J. Marshall Jenkins

Author, Therapist, Spiritual Director

Blessed Overwhelming

If you are overwhelmed, you may be closer to inner peace than you think.

Own Your Poverty: Thomas Merton on Understanding God’s Love for You

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). One of Mary Oliver’s most beloved poems, “Wild Geese,” begins: You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a  hundred miles through the desert repenting…. Indeed. You do not have to […]

Christmas Alone and the Christ Child

God touches the lonely this Christmas.

Fear Not? Listen to Your Fear for Deeper Faith

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). Let me admit something very difficult for a man to say: Deep down, I am a frightened little boy. That little boy gets an upset stomach, trembling fingers, and a worried mind over many things large and small.  That is […]

Blind Bartimaeus Sees the Light

Can you see this man in yourself?

Buck the Honor/Shame System. Accept God’s Love.

Many find it challenging to accept God’s love. Here’s a way to understand that and beat it.

Overcoming Obstacles to Receiving and Responding to God’s Love

Open your heart to receive these two blessings.

Practice Gratitude for a Healthy Mind and Soul

How to receive the blessings.

Why the Bible is the Most Widely Read Book of All Time

How the Bible is more than a book.

The Lord’s Prayer and a Grateful Heart

On the Lord’s Prayer in biblical context and the context of your life.