NC!

  3. Smelling Coffee says:

    Stephanie & Debbie~ you both have had special roles in all God has done in our lives this past year. I love you both & thank God for the Faith-walks both of you are fleshing out in your own lives as you walk beside me in mine. Thanking God for you…

  4. Has it been a year already? How fast time goes by. I've learned from you as you navigate this road of life with your steadfast faith in God. We've shared much and for that I'm so thankful.

    I so appreciate you Jennifer. You've been such an encourager to me. It helps me to see how faithful God is in your life. I can't wait to hear about your new life as a pastor's wife. You will be such a blessing to so many others too. I hope that church realizes they are getting more than a new pastor. They are also getting a godly woman at his side who will teach them much about faith lived out in real life.

    I know the Lord will use you mightily for His purposes.

    Love you,

  5. Stephanie Jernigan says:

    Whew!!!!!!!!!! What a ride it has been this year!!!! It has been my burden and my joy and my honor to watch you and to sometimes join you as you have been walking this path. Happy Anniversary, my friend! Love you!