Why Did Jennifer Name This Website JJJHeck?
From 1993 to 1996, Jennifer made seven tandem skydives. One of her leaps of faith was at 15,000 feet. She adopted the nickname JJJHeck. It captures both her season of skydiving and her joyful personality. JJJ stands for “Joyous Jumping Jennifer.”
Breaking Barriers Between People,
Building Bridges to God!
Jennifer Lynn Heck attended a class on evangelism at her church in 2004, taught by one of the pastors. He asked people to create a mission statement for their lives. The Holy Spirit led Jennifer to passionately write and live this:
“My mission in life is to break barriers between people and build bridges to God. Everyone needs to know Jesus Christ, grow in their faith and use their God-given gifts for his glory.”
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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Hello Friends ... Let me introduce you to the blog section of my website.
Imagine you are entering a garden. You may prefer a flower, fruit or vegetable garden. There are seven 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, please allow me to share how this intriguing blog garden was designed and planted.
For quite a few years, friends and colleagues encouraged me to blog. However, the demands of life kept me from pursuing this endeavor. The seeds of encouragement to blog started taking root after publishing my first book in 2019.
The blog seeds began pushing up through the soil of opportunity in 2020. I originally created this website 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.
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. His dream became a reality in 1995, when the first edition of The Southeast Outlook was published.
[Note: The final issue was published on December 23, 2021. The weekly newspaper had a circulation of 75,000. It was delivered throughout the United States; the eEdition was read by people worldwide.]
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—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 six 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 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 2003. 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. Yet I do know, after more than 40 years of walking with God, that it was definitely the 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,