Author Archives: Jennifer Slattery

About Jennifer Slattery

Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery, also writing as Jen Pheobus, uses humor, grace, and truth to inspire God's children to live abundant, Christ-centered lives. She does content editing for Firefly, a southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and is a regular contributor to; Internet Cafe Devotions; Faith, Friends and Chocolate; and manages the social media for Takin’ it to the Streets, a ministry that serves Omaha’s working poor and homeless. She’s placed in numerous writing contests and her work has appeared in numerous compilations, magazines, and e-zines.

What it means to Pursue Righteousness

I’ve always wanted to play the piano. Except I’m tone deaf. And have never had lessons. I’d love to be fit and strong. Except I hate weight training. I’d love to speak French fluently. Or Russian. Or even Greek. Only I’ve … Continue reading

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Maintaining Emotional Perspective Through Prioritizing

Last semester, I spent a good forty minutes each day listening to someone tell me all about their friend drama. My response was always the same: Sounds like you need different friends. Now granted, I was speaking to a teen, … Continue reading

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What Kind of Faith Are We Proclaiming?

Scripture tells us we are God’s image bearers–that the world will catch a glimpse of who He is through us. So, what kind of God are we revealing? What kind of faith are we proclaiming? Do our words and actions … Continue reading

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Declaring War on Negativity

I said I wouldn’t make a New Year’s Resolution. Because I believe my greatest transformation comes not from my own efforts, but from growing closer to Jesus and allowing Him to shine through me. And yet, that doesn’t mean I’m … Continue reading

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Better Than New Year’s Resolutions

Maybe it’s always this way, or perhaps I’m just more alert this year, but everywhere I look this Christmas, I see stress. Anxiety. Depression. Grieving. Hard stuff. People bustling about with Christmas carols playing, speaking cheerful holiday greetings, while inside … Continue reading

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My Built-in, Underutilized Filter

Do you ever feel as if your mouth runs amuck, leaving your brain scrambling to catch up? And when conflict arises, or you feel squeezed, does your brain ever lag so far behind, the party is over before she even realizes there’s been an invite? Life … Continue reading

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Negativity and the Mind of Christ

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10 NLT). At every moment, there are two voices vying for our attention–one wants to tear us down … Continue reading

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God’s Talking … Are You Listening

Distractibility is one of my biggest weaknesses. Selfishness is my second. Left unchecked, these character flaws hinder my relationships and has hurt those I love. I’d give examples, but I think we all know how it feels to be engaged … Continue reading

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Unpopular Parenting

Oh, the advice, admonitions, and warnings I received when our daughter was young, and often from people who had very little day-to-day contact with us. Their biggest complaint? That I sheltered her too much. And in every accusation came the … Continue reading

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Deepening Your Prayer Life

There are times when shout out prayers are all one can manage. Like when you’re raising infants … on -3 hours of sleep. When, upon learning your now adult daughter wants to go into international missions, and she begins to talk … Continue reading

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Trusting Our Coach in Times of Stretching

I haven’t gone full-on fan-girl since my teens, but lately, certain television programs had me leaning dangerously close to that response: America Ninja Warriors and the Olympics. Women’s gymnastics was both rolled in to one. If you watched even a smidgeon … Continue reading

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What Love Looks Like

We hear it so often, it’s become a cliche’. This statement is printed on T-shirts and engraved on wall hangings. It’s even a phrase we say to one another, but the question is, do we live it?  They’ll know us … Continue reading

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Hearing From God

What do you do when faced with a tough decision? How do you handle uncertainties and doubts? Have you ever forged ahead in an area only to find you landed smack dab in a mess? The Israelites were a chosen people, … Continue reading

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Five Things Your Teen Needs to Know

Raising teenagers can be difficult and frightening. It seems once a child reaches high school, the stakes instantly rise and suddenly questions and uncertainties abound. Is that behavior, whatever it may be, normal for their age or evidence we’ve failed to … Continue reading

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Guarding Our Words When Life Squeezes Us by Jen Pheobus

“If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to Your people” (Psalm 73:15 NLT). We’ve all gone through some major upheavals. Times when it feels as if life has completely sideswiped us, and … Continue reading

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