About Jennifer

Good gracious! This is the moment you wonder, Who am I, really?

I am loved. I am a woman completely and sacrificially loved by God. I’ve been given the gift of faithful love from my husband. My sons love me in a way unique to teen boys. I am loved by my close friends—each one a precious gem to me. When I feel the harsh realities of this life, I try to remember: I am loved by the ones that really matter.

A bit of an introvert, I thoroughly enjoy quiet reflection or a good book. Add a cup of steamy, creamy, sweet coffee, and I’m over the moon! I’m not a loner; I need and love my “girl time” each week with the lovely women who have traveled a few years of the journey with me. I’m thankful for the richness they add to my life!

I am simple in style and maintenance (no matter what the 4-inch heels or the Starbucks Gold Card may say!). But more simply, I have a painful past. My past was the reason to search for the sweet aroma of grace to heal my wounded soul. Abusive relationships, chosen for me or chosen by me, colored much of my life. The abuse was ugly and the damage was, too. Seeing myself as “damaged goods” cultivated a harsh, critical attitude toward myself and others without many boundaries. Determined to be in control of my wrecked life, I chose to end my child’s life by abortion nearly two decades ago. There is plenty of pain in my past, but when it seemed to reach its full measure, there was grace! More than enough! Abundant grace (Ephesians 1:7  WNT)!

This is the beauty of this place for me: it is my path to growth in understanding the redemption of my past, the redemption that took place 2,000 years ago on a hill outside Jerusalem at 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon. That’s when the fragrance—the aroma that wafts before the Almighty with my name on it—began to float sweetly, through generations and time, and changed everything!

It’s a pleasure to meet you! Welcome to the space I hold for fragrant grace.

~Jennifer

51 comments

    1. Thank you for saying so. There are many tender moments in my storyline that remind me of His presence and powerful love for li’l old me. It’s quite stunning and emotional.

    1. Thanks, Jennifer, that means a lot to me. I’m so glad you stopped in and were encouraged. That’s just how I hope this little space will be used. And you encourage me. See how awesome that is? 😀 Thanks again!

    1. Thank you! You encourage me.

      I really enjoy getting to know others better through the awards posts that introduce new facets of the blogger behind the blog. 🙂

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for being so vulnerable. It takes courage and I can see the grace of God inside of you. Others do too and I hope you reach so many for Christ through your story of GRACE.

    1. Thank you for taking time to visit. I’m so grateful part of the process of redemption includes sharing (as hard as that vulnerability can be at times). May the grace be multiplied! 😀

  2. Thank you Jennifer for visiting and liking my posts. I have a past of heartache and pain also. I love the way you have covered the stench of painful experiences with the beautiful fragrance of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. I am so happy you listened to and answered His call. One thing to keep in mind. Our journey on earth is short, but eternity in Heaven, with Him, is forever. There will be no more pain then. Blessings to you sister!

  3. What a beautiful testimony of God’s Amazing Grace! Thanks for following me..love how the Internet has connected us like never before…this incredible family of Jesus followers!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read here. It is quite the story of grace, isn’t it? I’m so thankful that his grace covers all things (mainly because I tried almost all things at least once). God is good!

      I love the connection, too. It’s amazing to think we can sort of gather this way. One day it will be much, much better! 😉

    1. Thank you for stopping by and reading. I will be sharing more as I gather courage to do so. I’m thankful my story will be used redemptively, somehow.

  4. I have really enjoyed and been inspired by your blog. I would like to nominate you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! I hope that you accept. I would really love to read more about you. Check out this link for directions: http://goodgraceiousness.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/sisterhood-of-the-world-award/. Just link to the blog that nominated you, tell us seven things about yourself, and nominate seven other blogs that have inspired you! Thank you for sharing your blog and be blessed! ~ Vida

    1. Thank you! You are an encouragement to me, and I’m grateful. I haven’t done an award in a while, but let me think about how I can respond.

