Posts By Jenna Edwards

19 Aug 2013 JennaEdwards

God Always has a Better Plan

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Regent Univeristy - Campus“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

Coming home from Regent this summer was a challenge. I had to get acclimated to so much change that it soon became overwhelming and extremely stressful. I had so many things to do and I wasn’t sure if I was going to survive it all. Due dates came and went before I realized it. My schoolwork was really struggling and spending time with family and working too became a hassle. Read more

13 Jun 2013 JennaEdwards

It’s a New Season

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Jesus is always there—every step of the way. I know, first hand, that it is easy to get discouraged. It is all too easy to let this life distract us from our relationship with Jesus, but He is always there. Through homework, He is there. Through finals, He is there.  He just wants to love us and use us for His glory. Is there anything better? I hope this encouraged you, friends. Be blessed.There are times in life when we come to a crossroad. Whether we like it or not, a season is over and it is time to move on to the next place God has for us. Whether you are graduating, taking a break this summer, or just moving on to the next class or project—this life can be pretty hectic.

I am truly blessed with my life here at Regent. I love Virginia Beach and I love its people and the ocean. It is amazing. I adore my school. I love my job. Being a life group leader is such an incredible opportunity. Ending a semester can be rough. It can seem overwhelming, too fast, and sometimes it is easy to set aside our relationship with Christ to do other things. This world is so distracting. From the TV shows we watch to obsessions about the latest celebrity divorce or hook-up, it is far too easy to get caught up in distractions. Read more

20 May 2013 JennaEdwards

Out of the Abundance of the Heart, the Mouth Speaks!

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Regent University - graduati“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13-14).

In the past few months, I have really been thinking about God’s creation. We are created so intricately. Each bone is placed so specifically, every artery is formed to perfection from the moment we are conceived.

Our brains are capable of thinking, forming ideas, and responding to other people. Isn’t it fascinating that God is still forming us? He places our passions and desires within us. Then, even when our physical bodies mess up, God showers the same bodies, minds, and souls with grace, mercy, and love. Read more

27 Feb 2013 JennaEdwards

Where Would I Be?

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“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6

Recently, I was speaking with my friends from home in West Virginia and we started talking about how we were raised and what we believe and why we believe it. Regent University - campus at sunset

During this conversation, I became so appreciative for the way my mother raised me. I don’t know where I would be today if it weren’t for God leading her and showing her how to do things and at all times, giving her the strength to do so.

Walking around Regent University, I realize that without God directing my mother, I wouldn’t be here. Read more

24 Jan 2013 JennaEdwards

Move Out of Your Comfort Zone

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“The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!”

Lamentations 3:22-24 (NASB)

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Every semester, I seem to be counting down the days until I get to go home and see my family; however, once I get there, I truly appreciate Regent University and all of the opportunities God has placed in my path since coming here. I suffered from such terrible homesickness my entire life. I can still remember being in fourth grade and going home from a sleepover in the middle of a snow storm – at three o’clock in the morning – because I didn’t like being away from my own home.

God placed me in a home full of love, and it became a comfort zone. When He placed me at Regent University, He pulled me out of that comfort zone. One night when I was on my knees praying about where I should go to school, I heard His voice loud and clear: “I am calling you to become uncomfortable. Make a move for me.” When God asks us to do things, we really should do it.

At first, I bucked and refused, but after I submitted to His will for my life, an unbelievable, unfathomable peace settled within my soul and remains to this day. Sometimes I find myself missing home, but soon after, God makes a point to remind me why I am here and how blessed I am to have met the people I have at Regent University. I can most definitely say I love my school and am proud to be here.

03 Dec 2012 JennaEdwards

His Eye is on the Sparrow

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Regent University - cardinalIf He can take care of the birds, why would we ever think that He won’t/can’t take care of us? Matthew 6:25-34 talks about the “fowl” of the air. God is saying not to worry so much about what we are going to eat or drink, the clothes we will wear, etc., because life is about more than food and more than clothes.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26 ESV) I recently was sitting at my kitchen table doing homework when I glanced out on the patio and noticed a cardinal under the tree outside. The beauty in that moment was just immense. God showed me how worthy He is, how incredible and how encouraging He is. Sometimes I feel like I’m so overwhelmed and I’m struggling so hard, but the truth is, if I would give my stress and worries over to Jesus, I would feel so much better. When I glanced outside and noticed that beautiful red bird, it reminded me of the blood that Jesus shed so that He could take my burdens.

