Welcome to the blog section of my website! Imagine you are entering a garden. You may prefer a flower, fruit or vegetable garden. There are six different footpaths you can take to explore the delightful garden. These blog categories lead you on separate paths, from which you can select articles to nourish, encourage and challenge.
Before starting your journey, I want to share how this intriguing garden was designed and planted.
For quite a few years, friends and colleagues encouraged me to blog. The demands of life kept me from pursuing that endeavor. With the publishing of my first book in 2019, the seeds of encouragement to blog started taking root.
In January 2020 the blog seeds began pushing up through the soil of opportunity. I hired Charlie Russell of charliecreatescc.com to help me build a website and videos for the second edition of my book, A Heavenly Conversation One Night Before Christmas. It seemed like a wonderful time to piggyback on the book’s website by combining it with various articles I’ve written, which are now part of my blog collection.
Because I thoroughly enjoy connecting people to other people and to resources, I want you to know about Charlie and his company. He is a man of utmost character and integrity. Charlie sincerely cares about helping his clients succeed and works diligently on each project. He is very knowledgeable in social media. Charlie’s website designing, video production, and social media skills are outstanding.
Blog Section #1: Articles Published in The Southeast Outlook
Bob Russell, retired senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church, had a vision for the church to start a Christian newspaper. You can hear it in his own words at http://www.southeastoutlook.org/site/about.html/.
Bob’s dream became a reality in 1995, when the first edition of The Southeast Outlook was published. As of 2020, the weekly newspaper has a circulation of 75,000. It is delivered throughout Kentucky and across the United States.
Shortly after the start of The Southeast Outlook, the newspaper’s first editor-in-chief asked me to serve as a volunteer writer. Over the next 10 years, I wrote more than 120 articles—including news, features, commentaries and two columns.
From 1995 to 1999, I wrote a column titled “God-Given Abilities, Not Disabilities.” From 2000 to 2005, my focus shifted to sharing a variety of biblical topics. This column was titled “Joyfully Live the Bible.”
People continue to remark that my articles were meaningful and challenging to them. This is why I decided to post select articles on my website. For easy reference, they are grouped in five categories. You can click on the categories and select articles that interest you.
May Lord God breathe new life into these articles, so that the new blogs can refresh and encourage you along your own faith journey!
Blog Section #2: Modern Epistle
From 2000 to 2002, I experienced several years inside a fiery furnace. It was through the intense pain and victorious healing that I developed a new passion. I felt compelled to come alongside other wounded travelers, warning them of dangerous traps and leading them through the stages of healing.
Due to the scope of my traumatic journey, I needed a unique way to present the story, so that people could connect with it in their own lives. Through months of prayer and listening to Lord God, the Holy Spirit gave me the idea to share my journey in the form of an epistle.
Simply stated, an epistle is a letter written to a person or group of people. The epistle’s author has a specific purpose for writing the letter. This purpose may include comforting, encouraging, challenging, instructing and/or warning.
I finished writing my epistle in 2004. Actually, it became a series of letters. I decided to now share each letter as a blog on my website.
If you are familiar with the epistles in the Bible’s New Testament, you will see similarities in format and themes. In no way do I believe that my epistle is divinely inspired like those in the Bible. I do know, after more than 40 years of walking with God, that it was definitely his Holy Spirit guiding me throughout the entire writing journey.
In my own human abilities, I honestly acknowledge I have no capacity to write this series of life-transforming letters—or any article or book. I am a servant of Almighty God, attempting to follow him wholeheartedly. My heart’s desire is to use what God graciously gives me to glorify him and encourage people.
Joyfully in Jesus,
Jennifer Lynn Heck is a Christian author from Louisville, KY who was born with cerebral palsy. She has written many blogs and articles in The Southeast Outlook for spiritual encouragement and disability ministry.
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