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Hurricane Irma Take-A-Ways

Supposedly, animals react during unusual weather.  I did not believe it until my feral-ish kitty ran through our den, jumped up onto the tv cabinet, and began fighting the swirling rains bands of Irma displayed on the television.  If that wasn’t enough, she then turned her attention to Jim Cantore, weather channel icon, and tried to fight him too.  You go, Jenks. I think all who were affected by  Hurricane Irma felt the same way.

That storm just kept flip-flopping! In my book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-flops” to be released in under two weeks, I focus on how life can change and flip so quickly, just like Hurricane Irma. Many “flip-flop stories” are included in my book but also how to sparkle and shine through these times

Posted in faith, funny, Hurricanes by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Undercover WOW Woman – Aunt Naomi

Aunt Naomi – An Undercover WOW Woman

 

You know who they are—the quiet “she-ros” of the church and community. In my new book to be released September 26, Undercover WOW Woman2017, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops” I discuss this amazing type of Woman of Wisdom. Pay attention to these “sainted ladies.” They have deep faith and wisdom through their many acts of kindness that are the fundamental pillars of a thriving body of believers.

Too bad Glenn Campbell never lived to hear my rewrite of his song, “Rhinestoned Cowboy” to my parody, “She Wore her Rhinestoned Jesus.” Aunt Naomi’s rhinestones were never worn on the outside of her clothing but on the inside of her heart. She had a gift that kept on giving—that stands tall today as a monument to her faithfulness.

Posted in faith, faithful, Womanhood, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

The Way Forgiveness Works

I wrote my book,The message of forgiveness was taken to a new level at the National Speakers Association Annual Convention last week when I heard Immaculée Ilibagiza’s story.  Immaculée survived the Rwandan Holocaust and through the power of her faith in Jesus Christ, lived to tell her story.Bury Me with my Pearls” from a personal journey using the analogy of a pearl. The book grew out of a chapter about forgiveness entitled, “The Dark Pearl.” Here is an excerpt from the chapter addressing forgiveness:

We all dread those times when a dark pearl is added to our strand of beautiful creamy white pearls. We don’t want to put that particular pearl on our priceless strand, but ironically it can become the most valuable one of all. Its value depends on how we use and display that particular pearl. It can be a treasure or a tragedy. You can allow one lousy choice or childhood incident dictate the rest of your life.You may choose to blame people or circumstances and allow that pearl to identify you.Your dark pearl may be produced by a variety of irritants: the death of a lovedone, betrayal, divorce, unfair treatment, abuse, or financial ruin. Only one out of every ten thousand pearls becomes a dark pearl, so its price is steep. Can you find value in this rare treasure or will you allow it to devalue your life?

Posted in encouragement, faith, inspiration by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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The Faith of Charleston African-Americans

Charleston is a city of grace and giving.  I know this from being reared on a Johns Island vegetable farm  only minutes from the city of Charleston. I watched my hard-working, generous father interact with many local African-Americans who worked on our family farm. My eyes filled with tears when listening to the family members of the Charleston shooting victims talk to Dylann Roof at his bond hearing. The only way these African-American families and the rest of us can possibly forgive this young man is through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the way of forgiveness; it is not of our flesh.

There are so many tragedies to mourn: the senseless loss of lives, the horrific behavior of Dylann Roof and wondering if this is the killer’s first experience with being shown the unconditional love of Christ.

Charleston is a city of grace and giving.  I know this from being reared on a Johns Island vegetable farm only minutes from the city of Charleston. I watched my hard-working father interact with many local African-Americans who worked on our family farm. As I watch and listen to the news, I realized that our world in Charleston is reflected in the values we are seeing in the lives of many hurting individuals.

Posted in Charleston, faith by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Tootsie’s Biscuits: Soul Food

I run into the house and search for the green roll holder with the little black top that has been glued on for at least 20 years.  If it is not resting on the middle of the table in the place of honor, then it has to be on the counter next to the toaster oven.  They just have to be there. If they were still hot I know I could smell them.  I can hear Tootsie’s voice, “Come yuh, Baby.  I done fix you yo’ baby biscuit.” Beyond her Gullah words are dedicated years to my family of love, care and service. Tootsie’s biscuits are my soul food.I run into the house and search for the green roll holder with the little black top that has been glued on for at least 20 years.  If it is not resting on the middle of the table in the place of honor, then it has to be on the counter next to the toaster oven.  They just have to be there. If they were still hot I know I could smell them.  I can hear Tootsie’s voice, “Come yuh, Baby.  I done fix you yo’ baby biscuit.” Beyond her Gullah words are dedicated years to my family of love, care and service. Tootsie’s biscuits are my soul food.

Posted in faith, family, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Starting Out Pitiful; God is Good ALL the Time