1 Peter 2:24 tells us that, “He bore our sins in His body on that tree so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.” Jesus didn’t die on the cross so that we could put the chains right back on ourselves. He died to release the chains of sin. Stress is unavoidable in this life, but the beauty of it all is that Jesus takes it. He is standing right there waiting for us to release it to Him.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Ephesians 1:7 (ESV)

 

29 Oct 2012 JennaEdwards

Fasting is a Beautiful Thing

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“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? - Isaiah 58:6

Regent University - ChapelEvery year since beginning college at Regent, I fast from one thing. I try to really focus on Jesus and my studies and to do that, I let go of something that I feel is getting in the way of it. My freshman year, I chose to fast from television. My sophomore year, I chose to fast from Facebook and Twitter.

This year, I chose to start a fast from Facebook. I let my family & friends know simply because it is one of the only ways of communication I have with them. Fasting is a beautiful thing. It truly allows us to focus on what really matters–God.

This life is busy. Things crowd our minds, and our judgment, every single day. In this crazy life, it is so important to place God first in everything, and fasting allows us to do just that, when we take it seriously.

We all know how Facebook is–we get on to check it for a minute and we stay on for thirty minutes to an hour doing nothing but being nosy. I decided that wasn’t satisfying. It doesn’t fill me like Jesus does. I decided every time I even have a thought about Facebook, I am going to pick up my Bible. Throughout this fast (until Easter), I want to have read the Bible completely through once.

It’s time we stop being addicted to social media and become addicted to the Father.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” - Psalm 73:26

22 Aug 2012 JennaEdwards

Shine His Light

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“Let all that you do be done in love.” -1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV

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I recently watched a video on John Piper’s website. The video is called “Why We Got Married,” and it tells the story of two people named Ian and Larissa. Ian and Larissa met in 2005 and dated for almost an entire year before considering marriage. “Ian and I had planned to get married as soon as we graduated from college in December of 2006. But instead, everything was halted with his brain injury, which he received on September 30 of that year in a car accident” (Larissa Murphy, May 2012). There are times when we go through trials and tribulations and it looks so easy to quit. Larissa and Ian chose the opposite. Marrying someone with a brain injury made Larissa sign onto things she never would have chosen for herself, such as working all her life and having a husband who can’t be left alone (Larissa, 2012). The simple fact was that they loved each other. Does a brain injury cancel out love? Do our circumstances affect the love we share and receive? The simple answer is no, it does not. Paul said, “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV). In the name of our Lord, Ian and Larissa made a covenant not only to each other, but to God. While other couples in their twenties are going on road trips and dancing with their significant others, Ian and Larissa are sitting back watching it all, not able to take part. What is so incredibly amazing about this? They aren’t alone. They have never been alone. They will never be alone. Jesus has been right next to them, holding their hands and comforting their hearts.

“We know that we have made a covenant to each other, just as Christ made to the church. The church that He made that covenant with is so imperfect, and sorrowful, and disabled. Just like our marriage. This church, and this marriage, are hemmed in by Jesus and eagerly long for heaven. He is their author and sustainer” (Larissa, 2012)

I hope this video blesses you as much as it has blessed me. I see Jesus in this video. His love is pouring out of these two beautiful souls and God is truly using this couple to work in the lives of others. This video reminds me a lot of Regent University. Love pours out of Regent. When I step on campus, I feel the Holy Spirit all around. We are blessed, friends. We are so truly blessed.

15 Jun 2012 JennaEdwards

Submitting to God’s Will is Easier Than I Ever Imagined

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Regent University Adult Ed Christian MusicEvery time someone asks me what my major is, I get a little nervous. Regent University offers so many great majors that you can do anything with, such as Communications, Business, or even Psychology. Personally, when I was accepted into Regent, I declared my major as “Interdisciplinary Studies,” or more commonly Elementary Education. I was so sure that I wanted to be a teacher from 9th grade all the way up to graduation. I just thought that teaching young children was exactly what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Something was always missing inside my heart.

Once I got to Regent and actually started praying about it, my heart was being drawn to “Christian Ministry.” After a few months of continuously praying, I knew without a doubt where I was supposed to be. The only drawback? My family. I knew questions would be coming from every corner. “How can you get a job with that kind of major?” or “Are you planning to make any money or just be a bum for the rest of your life?”

In the end, I was exactly right. Even after I shared that call God placed on my life of living in Guatemala, teaching English to children and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to each and every person I would meet, they still didn’t and still don’t understand.

Growing up, being a missionary was never the “job” that I thought I would have as an adult, but God has placed such a strong call on my life that there is no way that I could spend 30 years teaching in school systems in the U.S. It might not be the “norm,” but it’s my purpose in this life. I am blessed to be at a school like Regent where I am continuously encouraged to pursue God’s calling on my life. I am being equipped to be a wise, honorable and strong leader.

Money is the last thing on my mind when I think about all of the men, women, and children who are going to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ because I submitted my life to the call God strategically placed inside of my heart.


“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

(2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)