Jennifer Wilder

Writer and blogger at Jennifer-Wilder.com. Online content manager for The reThink Group. Wife to the Word's Best Man. Period.

Weight Loss Won’t Solve the Problem That Plagues You

Weight Loss Won't Solve the Problem That Plagues You

In 2008, I weighed 100 pounds more than what my BMI said I should. Disruptive and difficult things were happening in late 2007 and into 2008, and I slowly began losing weight.

After losing about 15 pounds, I plateaued for about a year. Plateaued is a nice word for stopped-trying-and-luckily-didn’t-gain-weight. But in 2008, I knew I had to change if I was going to have the future I always…

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Running Lessons in Self-Esteem and Vulnerability

Running Lessons in Self-Esteem and VulnerabilityYou could say I’m into social media. I have accounts on all of the main share-my-life portals and even on some of the not-so-main ones. Based on my social media presence, you might think that my life is an open book. And that’s what many on social media like for others to think. Many of us, however, are very precise about what of our lives we share and what we guard. Mostly, for me, I guard stuff…

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A Letter to a Teenage Neice

My nieces are growing up faster than I’d like to realize. One minute they’re six, the next minute they’re driving and dating and rolling their eyes—in a bad way. View high resolution

A Letter to a Teenage Neice

My nieces are growing up faster than I’d like to realize. One minute they’re six, the next minute they’re driving and dating and rolling their eyes—in a bad way.

6 Tips for Family History Interviews

6 Tips for Family History InterviewsOnly recently am I coming to understand and recognize my passion for family history. Growing up, it was not uncommon for unofficial family reunions of 100 Dortches to descend upon a central homestead several times a year. We love a good gathering. As the older generations have passed on, it’s hard not to notice that our gatherings are sometimes smaller and less frequent. Realizing that times are…

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Between the Dream and the Dating

Between the Dream and the Dating

Why would anyone doubt God after they’d asked for and received a vision of their future? Why would anyone return to a pit after they’d seen a vision of the mountaintop?

There is no lack of reasons for why I didn’t trust what God had shown me in a dream about Nathan.But chief among them is that I wasn’t much for standing on my faith back then. In those days, I believed when I saw proof—seeing was…

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For Singles: Increasing Your Variables

Several years ago, before marriage and after a particularly poignant conversation with my then-roommate, I realized how tired I was of complaining about there not being anyone in my life to date or hang out with. Stopping the complaining was one action to take, but I wanted more than just the achievement of pushing aside worthless thoughts. I wanted to do something about it.

I remember praying…

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Have you Prayed a “Dangerous” Prayer Recently?

Have you Prayed a "Dangerous" Prayer Recently?

Many of us have seen the posts, written the posts, or shared the posts on our social networks—bold prayers asking God for renewal, asking for restoration, asking for change, asking for God’s will, asking for growth, asking for patience. Outward cries to a powerful God in front of a faceless collective audience.

Days later, we’ve seen the follow-up posts—recantations of everything that is wrong,…

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How to Capture Your Family History: The Questions

How to Capture Your Family History: The Questions

My family is rich with unique stories about triumphs, hardships, spectacles, debacles, joys and heartbreaks. Though I’ve heard the stories time and again and can recite most of the main points, I know it’s important to record these stories as directly from the source as possible.

Having interviewed my grandparents years before, recording their history on VHS (look it up, kiddos), my family…

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How to Save Money by Going to Beauty School Clinics

How to Save Money by Going to Beauty School ClinicsEvery job comes with perks—maybe it’s status, money-saving discounts, training in unique skills, or introductions to prominent people in an industry. Some of the most fun perks I received were from a part-time mall job at Aveda.

Along with a substantial discount on as many hair products as I could carry, local Aveda salons offered complimentary haircuts and discounts on hair color services. I…

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I Wear Glasses (and other telltale signs that I’m aging)

168813140Dad’s chin quivered as he looked at me and said, “It’s like I woke up one day and got old.” He was telling me about a recent fall he’d taken during our first 2014 snowstorm in January. Though nothing was broken, as proven by an urgent care X-ray, he was still immobilized for days, and stiff and sore for weeks.

This isn’t the first time dad has talked to me about ailments or how something has…

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