Blog Spotlight: Healthy Spirituality

healthy spirituality header photoJean Wise and her Healthy Spirituality blog are in today’s Spotlight.

God brought Jean and me together when we both attended the 2007 Florida Christian Writers Conference for the first time. She was sitting in the large, and mainly empty, auditorium waiting for the first session to begin. I wandered in and sat in the row ahead of her, turned around and said “hi.”

Turns out she lived in Ohio–and that’s where I grew up.

The next year and the next and the next we were conference roomies. We email along with our other Kindred Heart critique writing friends (made at that same 2007 conference) practically every day.

I’m excited to put the Blog Spotlight on Jean and Healthy Spirituality.

Major theme: Christian spiritual growth

My most popular post: Advent – 15 Inspirational Quotes about this Season of Anticipation

My favorite posts (which all happen to be about my grandkids):

My life verse is:

Let us keep our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith – Hebrews 12:2

My verse for 2015 is:

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

photoI blog because my fellow writers forced me into it. They were all doing it and dragged me into the process yelling and screaming. I was not thrilled to add something else to my to-do list. BUT I still blog because it is a wonderful way to share our faith, to find companions on our spiritual walks, to grow and learn how to express our beliefs and an opportunity to write and discover my writing voice.

When I’m not blogging, I’m writing for our local newspaper, working at our church and working on my other writing projects. Ok sometimes too often I get distracted by Facebook and researching scurrying down rabbit trails on the Internet.

I have a passion for learning different spiritual practices that open our hearts to hear and know God in new ways, then sharing them with others so they too can grow closer to God.

I want to be remembered for making a difference in the lives of my family and friends.

Jean Wise is a freelance writer and Christian speaker at retreats, gatherings and seminars. She has published articles in the Lutheran, Christian Communicator, Sacred Journeys,The RevWriter, public health journals and contributed multiple devotions to three devotional books published by Barbour Publishing. She also is a reporter at a daily local newspaper writing profile and health articles. ]

Jean is an expert in spiritual growth, especially in the area of prayer. She is serving St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Edon as an Associate in Ministry. (AiM) She is a spiritual director and facilitates the spiritual formation for others studying to be directors. She has both a bachelors and masters in nursing. Her background in spirituality and health care adds to her love and passion for healthy spirituality.

advent cover photoShe lives in Ohio with her husband enjoying their empty nest as their three adult children have flown the coop. Jean loves books so much her hubby thinks she has too many. Jean believes if you cannot be well read, at least be well bought! Bring on more bookshelves!

Visit Jean’s blog at Healthy Spirituality. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: An Advent Devotional, is available in both print and ebook editions.

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Jean wrote about her experiences writing her devotional in an earlier guest post.

Blog Spotlight: Where Food Meets Faith . . . and Fiction

Valerie Comer: Where Food Meets Faith . . . and Fiction

valerie-comer-150x150I blog where food meets faith in my fiction and in my daily life as a farmer, gardener, beekeeper, and grandmother. Does God care what we eat? I believe He does.

My most popular post: Solar Cooking: Clean, Bright and Accessible 

My favorite post: Where Food Meets Faith . . . In Our Bodies

Favorite Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:11

blog spotlight photoI blog because:I’m passionate about challenging Christians to care for creation and their own bodies.

When I’m not blogging I’m writing novels, canning tomatoes, or bouncing on the trampoline with my granddaughters.

I have a passion for real food from scratch, local food, and organic food.

I want to be remembered for helping believers see how their little everyday choices affect their relationship with God and His creation.

 

Blog Spotlight: Buckeye Simplicity

 

Today’s Blog Spotlight guest is my daughter Jillian, the dynamo behind Buckeye Simplicity.

buckeye simplicity header

Jillian and two of her close friends, Amanda and Jaala, write about the ups-and-downs of living for Christ as young wives and mothers. They are homeschool moms, and two have special needs children.

Jill and Mandy

Jillian and Mandy

The blog’s most popular post: Miscarriage Encouragement.

Jillian’s favorite post: Change of Heart on My Weight Loss Journey.

Jillian’s favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (NIV).

About Jillian

I blog because: I love to write, share my experiences, and encourage others. I was hooked after my very first post in 2010.

Jill and JaalaWhen I’m not blogging, I’m: being a wife and mama. We homeschool and are active in our church’s youth ministry.

I have a passion for: I have a lot of passions. To name a few, I have a passion for women’s ministry. Over the years it’s become more defined. I really love topics on being a help meet and a homemaker. I also am on a journey to lose 100 pounds. So health and fitness has become a big passion in my life.

I want to be remembered for: my faith. I honestly just want my children to remember me as a woman who loved and served God above all else. I also want them to remember how joyful they made me.

[Note If you’d like to be a Blog Spotlight guest, please send an email to johnniealexander at icloud.com. Thanks!]