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Inspired Blogger: Jennifer of A girl on the doorstep

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In introducing this months Inspired Blogger, what else can I say but that she is a beautiful heart who’s words speak to the depth of my soul.  I found her through the Five Minute Friday. (Seriously, if you haven’t stumbled upon this amazing group of writers, perhaps you’ll join us on Fridays.)

Jennifer inspires me with both her heart for the Lord and her transparency and openness about her life.

Without further adieu, meet Jennifer of
A Girl On The Doorstep

JenniferKostick_aGirlontheDoorstepTell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a wife, mother, and lover of Jesus. My husband and I are infertility and pregnancy loss survivors. We struggled with secondary infertility, lived through 5 miscarriages, and a stillborn daughter. We have seen miracles in our lives and are called to encourage others who are still awaiting all God has for them.

How long have you been blogging and how/why did you start?

I have been blogging since September, 19th, 2012. I am about to celebrate my first blogiversary! Woo hoo!

A few years ago, I was asked to give my testimony in a child development class at a local college. After that, I felt strongly that God was calling me to speak and write encouragement. Though I was unsure if the blog would actually succeed, I had amazing support from my husband, family, and friends to begin this new journey. I cannot believe the doors God has opened for me over the last year. It has been amazing.

What is the purpose of your blog?

The purpose of my blog is to encourage women through whatever grief, trial, or pain they are enduring. Grief is something that touches and ultimately connects all of us, and I really want to penetrate hearts with the love of Jesus and let people know that God knows their names. They are not forgotten.

What do you most enjoy about blogging?

I have met wonderful people through this blogging journey. I have been blessed with opportunities to speak straight to the hearts of individuals who need encouragement. And through this, I have received a great deal of encouragement as well. I have also had the honor to speak publicly to groups of women face-to-face and really step out of my comfort zone. I’m an introvert at heart and yet God is constantly pushing me to the next level.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate to share a message of hope with women who feel as if their life circumstances are hopeless. I’ve struggled 15 years through a dark place and know that hope remains strong because the power of God is strong.

Who or what inspires you?

I’ve been inspired by so many wonderful people that I have the pleasure of knowing in my day-to-day life, as well as women who have spoken directly into my life through their ministries without even knowing I exist. It would be very hard to make a list, but if I had to mention one person from each area they would be…

  1. Beth Moore.  Her ministry is raw and real. She is such a powerful example of what God does in the life of the beautifully broken and blessed.
  2. My grandmother, Jane.  She passed away before the start of this blogging journey but she is a huge part of why this journey began in the first place. She was the most inspirational woman I have ever known, and I will love her forever.

Tell us something random about yourself.

I’m a musician and spent many years ministering and leading worship teams until God called me to writing. I came to a point where I felt He was moving me out of music ministry, at least for a season, as to move me down a new path.

Will you share with us one of your favorite posts and what you love about it?

Wow, it is so had to choose something I’ve written and then promote it. I have to say, “Promoting myself has been the most difficult part of blogging.” In order to grow the blog I have to promote it, but it seems unnatural.

I guess if I had to choose one it would be a recent post about my new eBook, Mercy Waits. Not so much because it is my favorite, but because I think the topic of mercy is important. For this particular post, I shared my first Vlog, which is a video blog. Again, I had to step out of my comfort zone to do it. But I think if you watch the Vlog, you can see what God has stirred in me regarding the gift of mercy and what it means in the life of women. I’m passionate about the message of the eBook and hope others will receive it with excitement. My prayer is that more of us would strive to give mercy freely. I want the message of mercy to become contagious.

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Friends, will you head on over to Jennifer’s blog and say hello?  You will not be disappointed.

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4 Comments

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    Melanie Wilson @psychowith6
    September 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Barbie, I love that you’re doing this. Happy Blogoversary, Jennifer! I am headed over to read and watch your favorite post. I had one miscarriage and it just about did me in. I can imagine the strength that grew out of all your losses. Grateful that God saw you through.
    Melanie Wilson @psychowith6 recently posted..5 Lessons Our Foreign Exchange Student Taught Me

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    Rachael
    September 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I love Jennifer’s blog! She is such an encouragement and our hearts seem to connect through her words! Blessings to you and your ministry, Jennifer! Love, Rachael
    Rachael recently posted..It is Time to Let Go

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