And So, With Faith I Pray

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in times of struggle and conflict, it is this, with enough faith and hope we can overcome anything. Regardless of the world outside, we are not forgotten. For God sees our struggles and feels our pain. Through Him, we are granted the strength and the courage we need to … More And So, With Faith I Pray

I Am With You

In those first few days following Hurricane Michael in the fall of 2018, the task before us seemed insurmountable. The devastation complete. In the chaos all around us, all we could do was face it one moment at a time. I’m reminded of that now, in the turmoil and chaos we are facing as a … More I Am With You

Your Grace is Enough

That’s the nature of recovery. It isn’t linear. It’s bumpy and rough and a fight every step of the way. … More Your Grace is Enough

There’s Magic in the Night Sky

Wishing on stars isn’t something we leave to childhood. It’s a magic we carry with us that reminds us that innocence isn’t lost as we grow. Isn’t it amazing, how small we sometimes feel when standing beneath the vast canvas of night sky dotted with the silver light of a million twinkling stars? And yet, … More There’s Magic in the Night Sky

The Heroes of my Life

Happy Father’s Day in Heaven Dad, and to my husband, the two great heroes of my life. The first great hero, my young heart ever knew, was the man who taught me as I grew. Who shared in all my joys, and dried so many tears. Admonished with a word, and vanquished all my fears. … More The Heroes of my Life

Truth is not Yours or Mine

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8: 31-32 This world is not our master. It is but the in-between. The space between, Light and darkness. Truth and deception. Love and hate. We are born.  We will die. But … More Truth is not Yours or Mine

In the Words that Jesus Taught Us

“This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver … More In the Words that Jesus Taught Us

Remind Us How to Pray

Prayer is our pathway into the fullness of God’s light and His mercy. In times of hardship and struggle, He beckons us to seek Him. In times of abundance and joy, He longs for us to commune with Him. The key to all prayers, I believe, is found in the sincerity and humility with which … More Remind Us How to Pray

Overwhelming Love

God’s love for us is overwhelming, relentless, abiding, and perfect. His love is unconditional, like the absolute of time. There is no ocean wide enough, no mountain He won’t climb. To gather up His people, to keep them safe from harm. To wrap them in the safety, and the power of His arms. This world … More Overwhelming Love

You Ask Me How I Made it Through the Darkness?

And there amid the darkness, I saw a brilliant light, burning through the shadows, with strength to win this fight. I heard a gentle whisper, the sweetest I’d ever known, “I’ve got you now, My beloved child. I’ll bring you safely home.” JN Fenwick  (© 2019-22) Why do we only become open in our hour of … More You Ask Me How I Made it Through the Darkness?

Sacrifice

With a grateful heart to those who gave all, those who continue to give all, and to all those left behind to carry on in their memory. JN Fenwick | Memorial Day, 2022 Sacrifice. Such a simple word. Three syllables that when executed require so much of us. More than our desires. More than our … More Sacrifice

Seasons of Grief

Grief, like loss, comes unbidden, reminding us that just as life begins, it also ends. I pray your endings are free of regret. Say all the words, grant all the forgiveness, love hard, my child, so that when the endings do come, peace comes also.  JN Fenwick (© 2022) At the beginning of grief, the pain … More Seasons of Grief

Prayers from the Foxhole

by JN Fenwick, Author, In the Eye of the Storm, In the Aftermath of the Storm, and Four Weeks: A Journey from Darkness How life taught me the value of spiritually walking with God daily, rather than simply seeking Him in times of need. God is steadfast, the world is not. Relying on His presence … More Prayers from the Foxhole

Faced with Letting Go

Letting go is one of the most difficult tasks we face in this life, but it’s also one of the most courageous. This past year has been a year of letting go for my siblings and me. We lost our sweet Mom in August of 2021, and yesterday we completed the process of selling our … More Faced with Letting Go

Becoming My Own Champion

One of the things I did during the first few months into my recovery was to write letters to myself six, nine, eighteen, twenty-four months into the future. Handwritten and sealed in envelopes, they became lifelines. Poignant reminders of how far I’d come. Encouragement to continue the journey. I read them often. Below is an … More Becoming My Own Champion

Winding Roads of Faith

I write words of faith and affirmation daily. Most of the time, I write the words as though I am speaking to my daughters, passing on the wisdom and grace God has so generously given to me. Sharing the words has become as much a part of my recovery journey as my faith. They are … More Winding Roads of Faith

