jessica kastner

Hi. I’m Jess. : ) I started this blog to help others find joy, even from the trenches. I’m a slightly unhinged mother, wife, friend and avocado addict who’s thankfully experienced enough victory and freedom in God to share with anyone on a similar journey towards authenticity over surface level togetherness.  

My gifts are few, but I believe God’s given me a heightened ability to feel His goodness no matter how ugly or bleak the circumstance. Either that or I have dissociative disorder. Really prayin’ it’s the former. This site should feel like a soulful chat between friends who embrace the crazy, broken parts of each other, because we are His, and He’s got this. 

When we’re vulnerable enough to share our struggles (even the really ugly ones) and victories with each other, there’s so much freedom to be had. My goal is to encourage and strengthen women with Biblical truth, but I also love sharing about the mercilessly ridiculous parts of life…like date night fails and awkward encounters with the millennial working her p.j.’s….because laughter combats spiritual heaviness. It heals, unites, and transports us into God’s resting state, which is joy.

Life is too precious to waste succumbing to fear and negativity and it’s much too fragile to spend striving for perfection. We’re on the right path no matter how insane or frustrating and it can feel, so we might as well embrace the mess, and dance in the kitchen instead of freaking out when the meatloaf burns. Preferably to late 90’s R & B. Because Jesus understands.

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” -Proverbs 31:25 

 

 

 

 

My Loves

My “special blended” batch of kiddos, Sophia, “little Jack,” Eli, Kenai, “big Jack,” and my husband Rob, walking proof of God’s faithfulness.

My Ministry

I lead Bible studies within juvenile detention centers with Straight Ahead Ministries, helping teenage girls find freedom and hope in Jesus… biggest adventure of my life!

My Passion 

Writing has always been my happy place, and signing my first book in 2017 was a dream come true. Next book to come is “Pretty Holy: Devotions for the Slightly Unhinged.”

My Weakness

Avocados. I drove to the store in a nor’easter last year after discovering I couldn’t make guac. I dunno. 

My Mantra

“Seek First the Kingdom of God, and all else shall be given to you.” Nuff said!