Monday, December 12, 2011

Imperfect Vlogging & Soli Deo Gloria Party

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I vlogged today.  I think it's more a lesson for myself than anything else.  It's full imperfections (yes, clearly I am newbie at vlogging because the book appears backwards in the video).  And then there are the pimples. Again.  I swear, I only get pimples when God tells me to vlog.

But it's the imperfections that keep me humble.  It's being obedient even when conditions aren't perfect.  It's about being a star that gets light from Him instead of trying cast her own glow...
Happy Soli Deo Gloria day, friends.  Life isn't as rich without you.

SDG Community Builder:  Where someone might see an imperfection, will you point out His beauty?  Lavishly love one another as you visit.

If you are interested in an art piece, please click here.

37 comments :

  1. Can I just tell you how beautiful you are :) Inside and out. You are wonderful my friend.

    I <3 your vlogging and hearing your voice.

    This was such an encouragement to me. I understand that worry of wondering if grace will be extended to me. Sometimes how BIG and deep and wide and laving and extravagant His love is overwhelms me.

    If God was not there I would not want to be." A needed reminder for my heart.

    That art is gorgeous. Every time you show something I erhm covet it. I must now go repent.

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  2. Your willingness to be open and honest is a blessing to me. Thank you.

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  3. Jen! You are a most amazing woman for being SO transparent about your pride. You could have said "no" and not told us all of that. What a heart for God you have. Thank you for that. I love you all the more for the imperfections.
    xo
    c

    PS.That drawing is awesome! So cool.

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  4. Love your honesty, Jen. That looks like another book I need to read...

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  5. You.are.priceless. dear Jen! this just melted my heart and you really took us right into your home, into your heart and that is always the best and you know, my heart is brimming with thanks for you...honestly, just such a beautiful gift to us all!

    and you made me think about this {don't know where it comes from} but if asked if you wanted all of the benefits of Heaven--eternal life, mansions, streets of gold, even with those you love, but no Jesus, no Father, no Spirit--loving Trinity, would you want it? and my heart is right there with you, 'No!' none of that matters--only Him, face-to-face:}

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  6. Your art is so beautiful! And your Christmas Tree creates a garland about your head that just makes you sparkle! Merry Christmas Season!

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  7. you are precious, Jen. i wish i could fully convey to you just how much you mean to me, to each one of us in this community. it's life-changing to join hands with sisters whom i have never met and realize that we know one another. we know, and it's okay.

    i love you, sister. <3

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  8. Thank you for sharing this vlog with us Jen. You are as beautiful as your words. I love your honesty about dealing with pride and jealousy, and hearing your thoughts on Moses. Your artwork is absolutely inspiring and I hope to be able to order a piece soon.

    Many blessings my sweet friend!

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  9. I've read that book, so good!

    Thank you for sharing with us live. I can see your heart in your written words, but I saw even more of it through this vlog.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  10. wow, so many times I have said, "here Moses was taking these whinney Isrealites across to the promised land, being obedient, doing what He asked yet never made into the Promiseland himself here on this earth!" He was obedient and did as the Father asked saw miracle after miracle....but then, maybe had his own issues of pride we don't know....but, if we keep a Kingdom minded head our shoulders we will remember this earth is just a vapor....I too love how you bring out a new point in His word and give us something to chew on. Pride it certainly does get in the way doesn't it?

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  11. Loved watching your vlog!! Thank you for your encouragement!!

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  12. Oh, girl...Throughout this blog journey, I have to constantly "check myself". Is it for His glory - or is it for mine? There are times when I have to admit it was the latter and it was then that I knew I needed to step away for a bit (hence my hiatus this past fall) For those of us in public ministry, this is a constant struggle - or at least it seems to me it would be. You know what's great though? You didn't have so much pride that you couldn't see your own pride and that's HUGE - pride is VERY sneaky.

    Have a blessed week, Jen!

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire
    http://www.mommyonfire.com

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  13. Oh, Jen. God is shining through you, friend. You encourage me with your honesty and with His words. I'm doing a heart-check right now. My pride has been taking a beating lately. That's good. It makes more room for His grace to shine through.

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  14. precious is your heart sweet sister. you just hide your heart in the shadow of His wings and He will be faithful to walk you through this journey of life and He WILL GET HIS GLORY. You are a gift.

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  15. I love how you say that your imperfections keep you humble. And your confession. Your honesty. It keeps us all humble. I loved this. Thank you.

