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Swimsuits used to be my nightmare.
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I dreaded that part of summer. I wasn’t the typical body type, and my only options were ugly and dismal. Nothing a teenager wants. It never really got better, so I just settled for ugly swimsuits or I just avoided swimming altogether. Not only did I have self-confidence issues as it was, but I also just hated everything about myself in a swimsuit.
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Until I found @kortnijeane swimsuits and fell in love. I never dreamed there would be a day where I would both feel comfortable, trendy, and modest in a swimsuit, but I actually get excited about wearing all my @kortnijeane swimsuits.
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And like aunt like niece. I’m so thankful my niece gets to grow up in a world where people like @kortnijeane make swimsuits for all body types and styles.
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Thank you times a million, @kortnijeane!
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“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” -Robert Louis Stevenson
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1. It is difficult to explain the relationships we build in such a short amount of time. But these students feel like nothing less than family.
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2. I may have only know these girls for a short amount of time, but I left a piece of my heart with each of them.
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3. This university and the students there have taken my heart captive. This view is a reminder of all the people I’ve met on that campus.
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4. Sweet friends. One Asian. One American.
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5. This is a different city, and it has grown on me in many different ways.
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6. Never say no to ice cream.
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7. Night market with food for days.
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8. Oreo bread. Enough said.
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9. I love you, @rene_yiming_wang, with all my heart. Thank you for being such a sweet friend. I look forward to many more adventures in the future. Maybe one day I’ll actually be able to surprise you. 😘😉
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10. A big city with a whole lot of my heart and tons of lovely memories.
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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” -Henry Miller
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How do you put two of the best weeks of the year into words? It’s nearly impossible. But don’t think I won’t try.
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1. Sometimes you think a place you’ve seen many times before won’t hold anything new, but you’ll be wrong.
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2. If you don’t cooperate, you will make life more difficult for yourself. Because I will get your picture whether it takes 1 minute or 30.
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3. This group of people were flexible, adventurous, kind, and overall amazing. I wouldn’t want to travel with anyone else.
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4. Meeting up with old friends that I’ve known for over 7 years will always bring me joy.
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5. Basketball memories.
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6. If you can you get your nails done for less than $5 while talking about important life things, you certainly should.
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7. Asian culture is intriguing and so very interesting. I could learn about it all day every day. And I respect it like crazy.
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8. Their architecture and colors are some of the most beautiful that I’ve ever seen. While it’s beautiful, this one specifically represents those seeking answers in the wrong place.
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9. Beautiful friends who have stolen a piece of my heart.
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10. These students. This place. My favorite things on this planet.
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To my dad: happy father’s day & thank you for being such a loving, sacrificial, kind, & Godly dad to me. Thank you for always being there for me & setting an example of Jesus for our family.
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To the men in my life who have been like fathers: thank you for protecting my heart, for showing me love just as God made me, and helping to raise me in the ways of God.
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To those who are hurting today: God sees you and He wants to comfort you. No matter the situation. Whether you spent the day without your father, with the disappointment of your earthly father, with the unfulfilled hopes of fatherhood.
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Whatever it is, just allow God to meet you there. He will do it. I have faith in a God who knows no bounds & loves with no limitations.
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“Say yes to new adventures.” -Finn Harper
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Traveling with these two has been such a treat. Taxis, cars, buses, planes, subways, etc. To say we’ve been on an adventure feels like the understatement of the year.
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Spending just a couple more days in this beautiful place and then we’ll make our way back home.
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Warning: This is NOT just another Mother’s Day post.
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Posting a picture of my beautiful and wonderful mother with sentimental and poetic words would be easy, but I just wouldn’t be me if I didn’t acknowledge the other side of days like these.
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Even though Mother’s Day is generally lovely and special, I’d be willing to bet at least 50% of women if not more experienced not so lovely and special feelings today.
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Some women felt even more acutely the barrenness of their womb. Some women listened to their children argue for 2 hours straight. Some women grieved the absence of their own mothers.
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As happy as I know my mom was to spend the day with two of her kids and grandkids, I also know that she still wishes she could’ve picked up the phone and called her mother. As happy as I was to spend the day with my mom and Granny, I still wondered what my future holds as far as motherhood.
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But the best part of all of it is that we have a promise and hope of restoration, redemption, and fulfillment in eternity. One day my mom will get to put her arms around her mother’s neck again. One day I’ll experience the fulfillment of my desire to be a mother in some way or another.
