Together in Trials, Trauma, and Tragedy

As humans, we will inevitably face heartache. So it is not if, it is when we face trials, trauma, or tragedy. Yet, supporting others in our community can feel overwhelming. Let's explore what it looks like to hold one another's hands in the face of challenge.

  • Black and White Fists, Faith Revolution Podcast
    Podcasts,  Together in Trials, Trauma, and Tragedy

    Racial Reconciliation, Jesus Style

    The Faith Revolution Podcast with Kirk & Jenn Walden In this episode of The Faith Revolution Podcast, Kirk and I discuss the difficult topic of race relations, a complex issue which Jesus solved with six practical steps. We were amazed at the simplicity Jesus brought to the issue of racial and ethnic relationships within his own cultural context. Application in real life is undoubtedly more complex than bullet points and “6 easy steps”, yet if each of us embraced the approach of Jesus I am convinced we could make a difference.   Please share your thoughts. I absolutely want to hear from you on this topic. It is only within the…

  • Jenn Walden picking up rocks
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    The Quarantine: Picking Up Rocks

    Gravity Hits The first day I realized “Oh! We’re in Quarantine,” and the gravity of everything started hitting me, I had the brilliant idea to venture outside and start picking up rocks. Why we have so many rocks is another story, but I’m just telling you we have a lot of rocks. In fact, in this video you can see one of my many piles. Not content to complete this important work alone, the whole family is now involved in picking up rocks.  So,  as a global pandemic spreads, and it feels there is literally nothing I can do  (except honor the #stayhome mandates),  picking up . . . rocks…

  • Quarantine Playlist, Lady with Headphones
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    The Quarantine: My Playlist

    Music has always been a personal source of joy, inspiration, and healing. In this season of Quarantine, I am definitely leaning on music for some peace of mind.  Admittedly,  the entire Trolls movie soundtrack and a plethora of Disney tunes are played regularly, along with whatever 60’s and 70’s throwbacks Kirk gets in the mood to hear. For example, our kids endured “I Know a Place” by Petula Clark and “Daydream Believer” by the Monkees this week.  But, I didn’t include any of those in this playlist. This is my personal playlist to keep my heart upbeat and inspired. By the way, I am so bothered that people do not…

  • Quarantine Pajama Party
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    The Quarantine: Getting Dressed

    Coping I have been thinking about the varied ways we are all coping through this season of Quarantine. Everything from humor to media overload, identifies our need to make sense and mentally get on the other side of this historic crisis.  One of the personal behaviors that has been keenly important to me during this season, is taking time to get dressed every. single. day.  So while other women are heroically on the front lines providing food, healthcare, and other necessities of life, I’m doing the important work of dressing up and sitting in my house.  The Pajama Party As I have witnessed so many women giving up on all…

  • Stock Photo of Young Girl, Jenn's Closet
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    From Shame to Showing Up

    By JENN WALDEN – Huddling under a table in a storage area attached to the garage of our 1970’s cookie cutter ranch-style home, my heart beat rapidly. Only five years old, the adrenaline was not the result of an exciting game of hide and seek, but instead panic and a hope that maybe, just maybe, I could disappear. News of an older boy coming to my house paralyzed me with fear.  A casual onlooker may have attributed my hiding to my being shy, weird, or defiant, but my disappearance had roots. Weeks before, someone else had stolen a measure of my innocence. So, at this moment, I wanted to hide. …

  • Jenn Walden in the NICU at Baptist Hospital, Nashville, TN
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    Buried Desires

    By JENN WALDEN – At the age of 33,  I met Kirk. He was a single dad of three children; ages 11, 14, and 16. I wasted no time falling in love with the four of them. In a moment only God could orchestrate, we became a family. Never married and never a mother, the moment I said “I do,” my life was forever changed. After years of wandering, I finally found my tribe. After six months as a family, we celebrated our first Christmas at Disney World. Moving states, building a house, enrolling in new schools, forming friendships, starting a business, step-parenting, and yes, a new marriage had sufficiently…

  • Stock Photo, Sad Woman, Jenn Walden's Blog Post
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    When Life Sucks *

    By JENN WALDEN – *My apologies for what appears to be an offensive word in the title. But there’s a point here. “Jesus will carry you,” we’re told by well-meaning friends when we face challenges. We smile, putting the best face on our pain. We read “Footprints in the Sand,” because somehow, we’re supposed to just know, Jesus will pick us up and walk us through any trial. But can we be transparent enough to ask, what does this actually mean? What does “carrying me” look like in real life? When Numbers are Stacked Against Us Another phrase we hear a lot is, “The numbers don’t lie.” And sometimes, those numbers can almost…