For example, the body is one unit and yet has many parts. As all the parts form one body, so it is with Christ. By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.Whether we are Jewish or Greek, slave or free, God gave all of us one Spirit to drink (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
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Faythe and her husband, Ryan, have been married for 13 years, they currently have 12 children, 3
Golden Retrievers, and live in Southwest Florida. They have 8 children (3 of whom they adopted), and 4
foster children. Adoption, fostering, and ministry has been something God has placed in their hearts and
they’re obedient to these causes. They have been involved in various areas of ministry in the church,
having served as assistants, youth directors, children’s church directors, and held various teaching
positions. With Ryan’s current position the family travels to churches recruiting Christians to become
foster parents and bringing God into a system greatly needing Him. Their goal is to help make the church
aware of the needs and opportunities in the foster care system. They are also a host family for Safe
Families which is a program that helps to keep at-risk and in-need kids and families out of the foster care
system. Faythe and Ryan are working on the launching their ministry, Building Families. Building Families
is a faith-based family ministry whose goal is to help strengthen and restore the family unit. Faythe is also
a homeschool mom and is active in her homeschool group and co-op. Faythe along with her family also
breed and raise Golden Retrievers. She and her family are members of a large multi-site, non-
denominational church that has an outreach focus. She and her children are also members of their local
Community Bible Study (CBS group). Faythe loves evenings at the beach, reading, organizing, and
spending time with her truly one of a kind, God given family.
Camille is a member of several bible studies and is in the process of beginning to lead a study. She was raised as a Catholic Christian believer and has mentored a couple Confirmation candidates. She has just begun to dig much deeper into the Word and loves sharing her passion for Christ with other women.
Though she is degreed in Organizational Communications and Marketing, Camille is currently servicing agents in an insurance community in Baton Rouge. Additionally, she is expanding her career options through current dental assisting schooling. Although she is highly educated and still finding her way, she loves her creative abilities that the Lord provided in arts and writing. She also enjoys travelling and seeing God’s beautiful creations as well as relaxing in a book or biking or running in nature. She is currently a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denham Springs, LA.
My name is Desiree and I currently reside in Texas with my husband (of almost 11 years) and our 2
younger children. I am a mother of 4 with our first grandchild on the way (super excited)!! We also
have 2 dogs (Samson and Flash) and 3 cats (Deliah, Henry, and Waffles). I love to cook and bake and just be with my family. Every day is a gift and opportunity to love and I try my hardest to do just that.
Emily and her husband, Lyle, live in central Illinois, along with their three handsome boys. Emily has
been involved in several different ministries over the last 22 years. While each area of ministry has been
different, they have all had the same two areas of focus: Lead people to Jesus, and help people
(especially women) who feel that they don’t have a voice. From Icing Smiles, where Emily made and
decorated cakes for terminally ill children, to ARMS, where she worked as an advocate to women who
have been victimized by domestic violence to writing her own blog about the struggles of being a
woman, mother, and Christian, Emily attempts to love as Jesus does. Recently, Emily hosts a growth
group for her church with her husband in their home.
Emily also is a District Manager with Arbonne International. Not only is this her business, but this is also
a ministry for her. She helps women, and men, break free, financially, while sharing her testimony with
others. Emily is a barefoot runner and is currently training to run a RAGNAR race (200+ mile relay) in the
spring. Emily is a certified Christian marriage counselor. While doing all of this, Emily still finds time to
home school all three of her boys and supports their extra-curricular activities.
Hi, my name is Ashley. Im 32, I have been married to my husband for almost 9 years. We have 2 crazy
kiddos. My son is 5 and my daughter is 2. We also this past July added our third pup to our pack. Chaos is the name of our game!!
This past March the Lord answered a big prayer and made a way for me to be home way more. So
thankful to be in full time mommy ministry.
I love the Word of God. I truly believe that from the front cover to the back cover are the precious God
breathed words or our Savior and Redeemer. I love to study and see the things that God has tucked
away to help with “that” moment or when we need to here His love in a special way.
