#jennsyearofyes

new name. new life. same God.

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I have been praying for months about this post. Could I ever write it? When should I write it? Should I EVEN write it?

Then clarity came this last week.

Last August my husband asked for a divorce after 15 years of marriage. Let me pause and say, anytime someone tells you they have recently gone through a divorce (unless they are a close friend or family), there are two things you should know:

  1. By the time they tell you, they have been processing it for months. While you are in shock, they have usually come to terms that this is their new reality.
  2. Most likely, especially after 15 years, the marriage didn’t just “die”…..there were likely multiple rounds of “CPR” resulting in two people with “bruised chests and sore arms”.

Why am I sharing this here? I realized a few months ago it was getting hard for me to sit down and write here, in this space. I felt stuck. Because God had not released me to paint a more complete picture of the life from which my writing pours out, it felt dishonest to share just a portion of it. I always write about faith and obedience and struggle and it isn’t a complete story if I don’t write from a place of complete honesty. There is so much to this story that I will not share here – it’s just not the place. Most of my story is reserved for my friends and family and my church community. But the story I do want to share here is the complete story of what the Lord has done in the midst of suffering, loss, heartbreak, confusion, grief, shame, fear and this new unknown territory – the other side of divorce & loss…. the hard, the the messy and the beautiful…the place where forgiveness and love reside in a crazy supernatural way. This is where God is.

Barnabas Piper explained it well when he wrote about his divorce,

 “And I write this for reality, to reflect what is in the world where we live. Life is brutal and hurts so much there are not words. Yet we live it. I write in the midst of it. We read looking for something because of it. And God is good in the midst of it and hope shines through the darkness of it. These do not make pain dissipate nor do they take us away from it. We still live this life, and write it. So we must plod ahead, in hope, together.”

Most people first want to know ‘how are you doing’? Only by the grace of God can I sit here an type these words and confidently, with unashamed joy say “God is good. Always. And I am good”

I am in a really good place.

But I didn’t always believe that I was going to be ok.  We were separated twice in the early years of our marriage and they were the most devastating, dark, and lonely seasons of my life. I have waded through a lot of shame and fear for several years. Looking back I realized that I was believing the lie that if my marriage failed, I was a failure. That even though my eternal salvation was secure, my broken marriage would somehow break my relationship with Jesus.

I have even struggled to reconcile this unashamed joy coming in the midst of something God never intended or designed….the end of a marriage. It was in the struggle that these words made sense….

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2

Let me tell you what I do know for sure….He is the same God on this side of divorce & loss…..even sweeter, more personal and more powerful BECAUSE of the suffering. Its in walking through the valley that we get to experience the power of the resurrection. 

I have never felt more tethered to my God and my God to me.

The stories to be told in this space are of a God who rescues and redeems. Those are the stories I want to tell.

So back to that clarity.

When our divorce was final I did not have a peace about changing my name back to my maiden name. I had spent 15 years being “Sprinkle”, not to mention building a business, a brand and writing a book. The idea and implications of a name change were too overwhelming and scary. “Sprinkle” had become more than just a name, it had become my identity. At least 3-4 times a week someone says “that is such a cool name” and “is that really your name?” which just kind of sticks with people. I had no negative feelings about my last name so I wasn’t in a hurry to change it. But without kids, there really was no reason to keep it except for the convenience. God was so patient with me as I wrestled with my identity being wrapped up more in the security of my name than in the promises that come with HIS Name. 

So I prayed and waited for God to make it clear.

And He finally did after a lot of prayer and a lot of patience.

I have wondered the last few days why God would have me wait. I believe He had a very specific and intentional journey for me the last several months of healing and restoring my identity. I felt like He was restoring me, back to me. I also believe He wanted to show me time and time again how He has abundantly provided for me in the midst of such loss. For me this couldn’t be as simple as a choice whether to change my name or not – it was going to have to be a surrender to obedience and obedience was the only way I was going to go through the nightmare and risk of switching over ALL of my business and rebranding. He wanted me to trust that He, who created me in my mother’s womb, could handle the implications that come with changing my business name after 15 years:)

So here I am. Back to choosing obedience over outcome. God’s got this…the logistics of changing everything over, the fear of lost opportunities in the confusion, the rebrand, and the guy at the post office not thinking my name is the coolest name he has ever heard.

Obedience over outcome.

So hello, my name is Jenn Jett. Nice to meet you.


When I realized I was about to walk the road through divorce I decided that I was going to start living my “year of yes”. These are the stories I am going to share here. The stories of saying “yes” to God coming into my life and redefining what redemption looks like. And not assuming everyone wants to read them, If you do, click here and I send you all the “year of yes” crazy redemption stories. 

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48 Comments on new name. new life. same God.

  1. Sarah Scoggins Spurrier
    March 31, 2017 at 1:49 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I love the name “Jenn Jett”… I think it is pretty cool. Hugs sweet friend.

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  2. Olivia Omega Wallace
    March 25, 2017 at 4:05 pm (1 month ago)

    Jenn! What an amazing post. Many pieces of it I felt like I was reading my own story. In the midst of my divorce after 10 years of marriage my identity was in shambles and I didn’t know HOW I would be ok. We were youth pastors and put on the pedestal as the perfect couple. My world crumbled and my business crumbled. BUT GOD… He was there the entire time. What an amazing journey. And an amazing ministry you have. Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart. And I LOVE the name Jenn Jett! xoxo

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  3. Pam Bloom
    March 21, 2017 at 9:14 am (1 month ago)

    Jenn, so much respect for you. I’m familiar with you or your endeavors, but God just met me through this story and the specific words you wrote. Tears. Thank you for sharing. I have different heartaches, broken relationships, identity issues, delayed dreams. Let faith and joy rise as we all take steps of courage and obedience through trials. Yes, may God pour out more love and favor on you, and through you, as you follow him.

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    • Pam Bloom
      March 21, 2017 at 9:16 am (1 month ago)

      *not familiar… (yet)

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  4. Nicolle
    March 17, 2017 at 8:10 pm (1 month ago)

    Oh sweet friend! I love your heart, your transparency and how you truly leave a lasting impression on everyone you encounter. ❤

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  5. Julie Simpson
    March 16, 2017 at 9:17 pm (1 month ago)

    Jenn, Thank you so much for sharing your story. Gives me strength and hope thru the lost days. The name Jett has always been special to me since your sister was Jill Jett when I first met her. She is a blessing to me and so are you. I’m so looking forward to Camp Well!

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  6. Jackie
    March 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm (1 month ago)

    Thank you for being so vulnerable and sharing your story!!!!

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  7. Margaret
    March 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm (1 month ago)

    I’m shocked but astounded by the level of faith displayed in this post, Jenn. You are nothing less than amazing. I’m speechless, really. Believe me when I say that this isn’t a passing comment; I mean it from the bottom of my heart. May God continue to heal and strengthen your faith and walk with Him. Bless you!

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    • Jenn
      March 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm (1 month ago)

      Margaret, thanks for your sweet words. I sit astounded at the work of the Lord in my life. There is no explanation for it but God’s great love and grace in my life. My mind is constantly blown. xoxo

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  8. Julia S Franco
    March 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm (1 month ago)

    Tears and love! Thank you for your beautiful posting — and for sharing your beautiful “new” name!

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    • Jenn
      March 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm (1 month ago)

      julia….thank you!!!! xoxo, jenn jett

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  9. Lynn
    March 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm (1 month ago)

    Jenn Jett is a wonderful name! I think I may like it better. It has a catchy sound to it. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. God is so good.

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    • Jenn
      March 26, 2017 at 5:23 pm (1 month ago)

      thanks lynn! I think I like it better too:) My dad always said J.E.T.T – two t’s twice as fast:) haha!

