Hello! My name is Jennifer Mahar, all of my friends call me Jen, and as we will be getting to know each other very well please do the same.
I grew up in a Christian home, attending church, Awana Clubs, Vacation Bible Study every summer with our great grandma. Our family is tight, like the Portokalos clan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Life was good. I thought I was doing everything right. The oldest of four children, I got good grades, dated the boy next door (literally), and behaved myself. I was going to heaven, for sure.
In 2003, I graduated high school and went on to Illinois State University. College life. Grades, boys, and good behavior no longer came easily to me. Looking back, I staggered through 6 years of school, not because it was too hard but because I was missing something.
It was not until I moved out to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2012, that I started to see Jesus. I saw Him working in my life in ways that lit my heart on fire. January of 2016, I began a devotional, attended church on a more regular basis, and surrounded myself with women of faith. What had been missing from my life was a real relationship with Jesus.
I attended the Unashamed Women’s Conference in September 2016, and my life was changed.
The ministry of Beautifully Broken helped me to embrace my sin, my shame, my brokenness. Through Christ and the support of the women involved in this ministry, I was able to boldly step into my mess. On November 5, at a company retreat in a little living room with a fireplace, together, my dear friend and I accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord.
Since then, God has led the way. It has not been easy to let him have the wheel, but I see him work everyday and see how my crazy broken life has lead me here.
So, this about me section… I struggled. The essay and final monologue from the movie The Breakfast Club came to mind as I pondered.
Here is where I landed: I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, a stylist, a woman of faith, a cinephile (obviously), a writer…
Most importantly, I am a daughter of the One True King. I am a princess in the Kingdom of God.