Episode 2. Built for community. In this episode of my Nicaraguan Mission Trip Video Mini-Series, the backdrop is our first full day in Nicaragua.  Joined by another church from Greenbay we set out to Cerro Negro, an active volcano for a day of community and team-building. I don’t know if community easy for anyone. It can […]

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Little by little, my grandmother is allowing me to introduce her to technology.  But she keeps me on a short leash about it.  When I do show her something on my computer, I know I only have a small window of time before she would rather watch another episode of People’s Court.  I choose my […]

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  When I first decided to abandon JenChicago.com in favor of this domain, it was sad.  I knew I wouldn’t be moving back for at least a year and I needed an online home.  Can’t very well post on JenChicago.com when I’m not in Chicago, now can I? Bada, bing- JenKnoedl.com was birthed. I wasn’t exactly sure […]

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It’s not a secret.  I’d like to see my name in lights.  Heck, I like to see my name in text message. I’m human.  I thrive on acknowledgement and approval. If I’m being honest, I often catch myself caring more about what people think than what God thinks.  I’m sorry God.  I’m working on it. […]

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It occurs to me that this is a good post to write because when I tell people that I am participating in online dating websites, they usually have a host of questions. The downside is that what ever old-school stigma an online dating site used to have, it still has it – at least a […]

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Today’s Bible verse used to be my favorite.  Mostly because I didn’t fully understand its context.  I thought it was all about me.  This seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans […]

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This is SO a great song to kick off your Monday, if you are a baby Christian like me. The first time I heard Shake by MercyMe I was very excited.  I didn’t know they made Christian music I could swing dance to!  This song just makes me wanna jump up and move my feet! One of […]

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