Jean's Journal

Christmas in September 

This summer while most of us were celebrating warm, sunny weather and enjoying time with family, I was humming Christmas carols! I started working on some new Christmas music last spring, and producer Billy Smiley helped flesh out my ideas and hire the folks that could bring them to life. To learn more about the making of "For Unto Us" check out the stories and the songs here: foruntous 

There were many little miracles along the way which I will share over time. The most personal miracle was the renewing…

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come join us on Mackinac Island! 

You know you have always wanted to go...well now is the time! Mark and I will be on the island ministering at Mackinac Island Bible Church with dear friends Pastor Ken and Lori Straight THIS WEEKEND. These folks are the real deal, and they are doing a phenomenal job of sharing the love of Christ with the tourists and workers on this beautiful island. Come join us for church at the Mission Point Resort on Sunday at 9:30 AM (Jean will be leading worship and speaking). You are also welcome to a more intimate…

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what faith looks like 

I don’t know about you, but my concept of faith has been challenged lately. In the past couple of months, I have known people dealing with heart-crushing situations - death, suicide, cancer, natural disasters - you name it! Just this weekend, I met a lady who lost her husband and three children in a boating accident. I know another who lost his wife in a car crash, and two others who committed suicide. I have a friend who was sold as a child by her own father to sex traffickers, and last week, a dear friend…

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seize the day!  

I am not a 'morning person'. 

Never have been. My creative juices don't even think about getting started until after noon. But lately, the Lord has been teaching me that how I begin my day often determines how fruitful the Lord is in me in the hours that follow. 

Like it or not, let's just remember that we are in a spiritual battle! Every day, we have been given time to either exalt God or forget Him, to see His kingdom come and share His love or to be swept along in a current of lethargy, laziness, and…

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beyond the wrapping paper 

December has been an abundantly fruitful month for me. I sang and spoke in prisons, churches, a baseball stadium, a coffeehouse, a country club, and on Mackinac Island!  Most folks love Christmas music and ask me to bring familiar carols and some holiday cheer. My favorite part is not the music, however. I love inviting people to think about the mystery of Christmas! People who would not normally think about spiritual things may take a moment to wonder if the familiar narrative about angels, a manger, a…

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prayers and jars 

I woke up this morning to cold floors and chilly air….NOOOO!! Summer can’t be ending already! I was just getting ready to enjoy it! Oh well, one thing in life is sure - change happens. We can resist it, but it’s inevitable. In my life, a lot more than the weather has changed and is changing! My husband has retired from the military and is now living here in Michigan full-time! Yay!! I don't have to mow the grass anymore!!!  

Autumn is coming...

but the chickens don't care.

There has also been change…

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Be still and know. 

I’ve just returned from a busy travel season. Not only did I travel around the globe doing ministry, but I also flew to Texas to be with my husband as he retired from military service! We cleaned and packed up his old life in one part of the country and drove 22 hours straight with two dogs in a car to our new life as a family in Michigan. (the dogs did great, by the way, and required far fewer potty breaks than we did!) 

After such a strenuous time emotionally and physically and so much time away, I’m now…

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In these uncertain times where so much is changing around us, thank goodness there is ONE who never changes! Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever! His love never changes! How good to know that the Lord is our shepherd.  No matter what is going on in our country, our world, or in our lives, we can breathe a sigh of relief. So today, I invite you to take a moment and just praise God for His goodness. 

As I was traveling to Nashville a few months ago, my rental car was running out of gas. (it had not…Read more

today's the day!! 

Today is a day of rejoicing. My new CD 'WONDER' is released to the world, and I couldn't be happier about it! Why is this CD so special to me? Probably because it doesn't feel like 'mine'. It happened quite by accident (God's design, of course) when John Ellis and I were worshiping in the studio last year. The sound that was being created that day was more than music. It carried the palpable presence of holiness. So we recorded that moment and then another moment and another. By January, producer Billy…Read more

back to IRELAND 

I am sitting here after a long day of teaching....yes, I still teach music lessons one day a week to eager young piano, vocal, and violin students. My feet are propped up and there's a blanket over my legs. I'm so comfortable right now that I'm not sure I want to move to my bedroom to go to sleep! I will enjoy my little rest to the fullest because tomorrow begins another journey the green island of my dreams and destiny. How many times have I been to Ireland? I have lost count. But my heart still skips a…Read more