Encouragement for Practical Living
I believe that our home should be our sanctuary. As my family and I gradually step into practices of minimalist living, making the most of our space, and only owning what we need, our lifestyle has nudged me to become more of a practical wife and mommy. My hope for this blog is to become a rest stop and reality check for those of us who live simply by choice, necessity, or both, and enjoy sharing practical solutions for every day life.
I also believe that we are on this earth for a special purpose, and each step we take is in the direction of that purpose with God, or away from God. Relationship dynamics of marriage and parenting, building connections with the community, and elements of behavior make us real, unique, and capable of working through our struggles and celebrating our victories.
If you hope for both the practical and spiritual direction for your family, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’ve grown up in the faith or found it later in life, my mission for Practical Family is to help you find what you need to build a strong foundation for your family by first securing your identity in Christ.
Encouraging parents to build strong foundations of Biblical faith & develop the courage of conviction to raise physically, emotionally, mentally, & spiritually healthy children.
I’m Jenn Bryant and Honolulu, Hawaii is my home. It sounds magical, and most days it is. God’s blessings are evident in His creation. But we have learned to live with less and in smaller spaces than how one may picture the American dream.
Hawaii is a world all it’s own, but through the blessings of technology, I feel more connected than the location that sets me in the middle of the Pacific.
I live comfortably and cozily in a little cottage with my husband of 12 years and our two precious kids who just made 8 & 9. My background is in education, ranging from early childhood, elementary, middle school, as well as Christian theology, philosophy, and literature. I’ve always worked with people, whether as a waitress, newsroom secretary, legal assistant, middle school teacher, preschool director, office manager, and now a stay-at-home mama. But I am first and foremost a Christian, in love with my Creator, Savior, Redeemer and Friend – Jesus Christ. He is my reason for being and the One who gives life to my soul and purpose to my steps.
Jennifer Bryant is an educator by profession and personality. Born the oldest of four kids in a small town in Southern California, she is fascinated by new experiences, and what makes people tick & how to find practical solutions. She has a B.A. from California Baptist University in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Bible Theology, Philosophy, Apologetics, a minor in English, and teaching credential. She has taught elementary & middle school ages in California and Hawaii public schools, ran a private faith-based preschool, & worked as a full-time ministry administrator. She and her husband Bruce own a family restaurant (best fish tacos ever) on the south shore of Oahu in the Hawaiian islands. They are raising two adorable Irish-twins (girl & boy) and trying to make it to the beach and discover great little food spots as often as possible.
Contributions & Collaborations
Four Steps to Avoid Overwhelm and Focus on Our Priorities, More Than Mom Virtual Summit, June 2017.
Finding Myself: How One Working Mom Found Her Purpose at Home, October 2016. You Are More Than Mom, Gina Whitehouse.
Being Bold in Finding a New Identity, October 2017. Be Bold Girl Series, Rachel Britton.
Living By Design Ministries with Sarah Koontz, Contributing Writer.
I am passionate about encouraging women – feel free to contact me about speaking for your next women’s event or moms group. The following are suggested topics within my scope of experience, but I am confident that God can inspire a message tailored to your audience. Let’s talk 🙂
For educated women finding themselves at home, be encouraged by this testimony of how God uses our experiences and wastes nothing to make us the best mom for our kids. Explore a woman’s incredible role in raising up the next generation. (Topics: Identity, Purpose, Perfectionism)
Church Kid Saved by Grace
Growing up in church doesn’t make you a Christian just as much as hanging around the beach makes you a surfer. This is my testimony of growing up a church kid, built on a firm foundation that was tested by many opportunities to turn away from God. I’ll share my strengths as well as my failure to represent Jesus in a world desperate for meaning, what preserved my faith, and how marriage is refining that faith. (Topics: Perfectionism, Grace, Christian Living, Marriage)
Exploring the issue of gratefulness and letting go of unnecessary things, obligations, relationships, & ideas that keep us from focusing on what really matters. (Topics: Decluttering, Intentionality, Distraction, Technology)
Education In & Out of the System
Public vs. private vs. homeschooling. As an educator trained in the American public system, initiator of a non-profit private start-up, and now homeschooling mama of two, I have been able to see many options for educating a child in today’s culture. This research-based topic will focus on understanding these systems to give you food for thought as you choose the best path for your family. (Topics: Education, Family Life, Parenting)
Building a Home on a Firm Foundation
How do you prepare a foundation before a structure is built? Reviewing the process of literally prepping soil, and how that correlates to the metaphorical soil of our hearts. We tend to want move-in ready lives without preparing the soil (parable of the four soils from Matt, Mark, Luke). How Christ calls the body of Christ to live as a family, emulated in these traditional, Biblical, God-ordained roles. (Topics: Marriage, Family, Spiritual Disciplines)
Statement of Faith
I believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
I believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
I believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
I believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
I believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
I believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(As adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals)