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Jen Mininger Photography Creatively capturing beauty that shines from within us all! Also...check out my podcast.. for encouragement and discussions on the deep and beautiful layer of HOPE! "Hope Layer" Podcast
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Well, isn't he just so lucky to get to sit across from this lovely lady and have her listening ears and smiling face sta...
05/16/2020

Well, isn't he just so lucky to get to sit across from this lovely lady and have her listening ears and smiling face stare right back at him?
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I wish I could sit across from her, I really like my Tonya time too! (if you know her... you would agree with me!) ...
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Actually, I wish I could sit across from SO MANY OF YOU...and I was planning on it until this whole "stay at home" thing entered our world! (not complaining... too much, there are perks!)
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So.. since you all can't sit at my table with me and get your questions answered about how the Restorable retreat was, and how my heart was through planning it...AND you can't hear what is next on my proverbial plate...THEN... I will just have to invite you to listen in on The Hope Layer Podcast to get stories from my restorable heart! Or if you prefer reading...then head to my blog... BECAUSE the 1st of several episodes called "Reflections from Restorable" is now live!!
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And maybe, you could grab yourself a favorite drink and pretend that we actually are all sitting around a table and receiving face to face. ... And since, I'm pretty sure we would share hugs before we parted ways... here is your virtual friendly hold me now hug!
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Are you longing to be with people more... or desperate to find some more alone time?  Are you finding quarantine life to...
05/13/2020

Are you longing to be with people more... or desperate to find some more alone time? Are you finding quarantine life to be a season with more rest, or more intensity for you?
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Well.. if your season has given you some margin, then I think it would be really cool if you took some time to catch up on all the Hope Layer Podcast episodes!
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I hope that my blog posts and podcast episodes have been a source of encouragement for whatever your season is looking like these days... and I hope that you are sharing the encouragement with a friend who could also use it too!
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because... I am about to launch some FRESH episodes from a new series... shall I call it a "series" ... idk.... whatever it is... through several episodes, I will be sharing with you stories and reflections of different treasures that I received from preparing and launching the Restorable Retreat. (I still can't believe it happened!)
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I will be inviting you into my behind the scenes heart, and inviting you to imagine being on this wonderful retreat with us. IT. WAS. SO. GOOD... and I am so thankful to be able to say that!
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AND... since I can't have you all over to share stories with you face to face, then I am super excited to be able to use these crazy devices to invite you to journey through the found treasures with me...
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If you want to be sure to not miss out, then head to my website and sign up for my email newsletters!
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Thanks friends!
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In this unique season of slower, I have been quietly processing all that the previous season had for me.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀My re...
05/06/2020

In this unique season of slower, I have been quietly processing all that the previous season had for me.
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My recent season was NOT one of quiet and slow, rather it was a season of hard work and intensity…
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And, I am here to say that both kinds of seasons are good…
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Both the intense and the slow are IMperfectly GOOD. They are rich and they both bear fruit. So I have been filling my journal with some sweet observations, lessons learned and heart-felt encouragement from two WAY different kinds of seasons!
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And, now as I am slowly emerging out of some of the quietness of this season, I have decided to turn some of these treasured thoughts into podcast and blog content so that I might comfort you with the comfort that I have received, and share with you how great the #restorableretreat was!
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I hope that you will receive grace for your varied seasons, and I hope you will find relatable encouragement as I share reflections from the Restorable retreat and my behind the scenes heart in all of it!
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AND NOW, with episodes and blog posts COMING SOON I want to give you a simple invitation to not miss out on any of these treasures. Simply head to www.jenminingerphotography.com/contact to sign up for updates and words of encouragement from my EMAIL NEWSLETTERS!
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And I hope that this slower quarantine season OR this battle on the front lines season is leading you to discover your own personal treasures through your unique joys and struggles…. Because THIS season that you are in, just might be the kind of season that you are supposed to be in!!
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My husband once encouraged me with these simple words...  "I think that 'balance' is something we visit as the pendulum ...
03/14/2020

My husband once encouraged me with these simple words... "I think that 'balance' is something we visit as the pendulum swings back and forth"
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I breathed a sigh of relief from those gentle words, & I still lean into that grace today.
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I mean, maybe instead of striving for daily "balance" we were more so created for seasons and rhythms. Certainly, some seasons are more full and intense while others are a bit more quiet.
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What if instead of killing ourselves over how we aren't doing it just "right", we can just learn to receive grace in our here and now, while applying nuggets that we have learned along the way from other kinds of seasons.
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Maybe neither season is wrong or right... or better or worse. They're just different, and we need both. Plus, I really like the variety that seasons offer anyway.
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And, I just enjoyed a full season of receiving and pouring out! A season of digging deep to work on the #restorableproject , while also trying to meet my desire of remaining present with my family as much as possible... It was intense at times.. and it was good.
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And now, as I have chosen to let that intensity settle the last couple of weeks, I find myself breathing a little slower so that I may listen well, and pour out a little less! Its a season to enjoy longer lunches out in the sun, & slower moments with my family. I planned to have this space, because constant fullness is not sustainable, for me, atleast! And I wanted space from "doing" so much, so I might reflect on what God has done and is doing!
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Because of choosing some slow, I have been able to relish in what has come out of the Restorable Retreat, and I PLAN ON SHARING some of these treasures with you here, and in blog posts & likely even on the Hope Layer Podcast.

So, I hope that as I share what I have received from my time with 11 other beautiful women, that you will receive more with me!

photo taken by my dear friend @jhopplephotography at the #restorableretreat

YOU, and you, and you, and you...and you... AND SO many of you that are not pictured here...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀YOU supported me by...
03/05/2020

YOU, and you, and you, and you...and you... AND SO many of you that are not pictured here...
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YOU supported me by allowing me to capture those you love. You grew this little business and your support allowed me to use this craft for a powerful creative therapy...
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You prayed for the #restorableretreat and encouraged me with your words to keep me going.
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YOU are the undertone, the foundation, the strong threads that weaved this Restorable retreat into a beautiful and meaningful piece of art!
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It is almost like you were there because YOU were such a deep part of it. You invested your heart into this weekend... and I can't describe to you how I know that you were a significant part in allowing 12 women to be enriched, nurtured, to be given more hope, rest and a breath of fresh air... and SO much more that I just cannot seem to find words for....
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I want you to know that the Restorable Retreat was more nurturing, more meaningful, more delicious and more deeply experiential than I imagined it would be... because of that, I want to thank YOU for being the oxygen that fanned the spark that God placed inside of me... YOU were such an integral part of this growing fire. YOU, quiet one, behind the scenes one, YOU prayer warrior, YOU encourager, YOU supporter of this thing that I do... YOU made this happen!
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And I am so grateful for YOU!
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I hope that in the next days, weeks and months ahead, that I will get to show you sneak peaks and small windows of hope that was received from The Restorable Retreat. It was truly SO good.

Kristen Clare Tonya Nagle Flourish.Flowers Aimee Weaver Designs Wendy Komancheck The Landscape Writer Cinematic Love Stories Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy Terry Lipton Boch Joyce Stauffer Beautiful Healing Journey O Jolie Designs Erin Eberly Smeltz Melissa Moser Dilworth Bill Dilworth and many many many more of you!
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#jenminingerphotography #layeredphotography #hopelayerpodcast #therapy #speakingfromexperience #communityovercompetition #ittakesavillage #restorableproject #restorable #hope #healing #rest #herestoresmysoul @ Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy
03/03/2020

Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy

Thankful for a wonderful weekend partnering with @jenminingerphotography to lead the Restorable Retreat! Real hard work was done here... leading to breakthroughs in hope!

Meagan led a session on challenging the lies we often believe about ourselves with God's truth. We feel broken...AND we are completely restorable and made complete in Christ!

Need a speaker for your upcoming event? We can share on a variety of spiritual and/or mental health topics. Contact [email protected] to get in touch. @ Stoltzfus Bed & Breakfast

So so so many of you have put your heart into this Restorable Retreat, each of you have been a special part of this in y...
02/28/2020

So so so many of you have put your heart into this Restorable Retreat, each of you have been a special part of this in your own unique ways... and I can hardly believe that it is here!
This is the weekend... this is it! This is going to be such a gift for myself AND the precious women that will be joining me tonight for a weekend of soulful nurturing!
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I am excited and expectant ... and curious... and I've got alot to do today...so I won't keep babbling here!
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BUT... If you have a RESTORABLE T-SHIRT, then, it is a good weekend to wear it! I am so grateful for you journeying with me these last few restorable years!
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"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6 🎉
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Just SEVEN more days!!  I can hardly believe it!  The Restorable Retreat is actually happening, and it is officially cou...
02/21/2020

