Authenticity

Finding Rest Through S.M.A.R.T. Goals

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you. —Leviticus 25:10a (NIV) We’re once more around to a New Year. I don’t know about you, but I was ready for 2021 to begin. 2021 not only is a fresh ...continue reading

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Advent Anticipation: Looking Back to Look Forward

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Recently, I received and e-mail notification from an organization I’m in to remind me to renew my membership. In it, the writer said that Merriam-Webster usually comes up with a word or phrase to describe the past year. Words it used for 2020 were ones like “lockdown, pandemic, furlough” to name ...continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2020 Gratitude Challenge

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Thanksgiving week is here. One thing I like to do on Thanksgiving Day is what I call a Gratitude Challenge. What I do is in my journal, list out a hundred things for which I’m grateful. What? 2020 has been a crappy year, right? I’ll not disagree on that. It has ...continue reading

5 Reasons Why I Love My Quirky Basenjis

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 National Basenji Mischief Day was last Friday. Okay, so it’s not a holiday like Labor Day, the Fourth of July, or even National Ice Cream Day. But it’s a holiday that I celebrate, nonetheless. With a 10,000-year history, Basenjis are quirky, independent thinkers. As pets, they can make us laugh, make ...continue reading

The Concept of Home

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 When I graduated high school, I headed to college. During those four years, I shuttled back and forth between campus, a three-hour ride, and home over mostly two-lane roads. I remember those days well. Driving in my blue Ford Probe. Listening to my cassette tape (remember those?) music mixes. And that ...continue reading