Wednesday, November 5, 2014

OVERCOMER: Jenny Marrs

Jenny is a NWA gal that I have one of those digital relationships with.  But like so many in this amazing blogger community because we have mutual friends and share mutual interests, we all feel like we are connected.  Her blog is the kind that beckons you in. You want to laugh with them, cry with them and feel like you can just be friends.  I love that she shares real and every day.  Many have watched her family and walked with them in the journey to bring their sweet Sylvie home.  And then we rejoiced earlier this year as the moment finally happened.  Her sweet boys will keep you laughing and that ebony skinned little girl will make your heart sing.

So, I introduce you to Jenny and yes...her topic is one I fight with everyday (sometimes every moment)


  • What have you OVERCOME? Control
  • What was your turning point? Throughout the nearly two years of waiting to bring our
    legally adopted daughter home from the Democratic Republic of Congo, I had to surrender {the illusion of} control completely over to God.  In my brokenness and weariness during our wait, I ached to understand why our girl was caught in a nightmare of political posturing and red-tape.  I found myself gripping tightly to my plans for our family and my confusion escalated as we continued to wait halfway across the globe from our daughter.

    During this time, God revealed my tendency to lean on my own power and brought me to the end of my own strength and stamina.  Daily, I would lay my plans at the feet of my Savior and trust that He was protecting our baby girl both physically and emotionally.

    Two of the most important lessons I learned during this time: God is good and God is faithful.  I've known these truths intellectually for a long time but never before had my faith been tested so fiercely.  In the end, I have learned that God is the author of our life story and that He never, ever authors pain.  His promises remain true even in today's chaotic and messy world.
  • 5 word life mantra - The story isn't over yet
  • Quote you live by - "Our toughest battles will invariably concern matters of faith - times when we're tempted to think God's Word and His ways won't work for us, that He has abandoned us, let us down, or failed to come through for us." - Beth Moore

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5 comments:

Jerusalem Greer said...

Oh yes. Control - it's a big one isn't it?? Love this picture of you. It brings tears to my eyes everytime!

gina knuppenburg said...

Letting go of the need to be totally in control all of the time is the best thing I've done.

Jenny Marrs said...

Yes, it's big...still haves to remind myself daily to loosen my grip. :) thanks girl. I still cry looking at it because I still can't believe she is finally here!

Jenny Marrs said...

I'm such a slow learner ... Really wish I would've learned this one a long time ago. It really is the best thing we can do for ourselves!

Stephanie Buckley said...

Yep. Control is my drainer of joy.