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This hope and assurance comes with our salvation through Jesus Christ. We’re clinging to this hope today and every day. And we will continue to hold onto this hope until that day comes.
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And all that to say ...Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who are mothers biologically, spiritually, by adoption, or even for just a season. I know I can speak for both myself and my mom that we are equally thankful for all the mother figures God has put in our lives.
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May we all seek to be a mothering voice to someone who needs it and thank the women who have mothered us in one way or another. Love you, @janmcmurphy!
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Wanna wish these sexy lady a Happy Mother’s Day 😉 thank you for what you do love. & to all the mamas out there too happy Mother’s Day! #happymothersday#blessed#beyondblessed#37weekspregnant#adventuresofjayden#adventuresofjenna

I lost sight of the shore. I don’t know when. It was some time in the last couple years. But the saddest part is that I didn’t even notice for the longest time.
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I reached a point where all I could see was water around me. No land for days. But yet I rationalized that it was okay. Being adrift is fine. I’m fine.
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I wasn’t fine. And if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m not really talking about shores and water. Let’s just say the shore is healthy body, mentality toward food, weight, eating. And me? I was so lost at sea without even fully realizing it.
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Everyone has their own struggles. It’s easier for me to talk about some more than others. But this one is hard. Culture tells me to love myself the way that I am. And that I should eat whatever I want. But culture also tells me that I’m overweight or unhealthy.
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Only God can give me the right perspective here. Maybe He doesn’t care what we eat. And maybe He doesn’t even care what we weigh. But I do think He cares about the way we treat our bodies and whether or not we are able to fully use our bodies to serve Him.
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So I made it back to shore. It’s taken 4 exhausting months to get back here. But I’m firmly planted on land ... what God wants for me. And this year has been and continues to be a year of denial.
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I’m denying myself of things that may be good, because I know I don’t want to miss God’s best. I’m denying myself of things that are definitely permissible but not beneficial for me.
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I believe we can lose sight of the shore in any area of our lives. Any time we forget God’s best for us and completely indulge ourselves in the things the world has to offer. It’s definitely easier being adrift in the short run.
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But in the long run, I know God’s plans for me on the shore are gonna be a million times greater than the life the world has to offer adrift in the sea.
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If you need to come back to shore, know that it’s possible. No matter how many times you’ve had to do it, God will help you make your way back. It’s that never-ending, overwhelming, reckless love of God.
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Just come back.
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“Peace like a river means that peace is gonna have some rapids yo. If He meant it would be calm He'd have called it peace like a puddle.” -@loswhit
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This might be a favorite quote about life of all time. Thanks, @loswhit, for that. This quote came to mind today along with one of my favorite hymns.
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When peace like a river attendeth my way. When sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, though has taught me to say. It is well. It is well with my soul.
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The peace that Jesus came to bring isn’t an outward peace. It isn’t something that’s gonna magically remove our problems. It’s submitting to Jesus in all things and resting in His character and promise..
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Worry is a choice. Which in turn means that peace is a choice. We have a choice to worry and be anxious. Or we have the choice to allow God’s peace to guard our hearts and our minds.
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The enemy wants me to sit in that worry and anxiety that is so easy to give into, but I choose peace. I refuse to give in. I submit to the plans of God and whatever He is doing through this situation.
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No matter the outcome, I can trust God. And you can too. He will not withhold His peace if we choose to lay down that worry and anxiety. But we have to choose to let that go.
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Praying for extra peace in my heart tonight and for those of you who need to be reminded that God provides ultimate peace.
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Jehovah-Jireh. The Lord Will Provide.
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Abraham first used this name for God when he named the mountain where he was to sacrifice his long-awaited, only son but was instead provided a ram in his son’s place.
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God provided. God did not delay. God was right on time. God saw the need. God acted.
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I’m fairly certain that I had never heard this name of God before my 20s. And furthermore, I don’t know that I truly understood it until I moved to New Orleans.
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Miraculous provision is truly a sight to behold. And God does it on a daily basis. He provides in ways that are humanly impossible. Whether it’s finances or relationships or physical, spiritual, or emotional needs. He provides.
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How many times do I have to say it or even experience it before my human nature stops doubting it? He has shown Himself to be a faithful provider time and time again.
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It’s hard. In the midst of chaos, fears, uncertainties, I want to offer God my help and my resources, but the truth is He has unlimited resources and all He asks of me is to be obedient to Him.
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As I’m learning what it means to be the girl whose “aim is to be devoted to the Lord,” I feel this pull to establish a firm foundation on the character of God and their inherent promises.