I love to write and I love to share what God is teaching me. I also have a special place in my heart for
women’s ministry. As someone who has felt alone in times of struggle who needed a fellow woman of
Christ to look at me and say “me too”, I desire to create a community filled with the love and grace of
our Jesus. Where we can be His hands in feet in sharing His word to nonbelievers but also use those
same hands and feet to encourage and support His body.
I hope that this bio sounds like an exciting intro to journey that I am sure 2018 is going to be. I am
excited to see what God has for me in the coming year, how He is going to work and change my heart. I
cannot wait to shout it from the rooftop!!
Heather became ordained on August 2012 as a Womens teaching Pastor. Her ordination has been her marked moment in life to keep pressing toward the high calling in this life. After a decade of leading women’s studies, mentorship and more in her home and local churches. God nudged her to move her calling forward and outward. HB MINISTIRES was launched in 2012. A ministry that travels and partners with other ministries and ministry events to inspire women in all seasons of life while building the faith.
She is a rising young author and speaker. She wrote and published her first Womens study in 2015 called RUN: Believe, Behold & Become all God has purposed for you. She currently continues to lead mini studies that she writes in her home church Northridge and many local churches. Her growing You Tube channel is also a great tool for communities to come together and do her mini studies or listen to an inspirational devotion!
Heather is currently writing and working on her second book called ALLURE. The study will help others realize that God is drawing them daily into His will for their life. She is excited to partner with Zondervan publishing with this project. Heathers speaking topics are relevant and real. She is convinced that God uses every detail in her season to provide illustrations for His timeless truths for all women. Heather resides in Livonia, Michigan with Her three children Benjamin 20, Brittani 17 and Alivia 15. She has been married for 21 years to her love and ministry partner, Daniel.
Heather’s personal desire and passion is to see other women experience freedom from their bondage of guilt, shame and fear. She wants to INVIGORATE every lady to breath in the vision God has for them in every season of life so they can RUN TO WIN. For more of how her story and calling unfolded grab a copy of her RUN book. Her marriage crisis, shame from abortion and low self worth in her days before she collided with faith will encourage all to see that what the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good in order to bring about this present result!
Ami Coote is the mother of a boy who is passionate about animals and building things. The wife to one video-game playing husband, she spends her days trying to survive the numbers that surround her at work. By night she’s a homework checking, Bible-reading, blog-writing woman with a passion for encouraging others to dig into the word of God.
Ami invites her readers to run their own race of faith – no matter what it looks like. God created unique individuals who serve Him in various ways.
Mary Geisen is a lover of coffee and deep, soul-filled conversations. She is the mom of two married sons, a retired teacher, writer, author and seeker of grace in the ordinary. Several years ago, God called her to bravely step out by sharing her journey in written form. The power of God’s words has inspired her journey of healing and drawing closer to God through the power of grace. She continues to walk toward brave faith in her everyday life and encourages others to do the same.
I am a proud wife, mother, and grandmother. My husband and I have been together going on 30 years. We reside in Southern Ohio and are fortunate to be surrounded by family.
I feel that encouragement is my forte. Whether at work, church, or hanging out with friends and family, it’s important to me they know I care.
I currently work for the Department of Veterans Affairs, working passionately to ensure those who have fought for our country get the care they deserve.
Some of my favorite things include planner/journals/pens, reading, crafting, sewing, cooking and spending time with my family.
I am a member of Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, in Huntington, WV. I’m actively involved in the women’s ministry, to include “Daughters of the King” life group. In addition, I’m involved with a women’s bible study at River Cities Community Church, in Huntington, WV.
I’m honored to be an Ambassador for “The Loved Bible Project”; working diligently to disciple and lead people to Christ.
Hey girlfriends, I’m Resealia. I think I’m the only one you’ll ever meet. I’m often asked if my name has any meaning. It doesn’t. My dad creatively named me using partly his name and his mother’s name.
I am a happy wife to my husband of almost fourteen years. I am Mama to Reese Madison. Although I may never lay eyes on her sweet face again here on earth; I’m confident I will see my sweet angel again. I am a soon-to-be mama in whatever way God chooses to fulfill this desire of my heart.
