Jenny Rain Schmitz: UNMASKED

Rainmakers and Stormchasers. I got to know Jenny last year through Twitter and was fortunate to guest post for her during “Man Week” featured on her blog last summer. Jenny’s journey has included growing up with a homosexual father, enduring domestic violence, being abandoned by her husband, divorce, and “the back-side of the desert”. Through it all, she has come to know the redemptive story that God was writing all along. As you’ll discover in her video below, Jenny “has followed the path of the storm, and has found the Rainmaker.” Enjoy! Jenny talks about what it took for her to “break up with the masks”. What about you? Have you broken up with your masks? If so, what did it take? If not, what will it take?]]>

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    bahava

    oh jenny! thank you for sharing so authentically from your heart and being real. so so powerful. definitely have had my bouts and still do with the masks and with mostly learning to deal with how people react when i take them off. you're beautiful.

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      Jenny

      Katy – you bless me… your sweet heart is such a continual encouragement to me and your transparent journey… love u bunches friend πŸ™‚

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    Tony J Alicea

    Wow Jenny, what a story! Thank you for your transparency and encouragement. I've been there in my own journey and I can tell even by how you share your story that God has done a TREMENDOUS work in your heart. It's beautiful. I'm honored to know you, friend.

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      Jenny

      Tony thank you! I knew that you would relate as I have seen so much of myself as I read your journey of identity. You are such an encouragement friend and I am honored and privileged to know YOU friend πŸ™‚

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    Melissa

    I'm so glad that you decided to do this as a video. I loved hearing you speak and watching your hand movements and facial expressions. I feel like I know you so much better now. What a powerful story! In many ways I am still wearing a lot of those same masks you talked about: perfectionism, people-pleasing. When you said you didn't know what kind of music you liked I laughed, because I have that same problem. πŸ™‚ I agree with Katy, you are beautiful — inside and out.

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      Jenny

      thank you sweet friend, so much πŸ™‚ God is so good – I still fight with the masks some days, but I'm slowly learning to share my heart and be safe in that sharing πŸ™‚

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    Keri

    Jenny…I love the pics you take of your pugs. πŸ™‚ Your transparency here is so beautiful. Your words are evident that you have a walked a long, and hard road with our Heavenly Father. I loved when you said that He healed you and taught you to get along with yourself. I'm very slowly realizing that I stand in the way of myself so many times. I need to learn how to work with me, and let God work with me. I keep standing in the way, putting up masks to myself, pretending to be something I'm not. I really appreciate your words, Jenny. Blessings to you as you continue this journey of working out and walking our your salvation. p.s. Did you ever figure out what kind of music you like!?

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      Jenny

      Thank you Keri – it is a daily process of unmasking, yes? Oh to trust our hearts to be what we have been designed to be… there is such freedom in that!
      The music story is actually pretty cool… I was so clueless that shortly after that season, I found myself in a used CD store. Looking at the thousands of CDs I felt so overwhelmed… so I just randomly picked out CDs and then rushed home. Well, that season of "music" in my life is what helped me see God can truly reach out to me from anywhere at anytime as He literally spoke to me through the songs. And they were COUNTRY songs no less! Martina McBride and LeeAnn Womack… songs like "From the Ashes" … they SO ministered to me I have loved country music ever since! So country music definitely, and Christian music, but classic rock now too thanks to my sweet hubby πŸ™‚

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        Keri

        I LOOOOOVE country music. I used to have a severe aversion to it, but after living in the dirrrrrty South (Louisiana) for 2 1/2 years I learned to love it. I feel like it speaks so strongly to the heart because it has a big focus on emotions, feelings, and introspection. Maybe not everyone agrees with me, but I feel like it's SOUL music and I love it.

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    Manda

    Thank you for sharing your "unmasked" life with us. People need to know there is freedom in sharing. Watching you gives people permission to do the same. I adore you!
    Love the evidences of God's refining!!! You are a gem in His hands.

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      Jenny

      God is so good Manda… SO good… He always follows "the breaking" and the "unmasking" with the healing… We are so safe in His worthy and beautiful hands πŸ™‚

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    JasonWert

    YOU.
    FREAKIN.
    ROCK.
    I love that you did this as a vlog rather than writing it out. The pitch, inflection, etc. just amplify a great story. Thank you for sharing all of this and for just being who you are.

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      Jenny

      Thanks friend! That means a lot. Truthfully, I so wanted to hide behind "written words" but the Lord called me out. Eek πŸ™‚

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    Traylor Lovvorn

    Your authenticity is contagious Jenny! Thanks for kicking off UNMASKED week with such a transparent account of your journey. When I first divorced, I remember watching "Runaway Bride" where Julia Roberts' character discovers how she likes her eggs. I realized that I didn't know what kind of music I liked, didn't really have strong opinions one way or another about food, and basically went along with the crowd so as to keep the peace and not rock the boat.
    I hope you can join us Sunday night on the LiveBlog! We want to keep kicking around these ideas the rest of the week.
    Thanks again!

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      Jenny

      Thank you so much Traylor for the opportunity to participate in this – truly I am humbled and honored to be a part of such an incredible Unmasked team… your stories continually inspire ME πŸ™‚ We have dinner guests on Sunday night that had been previously planned – will ya'll be taping it? Tell everyone hi from me πŸ™‚ love that y'all are doing this!

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