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So I’m starting here. Firmly standing on the truth that the Lord will provide. He always has and always will. I’m claiming this mountain that I’m standing on as “The Lord Will Provide.”
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What is it that you are praying for God to provide? Maybe it’s enough money to make it to the next paycheck. Maybe it’s strength to endure a hard season. Maybe it’s transportation to get to work. Maybe it’s a job to support your family. Whatever it is, claim it on this mountain.
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The Lord Will Provide.
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Y’all, I’ve got one more thing for you. These exclusive art prints were designed by none other than @annalorawhitley of @siltandpine, and they’re available for purchase.
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They’re $10 a piece (picture 2) or $15 framed in a simple black frame (picture 1). You can put it on your refrigerator, pin it to your office cubicle, hang it on your wall (picture 3), or give it as a gift to someone who needs a little extra love. Just let me know in the comments, in direct message, or by clicking the link in my profile, if you’d like one.
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LOVE.
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That’s what it’s all about. That’s why I do what I do. That’s why I have two mission trips planned for this summer. And even more so that’s why I live my life for God.
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God loves us with a reckless and pursing love. He wants each and every person to know of His love, and our worlds needs nothing more than more love.
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Spread the love.
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Just some san diegans being tourist 😂 can wait to meet you Jenna Ryan ❤️ #jc0921#adventuresofjayden#beyondblessed#adventuresofjenna#seaportvillage#sandiego#sd#beautifulpregnantwife#32weekspregnant

With His final breath, He secured my next breath for eternity.
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As I sat in church this morning, I felt this truth so deeply. Because He chose to die. Because He breathed His last breath on that cross. It breathed new life into me. It guaranteed that I will always have a next breath for eternity, because I have given my heart and life to Him.
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I know down deep in my soul that Jesus was more than a good man. He was more than an inspiration. More than an interesting story. I know down deep in my soul that His death gave me life. His life changed everything.
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He has changed me. He has given me everything in His death and resurrection. In that one moment, He changed the course of history. He bridged the gap and made a way for each of us to come to the Father.
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This is the truth, joy, and hope that I live by. Each and every day. I rejoice in this day, because not only did a Savior die for us but He also lives again.
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Praise the Lord. Happy Easter!
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One whole year of life. Mae has blessed our hearts for an entire year.
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Celebrating this little one is my favorite duty as Aunt JenJen. And I love nothing more than being an aunt to her and my nephews.
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We laughed. We ate. We sang happy birthday. We crawled. We opened presents. We celebrated.
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I cannot wait to watch this little one grow. I’m praying now for her to follow the beautiful plans God has for her life. I pray that she knows how deeply loved she is by her family and even more so by God.
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Mae Elizabeth Whitley.
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A year ago tonight I went to sleep as if I’d be waking up to another ordinary day. But God and Mae had other plans.
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Sometime around 2 in the morning I was abruptly awakened by my phone ringing and the call that Mae was coming into this world whether we were all ready or not.
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I briefly considered going back to sleep but quickly decided my only choice was to grab my bags, jump in the car, and get to Nashville as soon as possible.
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With Mae making her entrance 4.5 weeks early, it was the best end of March I could have ever asked for. And on the eve of Mae’s first birthday, all I feel is joy.
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Nashville and Mae, here I come!
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Invitation design: @siltandpine @annalorawhitley

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” -Proverbs 19:21
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On three separate occasions, this verse came up in conversation over the weekend, and it felt more than coincidental. It felt personal. It felt intentional.
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You would think that by my age and by this point in my relationship with God that I wouldn’t need a reminder in this area. After all I’ve seen and after all I’ve been through, I should know this lesson by heart.
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But I, like the Israelites, seem to suffer from continued short term amnesia also known as forgetfulness. I so easily forget that while I plan and toil, God’s working out His ultimate plan. It’s up to me if I’m gonna keep going my way or get on board with God’s plans.
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2018 has been uneventful in the best kind of way. After an entire year of very low valleys in 2017, I’m trying to find rest on this hill that I’ve found myself on. I’ve discovered a peace and solace in this season that I’ve longed for for countless years.
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I’m getting on board with God’s plans and surrendering to whatever He plans for me. I’m resting in the assurance of His faithfulness in each and every season from the highest hills to the lowest valleys.
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I don’t know where you have found yourself here lately. Whether that’s on a hill or in a valley. But I can promise you this. Align your plans with God’s plans. Say yes to whatever it is He is calling you to. Step out on faith. He will be faithful. And He will fulfill His promises.
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