Finding joy along the journey

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Welcome

Hi there! I’m Jackie, and I’m glad you stopped by! I wish you could pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee, and chat, but until then, we can stake this little corner of the internet as ours. Let’s get acquainted. I’ll go first if you’d like.

I wonder…

…do you find our crazy busy world too much to handle? I sure do. I’ve lived the fast pace, run more than one race, and found myself exhausted and disillusioned, wondering if this is the life I should be living.

As a girl of the Seventies, I thought I could have it all and do it all: marriage, children, career, while maintaining a lovely home, gorgeous vegetable and flower gardens, cooking delicious meals, and entertaining friends. Who could want more?

But something was missing from my life.

For way too long, I felt like the Israelites wandering directionless for forty years in the wilderness, paying no heed to God’s bounty and grace, and grumbling all the way. I was busy building my life and future; I overlooked the joy and wonder God intended for us to experience in the here and now – until He made me stop, look, and listen.

I have so much to share with you;

a multitude of stories about lessons I learned the hard way, lessons I wished I’d learned earlier, and lessons I’m still struggling with. But this is a brief introduction.

We’ll get to know each other the best way; sharing stories comfortably, over time. You’ll see how my life changed radically from wife to widow, daughter to orphan, mother to empty-nester in a very short time.

I hope to offer you the encouragement, sage advice, and godly counsel I wish I’d had while going through the difficult seasons of life. I pray our time together inspires you and that you join me on this trek as we discover joy in the journey.

Let’s Stay Connected

I’d love to stay in touch with you as I share more of my journey as time goes on. I’ve put together an encouraging video playlist with some of my favorite music that I’d love to share with you. Subscribe below and you’ll have immediate access to these videos. I’d love for you respond with your favorite music!

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Articles and Stories About Finding Joy on Your Journey

Widowhood

Widowhood

My husband died from the aftereffects of Agent Orange and his years in the military. He fought glioblastoma with every ounce of his being—and mine. The fight gave us seven years together beyond the doctors’ prognoses. When we humans find ourselves in crisis...

Caregiving

Caregiving

Caregiving. It's a HUGE job. You’re offering medical/emotional/spiritual/physical aid and assistance, reassurance, and rehabilitation, often for someone you love: a child, parents, a spouse, or a friend. Caregiving is demanding, physically and emotionally draining,...

Pickleball

Pickleball

I stepped into the gym. New faces. New places. “You can do this,” I said to myself and put a smile on my face. No matter my age, I still fear the unknown, especially when I face the unknown alone. But the faces were all friendly, the players all appeared to be having...

About Jackie

Author & Avid Pickleball Player

Jackie Freeman is a woman who loves words. Words that inform. Words that inspire. Speaking, singing, reading, and writing words. And she loves to make a joyful noise to her beloved Lord and Savior.

Her love of words blossomed as a child when her grandmother, Nettie Thomas, introduced her to literature. Her home had a marvelous collection of books, from Louisa Mae Alcott to Margaret Mitchell, Zane Grey, and Mary Jane Holmes. Jackie’s passion for reading and writing started with her grandmother’s bookcase. Years later, she joined writers’ groups to hone her skills.