As a counselor by profession, I have a special interest in Marriage and Family Therapy. I enjoy learning, teaching, speaking, writing and encouraging through my work and ministry opportunities. My favorite ministry opportunities are to minister hope and healing to women and marriages.
I love all things feminine and great authentic conversation (no pretenses). Discussions with real down-to-earth women refresh me. I especially enjoy women who aren’t afraid to live life out loud and open themselves to community. Transparency, in my opinion is a gift to any relationship.
I cherish Sunday naps after an awesome meal. Italian and Southern cuisine rank high on my list of food preferences. I am trying to watch my carb intake and I’m slowly learning what all the ‘clean eating’ craziness is all about! I’m not a coffee girl, but I love tea! That hug in a cup speaks my love language.
I can go on and on about my likes/dislikes, etc. But at the end of the day, it’s not what really matters. What matters most is the honor I’ve been given to be a part of His story (the Gospel of Jesus Christ). You won’t find me in the Bible, but He has made my story relevant; just as real. A living epistle of sorts for those in my sphere of influence to read. A story that teaches me hard lessons and can teach others. To strengthen, to hope, to live life for Him.
I love the opportunity to write monthly for this awesome community of women, Daughters of the Deep. I can’t wait to see all God is going to do through this ministry!
I also blog at my personal blog, The Heart Spa, www.theheartspa.blogspot.com.
Missy has been married to her husband for nearly thirty years. She hates to sound cliché, but he is her best friend and biggest supporter. They are entering a new season of their lives, as lead pastors. This is a new experience for them and she says it feels strange to be taking on the role as middle aged people! Missy and Jim have two adolescent adult children; their daughter is twenty-five and their son is nineteen.
Missy has a heart for missions, so when she recently went into business for herself, she knew that missions had to be a part of the focus. She believes if money were no object, she would be on short term missions trips on a regular basis and to every part of the world. Missy was not the girl that said, “not Africa, Lord.” She has a huge heart for the continent of Africa and knows she will visit there one day.
Missy has a heart is for people to understand their identity in Christ and to understand that through Him, there is hope. She goal is to host of women’s conference in different cities throughout the U.S. and even globally if God wills. She is a writer, a speaker, a blogger, and a small business own. Missy is also a senior at Regent University, finishing her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Public Relations.
Amanda is an adventurous spirit who loves people well. She is passionate about helping women step into the calling and purpose for which God has created them. She believes that growth always follows our struggles and that there isn’t much that can’t be fixed by a long nap and a strong cup of coffee.
Amanda lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Kyle and her Chiweenie, Chico. She attends LifePoint Church where she leads a small group with her husband. She also serves in Women’s Ministry, Worship Programming, and Sending.
Amanda enjoys painting, hand lettering, and writing. When she’s not behind a desk creating, she can usually be found going on a road trip, reading a book, or spending time outside.
Aimee’ and her husband Tommy have been married for 18 years and have eight children God blessed by adoption and birth. Aimee’ can sum up her life with this scripture: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. Aimee’s life is His, the One who loves her and gave Himself for her. In return, Aimee’ wants to be all God wants her to be and do all God wants her to do on this side of Heaven.
Aimee’ is passionate about His word, family and being a part of the solution of the fatherless in our world. Aimee’ and her husband have led His Heart for Orphans adoption ministry at their local church for the past 13 years where they have helped many families adopt their sons and daughters. Through the years of advocating for the fatherless from around the world, Aimee’ then founded the Louisiana Heart Gallery where she and a team of passionate Christ-followers advocate for the adoption of children in the local foster care system (www.louisianaheartgallery.com). Aimee’ is also one of the Louisiana Coordinators of Orphan Sunday, a nationwide movement which seeks to make the Gospel visible as Christians explore and respond to God’s heart for the orphan in adoption, foster care, and global orphan ministry. In 2016, Aimee’ was honored to be a recipient of the Angels in Adoption Award in Washington D.C. as part of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Along with focusing on finding forever families for children without Moms and Dads, Aimee’ occasionally can be found speaking at women bible studies and small groups. You can also find Aimee’ at www.aimeepoche.com and www.adoptionstrong.com where she blogs about God’s word, Motherhood, Prayer, and Adoption.