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  10. Valerie McKeehan
    March 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm (1 month ago)

    You are so brave and an inspiration, friend. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your heart. Sending love and hugs! Amazing things are ahead.

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    • Jenn
      March 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm (1 month ago)

      oh friend. thank you for the love and hugs. I am receiving all of them. love you!

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  11. Jamie Stapleton
    March 16, 2017 at 11:53 am (1 month ago)

    Love this and love your willingness to be authentic and vulnerable. I too have seen God’s redemption through my recent pregnancy and birth as well as my Mom’s divorce at the same time. God is so good and kind and faithful and I am determined to keep saying Yes!

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    • Jenn
      March 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm (1 month ago)

      He is so so so so good, isnt He. I love that He loves us this much to give us redemption stories!

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  12. Gina
    March 16, 2017 at 11:37 am (1 month ago)

    Thank you for sharing your world and heart with us. Wow. Your blog was so touching and resonated with me in so many ways. I loved how you said this is your “yes” year. I am coming from the same place and I just want you to know this encouraged me so much. Keep doing what you are doing it is inspiring lives including mine. Thank you.

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    • Jenn
      March 26, 2017 at 5:20 pm (1 month ago)

      Sweet Gina, thank you for you sweet words. Praying a crazy, adventure filled year of YES for you! It is amazing when we say yes and keep our eyes open to see ALL that the Lord wants to show us and do in us!

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  13. Andrea
    March 16, 2017 at 11:35 am (1 month ago)

    You have insprired me today.
    You are so much more then a name and I’m so amazed by our God who through grace revealed that to you. And I have to say … Jenn Sprinkle to Jenn Jett … I mean only our God would give you two amazingly cute names like that.

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    • Jenn
      March 26, 2017 at 5:19 pm (1 month ago)

      thank you Andrea. and yes, I am reclaiming my “rockstar” status:) haha!

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  14. Jenni
    March 16, 2017 at 11:11 am (1 month ago)

    i respect and esteem you more than ever, jenn jett. i love your courage to write out of the middle of the story, when God is still moving and shaping and restoring.

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    • Jenn
      March 26, 2017 at 5:19 pm (1 month ago)

      Thank you sweet friend, love you dearly!

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  15. Heather
    March 15, 2017 at 11:33 am (1 month ago)

    How brave of you to share you story. It’s a beautiful one of redemption.

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    • Jenn
      March 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm (1 month ago)

      Thank you Heather! God is so good in the redemption department!

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  16. Debbie
    March 14, 2017 at 10:49 pm (1 month ago)

    In Joel 2:25 God promises he will restore the years the locust have eaten. All it requires is that we turn to Him. I see that coming in your life. So proud of you in this!

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    • Jenn
      March 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm (1 month ago)

      I have quoted this verse many a day. I love that you shared it with me. I love you dearly.

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  17. Amber Clay (Cheatham)
    March 14, 2017 at 9:52 pm (1 month ago)

    You’ve always been Jenn Jett to me, it’s a great name. Proud of you, thank you for sharing your story.

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  18. Thomas McShane
    March 14, 2017 at 9:09 pm (1 month ago)

    Amber and I love you pal 🙂 we’re so greatful to have you in our lives.

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  19. Jasmine
    March 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm (1 month ago)

    Jenn Jett is SUCH a cool name, I love it! Thank you for sharing honestly and bravely. I’m so excited to see how God redeems this hurt in your life!

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  20. Jennifer Reeves
    March 14, 2017 at 6:01 pm (1 month ago)

    Jenn!!! You have shared your heart so beautifully. You are so brave. I have absolutely loved watching Jenn’s year of YES. I love you!!!

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    • Jenn
      March 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm (1 month ago)

      i love YOU! when are you coming over;)

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  21. Sherry Hildebrand
    March 14, 2017 at 5:25 pm (1 month ago)

    Thanks so much for sharing, Jenn!!
    You are a sweetheart!!
    & I’ve always loved your name….Jenn Jett!!!