Just SEVEN more days!! I can hardly believe it! The Restorable Retreat is actually happening, and it is officially countdown time!
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Do you know that this idea came to me well over a year ago, but I resisted it. I thought it was too big, too many details, too much work... way too much risk and vulnerability... cause, who the heck will join me there anyway?!!
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BUT.. GOD... He kept nudging me (for many months) until I finally decided to commit and take my first step forward into something unknown... and I booked a weekend at the #stoltzfusbedandbreakfast without even knowing if anyone would join me there!
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That step.. that decision to move forward created such a shift inside of me. I went from resistance, fear, complaining, reluctance, avoidance, anxiousness... UNTIL I wrote a big ol' deposit check.. I committed! It was a step of faith for me... and you know what followed after I took that step? ... PEACE AND EXCITEMENT! (go figure!!)
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This retreat is God's idea, His heart beating inside of mine... He has been leading me and guiding me... and showing me that it is just a bunch of baby steps put together (as He leads me)!
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And now, in just 7 days I will be surrounded by eleven amazing and authentic women who are grateful to press in to KNOW that God is restoring their SOUL! How beautiful is that?!!
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What is God nudging you to do? What baby step do you need to make? I would honestly love to know, comment here or shoot me a message and may we continue to step into an unknown future filled with peace and expecting God to be who He says He is ... "Love"!
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Episode #8 is live!!I recently got to sit at my table with a friend who has sincerely related to this Restorable project...
02/19/2020

Episode #8 is live!!
I recently got to sit at my table with a friend who has sincerely related to this Restorable project since I first visited the junkyard back in 2017.
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As I have gotten to know Tonya Nagle over the last several years, I have learned that underneath of her beautiful exterior is her own story of heartache, suffering and the struggle to believe that she too is restorable.
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Tonya has experienced an ongoing battle of allowing God to help her recover from childhood abuse. She has felt hopeless, confused, misunderstood, less than average, and yet... God has given her hope!
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I hope you will listen in as she shares how she can relate to the "Lemon" vehicle.
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www.jenminingerphotography.com/lemon
OR
Episode 8 on the Hope Layer Podcast... wherever you enjoy listening to podcasts!!
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I gather there is something special about potters...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀You see, I searched (that is, I googled) for quite sometime...
02/13/2020

I gather there is something special about potters...
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You see, I searched (that is, I googled) for quite sometime to find a local potter who would be able to lovingly put their heart into my #restorableproject.
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I kept hitting small roadblocks that were used to cause me to wait for the "right fit".
Sometime in November, I was so excited because I believed I found the "just right" potter, @amyhollandpottery .. I loved her work plus she was local!
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BUT... because of time restraints she wasn't able to pull it off as soon as I was hoping for. She could have convinced me to go with her and adjust my desired timeline..BUT... instead, she suggested that I go with a fellow potter friend of hers! ... and thus led me to another "just right" potter (@amyburkpottery) who so lovingly put her professional hands, education, equipment, experience...AND HEART into literally forming what is so deeply inside of my heart!
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These two Amy's sure do believe and practice #communityovercompetition and I am so grateful to be a recipient of that!
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Hey... you know that you can purchase one of these babies, right? Each mug purchase over $25 contributes to the hearts of the women who will be attending the #restorableretreat !!
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Get your mug by clicking the "restorable" tab on my website! www.jenminingerphotography.com ... and when you click to get to those mugs, make sure you take a minute to read all about the meaning and purpose behind creating them!!
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ALSO... just a reminder... you are PRE-ORDERING mugs.. as of now, next delivery date is middle of March! THANKS!!
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You can’t quite see it here, but The hashtag on the wall says #whatliftsyou ...it’s a good question, I think it’s one th...
02/11/2020

You can’t quite see it here, but The hashtag on the wall says #whatliftsyou ...it’s a good question, I think it’s one that most of us are asking.
We so desperately want to be lifted..from our hard thing, from our struggle, from that heaviness that is carried in our heart...
And so we ask..what will lift me?
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Sometimes, the thing that lifts us, is doing something we enjoy, or going for a walk, or giving ourselves a breather from life’s hustle..
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But other times, we discover our “lifting” in the coming down. In accepting the hard thing, the brokenness, the imperfection.. facing it and finding help from a strength that is found RIGHT THERE in the not so lifted place...
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..and then, in that low-ness.. we find a new kind of lifted-ness. It is a lifting that we receive by choosing to notice that there are others who are also needing to be "lifted".... we feel humbled and we make steps forward to lift someone else.
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AND THAT, I think is where the lifting becomes some sort of powerful!

In our broken/low place we give of ourselves to others... we take risk by loving someone else who needs lifting.
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What ultimately lifts us is the authentic broken sacrificial action of giving of ourselves to another.
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I mean isn’t that what Jesus did? He went down (literally to death) to lift others, and from that place He was ultimately lifted.
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THIS is just SOME of the rich stuff that we will be discussing at the #restorableretreat ... and GOOD NEWS..there is still time to sign up and join us for this soulful experience!
www.jenminingerphotography.com/retreats for tickets and information..
fyi..ticketing will need to close soon.
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HEY... WHAT LIFTS YOU?
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Thank you Jen for taking the photos yesterday, we all had a great time. Looking forward to seeing the prints.
Jen I just put in my second order for pictures! They are so beautiful! Thank you