Aimee’s prayer is to encourage and equip you no matter what season of life you find yourself in. She believes God wants to raise each of you up and flow through you to impact your family and others.
Michelle is a wife and mom of three. She has been a leader of women’s Bible study at her local church and taught a small group study for the past five years. Michelle has written several small Bible studies and writes regularly on her blog www.displayinggrace.com. Her goal above all else is to encourage women to thrive in their walks with Jesus and share the beautiful Gospel of Christ. She is currently working on her first trade book and Bible study about the women of the Bible to be published within the next year. When she isn’t writing or teaching Michelle loves reading, spending time with her family, creating art, and drinking coffee.
Morgan is an aspiring high school teacher. Though Morgan didn’t come to know Christ at all
until her later teens she is an active voice for him now. She is involved in her youth programs
at her non-denominational church in Michigan by leading small groups for the high school and
middle school girls during her weeks. She has also began joining a ministry mission on her
campus, to bring down boundaries across any ethnicity to bring the good word of Jesus. Morgan
loves people, always has, and always will. That’s one of the reason why she wants to be a
teacher. She wants to show her future students that they have worth, and that they can achieve
their dreams. Morgan’s purpose is to show that Jesus loves you no matter what your past is, no
matter what you have done, and that he can make beautiful things from a mess. She truly
believes and knows Jesus saved her life, and she wants to see the transformation in others.
Born and raised in Canada’s Capital, Kristy Joy has been blessed by a life full of love and laughter. She met her husband while completing her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology in British Columbia, and together they vowed to travel the world. In the meantime, they’ve been married for 14 years, moved back to Ottawa, have one bright and vibrant son, and have seen eight countries together… so far so very very good!
About four years ago, a monkey wrench was thrown into Kristy’s life when she was in a car accident and sustained a Minor Traumatic Brain Injury. As a result, she left the bustling life of a working mom to stay home and heal. While the healing journey continues, God has revealed the most tremendous of bright sides – Kristy has discovered a great calling in her life to Art and Write. God put a seed in her heart to start worshipping through art, which grew into sharing that art and the heart changing processes behind it on her Instagram account. And, as we all know, God is always one to keep us on our toes; soon the passion grew in Kristy’s heart to start writing more personal and in-depth devotional content – and here we are today.
Fun Facts About Kristy:
- She’s been on short term Missions trips to Cuba and China. She dreams of one day doing a “Mommy and Son” mission trip when her son gets a little older.
- When she was a teenager she took opera singing lessons. She used to sing on the worship team at church (but not operatically).
- She had never ever painted before she started Bible Journaling approximately two years ago.
- Her life verse is: Jeremiah 29:11 (and surrounding verses) “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ “
I am an encourager with a heart for women. My devotion-journal, A Pruned Branch, was self-published in 2004 and is a compilation of 365 devotions for women in all walks of life. APB is full of practical principles for all, from the baby Christian to the mature believer. I have self-published ten books to date, including the 31-Days Series – all can be found on Amazon.
The Lord delivered a message of Hope deep within my soul in 2002. Jesus, the Hope-giver met me in my hour of need and my heart overflowed with hope – the theme of my life since that time has been HOPE!
I am the mother of three adult children, grandmother (a/k/a Mimzy) to 21-year old Hannah and 14+ year old Simon, and I am the wife of one man and together we share our love with one awesome dog, Sam! My husband, Lowell, and I attend Community Church in Mountain City, Tennessee. I enjoy writing, reading, organic gardening, traveling, and spending time with our family. I can be found musing and sharing at hopehearthome.com
I love the Lord with every fiber of my being and my life’s purpose is: That I may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10 (NKJV) My life vision is: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in Truth. 3 John 4
Tina was born in London, UK but grew up in Nigeria after her parents returned there. She has since returned to London where she currently resides.
She became a Christian after having been forced to attend a church programme by a friend. She decided to attend just ONCE (or so she thought) and met the Lord there. Her life has never remained the same since.
