GREECE UPDATE: 12 Things The Hospital Taught Me

Or, rather, 12 Things God Taught Me During My Time In The Hospital.

It’s officially my first full day of freedom, and let me tell you, that makes for a bright morning! I find myself constantly filled with so much gratitude over the littlest things because AT LEAST I AM OUT OF THAT PLACE. I have some control over what I eat and where I go, I can feel fresh morning air again, I can wash my face… the list goes on. Really, all I have left to remember any of this experience by are the pain and the brace, both of which are entirely manageable.

I have the bad habit of having learning experiences and learning nothing from them because I forget to reflect on them and actually learn. I just dust off my clothes and move on with my life. This time I can’t afford to have that happen. For my own sake, and for the sake of the kids in the youth group I’ll be working with soon.*

So, without further ado…

12 Things God Taught Me Last Week

1. His love/delight/salvation does not depend on my loveliness, usefulness, or productivity.

2. His work in Greece is FAR greater than me, or even what I have seen and heard.

3. Be. Grateful. Especially if you have the ability to go lift weights whenever you want, or if you have both access to face cleanser AND the physical capacity to use it. There are always blessings to be celebrated. I can choose to focus either on them or I can choose to focus on what I don’t have.

4. His plans don’t have to make sense to me. He owes me no explanation for anything. Yet, simultaneously, He is working everything for my good.

5. There is no pressure to be productive in my faith. Just keep saying yes to Him.

6. My works for God can turn into an idol. And they did. And I had myself convinced that it wasn’t happening.

7. Keep prayers big and expectations high. This is called hope.

8. Prayer is my greatest and most accessible spiritual weapon.

9. Speak scripture over EVERYTHING (Isaiah 55:11)

10. Most of the things I worry about are not worth worrying about.

11. Life is short and nothing is guaranteed. Go for it, whatever that looks like moment by moment.

12. Seriously, don’t underestimate the power of washing your face (I’m gonna start a pool–everyone throw in a $5 and guess how long I had to go without doing that). “Well, she’s brought it up like 4 times now, so it’s gotta be at least a couple decades…”

*I recently was offered the internship of my dreams. I’ll be working with about 100 kids in a youth group, and they were at the forefront of my mind as I made this list. I KNOW there are things on this list God wants to teach them through me.

I’m very task oriented and I promised myself I wouldn’t go take my painkillers until this post was done, so I’ll keep this post a little shorter than usual today. I hope there’s something on that list that strikes a chord with you today. I’m praying that God uses the things I learned this week in the lives of all of my readers (all 4 of you)!

Happy Father’s Day!

Until next time,


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  1. Janet Martin

    June 18, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I was hoping there would be an update blog!!! Thank you, God, for saving Jenna’s life! Wow!!!

  2. Janet Martin

    June 18, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    How blessed we are to have faithful prayer warriors to intercede in believe God for miracles!! Thank you God; Thank you fb friends!!!

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