Just because I'm crazy doesn't mean I'm wrong.

About jconlee

Textbook extrovert. If there’s a stage, Jenny wants to be on it; whether it’s singing in church, doing stand-up comedy or acting. She has recently joined a cult called LuLaRoe. Her husband, David, is deeply concerned. Jenny and David, a pastor, are recently celebrating eighteen years of marriage. After years of infertility, they became adoptive parents of two year old twin boys in 2014. They’ve never been happier or more exhausted. Every day is an adventure. Jenny blogs at thefivestages.wordpress.com and has a regular feature in Tualatin Life newspaper called Everyday Heroes to celebrate those serving our community. She and her husband started a clothing line based on their story and you can check it out at bottlecapbadge.com. There’s nothing we can’t do with a little bit of love and a whole lot of caffeine.

Affectionate Protection

I can’t think of a more protective love than that of a parent. As parents, we want to protect our kids from pain. For my fellow adoptive parents out there, we want to shield them from rejection and the pain of abandonment - which I fear is not only impossible but inevitable at least on some level.  As Beth put it, it means “I’ve got your back”. David and I came up with a motto early in our courtship, “you, me & God”. I think of it as our take on Ecclesiastes 4:12 - Though one may be overpowered, two [...]

The Truth

Beth and I are continuing our look at love. What does it mean to rejoice in the truth? I can tell you what it means to me where I’m at in life right now. I cling to God’s promises - because they are truth. The truth is truth no matter how I feel. It remains steadfast and unwavering regardless of circumstance. The truth is the truth no matter what you or I happen to believe. Truth conquers doubt. I cling to God’s holy word - because IT is truth.  It’s my lamp. It’s my road map.  I rejoice in this [...]

I Told Ya So

I didn’t think I was the gloating type. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy hitting my husband with an “I told ya so” when appropriate. Not exactly kind or loving, huh? Gloating is what Beth & I are looking at today. At almost 19 years of marriage, I’m guessing I’ve said it thousands of times. The worst part of it is that it changes nothing! It doesn’t turn the clock back. It doesn’t make things better. In fact, depending on the situation - it can really hurt someone’s feelings. Honestly, I don’t need to be right. [...]

My List

I think it’s safe to say that most of us have a list of people we wouldn’t want to run into at the grocery store. Today, Beth and I are talking about having a “record of wrongs” as we continue our study of love in 1 Corinthians 13. I don’t consider myself a grudge-holder. But I’m noticing as I get older, I don’t care to rebuild bridges that others have burned with me. I’m a “forgive and cut them loose” type. I don’t beg people to stay in my life. Especially those who hurt me.  All of that is fine [...]

Irritable is the New Black

I’m unsure of when it happened. But I’ve been super grumpy lately. Everything kind of annoys me. And when I feel that way, I tend to retreat because I don’t want to subject others to my poor attitude. Maybe it’s sleep deprivation. Maybe it’s the demands of wifedom & Motherhood. I wear irritable like a classic black dress to a party, but I’m not wearing it well. It doesn’t feel good. Beth and I are continuing our look at love based on 1 Corinthians 13. This week is about not being irritable. I want my love to not be so easily [...]

What’s In It For Me?

Beth and I are continuing our look at 1 Corinthians 13. Today we’re talking about what it means to be self seeking. I’m so tired and worn out as I write this. Sunday’s have become the hardest day of my week, and thus I’ve dubbed them the new Monday. My kids gave me a run for my money and I acted like a crazy person at church. I was so wound up, I could barely speak to anyone. What’s interesting is when you pray for God to give you children for the better part of a decade, you experience tremendous guilt [...]

Don’t Be A Jerk

Beth & I are continuing our love series in 1 Corinthians 13. Today, we’re talking about how love is not rude. To put it simply: don’t be a jerk. Don’t be the kind of person who constantly corrects others, needs to be right or knows everything. You can be right - or you can have friends.  I used to think that being assertive or direct was rude. Then I met people who could be those things in a loving and kind way. It is possible to be a professional in the corporate world and be successful without be rude! I’ve [...]

Arrogance vs Confidence

Beth & I are looking at arrogance today in the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13. I used to believe confidence was a form of arrogance. That somehow knowing who you are in Christ and walking in that truth makes you stuck up. I couldn’t be more wrong. It is actually the opposite. There’s a humility found in walking in the fullness of the Spirit and embracing who you are in Christ. There’s a freedom in knowing you’re nothing without Him.  Arrogance is an outward response to a deep rooted insecurity. It causes people to puff themselves up to the point [...]

Boastest the Mostest

Beth and I are continuing our look at 1 Corinthians 13. Today, we’re talking about boasting. In this golden age of technology, where every hiccup and fart is documented on social media, there’s an onslaught of “humble bragging”.  It seems like everyone is doing something cool. Living the good life. The best restaurants, concerts, vacations, schools - you name it. I think it’s easy to let our social media become a highlight reel.  But what if we were honest - with ourselves and others. That our Snapchat’s of life aren’t always the real picture, but a filtered image we want [...]

Me vs The Green Eyed Monster

When I say "green eyed monster", I'm not referring to my husband. Im speaking, of course, about jealousy.  Beth and I are continuing our look at love in 1 Corinthians 13; what it is and what it is not. And - it is not jealous; it does not envy.  I've been debating what to write here for days. I didn't know this was an issue for me, but here I am.  Years ago, maybe even as far back as my childhood, I'd pray to be able to sing like other people I admired. I often found myself jealous of their ability [...]