Author - Payton Flener

Beauty From Ashes Series

I don’t really share the teaching parts of my story, but I’ve actually never shared this part of my story and never even knew if I ever would.  But, I feel like we are all at a place in our lives where we just really feel in the dark about what God is doing. Asking questions like, why would God allow this virus to happen to His people?   And the whole beginning of my teaching career was marked by that question: WHY GOD?  I remember it so vividly. I’d worked SO hard to graduate college in just 3 years and had poured my whole entire heart into student teaching in my hometown, just married and sold my monogramming business to make it through the summer until my first paycheck, I was so sure I would be returning to that building to start my teaching career that I probably would have...

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Grace So Glorious

Grace So Glorious

I realize in advance that this is most likely the opposite of what the world will tell you, and I’m good with that. I’m not here to be like the world, and neither are you. I’ll just jump right in. “The hustle” and “self care”-They tend to be opposite ideas of one another - hustling requires relentless hard work and self care encourages rest from the hustle, but it’s not always in a biblical light. I believe these two ideas mostly encourage us to rely on our own strength and act on our flesh. Yes, work hard. But do so to please the Lord, not man. You will never be able to satisfy the demands of your workplace, your business, your family, or ministry and that is okay because let’s face it. We can’t do it all. I’m not implying to act on laziness or to purposely conflict with your boss...

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Leave The Water Jar Collective - Hannah Jo Story

Leave The Water Jar Collective – Hannah Jo’s Story

Hey y’all! It’s so so nice to meet you!! My name is Hannah Jo. I am 27 years old. I’m married to my best friend and we have three of the most beautiful little girls this side of Heaven. My favorite show is The Office, I love Reese cups, coffee, Bible journaling and worship music. There are few things I love more than a porch swing and if you drive through the teeny town of Caneyville, Kentucky when it’s even the least bit warm out-that’s likely where you’ll find me in fuzzy socks and Bible in hand. There’s something so calming to my soul about reading the Word on a porch swing. Ok, ok, enough about me, let’s talk about HIM! 🙌🏼 First of all, I just want to say how honored and humbled I am to even have been asked to be included in this collective. I have read...

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Leave The Water Jar Collective - Emilys Story

Leave The Water Jar Collective – Emily’s Story

Hi ladies! My name is Emily Fox. I am 26 years old. A few random facts to help us connect. I am married to Kody Fox, and we have a big lab puppy 🐶 I am a high school English and math teacher in Princeton, KY, and I absolutely love it! I am a youth pastor’s wife and love girl’s and women’s ministry. In my free time, you can find me reading, playing board games, or spoiling my two nieces. I grew up as a PK (pastor’s kid) and God saved me as a young teenager. God saves us to share His love, and I am so thankful He has given me the honor to share through this ministry. We all experience mountains and valleys in this life, and God is always faithful in using both. In the last two years, it has seemed I was stuck in the valley....

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Leave The Water Jar Collective - Teris Story

Leave The Water Jar Collective – Teri’s Story

Hi ladies! My name is Teri. I am 33 years young and a mommy of 2 amazing kiddos and 1 pup. This fall, my hubby and I will celebrate our TEN year anniversary!🥳 I live just outside of Nashville and work full time in property management. Some of my favorite things are: coffee, donuts, family time, game nights, coffee, church, thunderstorms, true crime documentaries, and did I mention coffee? 😁 I’m so glad you are a part of this community. Can we chat? I know that it’s not unrealistic in a community this large to believe that a lot of you are hurting. Really, deeply, hurting and may even think you cannot come out of it...That maybe God has forgotten you, that your pain will always exist, and that there is no hope. In the not so distant past, I hurt that way. I experienced a loss that no mother...

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Leave The Water Jar Collective - Kaceys Story

Leave The Water Jar Collective – Kacey’s Story

Hey ladies! My name is Kacey Quinn. I just turned 33 years old, live in Bowling Green, KY and I’m a full time artist! More importantly, I’m a wife and a mother of three girls. My heart is so full. I have Jesus and I’ve believed in Him since I was a child. I’ve never known life without believing in Jesus, honestly. I’ve gone through some very dark seasons, but I’ve always held onto my belief, even when it was just hanging by a thread. But lately, God has shaken up this small version of belief in my life and created an enemy-defeating faith and trust that He IS in control. In the midst of trying to orchestrate things myself, trying to be the Holy Spirit to people, trying to manipulate situations so they go the way I envision they should... right smack dab in the middle of completely...

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Leave The Water Jar Collective - Bethanys Story

Leave The Water Jar Collective – Bethany’s story

Hey girls! First off, I’m just so thankful and honored to even be here sharing my heart with you. I’m Bethany and I live in Elizabethtown, Ky. I’m 24 years old and I’ve been married to my hubby for a little over one year and we (mainly my husband) recently just remodeled our first home! We both graduated from WKU in December 2017 and I will be graduating with my Masters in Human Resources this May. I currently work in HR for a company in Elizabethtown that I absolutely love. I also run a small business with Plunder Design. I am a 2 on the Enneagram and just really love connecting with people and very much value the loved ones in my life. You will most likely catch me drinking an Ale 8 with a @casualfriday headband on. Now that I’ve shared all of the pretty highlights, let me share the...

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Leave The Water Jar Collective

Leave The Water Jar Collective

🌟BIG ANNOUNCEMENT🌟 Girls I have tears of joy and excitement streaming! I’m so excited to announce the beginning of a big heart project! Introducing to you all Leave The Water Jar Collective! 🙌🏼😭🙌🏼 This collective will be a series of stories shared by some of the most God-fearing, Jesus loving women I know. Their stories aren’t anything alike, but they all have the same Rescuer. They will be sharing right here on this page so make sure you have all notifications on because our first post is up TOMORROW! Where’s the name from?! It’s from the story of the woman at the well in John 4. She brings the water jar to draw water but finds the Living Water- Jesus. And she leaves the water jar behind to go and tell about her encounter with Him. The Word tells us that others believed in Him because of her testimony and they...

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