Lisa Anne Tindal is the Executive Director of a non-profit that advocates for those with mental
illness, supports women and children who are homeless and provides critical education and
support regarding suicide prevention. Lisa’s motivation for helping others comes from the truth
of “But for the grace of God, there go I.” Lisa is married and has two adult children, one a
teacher and the other a Senior in college. Lisa feels it is a calling, for each of us, to recognize the
treasures God’s planted inside us to be developed and used to turn others towards Christ. It’s
grace, amazing grace that has sustained me so that I am fully pursuing what I consider my two
treasures, writing and painting. I pray for my borders to be enlarged through opportunity and I
consider each opportunity given me is a chance to say, “thank you, God.” for giving me this
ability that so nourishes my soul and hopefully the souls of others.
Leila Tualla is a Filipino American writer, poet, and Christian author. She is a 2 time Preeclampsia Survivor and Advocate, and blogs about “Life after Preeclampsia,” at www.tuallaleila.blogspot.com. After her second baby, Leila had postpartum depression. She is thankful that her family and those who supported her, stood with her and helped pull her out of her darkness. Her faith in Christ was, and continues to be, her daily lifeline. Leila is humbled and grateful for God’s saving Grace.
When she’s not writing about her Preeclampsia or postpartum journey, or chasing after her tiny miracle bosses, she can also be found buried in books. Leila reads various novels throughout the year and her book reviews can be found at www.leilatualla.com.
Melinda and her husband, Tim, have been happily married for 7 years. They reside in Northeast Ohio with their 5 year old daughter, Amelia Jane, 3 year old son, Harrison and lovable English Bulldog, Agatha Rose.
Melinda is currently a stay-at-home Mom (SAHM), who holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Malone University. Her family regularly attend Northeast Community Church of the Nazarene. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting, sewing, and playing endless board games with her husband in her spare time. She is passionate about giving to others as a way to share the love of Christ. Her goal through her writing its to provide others with a sense of community, communality, reassurance, and deep message of God’s saving grace for each of us.
Born and raised in a Christian home, Bianca’s life was not always what you would call graceful. Wanting nothing more than to know Jesus and His love for her, she was baptized at the age of 10 years old. That mentality changed once she entered high school. The pressures of what others were doing overtook her but did not consume her. (Praise God!)
She is now a wife to her husband Chance and a mother of two handsome boys, Alijah and Aiden, We should also mention, that her boys are 14 months apart and although her life can be a bit chaotic, what a beautiful chaos it is. From California to Texas, this is a young woman who has big dreams and believes in the ultimate dream maker, GOD, to bring those dreams to life. Bianca has always had a passion to let her words spill from her heart onto paper and it was not until recently that she stepped out in faith to share those words with the online community through her blog. Her heart is one for girls and women of all ages and she deeply desires for the Lord to change lives through her story. From selfish and empty to sanctified and overflowing, Bianca breathes to bring our heavenly Father the glory and honor He deserves by sharing the strength and mercies He abundantly showed her. She is, as she would say, “Beautifully Unfinished”.
KRISTA PETTIFORD is a worshiper and follower of Jesus, a divorced mom of four young adults and a
woman of prayer with a prophetic grace. Krista is the host of Called women’s Conference, an award-
winning author and a speaker. She is also the women’s ministry leader and a prayer leader at her
local church– New Covenant Tabernacle she’s been a member since 2000.
Krista holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Southern California Seminary. She also holds a degree in
Information Technology. By day she is an IT Manager for a large company in the San Diego area
where she lives.
Krista knows what it’s like to overcome challenging circumstance through laying hold of Biblical truth
and deepening her relationship with God as Father. By allowing God’s love, acceptance, and beauty
to shape her identity and the way she lives her faith, God’s grace and glory continues to fill her story!
Krista writes and ministers with a solid Biblical message and the leading of the Holy Spirit. She is
dedicated to leading women into a deeper relationship with the triune God and helping them
become the women God created them to be and live their God-given callings effectively.
You can find out more about Krista at www.kristapettiford.com