Not Everyone Roots for You

Monday, May 16, 2022 Healing begins with recognition. The understanding that we’ve both hurt and have been hurt. It then moves into acceptance. Acknowledging that we can’t change the past any more than we can change others. What we can do is forgive. And even if that grace is never reciprocated, what matters most is … More Not Everyone Roots for You

BOTTOM IS A BEGINNING TOO

It doesn’t take courage to hit bottom. No, that’s an entirely different set of circumstances. But it does take courage to climb your way back up. To acknowledge and believe that strength exists within you. That’s what courage is after all. It’s digging deep. It’s pulling yourself up after the fall. It’s moving into the light when it would be so much easier to just give up and sink below the darkness. … More BOTTOM IS A BEGINNING TOO

Fridays with Mom

By Jennifer N. Fenwick I was granted an unexpected gift in 2021 that would come to mean so much more to me than I could have known while I was living it. On Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 12:28 pm I received an urgent text from my youngest sister, Sarah, “Jen, call me ASAP! It’s … More Fridays with Mom

Building Bird’s Nests

by: Jennifer N. Fenwick, author/editor In the Eye of the Storm and In the Aftermath of the Storm It’s been three years since that fateful day in October when Hurricane Michael visited our home in the Florida Panhandle. Three years of progress and setbacks, hope and healing, restoring and rebuilding. Still, the things I remember … More Building Bird’s Nests

Meet Our Daughter, Emma Rose

Emma’s story isn’t a unique one, in that sadly, in 2020 alone, the number of new cancer cases in the United States was estimated at 1.8 million, with approximately 606,000 of those ending in death, cancer.org. However, her story is unique, in that, when it happens to a family member, a friend, yourself, the statistics … More Meet Our Daughter, Emma Rose

Timeless Treasures

JN Fenwick, author, In the Eye of the Storm | In the Aftermath of the Storm A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, has always been one of my favorite places to visit; especially, his library. Standing in the dim room, surrounded by Jefferson’s many books, … More Timeless Treasures

The Forgotten Coast

As Dorian approaches, media outlets are reporting it as “an unprecedented storm in Florida,” and that Dorian “would be the strongest storm to hit Florida since 1992.” Cover image courtesy of Shutterstock As I look around the barren landscape and notice the still clinging blue tarps, the vacant lots where homes and businesses used to … More The Forgotten Coast

In the Aftermath of the Storm

When Hurricane Micheal slammed into our cities last October, he took more with him than just our trees, our businesses, our homes. He took pieces of us. Memories we’d planted long ago. The world outside has moved on. But we, we are still living in the aftermath. Like the many cities destroyed before us by … More In the Aftermath of the Storm

Raindrops and Buttons

I love the sound of rain. However, the sound of rain on a tin or metal roof is something else altogether. It brings to mind childhood afternoons with my Nana. My Nana, Mary Murphy Chaknis, was born in 1911 in County Cork, Ireland. Her family was poor, and by the time Nana had reached her … More Raindrops and Buttons

What It’s Like to Live in the Aftermath of a Category 5 Hurricane

There have only been four. Only four recorded Atlantic storms have maintained category five strength as they barreled inland. The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, with its maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, was the most intense to ever make landfall. It destroyed nearly all structures in the upper Florida Keys as it came ashore … More What It’s Like to Live in the Aftermath of a Category 5 Hurricane

Teaching: A Two-way Path to Lifelong Learning

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task. Haim Ginott I left teaching in 2008. As the years pass, I realize that I left a bit of myself there too. In the lives of all the students I taught and in all … More Teaching: A Two-way Path to Lifelong Learning

Logophile Life

My students used to tell me I was a nerd. I’d laugh and thank them, taking it as a compliment. I wasn’t ashamed of the fact that I loved books, and words, and writing and research, and well, learning in general. Since I was a young girl. I got excited at the thought of finding … More Logophile Life

Hurricane Michael: Five Things the World Should Know

“Everyone here has a story of loss they struggle to describe and recovery they cannot yet comprehend.” 1. There was no way to adequately prepare. We’d done this before, many of us, more than once; prepared for the possibility of a hurricane visiting us during the Season. We were used to Summer ushering in, not … More Hurricane Michael: Five Things the World Should Know