      Glad you visited, and I’m really glad it was a blessing. 🙂

  5. The ‘rose of Sharon’ in Song of Solomon 2 is what the name of your blog makes me think of 😉
    Glad I found your space…
    Blessings
    JC

  6. Shalom Jennifer, i like the name of your blog “Fragrant Grace”. Blessed be The Lord for His work in your life. How miraculous our God’s love. I strongly believe that you will continue to be “God’s fragrance” for the world.
    Thank you for liking and following my blog. I will follow you as well. God bless you 🙂

    1. Thank you! You are very kind to say. I somehow hope my story will be used in a redemptive way. Don’t want to waste any of it, if that’s at all possible.

  7. God bless you, Jennifer! I praise God that you met the KING!!!! And you accepted His Saving Grace on your soul! You betcha you’re loved abundantly, infinitely, boundlessly, passionately,…God is CRAZY about YOU, His creation! Thank you for sharing your testimony with us that we might be blessed through it. I praise God you take Him AT HIS WORD!!! — Romans 8:28, and 2 Cor 1:3-5:

    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

    With sisterly love in Christ, our Redeemer- our Saving Grace!
    Nancy

  8. Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog. I am happy to meet another Jennifer 🙂 I truly appreciate your honesty and your willingness to share here. God bless you. I pray God uses your beautiful voice to spread the Grace to His needy people!

    Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

  9. First thanks for stopping by my new blog. The blog is new, the blogger is not!! I have had several online ministries over the years and I have recognized the importance of God’s servants using their gifts for Him as well as for one another! I love the title of your Blog as it actually says a lot in just the name alone! Grace is not something that is taught often, at least not Godly Grace and I love what you state on your home page under the “flip side.”

    “If we are inspired and empowered in our collaborative creativity with God, that’s the safest place to be. But, it’s never safe, as far as I can tell. Opposition is waiting for us.” This truly is an important aspect of Grace at work. I love and appreciate your insight because I taught several years ago an indepth study on Grace and how it is not some abstract idea out in the nether regions, but is dynamic, alive, powerful and strong! It IS something our Heavenly Father gives freely, we only have to accept it and yet it surprises me how little people comprehend it!

    I realize your target area of service is women, but I love what you write and find it refreshing, intelligent and inspired! I do not believe in coincidence but rather believe the Holy Spirit directs our paths with choices. I found you at His prompting because you stopped by yourself! To me, that is not coincidence or luck, but rather making the right choice in the Holy Spirit! I’ve had about five decades to practice that, so it truly does get easier with age!

    Anyway, I wanted to let you know not just that I appreciate you stopping by, but also that you are right on target in your service (ministry) to others! Keep using the Grace He has given YOU to plant the seed of grace in others! Also, it didn’t take me more than a couple of paragraphs to see that I not only “liked” what I read, but will definitely make time to come back and read some more. I am an avid reader and it always amazes me where the Holy Spirit sends His servants for inspiration, encouragement, teaching and to be edified or uplifted!

    God bless you greatly and continually as you not only continue your walk with Him in Grace, but also as you lay out your heart and spirit in service to the Lord and to all those He brings through your medium!!

    1. Oh my! You bless me!
      I always hope to humbly come to the page to wrestle with truth and grace (and preach to me while I’m at it). When others read, I’m encouraged, but when they are blessed…I’m humbled all the more.

      Thank you for stopping by. And thank you for your kind words that remind me that my ministry is a calling on my heart by and through His truth and power. Thank you, Pastor.

      All I can say is, “Dear Abba, speak. Your servant is listening…”

  10. Hi Jennifer, What a blessing to come across your blog this evening! I love your title, Fragrant Grace…that is beautiful! I look forward to reading more about your grace-filled journey. Many Blessings, Hannah

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Nice to meet you.

      There are so many twists and turns that have got me where I am now. So very {{thankful}} God didn’t leave me where I was. 🙂

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