Jolene Underwood
Jolene Underwood is a faith warrior acquainted with many of life’s challenges as well as God's healing work. She is passionate about cultivating a life well-lived, because she knows the power of God to revive weary souls. She believes a well-lived life is one that goes from surviving to thriving, no matter what the circumstances are. Join her conversations of encouragement & faith at joleneunderwood.com and on social media at @theJoleneU
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When You Run on Empty

“No thanks, I got this.” Like a child learning to do things independently, I often push aside the ways of God in preference for my own. Though I may not say these words directly, my actions convey the thought in principle. I want to do it all. I tend to want God’s help only when I want and in the way I want it. Every time I run head long into...

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To Love By Name

Some memories stay put like a heavy duty thumbtack. Maybe we don’t realize it then, but they become catalysts in our lives. I still remember standing in my boss’s cubicle nearly two decades ago. I was in corporate sales and reading in whatever spare moments of downtime I could grab. When my manager suggested I read this specific book, it caught me off guard and caused a heavy dose of...

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Simple Hospitality

I walk through the freezer section of the grocery aisles and consider what foods might be an option for my family over the next few days. I don’t have the fire within me to make something fresh, and if I’m honest, it feels like that flame has flickered low for awhile now. I prefer things from scratch and my heart longs to give my very best in everything while doing...

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We Need Each Other

As an introvert and deep thinker, I have a tendency to want to shut out the world around me. Too often I prefer to be free of distractions and the needs of others, and I have a tendency to want to live this way. Solitude and the freedom to work alone rejuvenate me. So much so, that I could opt for a solitary world at times. Yet, there lies within...

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The Goodness of God at the Table

I entered my happy place as I sat down in my favorite restaurant where great writing experiences happen. With laptop open, notebooks at the ready, pens displayed and earphones in place, I’m set to work. For some reason I find myself playing David Nevue’s music at a lower volume than usual. Once I get started I can hear a conversation occurring just a couple tables away. “…the goodness of God,”...

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When Hospitality Is Hard To Do

When it comes to hospitality, my husband is more likely to desire large crowds with lots of activity and I’m more likely to request a quiet meeting in a personal setting. Perhaps we could get together at a restaurant or a coffee shop? Maybe it will be just you and I. Or maybe one or two others. Neither of these inclinations are wrong, just different. Over the years I’ve done plenty of...

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Gracious Care

Sweet Girl, my thirteen-year-old daughter, lay in bed sick for a few days around the 4th of July last summer. What we thought was a stomach bug turned out to be significantly more serious. By the time we got her to the hospital the thing I feared would happen happened. Her appendix ruptured. My heart beat wildly looking into her frail face. Prior to surgery she looked so clammy and...

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Hearts Connect Around the Table

She’s on my mind and we’ve barely met, even so I want to sit across the table and get to know her better. I want to find out where she’s been, what she’s like and what her heart’s desires are. I want to share mine with her, because in this way we connect. We share stories and find common ground where hearts resound. “You too?!” we proclaim and it’s like...

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The Kind of Friend Grace Makes

“We’re going to be in town for the next few days, and we’d love to see you guys.” A simple Facebook message sent to my husband and me. Somewhere well over a decade ago both of our families attended church together. Since then, they’ve served overseas and returned to live in another state. We’ve lived on a ranch to foster multiple children and returned home. With the vast distance between...

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Because It Could Be Me

My heart is saddened by the news, again. A pastor has resigned from his duties due to “moral failure.” I hurt for the families who are directly impacted. I’m sad for the life challenges and choices that led up to this. I also grieve for the way the enemy uses one person’s sin to make us feel better about our own. When I hear the news of yet another leader who...

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