The Facts Within 💭

– I ❤ Jesus and sharing His love with others. 👑🕇

– I’m far from perfect. Never will I ever act as though I have it all together because I don’t. I miss the mark on a daily. However, I get back up each and every day because of God’s grace and mercy. There’s nothing in this world that could ever separate me from His love. I’m still and will forever be a work in progress because the only perfect One is Jesus. 🙌

– I reside in NJ (born and raised) of Puerto Rican descent. 80’s baby!

I am a book hoarder #TheStruggleIsReal 🤪 

💍 I’m married to my high school/college sweetheart. We attended Berkeley College and graduated the same year – ’09. Not too long before our son turned 2 yrs old, we felt it was best to go our separate ways and co-parent. In the midst of being broken up, we opened up our hearts to Jesus (individually). We even got baptized on the same day as we were both members of the same church. A few years later, God restored our family. #ToGodBeTheGlory – I’m so proud of the man he’s become and all that he’s been able to accomplish thus far. He has a heart for the youth and for the community. In 2013, he started a mentoring program called BMen and is the Author of A Second Chance, Turning A Mess Into A Message, and Believe in Your Dreams (a children’s book). Super proud of him. I have been blessed to be married to the man I first gave my heart to 18 years ago. 💑

– I always believed in God but never knew what it truly meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus until I made the decision to humbly accept Him into my heart in 2011. In 2012, I became intentional about honoring God with my body and made the decision to practice celibacy. It was one of the hardest but best decisions I ever made. I remained celibate for 4 years until my wedding night (I say this in the most humble way). Outside of my religious beliefs, I believe every male and female should consider it. I recommend reading this awesome book that is filled with a lot of wisdom and a refreshing perspective called The Wait by DeVon Franklin & Meagan Good. 📚

– 💔 Before I got married, I was single for over a year. But before that, I was in a relationship with someone who I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with – we were together for almost 5 years before he broke up with me and it was the hardest heartbreak I had ever experienced but it drew me so much closer to God. Looking back, I realize I placed him above God. I had made an idol out of him. I had been in relationships since the age of 16 so I never knew what it was like to be alone. About 2 years into the relationship, God had been tugging on my heart and revealing to me in so many different ways as to why it was best to end the relationship no matter how hard I knew it would be. Though I had been abstaining from sex for some time, partial obedience wasn’t cutting it. I thought I could “help” God because I just couldn’t see myself without him but God wanted me to let go and trust that His plans were far greater. I just couldn’t find the strength to follow through with it because I had been relying on my own strength rather than His. God had to wreck my plans before those plans wrecked me more than they already had. Not too long after attempting to end the relationship several times, he ended up breaking up with me and moving on. He told me he couldn’t be the man of God he knew I desired. The consequences of my disobedience hurt like hell as it was a very draining and an emotionally traumatic breakup. I thank God everyday that He intervened and saved me from so much worst. Once that relationship ended, I made a vow to myself and God. I began going on dates to the movies, dinner, shopping, Barnes and Noble and etc – just me and Jesus. I finally began embracing my singleness and was content. I began to learn to truly love myself without needing any validation of a man, worked on the areas I knew needed changing and allowed God to heal me from the inside out. I took this time to be intentional about my relationship with God and honoring Him because I had enough trying to do things my way. It was a season I will never forget but will forever be grateful for. 🙌💡💖

– I have one sibling. We have the same social security # except the last two digits yet we were born 1 year and 9 months apart. Mine is 29 and hers is 30. I still don’t know how that happened. Crazy, right?!? 😂 My name is Jennifer and her name is Jessica. “Blah” names and no middle name to make matters worse. LOL But we never call each other by our names anyway – instead we say “sis” or “sister”. We have been blessed with awesome parents who have been married for over 31 yrs. My sister and I have a mentoring program called BYOUtiful for young females in our community that we started with a great friend of ours. 👭

– I ❤ to read and write. Studying the Bible is my most favorite thing to do. It didn’t come easy at first but mannnnnnn God is good! I have an appreciation for Christ-centered blogs. I have over 5 journals and a collection of faith-based and biblical teaching books – enough to create my own little library at home. 📚💭✏

Tools and Resources I use that help me immensely when studying the Bible and in my quite time with God: 

– I’m fascinated with several shows: Intervention, Released, and Iyanla Fix My Life. Each show/episode demonstrates the different journeys each individual has experienced. I always gain a new perspective by the end of each episode. My current faves are God Friended Me and A Million Little Things. Also, I enjoy listening to Tony Robbins, Eric Thomas and Iyanla Vanzant & many others. 📺

– I have an appreciation for psychology. I’m always learning something new. As a disciple of Christ, I want to be able to meet all kinds of people from different walks of life & meet them where they are. Our immediate response, when we meet someone of a different faith or walk of life, is to tell them about Jesus. And yes, that is my response too. However, I’ve learned that not everyone is receptive to that approach. As oppose to wanting them to see things from my perspective right from the jump, I take the time to understand where they’re coming from so that I know what approach to take after. In the beginning of my walk with the Lord, I was so on “fire” for Him that I became a tad bit legalistic and judgmental. It wasn’t a good look nor was it honoring God. I’m much more loving, compassionate, empathetic, gracious, and merciful. Praise God! 🙌😉

– 🎶 I enjoy listening to many different genres (contemporary gospel is my favorite). I ❤ dancing merengue, salsa and bachata. I enjoy listening to sermons, spoken word and attending different christian conferences and listening to old school jams.

Favorite Albums: Anthony Evans – Home (I actually met his dad, Pastor Tony Evans, in Texas when I went to visit his church while on a job training trip several years ago) and Tasha Cobbs – Heart. Passion. Pursuit.

Favorite Songs:

The list goes on … too many to name!! 🎶🎤

Favorite Apps:

  • YouVersion, Daughters of the King, Tony Evans, First5, ReadScripture, and GotQuestions? 📱 – And one of my faves lately is  You think I’m playin’?!? You should see my Favorite Listings. Lol! We will one day own our own home our kids will be encouraged to purchase one for their own family someday. I decree and declare it in Jesus’ name! It shall come to pass. Yes, it WILL! And God will get all the glory for it! 

– My husband & I waited until the day of my delivery to find out the gender of our baby. His name is Jacob 👣. We’ve learned to trust in God’s plans and the will He has over our lives on this journey. He hasn’t failed us thus far and I know He never will. One of the things that we felt would be memorable to do is not find out the gender and see what precious gift God had chosen to bless us with. 💑👦🍼

** Wowzerz!! That was a lot of info … lol… but I love to be transparent in hopes of blessing someone by sharing what God has done in my life. Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings! – XO ** 🌻

Updated: December 12/14/18