Keeping consistent with blog updates has always been a challenge for me. Let’s hope these prove to be an exception to the rule, especially as life continues to get more complicated and taxing. I (Jessica) am sitting in my favorite coffee place in downtown Fredericksburg as I write this, and “Take Me Home, Country Roads” happens to be playing in the background, competing with about … Continue reading Update | 2/18/2020
The winter blues (and the general blues that tend to come with transitional seasons) have hit the Hageman house this week. We’re trying . . . trying . . . to chug along in the spirit of the Psalmist, who declares, “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I … Continue reading 2/3/2020 | Sowing and Reaping
You know those moments when you come across a quote that seems like it was written for the sole purpose of making you, personally, question your entire approach to life? It happened again today while I was casually scrolling Facebook (I almost included “minding my own business,” but that’s the opposite of what we do on social media). Anyway, a post by the Risen Motherhood … Continue reading Believer, You Are Not Your Own
Terms like “budget” and “financial awareness” have struck dread in my heart for as long as I can remember. I know that the majority of my most pertinent, deeply-embedded sins are made manifest in the way that I’ve approached financial matters for the past decade of my young adult life. Many of the Whys behind my spending habits are linked with some unhealthy, unbiblical philosophy. … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Money
I (Jessica) meant to write a new update each week on Sunday, but it might take a while before that becomes super consistent. Thanks in advance for bearing with me. It was recently confirmed that the pain in the lower half of my body that happens most nights is indeed sciatica, which is unfortunate, but I’m glad to finally have a firm idea of what … Continue reading (Brief) Family Update | 1/22/20
It seems like we’re just now catching our breath after the wave of holiday (and emergency) travel that hit us from September until Christmas. Every thirty days, at least, we were driving or flying to North Carolina or Colorado from our home in the D.C. metro area. Only one of those trips – a last minute flight to see my dad in the ICU after … Continue reading Update & Maternity Photos | 1/12/20
Writing in the 21st century can be hard. On one hand, it seems most people are convinced they have something new and important to say about every conceivable topic. The market is flooded. It isn’t a very novel thing (pardon the pun) to call yourself a writer in any capacity these days, regardless of what type of writing you enjoy. On the other hand, there … Continue reading Do I Keep Blogging?
Most of us have been taught to think of integrity in a very one-dimensional, surface level way. If you were to ask me even a week ago what the term means, I’d have probably answered that “to have integrity is to demonstrate consistency and honesty.” We also tend to think of integrity as something that only belongs to extra virtuous people – someone who refuses … Continue reading Reflecting on Integrity
One thing I’m grateful for during this week of Thanksgiving is the opportunity to visit in-laws and friends in Colorado (which is providing plenty of time for extra blog writing!). There is only so much you can do in Northern Virginia to deviate from its culture of busyness and ambition, especially when there are only tiny pockets of natural beauty left amidst the office buildings … Continue reading Giving Thanks In All Things
The Sermon on the Mount was one of the first passages I tried to memorize upon discovering the Bible in high school. Yes, all three chapters. I was a bit of an overachiever throughout the first few years of my Christian walk, and the idea of having all those moral guidelines recorded to memory really appealed to me. But it didn’t appeal to me because … Continue reading What Is A Pharisee? What Is True Righteousness?
A couple of months ago, an internet acquaintance of mine, Joshua Arnold, shared a profound thought: “I’d rather have a breakdown that has me cleaving to Christ than a ‘breakthrough’ in something worldly and vain that may charm me into thinking I don’t need to desperately depend on Christ in every moment.” This sentiment runs contrary to the advice of popular Christian culture (let alone … Continue reading We Can’t Live For Earthly Breakthroughs
I have lived and affirmed both sides of the “relationship or religion” controversy in my relatively short twenty-two years of life. Growing up in the South amidst fundamentalist communities (as well as the weird amalgamation of Eastern spirituality which characterizes Asheville, my hometown) has enabled me to find a comfortable seat on the pendulum ride from one extreme to the other. God has been faithful … Continue reading Stop Asking The “Relationship Or Religion” Question