God Gave Me Signs
I am Jenene Stafford, the original JWoman, lovingly nick-named by my husband Coach Gary Henson. I am proud to say that I am a Jesus Woman because I have a childlike love and owe him everything for being a real and living God who has completely changed and empowered my once broken life and saved me more times than I can count. I am alive today only because of him. The Live Brilliantly Today™ website is an anointed ministry based business for women worldwide.
As a very young girl the Lord put a vision in my head that I will never forget. I am standing in front of a pulpit, speaking, (however, as a child I didn’t know what I would be speaking about) to what seems like thousands of people. There are people as far as my eye can see. The pulpit sits at the north side of an intersection of four street corners. The streets are filled with people and behind them are houses. So it occurs to me I am speaking in the middle of a neighborhood. I knew as a young girl I had something very important to say to the world. I thank God for this vision because it has been the key thing that got me through many trials.
When all evidence was contrary to the belief of my vision, God gave me a zeal and a tenacity to keep going, along with a whole lot of his GRACE. I knew he had a plan for me and neither hell nor high water was going to take this woman down.
He gave me signs. I have received several prophetic words starting at around age 19 encouraging me and letting me know that the Lord would use me in a unique way.
Pastors and evangelists have walked into our company and told Gary (my husband) and I that God sent them, on several occasions, to encourage and pray with us. We didn’t know each other and they didn’t know our names, but they knew who they were looking for.
I’m like a homeless person magnet and it’s been this way for 25 years. It’s beyond the ordinary. When I was young it was sort of frustrating and scary sometimes. Now, I use the gift of discernment.
A day I wish I could do over. . .
One morning at Starbucks, I walked in to get my special drink, a mocha. There was an obvious homeless man sitting in a chair right by the door. I got in line and moments later he walked up and grabbed my hand and slammed it on his forehead and said, “Pray for me.” I really wanted to pray for him right there, but I didn’t know what to do because Starbucks was full of people. So I panicked and left. I was so disturbed about how I reacted, I went back to find him and tell him I’d pray for him outside, but he was gone. I was heartbroken and upset with myself after that. I failed this test miserably. I’m learning that sometimes God is preparing us and sometimes he wants us to DO IT NOW! And sometimes, he just wants to see if you’ll be willing to do anything he asks.
I Fought For What I Believed In
One Sunday morning I was preparing to go to church and my former husband (an abuser) picked a fight with me. He said he didn’t want me going to church and hanging out with all the crazy Christians. Even though, I am naturally bold, I hated being beaten, like every woman, so I never fought back. My goal was always to try and calm him down because of the kids. But, this was the one and only time where I stood up to him during a physical interaction. I remember precisely what I said, “You’re going to have to kill me to keep me from going to church. You’ve taken everything from me, but you will not take my God.” Miraculously, he backed down. Not long after, our church had a revival and the evangelist there recited that secret incident and let me know how God honored me that day. I knew he was with me.
There have been countless events in my life where the Lord has let me know He is there seeing me through to fulfill the ministry He has for my life.
My Personality: This is who I am and I can’t help it
Last night my husband said, “I would NEVER bet against you”. That’s a good thing because the Lord has blessed me with a spirit of determination. I know if I remain in the Lord he is FAITHFUL and true to his promises. Nothing will stand in the way of his plan for my life or yours, except for our selves!
The Burning Desire To Share The Value of Being Like Jesus
Understanding this burning desire in my heart to evangelize has taken 43 years. But, it was the key to understanding what His calling was for my life.
I am compelled to see people healed, free and living brilliantly as passionate followers of Jesus. I preach, talk, write and evangelize about real life issues, because evangelism is all about relationships and reaching people right where they are, not where I want them to be and not in a pretend world, but in the real world.
I submit myself to God’s authority and stick with Him.
(John 15:5) “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (This is so true. I fail miserably on my own.)
AT MY CORE . . .
I am a warrior for Christ. I see the world from a unique place that is sometimes daunting as I can often feel and see the spiritual battle going on beyond the average human being.
My heart is for the lost, dying, suffering and desperate. Because of that, I sometimes become impatient out of my excitement, but I’ve come a long way. I feel that if my faith were stronger, we’d see more healing, but I’m learning that each of us have our own path and process to go through to grab hold of greater faith. I can only do what God will empower me to do. Nonetheless, my gift of healing is growing miraculously.
I want people to know the LOVE OF GOD so I pray the Lord teaches me how to reach more people and convey powerfully how he will set them free from their past. Because I am only one person, I pray to help women in leadership to grow their unique spiritual gifts so they can help spread this Awesome News.
Praise God he is growing the Live Brilliantly Leadership Team!
I am creative and consistently look for every possible way to convey the powerful message of a personal and passionate relationship with Jesus.
I am an encourager and I strongly believe in empowering others in leadership to take their role seriously. Even leaders have deep-rooted issues they have covered up, walls still in place and lack of forgiveness that keeps them from being completely effective in their leadership roles and walking powerfully in their spiritual gifts.
(11) Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists and the pastors and teachers. (12) Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. (13) This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. (14) Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try and trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. (15) Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. (16) He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
I am driven to help women diligently and creatively step into their leadership gifts because this is the most brilliant way to introduce the world to Jesus Christ. It’s all about passing on the love!
Live Brilliantly Today!™