Community Feature – thewellroot

One of my new initiatives is to hear from my followers in a way that directly meets them on their journeys.

On Instagram I encourage you to tag your posts with #UnfilteredChristianWomen so I can see what everyone is up to and feature topics that they are currently thinking about or needing feedback on.

My goal will always be to write a blog post each month on a topic from my own heart BUT I also want to make room for another post that same month directly addressing a topic found via Instagram using the community hashtag.

This month I am featuring a post from: @thewellroot *

“Gratitude isn’t the result of getting what you want. It’s the result of loving what you have.”

I think it’s SO good to be grateful. So often we can fall into the trap of ME ME ME or WANT WANT WANT. Being grateful helps keep us grounded.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 makes it very clear: in everything give thanks

It’s super easy to give thanks for the good things, but difficult to give thanks in the bad. Especially in my current season of being out of work, it’s really hard. Harder than I thought it would be to remain happy and hopeful and GRATEFUL.

But gratitude changes things.

Let’s remember to enter His courts with thanksgiving today.

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* Original post here

Jesscbnyc Recommends: Team Box

Every month for the past 7 months I’ve looked forward to receiving my monthly Team Box from Hillsong Channel.

I love my church and this is another small way to contribute to what we are doing globally and locally as well as to get some fun items to compliment my life.

This could be a bracelet, a t-shirt, or a small book but it is always a fun surprise.

You can visit and click “Team Box” to see the previous boxes or to sign up to receive your own.

So far my favorite box has been The Colour Collection box.


I love the Empathy tote bag — it’s a statement bag reminding us what Empathy means. I use this bag all the time so it helped me rate this box so highly! I also enjoyed the little Relationships book from Brian Houston.

Some notable mentions:

Which box is your favorite?

SOAP 6.14.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀


Scripture: Hebrews 6:18-20 MSG

We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.

Observation: Nothing can break the lifeline between us and God. God is like the person in front of you in a relay race, but instead of passing you the baton, He offers it to you to hold on to.

Application: If I am running hard to God, I have every right to grab on to His hope and never let go to keep in the presence of God.

Prayer: God help me keep up my endurance to keep running. Runners can get cramps, or can trip and fall down, but more than anything keep me motivated and energetic to keep on running after you.

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Planting Seeds

Website Applications: 37

LinkedIn Easy Apply Applications: 56

Recruiters: 4

Over the past month I have been forced into the job search unexpectedly once again. Let’s be honest, most of us, dread this search. You cast out a bunch of applications, you contact everyone you once worked with, after a few weeks, your life can feel like one endless blur of resumes and cover letters.

I don’t have anything groundbreaking to say. In many ways I feel lost myself at times. But what I do know is that God promises to be there for us in the midst. And He promises that what we may sow with tears we will reap with joy.

If you find yourself in this season, like I am, you’re not alone. Let’s be faithful with whats in our hands and do our due diligence but trust the rest to God to turn around.

SOAP 6.4.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀


Scripture: John 11:14-15 MSG

Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.”

Observation: Jesus is never discouraged by what we might see as an “ending”. Everything is an opportunity for God to show up.

Application: There are many times where I might feel like life is over. Dreams are dying. Nothing makes sense, and yet God looks at me and my situations and says, Jess, you are about to be given new grounds for believing me.

Prayer: God please help me to remember your power when it seems like nothing can come to life.

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