Step Away & Trust

Did you know that September 10th is National Grandparents Day? September 10th is also my first child’s birthday. That same child experienced the birth of his first child (my first grandbaby) this week, and right now I’m full of joy and so thankful for this blessing. Colt Easton Jessen was born September 6th, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and his “G” thinks he’s a bundle of perfection.

Prior to this past week, 2017 has been a year that I would not want to repeat, but God is notorious for bringing blessings in the midst of burdens. His blessings ALWAYS come at the perfect time with a clear message of hope.

His love for us is amazing.

Alabama is my birthplace and home. As a young girl, the summers I shared with my grandmother are among my fondest memories. She introduced me to the local library, with it’s summer reading program which ignited in me a passion for books and reading. She also introduced me to sewing, quilting, and cream with a touch of coffee. Her home was a safe haven for me. She was a creator of lovely things, and she noticed that same spark in me. As an adult, I continue to find pleasure in the same things that were so important to me as a girl. Just recently I started sewing again and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.  With the vast selection of audiobooks offered online, I’m also able to listen to books as I sew.

For the last ten years, my profession as a nurse has had its highs and lows. My introverted, highly sensitive personality has not always been the right fit for witnessing so much pain and suffering. I sometimes wonder if that career-personality assessment quiz I took in college was accurate.

Near the beginning of this year I felt God was asking me to step away from my career. This was a difficult decision. I questioned if it really was God. I simply refused for a while, but my circumstances became so uncomfortable that I finally mustered up the courage to trust and obey. I am currently taking some time off work to rest and seek God for direction. My prayer is that God will open the right door at the right time. As of now, He is clearly telling me to rest.

My husband and I have been married for thirty years and I love him now more than ever. He can pull me out of a melancholic mood in an instant with his contagious humor. Laughter really does have healing power. In addition to my son, I have two daughters. My oldest daughter has been a nurse for three years and my youngest daughter is currently in nursing school. Bless them!

My writing experience is limited to personal journaling, but I am excited to learn and share what God is doing in my life. My hope is to know Him more. I’m trusting Him to bring restoration to my soul as I rest in Him.

Finally sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Jill Jessen


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