Coffee Date {sharing life}

Good Morning, beautiful ladies!

I hope your doing well this morning! Today I am joining Rachel & Madison for a coffee date.

Ideally we would be in a quaint little coffee shop with an adorable name, comfy couches, & cream spilling over our giant coffee mugs. Reality, however, has us all over the country sharing life together through our words. It’s bittersweet really. To be here. Right here…but still with you! I am so thankful that we are! This little blog has become home to many new friends! I am also thankful for the relationships God has allowed me to cultivate with such ahhh-mazing Christian women!  

Today’s coffee date is all about sharing life. Being vulnerable. Really answering the question: “how am I doing?” I had intended to share with everyone all about my upcoming trip to China. I haven’t announced it yet here so I thought it would be perfect! (CHINA!) But as fate would have it, when I truly asked myself the question… “How am I?”, that’s not what came spilling out of my fingers. 

I am good” turned to into “fine” into “overwhelmed.” 

There you have it. 

With everything going on in my life…I am overwhelmed. 

As if that wasn’t enough to realize, the She Reads Truth study on Nehemiah & the Lara Casey Live earlier this week just created the perfect storm for revelations…My so called “good” on the surface doesn’t seem to even be the tip of the iceberg. 

Let me explain. I am by no means on the edge of a cliff or anything. My family is awesome, my marriage is such a blessing, and my friends, health, & job are great. So, by all means, my life is “good“…but looking deeper, I am not so sure my priorities are in line. 

I don’t know that I am using my time wisely or that I am being intentional with my marriage, friends, or money. My constant to do list grows with every thought. My obsessive thoughts on my tasks gets in the way of, well, almost everything. As I told a Friend the other day, there is NO resting in the finished tasks because I am constantly moving on to the next one.

Maybe this is more than you bargained for on this coffee date, but let’s be honest…who doesn’t keep a to-do list? Or isnt constantly feeling the need to keep the house clean, laundry put away, dinner in the oven, blog post scheduled, bills paid, family happy? I am exhausted with this already — and truthfully so is my soul. Simplifying our lives has become about having the right planner & pretty pens to write in it…not necessarily what is filling those pages. Not to mention we feel the need to take perfect IG pics to show we do it (hello – ME too!). 

Lara Casey was talking about trying to fill our lives with things that only god can. It may be unintentional, but that’s what is happening, y’all! The more stuff I have in my life, the more I have to manage – the more I have opportunities to distract me from time with God. It’s time to clear the clutter. It’s time to to do something different & weed out the things in life that are in no way helping me know him or make him known. What is life without Christ? And what on my list is honestly going to be worth standing in front of The King saying “oh, I am sorry, you were actually the very next thing on my list.” 


I am preaching to myself, friends. This last week God has all but called me to throw every post-it note & writing utensil in the yard….he actually might have but I was probably making a list about it! I joke – but it’s true. We are all here at some point in this walk, when we realize life is so much more then our lists & prefect planners. This life is filled with THINGS. We choose those things. And we choose if we will let them rule our time or if we rule them. Let’s choose the things that matter and let’s not let them steal our JOY!

If you are at this place too, let’s rest together. Rest in the finished things on our lists AND in the finishedwork of Christ. 

Thank you so much for joining me for coffee & I pray you were encouraged. 


Frankly my dear…rest, because it is finished! 

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  1. Hope Curtsinger
    May 16, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    So appreciate your honesty and heart! May you find rest this weekend!

  2. meg mcilvaine
    May 16, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    rest is something i cherish and think about a whole lot! our culture is always "go go go!" and we tend to get swept into the current. it's so good for my heart to stop, take a moment to rest, to dive into the Word, and readjust my perspective. thanks for sharing!

  3. Amanda
    May 16, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    Such a wonderful post!!!! I think so many of us (more than would like to admit) can absolutely relate!!!!!

