Jen is happy to spend most days rotating between friends, family, writing, cooking, and her neighborhood yoga studio. She and her husband, Jon, enjoy nights out, collaborating on creative projects, hosting dinners and parties, laughing with friends and family, exploring new ideas, serving their neighborhood, and being an active part of their home church.
Jen holds an MA in Theology from Gordon-Conwell. She lives in Philadelphia’s Main Line neighborhoods with Jon, and their two sons, Ellington and Breckin.
A note on Restoration Living...
I recently read a passage in scripture that describes our life in Christ as whole and holy. I love that image… I picture beauty and joy, deep friendships and purposeful days. I am inspired by that image – it speaks to my soul. Still, I have a growing sense that this lifestyle isn’t always a reality in our world.
We were created to be bright, awake, alive, loving, passionate and purposeful. We were created for an intimate relationship with our God and with one another. How is it that so many of us are living lives of isolation, exhaustion and aimlessness – seemingly hopeless despite the living hope inside of us?
When sin entered the world all those ages ago everything changed. God’s whole and holy world was altered and our relationship with him marred. As Christians our relationship with God has been restored. Still, the world remains broken and our daily lives are often left untouched by this transforming power.
Most Christians try to attend church, live by a set moral code and spend time with God. Quite often though our faith holds little influence over the details of our daily life. It’s not uncommon for issues of diet, resources, beauty and the environment to be relegated to the status of ‘physical’ while missing the central truth that everything is spiritual.
When we neglect this truth it is easy for life to become listless. Anything that isn’t ‘religious’ is approached with little thought or care as our lives become unhealthy, exhausting and aimless. We sleepwalk through much of our daily routine and wonder where is our energy? Where is our joy?
A holistic Christian worldview sees every part of life through the lens of our faith. It digs and discusses, trying to understand all of life in terms of God’s original desire. What is God’s intent for your health, your pace, your relationships? How you approach creation, respond to beauty, and open your home? Our faith isn’t silent on any of these issues – even if we, as believers, tend to be.
Restoration Living seeks to draw closer to God and to his original design for our lives. Restoration living is continually healing, repairing what was lost. It aims to inspire others as it serves as a restorative force in the world.
Restoration living is holy and beautiful, inside and out.
So please, join us here. Let’s see what happens when we’re kinder to ourselves, gentler with others, and live the bright life God intended. Let’s move ourselves, and our world, a little closer to restoration. And please, let’s go arm in arm. xo, Jen