Oct 18, 2022
Caring for Aging or Ill Parents w/Jenna Vorhies
In this week’s episode, we’re wrapping up season 3 of As You Go with a conversation about shouldering burdens, living with grief, and finding joy in difficult circumstances. Our guest, Jenna Vorhies , moved from Houston to Franklin about a year and a half ago. She and her husband have lived in South Carolina, Alaska, Texas, and now Tennessee! Within a week in her new city, she knew Rolling Hills would be the new church home for her, her husband, and her two little kiddos.
Jenna knows how important it is to “find your village” as a Christian. When things get tough, we need other people who know our story to lean on. Jenna wasted no time establishing those life-giving connections here in our church community. She attends The Gathering (women's bible study and small groups) on Wednesday evenings and is a member of our Connections Team and occasionally helps out at the Preschool.
When Jenna came to Christ in her mid twenties, the life change she experienced was remarkable. Many of the chains that had weighed her down in life were broken, says Jenna, one special day when she’d been invited to attend her colleague’s church. Following Christ will bring plenty of blessings upon our life, and it means our eternity will be secured in the presence of our God. Still, Jenna shares with Kathy and Miranda the truth that being a Christian doesn’t mean your life will be easy.
For 40 years, Jenna’s mother has lived with multiple sclerosis. In Jenna’s childhood, this meant that her mother couldn’t always do the things other mothers could. For the last decade, after the condition progressed, it has meant that her mother cannot leave her bed. In today’s episode, Jenna shares what she’s learned about God’s goodness from her mother. She also gives practical advice and encouragement for carrying the burdens of one another, just as Christ does for us.
Tune in for some heartfelt reflections from Jenna about investing in the relationships we have, making sacrifices, and living without regrets. In this conversation, Jenna also identifies the biggest gift that has come out of her mother’s life in recent years.
God knows we have grief, and He knows we have struggles in this life. He knows we wish things would be different than they are. But God is also faithful, and He blesses us with the gift of a new day as long as we live. We pray that this week’s episode will remind you to be thankful for the gifts we take for granted, and that it will inspire you to see the love of Christ in all circumstances As You Go.
This might be the last episode of season 3, but it’s only goodbye for now. Keep an eye out for season 4, coming soon!