  4. Rachel
    May 16, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    Oh, my goodness. I needed to hear this today. So thankful for this link up because my heart has been so blessed already. There are so many days when I feel that my priorities are out of whack, and yet I do nothing about it…today, I'm going to intentionally get my priorities in order. I need to be intentional with my time, with my energy, with my money. I need to use every step to bless the Lord. And that's all that matters.

  5. Jana Tolman
    May 16, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Wow. I sure needed to read this! I've been feeling so overwhelmed, just like you. The constant chatter in my brain and my never ending to-do list has pushed my relationship with God to the back burner. No more. Thank you for reminding me what's important! Also, your blog is darling. I'm so excited I found you and I'm excited to follow along. 🙂

  6. Lacey Jones
    May 16, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    This post was such a blessing today! I feel the same way. I don't think that the day we stand face to face with Christ that He will say"I wish you spent more time on your blog." Thankful for you and your encouragement Jenni !

  7. Rachel Cox @ Oh Simple Thoughts
    May 16, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    Love this Jenni! Especially can relate to the idea that "simplifying life" still has things we have to have for it to be the right way like awesome planners and notebooks and printable meal plans…gosh, totally relate. I am right there with you on needing to rest in the grace and work of the Father. deeply thankful for our evergrowing friendship…I will always be so happy and grateful that you sent me that email about the influence conference! That was the beginning of a sweet friendship I do believe! Thanks for linking up with us and sharing your heart!

  8. Megan S.
    May 16, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    I love this! this such a great reminder. found you through Rachel's link up!

  9. Kendra Ellsworth
    May 16, 2014 / 5:46 pm

    Loved this post and I can so relate! He has dealt with me so heavily lately on rearranging my priorities and making more time for Him and less for all the other distractions of life…

  10. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    May 16, 2014 / 6:13 pm

    I can relate to this a lot. Since I am packing up my life and moving across the country (again); I hope I haven't fallen back into the rut (where I've been before) where life is a to do list after the move. There is always something ELSE on there. There is no end to it. I am praying for the both of us 🙂

  11. Madison @ Wetherills Say I Do
    May 16, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    Oh my goodness, girl. You are speaking right into my heart with this post! It's so hard not to get caught up in to do lists and agendas. But all Jesus really wants is for us to just rest at His feet. To come to Him and lay it all down. I can't wait to continue following along on your journey. And China!!! So exciting 🙂

  12. Martha Kate Stratton
    May 16, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    Love this so much! I am so much of a to-do list and planner that I definitely feel like it gets in the way of real life. I needed this today. I have the hardest time taking time to Be Still in His presence because my to-do list is rolling through my head. Thank you for the encouragement and I am praying that you will find rest in Him!

  13. Alex
    May 16, 2014 / 8:14 pm

    What an honest post. I think sometimes in our busy lives we forget to step back, take a break and reevaluate. This is wonderful encouragement for the weeks ahead!

  14. Christin
    May 16, 2014 / 11:39 pm

    This is incredible. I am so humbled to be part of such a blessed group of women. Wow..thank you Jesus! You, in your vulnerability, encourage me so much. I feel like I'm talking to myself! You're rawness is touching lives and I'm thankful to be counted as one that has been deeply affected. Be blessed sweet new friend! xo Christin from Quirky Anthems

  15. Bailey Robert
    May 17, 2014 / 12:53 am

    Thanks for sharing, dear! I am definitely in a similar place. There is so much power in putting our feelings into words. I think we are better able to put it at His feet, and what a joy it is to see what He will do with it. And us!

  16. Paige @ Reasons to Come Home
    May 17, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    Girl, this hit the nail on the head for me. I feel like I haven't rested in months and constantly feel exhausted. This is such an important reminder to rejoice in what is finished!

  17. Lisa Loves John
    May 17, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    If you like Nehemiah, you should do Kelly Minter's study on the book… It is amazing!!! And her videos are incredible!!

    • Lisa Loves John
      May 17, 2014 / 7:13 pm

      Oops! This was supposed to be on your 5 on Friday 🙂