Authenticity

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When My Heart Hurts

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 These past three or so weeks have been hard. On the surface, one could say my life looks great. No problems. I have a stable job I enjoy. I have my writing, which is my passion. I have a husband, a good family, a good set of friends, a second family ...continue reading

On Being Intentional

A couple of months ago, I had lunch with a colleague. We’ve hit it off, and I’ve come to see him like a little brother of mine. His fiancée is a nurse working night shifts to save money for their wedding. He said time with her was few and far between. I told him they ...continue reading

My Cookout Lesson

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 It happened. The party was Wednesday. Our biggest party of the year. And it was hot, like firecracker hot. Time was running out, and I wanted to finish getting ready because I was hot, sweaty, and plain frustrated at some miscommunication between my husband and me. I asked him to help ...continue reading

Embracing Imperfection

by Jennfer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 “You got the year wrong,” Steve, my husband, informed me when he looked at the invitation we’d printed for a party we’re having soon. Oh, no. It’d happened. In my weariness from a long day and in my rush to get something out the door, I’d failed to produce what in ...continue reading

The Best Rejection I Ever Got

I sat at the table in the appointment room at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference. Sweat built on my brow and on my hands. I gazed at the agent as he scrutinized my submission to him. Then he turned his kind gaze to me. We talked. He rejected my submission. What was my reaction? ...continue reading