The phrase used to be, “Bless your heart.”  For more serious cases this expression has been upgraded to, “God love her.” Your can start out pitiful but God is good all the time! #pearlsbook The phrase used to be, “Bless your heart.”  For more serious cases this expression has been upgraded to, “God love her.” You can start out pitiful but God is good all the time! Irritants can be a great gift.  Many outstanding feats have been accomplished when adversity is present. Academically, I struggled.  I was placed in the “C” section which is not to be confused with a procedure to have a baby. There was an “A” section for the Einstines, a “B” section for the normal children and the “C” section for those who need prayer, medication and supplication.  In the Sixth Grade, I was carrying a stack of paper to the office for my teacher and she said, “Jane, don’t look at those papers.  It is your IQ.”   I thought to myself, “Lady, you are stupid.”  Then I looked at my IQ and realized that I was the stupid one. During my high school years, I struggled.  When it was time to take the PSAT, I made the lowest score in the class.  I was told that scores increase considerably when you take the SAT. Well, that did not happen. I even took classes to make a higher score on the math section and I actually made a lower score. I decided to take the SAT for a second time, the ACT, DUMB…..whatever. In the meantime, I began teaching Dyslexic children every Saturday and after school.  The head of the program fired me and told me she thought I was Dyslexic. After sitting on some rocks at Folly Beach and “boo-hooing,” having a great pity-party the thought occurred to me.  No one can tell you who you are and no one knows what is inside of you except our Heavenly Father.  With faith, prayer and determination, I would prove the experts wrong. I decide to go to college. I met with my high school adviser and after reviewing my transcript and College Entrance Exam scores, she asked if I have any pull.  All I could think of is that Daddy had a brand new John Deere tractor. All of the colleges and universities I was interested in were not interested in me.  I received a letter from Columbia College, a small Methodist College I had applied to for admission. They were not accepting me but wanted me to come to an interview.  That was good enough!I drove to Columbia, South Carolina on a mission to become a Columbia College girl.  I had to talk the Admissions Counselor in to giving me a chance.  I kept saying over and over, “Just give me a chance, I will make you proud.”  I wore that man down. It worked. When I returned to Johns Island, I ran in the tomato field and yelled, “Daddy, I got in!” Another hurdle was that my daddy could not afford my college tuition but God blessed me with a Grant and Daddy with cucumber rebate money. That August, I entered Columbia College as a freshman on academic probation but four years later I walked across the stage with a diploma in hand.  I was also voted the college’s highest honors by my peers.  I was even on the Dean List. God did a work in my life many years ago with the class Diva and academic challenges. But He does not stop there.  God is a God of possibilities and life lessons.  I can testify that irritants and adversity can become your best friend.

Posted in faith, God by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Life’s Journey: Grow Your Pearls, Wear Your Pearls, Share Your Pearls

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A ten year book project, “Bury Me with My Pearls,”  will be available on Amazon tomorrow. Thank you for sharing this book since it is a “ministry opportunity” for me to help others who need emotion help and encouragement. Life’s journey is to: grow your pearls, wear your pearls and share your pearls. #pearlsbook

Isn’t this a humorous book? Yes, but I would not be true to myself or my faith not writing about the Dark Pearl. My wonderful editor, Denise said, “Jane, go deeper.” That was scary for me since deeper meant re-living years of emotional pain and heartbreak for myself and for my aging mother. It also meant dealing with more emotional pain after my mother died, then the death of my sister. This book is a roller-coaster ride of laughter and tears.  I promise that you will laugh and then learn many spiritual principles to  help you on your journey through life. My prayer is that this book will be a source of hope, help, humor, and healing. I am blessed to have faith, amazing friends and family. My husband, Thomas Herlong has been a pearl to help me through the many years we were heart-broken and also for encouraging me to write this book. My children Caroline Herlong and Holmes Herlong are such a blessing to me!

Posted in encouragment, faith by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

My Mama and Her “Pearls” of Wisdom

Funny Pearls for Photo Shop

My new book, Bury Me with My Pearls, will be released November 12, 2013. This book is a treasure of humor, memories and spiritual truths in memory of my mother, Eleanor McElveen Jenkins.  My tag line is, You May Die Laughing While Learn how to Live.  This book is my tribute to my Mama and her “pearls” of wisdom.

My mother gave great advice.  I will never forget the lecture she gave me on the eve of my wedding.  Eleanor said, “Take care of your husband.  “For every headache you have, there is a woman out there with an aspirin in her pocketbook.”  And all the men say, AMEN.

My mother was popular.  I took her to a speaking engagement and she was quite the star.  Several audiences members came to me after the speech and wanted their picture made.  I fluffed my hair only to be handed the camera to take a picture of them and my mother.

Posted in attitude, daughters, faith, family, humor, laughter, life lessons, Lowcountry, Mama, mothers, motivation, opinion, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Life Lessons from the Rat at Disney World

It was truly a magical moment. With days of happy faces, Mickey Mouse treats, and children topped with hats resembling Disney characters, we saw a rat. We were standing in the middle of Epcot's Italy when all of a sudden a rat  made a surprise appearance.  I was reminded of some timeless  life lessons from the rat at Disney World.

It was truly a magical moment. With days of happy faces, Mickey Mouse treats, and children topped with hats resembling Disney characters, we saw a rat. We were standing in the middle of Epcot’s Italy when all of a sudden a rat  made a surprise appearance.  I was reminded of some timeless  life lessons from the rat at Disney World.

We had just left Alice in Wonderland and were approaching Mary Poppins. We were all captivated with memories of our childhood icons.  Thomas must have starred at Mary Poppins for five minutes.  I told him he looked like a stalker.  He said, “I was trying to figure out why she doesn’t sweat.” Even with his left brain thinking, Thomas, like the rest of us, was in a magical mode.

Posted in attitude, change, determination, Disney World, faith, fun, funny, humor, laughter, leadership, life lessons, memories, Mickey Mouse, motivation, relationships, stress by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Big Fear of the Unknown

Hut at Sunrise

We spent a few days in the Lowcountry enjoying the water and beautiful wildlife this past week.  As we were traveling down Hut Creek in the Jon Boat, we hit something in the water.  It sounded like a giant ugly stump that had the potential of sinking the boat. I said to Thomas, “Something scary lies beneath.”  We had a big fear of the unknown.

We decided to wait for the tide go down and then check out this gi-normus, unseen obstruction for fear it had the potential of sinking our little Jon boat. As we rounded the bend in the creek, the massive stump turned out to be a small branch.  Obviously, our imaginations got the best of us.

Posted in attitude, faith, Lowcountry, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.