I am so humbled and grateful that you would stop by and spend some time here.
It’s possible that you want to know a little bit about me.
The most important thing you should know is that I am a born-again Christian. But beyond that, I’m a Christ-follower–or I try to be, as His grace keeps working to conform my stubborn heart to His. Which can be a slow process, and sometimes a painful one. But always worth it.
Forgive me; I digress…
I’m Jennifer Clarke, a Virginia girl, born and bred. I’m someone’s wife and best friend.
I’m “Mama” to six smaller someones.
I’m a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a niece, a granddaughter, even a sometimes-foster mom. I am a church member. Some call me “friend.” Some have called me teacher. Many know I’m a reader. Some know I’m very expressive–often with tears–and that music and writing are my two favorite forms of expression. I can’t really help it. They’re part of who I am.
I’m all those things…and more. But in the end, it all comes back to the beginning. Because what I really am is a sinner through and through. And left to my own devices, it would be an utterly hopeless state for me. But thanks to the amazing sacrifice of an ever-pursuing, always-faithful God who loves me and wants to be with me, all that really matters is this: I AM HIS. And I’m learning more and more that this is so much more than enough.
I rest in this truth about belonging to my God, but I also live with the awareness that His goodness toward me makes me a steward.
Of many things, really, but especially of the gospel truth God has entrusted to me for as long as I can remember.
I grew up in a Scripture-focused local church and attended Christian school there, as well, so my biblical training has been lengthy. I’ve attended countless Bible studies and have had numerous strong believers as mentors throughout my life. I’m a voracious reader–especially of God’s Word–and in recent years have had the privilege of learning under such teachers as Danny Akin, Nancy Leigh Demoss Wolgemuth, Jen Wilkin, and Beth Moore.
This vast experience and education combined with the God-given spiritual gift of teaching compels me to share with others what I’ve so richly received. I’m so thankful for the opportunities He has granted me to teach many Bible studies in my local church, to speak at women’s ministry events, to influence hundreds of thousands of people through this website, and to serve Christ’s Church in the other ways He has qualified me and commissioned me to do.
If you’re curious about this God who wants to be with you, I welcome you in this space and I invite you to find out how to have your very first encounter with God.
If you know Him already, and you want to know Him more intimately, I invite you to journey with me. If you’d like to hear from me regularly, with access to exclusive encouragement that you won’t find on the website (because it’s reserved just for my best readers😉) you can sign up for my weekly email here.
Let’s together build a faith that’s meant for all the ups and downs of real life.
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