He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

Matt. 25: 22 (KJV)

Hello again! I promise I will get back to some semblance of a blogging schedule here in the near future.

But, today, I wanted to thank Matt of jesusluvsall for tagging me to participate in his #ShareYourPassion post.

Matt shared a scripture with me recently about grace, and the confidence we can have before a loving Savior who empathizes with us in our shortcomings (brownie points to those of you who can name the reference!).

Sincere interaction is just one example of the many ways Matt uplifts the blogging community, in addition to sharing inspirational stories, spotlighting new bloggers, taking ESL questions, and wearing his struggles with chronic illness on his sleeve.

Thank you for your faith, Matt, and for taking the time to get to know us.

Now for The Rules:

  • Repost the #ShareYourPassion logo (above) on your acceptance post.
  • Tag the bloggerโ€™s site that nominated you.
  • Share a bit about your passion(s): what hobbies, outside of blogging, keep you busy in your free time? What would you like to accomplish with these things? How could you use your passion(s) to be a blessing to others and show them the love of God?
  • Nominate ten other bloggers and spread the joy!

What am I passionate about?

I include my husband in this, because I always feel cool by association whenever I talk about him. I love to tell everyone we meet that he is an ultra-marathoner, because (although it’s fairly up and coming) many people don’t know such a thing exists.

He has run several miles of the Bear 100 course in preparation to compete, and finished or placed in races such as: the Zion 100K, Logan Peak (28mi), and El Vaquero Loco 50K.

Suffice it to say, I’ve spent a lot of time hitting the trails since getting married. I’m improving my running, and I would love to participate in more races myself. I also love hiking. I love taking our kids. I love sharing nature and a passion for doing hard things with my family.

Another passion of mine is writing Christian and other heartfelt music. I hope to record my first song in January. I don’t want to be a performer really, but I would love to be able to reach people with words that I feel like God gave me for just such a purpose.

Music actually led me to blogging in some ways; hence, the parable of the talents comes to mind:

My nominees, should they choose to participate, are:

C.D. Anders of The Unnecessary Blog

Deborah of Great is God’s Faithfulness

Jacquie of Joy Cottage

Big Sky Buckeye

Broken, Brave, & Beautiful

Bhagyashree of Ink and Thoughts

Bridget of Readers Tell No Tales

Fizza of Fizza Reads

Matt of People of His Word

David of Radically Saved

Thanks for reading!

What are some of your passions? We love getting to know you better.

Here’s to using our gifts wisely.

โค Jenny

14 thoughts on “#ShareYourPassion

  1. I have an interesting history with running. As a kid, when I had to run for PE class in school, I hated it. I was the slow fat kid, I couldn’t get through running the mile without having to stop and walk and catch my breath at least twice (in fact any run longer than one lap around the track I couldn’t do without stopping), and it also didn’t help that I usually had PE first period and I grew up near the coast where it was foggy and drippy and cold most mornings. In 2003, I was in Virginia visiting friends who are almost like family, and they took me to the gym with them, starting out by running half a mile, and I was surprised at how well I could catch up.

    When I got home I started running just for fun. Where I lived at the time, there was a small reservoir on the outskirts of town with a trail around it that was about two and a quarter miles. On my first attempt, I ran all the way around only stopping to walk twice, and I didn’t have to stop and walk until about a mile in. It wasn’t long before I could run the entire thing without stopping. For a long time, I never really got out of the habit; I would just go for a run of a few miles once or twice a week just to get out and get some fresh air. At one point I was able to do six miles without stopping regularly, and once I did eight. However, in the last few years, I’ve developed some pretty bad foot problems every time I’ve tried to get back into running, so I think those days are behind me.

    My physical activity these days happens on a bike. (I don’t know if I’m hard core enough on a bike to call it “cycling,” though.) As you know, I lived for seven years in one of the most bicycle-friendly places in the US (you follow both my blogs and both my Instagrams, so you’ve probably figured out by now the true identity of “Jeromeville,” but I don’t admit publicly what it is). At some point during my first few months there, I just started riding my bike around town for fun, and a quarter-century later, I never got out of that habit. How often and how far I ride depends on the time of year and the weather and how busy I am. But once a year I’ll do one of two really long rides. One is 28 miles from my house to Central Park in “Jeromeville,” and then about another two hours around all the bike paths there that I still know by heart, until I’m exhausted and my butt really hurts, and then come home on two buses. That ends up being about 50 miles total. The other one is a 33 mile trail along the river here up into the foothills, then I’ll go back down until I’ve gotten to about 50 miles and take public transportation home.

    These days, most of my social life comes through board games, strategy games, and retro video games. The big bedroom at my house is the retro gaming room, with all of my old video game consoles (and my brother’s, and some that belong to friends who never use them at home) hooked up to garage sale TVs on garage sale furniture, and a couple times a year I invite everyone over for 20th Century Video Game Night, which is exactly what it sounds like.

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    1. Wow! That is a lot of cycling, I’m impressed โ˜บ๏ธ. Hopefully you have a soft bike seat.

      My little brother is really into video games. He plays in a semi-professional league and competes. I never got into them myself, but when I do play, the retro ones are where it’s at!

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      1. For as much as I liked video games as a kid, something bothers me about this new competitive gaming industry. Maybe I’m just getting old. Get off my lawn.

        I think 2019 was the first time I’ve ever done both 50 mile rides in the same calendar year (the same summer, specifically). You can see pictures on Instagram (they were June 26 and July 8).

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  2. Jenny, thank you for sharing some of your passion. Best wishes with song writing. Your husband’s running reminds me of my son-in-law. He ran in an ultra type event in the mountains of Montana in late summer.

    I am honored by your kindness, and I will prepare a thoughtful response in sharing some of my passion.

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  3. I’m a little late to this post, lol. My apologies. I literally just saw this because someone looked up my site on a search engine and your post came up. They texted me so I went back and looked. Great post (as if you’d write a bad one . . .) ! Thanks for the nomination, too.

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