    Jenn Jett, Jenn Jett:
    the coolest name yet!!!
    Depicts speed of the most FAB
    with a spiritual gift of gab 🙂
    The sweetest gal I’ve ever met
    on that you most surely can bet!!!
    Jenn Jett, Jenn Jett:
    the coolest name yet!!!

    <3 you, girl!!!!!
    Sherry Hildebrand

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  22. Jessica
    March 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm (1 month ago)

    Jenn Jett is a damn good name

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    • Jenn
      March 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm (1 month ago)

      reclaiming my rockstar status:) haha

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  23. Janelle
    March 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm (1 month ago)

    Hey beautiful. God has many names for you, names like; brave, courageous, redeemed, loved, created, chosen, restored, purposes, planted, significant, daughter and my favourite … His.
    Love you Jenn Jett,

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  24. Kai A. Pineda
    March 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm (1 month ago)

    HI Jenn Jett. I love this and you!

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    • Jenn
      March 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm (1 month ago)

      love you friend!

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  25. Corie
    March 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm (1 month ago)

    Sweet friend. Thank you for sharing your heart. And thank you for doing it in God’s timing and not to draw attention to yourself or for any other reason than doing what God intended for you all along. You are strong and brave and I LOVE Jen Jett!

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  26. Meg Long
    March 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm (1 month ago)

    Love this Jenn!!! Your maiden name is definitely just as cool as your married name was. Jenn Jett is awesome, plus it sounds like Joan Jett 😀 I love your vulnerability, and I can totally relate to feeling that if XYZ happens, it means you’re a failure and/or disconnected to God. So glad that was revealed to be a lie. Praying for you today!

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  27. Jenny
    March 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm (1 month ago)

    I have thought that Jenn Jett was a super-cool name ever since I met you in College Life!! I always admired you. I also remember having the privilege of getting to see your art work at your senior show.
    I am so proud of you and how you are making God famous in your life. Keep pressing on!

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  28. Ryan Obermeyer
    March 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm (1 month ago)

    Thanks for sharing your story, Jenn! I’m really proud of you for the difficult ground you’ve covered and all that you’ll continue to accomplish! I’m so thankful that you’re part of our family and have been such a friend and comfort to my sis. I know sharing this story has probably made you feel vulnerable. I’m so happy that you’re overcoming that and attaining a newfound strength in it. Also, add my name to the vote for “Jenn Jett.” You can start a band now. “Sprinkle” is cute, but you’re clearly a force to be reckoned with– and aptly named!

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  29. Chandler
    March 14, 2017 at 12:22 pm (1 month ago)

    I’m SO proud of you, friend! He is doing immense things through you and I’m loving getting a front row seat to watch Him do it! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  30. Brittany Salmon
    March 14, 2017 at 12:22 pm (1 month ago)

    Love this. Thank you for your vulnerability! Such a gift!

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  31. Krista
    March 14, 2017 at 11:57 am (1 month ago)

    I have always loved Jenn Jett. I remember when we first met, I thought wow, she sounds like a rock star, then I got to know you, and found out… you really are a rock star. Love you to you my friend.

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  32. Ronne Rock
    March 14, 2017 at 11:18 am (1 month ago)

    Hey there, beautiful one. Being an alliterated girl who sounds like a DJ myself, I LOVE your name! And oh, I’ve got story after story of God’s amazing and restorative kindness on the other side of loss (divorce, death, sudden change in careers – you name it). I’d love to grab a cup of coffee or a class of something lovely with you sometime! xoxo

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    • the {well} studio
      March 14, 2017 at 11:31 am (1 month ago)

      yes yes and yes. I could talk for hours about God’s redemption. love you ronne rock

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  33. Lori Granniss
    March 14, 2017 at 11:04 am (1 month ago)

    I totally love the name Jenn Jett and Sprinkle actually makes me think of why my boys miss the toilet seat.
    I love your article. It’s the vulnerability that God can use so greatly that shines out of you.

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