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  16. You have a beautiful heart, sister.
    Mel

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  17. Love the shining lights like a crown covering your hair as His Grace filled you with His words...thankd you dear friend.

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  18. Jen, your vlog was so touching to my heart. I loved your honesty and your sincerity, and your quiet passion for God. Your tree is beautiful, I felt the "goosebumps" while listening to your words. I love Moses... his humility... what he went through only to not make it to the Promised Land after all... but I know he is a star in heaven.

    Thank you very much, Jen.

    Love
    Lidia

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  19. Your heart, your honesty and clarity touched me. bless you, my friend. I pray that I too would desire God above all else,

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  20. Love your artwork and appreciate your honesty... love your vlog.

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  21. not really seeing the imperfections you mention Jen, just the super casual hair do that I could never figure out how to pull off the and the gorgeous capelet! :) Hee hee. great job - I love your vulnerability!

    Joy

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  22. Good morning!
    I’ve included your site on a page I’ve put together devoted to hops, challenges, and memes for every day of the week! The link to that page is under my header. http://acts17verse28.blogspot.com/

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  23. love the vlog! beautiful words, Jen, and i feel so encouraged this morning having heard them. THANK YOU, for always sharing your heart with authenticity.
    have a blessed week!
    steph

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  24. Thank you for risking....thank you for being vulnerable...thank you for not doing a retake...sometimes I wonder if blogging is God's tool to lead us to humility....if we let it...than to "use" it to any gain. You are letting it lead you to humility...God is near the broken and contrite heart...
    read the book too...thought provoking...
    Blessings to you dear Jen...

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  25. All I could think of as you talked--especially toward the end, was Matt Redman's song, "Shine" on the "Passion: God of this City" worship CD. I think about how Moses had to hide his shining face from the people, how God had to hide him in that cleft of the rock so he wouldn't die in the direct contact with God's glory! (Ex.33) This is our God! Shining in Glory!!

    Yes, He was giving Moses' grace when He didn't let go in--and then, (I always want to cry at this part) he was with him in death, burying the great prophet after personally showing him the Promised Land from the top of a mountain. And this is our God! (Deut. 34)

    Moses' life still still shines God's light through the pages of Scripture!

    And you shine too, Jen. So thankful you vlogged in this post. I had not heard your voice. I heard your heart as well, wonderfully transparent.

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  26. Dear Jen, I think you demonstrated here the way we should all respond to those fleshy thoughts that roll through our hearts and minds. You saw it for what it was, responded to the conviction about it being a wrong way to think, and quickly took that thought captive, locked it up and handed the key to Jesus. In bowing low in humility you stand tall as a wonderful, godly example to all in this community and beyond. Thank you so much for taking the risk to vlog and to let us see that you struggle with the same stuff we struggle with--you showed us how to win those struggles! More than that, you glorified God in it!!

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  27. Hi Jen,
    Imperfections are what make us unique, and uniquely His. Like the trace of the Potter's hand on a beautiful clay pot, the imperfections in our work set them apart and make them special.
    Love to you,
    Laurie

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  28. Beautiful art, and beautiful words of encouragement through video.
    Blessings! Deanna

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  29. I so appreciate the fact that you posted your message by video. It is hard for me to concentrate and read a lot of blog posts and your video gave me a confirmation regarding how God wants me to view my presence in the blogging world. I am small and that is o.k. If what I offer is helpful, even to only one person, then praise God. Thanks so much for todays offering.

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  30. By the way, my post today included "stars and Moses"...

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  31. Just love your vlog, your heart for God, & your honesty with yourself. Thanks for sharing and reminding us all that the focus of blogging is Him...all about Him!

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  32. Thank you for being so vulnerable, transparent, and encouraging. Thank you for allowing God to correct you and for fighting to remain in the center of His will for your life.

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  33. love this! and "it's being obedient even when conditions aren't perfect" - but, I guess it's "easy" to obey when it's perfect and easy :)

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  34. Oh, sweetheart. Your star shines so bright...for Him. And this is the true glory. What a gift you are to this community and how gently you shepherd. Your willingness to reveal your vulnerabilities only glorifies him more. So much love to you.

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  35. sounds like a great community, and I like the drawing

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  36. Wow, Jen. You are a powerful speaker. I marvel at how you are able to put your thoughts together and speak so directly from the heart - and yet it is also so organized and coherent. You touched me with what you said and I enjoyed seeing your kind face. Thank you for the image of the stars. That will stay with me for a long time.

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