I’m Jean, and I’m a recovering unraveled mess held together by the love and truth of God with a splash of coffee. I love inspiring women to discover the life-changing power of the Bible through teaching, speaking, and writing.
Whether I’m leading a study or weekend retreat, or speaking at a luncheon or gathering, I combine my passion for the Word of God with my love for humor and storytelling. My greatest ministry desire is to help women fall in love with God and His Word, knowing it will do its perfect work in their lives.
I’m a graduate of Christian Communicators and served many years as an active member of Columbia Toastmasters. I’ve been blessed to have published articles, stories, and devotions in national, regional, and online magazines such as Focus on the Family; Reach Out, Columbia; Guideposts.org; CBN.com; OneChristianVoice.com; and others. I blog here on my website, for Revive Our Hearts ministry, and www.InspireAFire.com.
Some of my stories, devotions, and Bible studies have been published in books such as Precious, Precocious Moments and Stupid Moments by Grace Publishing, Kathy Collard Miller’s book Pure Hearted, and Lighthouse Publishing’s compilation of Bible studies, Heart Renovations.
My husband, Larry, and I live in Lexington, SC. Our three grown children live scattered around the country from Hawaii to two miles up the road. When I’m not writing, speaking, or teaching, you can find me either playing with my grandtwins, traveling with my husband, working in my garden, worshiping at Grace Bible Church, cheering on the Clemson Tigers, or drinking coffee with family and friends.
For a sample of my speaking, see the clip below from my talk Unraveled. [Note: In the Unraveled conference, I explain that the main way God speaks to us today is through His Word. He also promised in His Word that His Spirit indwells Christians and will call to our remembrance everything He’s taught us through His Word. Thus, when I refer in the clip below to God speaking to me, I don’t mean God spoke to me audibly or directly. I mean His Spirit brought to my mind what I’d been teaching my day school kids about trusting God when life unravels. And my spirit convicted me with such force that God might as well have said out loud, Will you trust Me? Oh, what a lesson I learned that day. Watch and see.]
I love speaking on a wide range of topics all grounded in God’s Word and illustrated with biblical and personal stories to reveal the power of God to transform lives. Peruse the list of popular topics below, but if you don’t see what you want, I’ll tailor a message specifically for your audience.
Expositional Lessons For Every Age
God’s Word changes lives and is the center of everything I teach. I enjoy bringing topical messages, but my favorite way to share God’s Word is verse by verse. I’d be delighted to unfold a specific section of Scripture to your group of women or young girls. I’ll even engage your preschool tots with fun Bible storytelling and send them (and their parents) home with a theologically sound, but age-appropriate, truth to remember and repeat.
Life Falls Apart, But You Don’t Have To—Christ Holds Us Together
Every life unravels at some point. For some, it may simply fray on the edges. For others, it rips apart. In Unraveled we’ll dig into the Bible to discover God’s truths that will help ease your pain and hold you together when life falls apart. You’ll discover how to see the unbreakable threads of Jesus’ presence, power, and peace in every situation. And you’ll learn how to laugh again.
How to Know God’s Will
Learning to Know and Trust in the Will of God
We’ll look into the Bible to see how the many plans that fill our minds mix with God’s plans. Discover how you can know God’s will in the midst of your circumstances and enjoy the peace that comes from trusting in His will.
The Gospel Thread Bible Study Method
Because The Bible is For You, Not About You
Are you frustrated with your current Bible study? Or too intimidated to even start? Whether you’re new to the Bible or you’ve studied it for years, The Gospel Thread Bible Study Method offers an easy, life-changing approach to studying and discovering God in the Scriptures, because the Bible is for you, not about you.
Sink or Sail: What the Titanic Teaches Us About Truth
Recognizing the Difference Between Truth that Sails and Titanic Truth that Sinks
Truth—real truth—sails strong in the fiercest of storms, whereas the illusion of truth sinks like the Titanic. We’ll learn how to recognize when we’re standing on the deck of Titanic Truth or on the firm foundation of God’s Word.
Is God Big Enough?
The World’s Problems Are Big, But Our God is Bigger
If we sing the Sunday School song “My God is so big, so strong, and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do” loud and proud, why do we cower in fear when breaking news or the latest headlines splash across social media? If our God isn’t big enough to be Lord over all then He isn’t big enough to be God at all. Discover the errors about God that slip into our thinking and the great truths that set us free to trust Him no matter what Twitter or newscasters say.
You Do You, But Who is You?
Understanding the Truth of Your New Nature in Jesus Christ
Today’s version of “to thine own self be true” is “you do you.” And “Be the true you.” But who is the true you? The moment you trust in Christ, you’re a brand new creation. The old is gone. Except the old you—with its enslaving sin nature—doesn’t slide off into the abyss at salvation. Discover what you need to know about the new you so the old you will lose its grip and enable you to do the true you—the one who’s safely hidden in Christ.
If It Ain’t Broke, Break It
Discover the powerful truth of Brokenness that revives hearts and fills us with peace and joy
In our search for wholeness, we often miss the beauty of brokenness. God says a broken spirit, He will not despise. But what does it mean to become broken, and how will brokenness change your life? If It Ain’t Broke, Break It uncovers the powerful, surprising truth of brokenness and reveals the steps God uses to revive our hearts and fill us with peace and joy. (I wrote this talk out of the life-changing discovery of the truth about brokenness at a women’s conference led by Nancy Wolgemuth.)
That Came Out of My Mouth?
How To Turn Words That Burn Into Words That Heal
We’ve all said things we regret to people who didn’t deserve it. We’ve also said plenty to people who did deserve it—at least in our minds. How can we turn words that burn into words that heal so we can build strong relationships, not destroy them? It starts inside our hearts long before it reaches our mouth. We’ll turn to God’s Word for the answers and encouragement.
The Best Dressed Women’s Guide to Faith and Fashion
How Putting on the Armor of Christ Will Put Your Best Foot Forward
In this fun-filled talk, we’ll look at what God’s Word teaches us about being women of fashion by putting on Christ and the Armor of God. We’ll dive into passages in Romans and Ephesians so we can put our best foot forward every day rather than stumbling through it.
God Said, “Abide in Christ.” We Said, “What?”
Discover the Meaning and Life-Changing Fruit of Abiding in Christ
In John 15, Jesus tells us He’s the vine, and we’re the branches. He says, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” But what does He mean? What does it look like to abide in Christ? Discover the simplicity of this exciting truth and the life-changing fruit it brings to your life.
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Through the Bible study based on The Red Thread, I am seeing how God so masterfully uses people, events and circumstances in the Old Testament to foreshadow His provision of a Savior, Jesus Christ. For me, this has been a new and exciting revelation. The Red Thread is connecting all the dots!
Through The Red Thread, Jean has opened new vistas in the Bible by showing Jesus throughout the Old Testament right into the New Testament. Her personal experience stories touch everyone’s lives with the power of Jesus.
Each week Chapel Time is exciting for my students as they journey through the Old Testament in search of the Red Thread with Jean. I love how she is able to put everything in terms children, but they are still the timeless Truths that sometimes, as an adult, one can easily miss.