About Jenny Rae Armstrong

Hi there! I'm Jenny Rae Armstrong, an award-winning freelance writer, full-time ministry student, and mommy to four boisterous boys. I live on black coffee and lots of grace (oh, and my husband's incredible cooking)! I'm glad you stopped by--stay and chat a while!

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Wilderness: The Place Between Breaking Free and Breaking Through (Audio Sermon)

Time spent in the wilderness is not comfortable. In the wilderness, we feel isolated, vulnerable, and unfruitful. It can be a place of great grief and suffering. But the wilderness is also a place where we meet God, and learn to rely on him and him alone. It is a place where we begin to […]

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Stop Saying Satan is Attacking Someone’s Ministry

I don’t remember where I first heard it. Whether it was a cancer diagnosis, or a child’s rebellion, or a horrible accident, or a family falling apart. But hear it I did. If something was going wrong in a ministry family, it was because Satan was attacking their ministry. Um, no. Stop. Just stop. It’s […]

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Hagar, the Disenfranchised, and the God who Sees. A Sermon.

Hagar’s story is really hard to read. There’s so much tragedy, and so much injustice, much of it perpetrated by people who were supposed to be followers of God. But it’s also an important story, because it shows that God cares about the suffering of those society has used and cast aside. That he sees the humanity of people […]

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Trophies for Everyone! Why I’d Rather be a Participant than a Champ.

So, I just saw that new Kia commercial ripping on participation trophies. Take a peek. I get it. I really do. Some people feel that giving everyone trophies makes winning one seem like less of an accomplishment. And when everyone gets a trophy for just showing up, we aren’t teaching our kids how to deal […]

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Exciting News from Tanzania!

I got more exciting news about the Called Out curriculum that I wrote today! Eliya and Consoler, who serve in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, shared that Called Out, CBE’s youth curriculum, is being considered for public secondary schools… Tanzania’s Youth Patron, who supervises children’s Christian education, recommended Called Out to their multi-denominational Christian Council. Soon, they will vote […]

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When God is Not Your Enemy

Sometimes, when there’s a lot to be done and life seems overwhelming, I wonder if the work I am putting in is worth the cost (which, I will not lie, is high at times). And then, by the grace of God, I get emails quoting teenage girls from East Africa: “Ever since, I knew that […]

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This little girl has her theology straight!

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“Church, someone is coming after our family.”

I don’t have nightmares often, but last night I woke up with a start, knowing there was no way I was going back to sleep for a while. I grabbed my laptop and decided I’d catch up on what was happening with my online friends, since I’d spent the past two days in cars or […]

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I just signed a contract for a new book!

Exciting news! I have just signed a contract with Leafwood Publishers for a book due out in the fall of 2016. Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket: 101 Bright Ideas for Wannabe World-Changers will be a collection of stories, tips, and creative ideas to help women tap into their passions and leverage their […]

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An Update on the Called Out Curriculum in Kenya

Mimi Haddad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality, recently visited some of the schools using the Called Out! curriculum in Western Kenya. The support of educators and the school system is clear–Called Out (East Africa) has won their respect and confidence. The students also exhibit avid engagement and appreciation for an opportunity to hear God’s […]

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I’m Stupid About Racism. Are You?

I have a confession to make. I am stupid about racism. I will blame my unusual childhood. I lived in an almost entirely white community (the same one I live in now, in fact) until I was 7. The only black people I knew were my uncle and cousin. Then my family moved to Liberia, […]

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On Broken Bodies: Christ’s and Ours

I came across this thought-provoking video featuring Claire Wimbush, an Episcopal priest who was born with spastic cerebral palsy, as I was perusing the Clergy Health Initiative. This is a gorgeous must-watch. “And when we set up for ourselves ideals that are the wrong ideals — that we simply can’t reach — if we can’t […]

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A Verse for Mother’s Day

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Mayday! Mayday! For Everyone Mired in the Muck of Spring.

It’s spring, and like the land, many people I love are in a time of transition. There must be something in the air. Some romanticize spring, but up where I live, spring is pretty much the worst time of year. Yes, it is nice that the thermometers creep above 32. But spring in the Northland is […]

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A New Direction, A New Look, and the ECC’s 40 Under 40

Between pastoring, going to seminary, family commitments, and various writing projects, this poor blog has been pretty neglected. I’m redesigning the site to make it easier to keep up with. I’ll be posting shorter, encouraging snippets on the blog, along with links to longer articles and sermons I’ve been working on for other places. What […]

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