Core Team

Joni Tyner

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I enjoy hearing other people’s life stories…we all have unique experiences that can be used by God!  I’m a wife and mother of two teenage daughters and a college aged son.  I work part time as a nurse in an outpatient surgical center and enjoy fitness classes at the YMCA, outdoor cycling and meeting friends for a quick chat over a cup of coffee.  I’ve recently began blogging as a way of sharing my faith journey with others and I look forward to learning more about God’s Word as we journal together. One of my favorite verses is Habakkuk 1:5, I just love it because it gives us hope for an amazing plan God is going to do in our lives, something so extraordinary that we  “you would not believe, even if you were told.”

“Look at the nations and watch—  and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.

If interested, you can check out my blog at The Journey

Kelley Deases

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As those close to me can attest, brevity is not my strong suit. I am a talker and love to share stories over a cup of coffee or a game of Scrabble with my friends or family. But I’ll try to keep this short and just touch on the highlights.

The oldest of three siblings, I was raised in a Christian home by amazing parents who have been married 47 years to date. I first accepted Christ as a child when my mom sat down with me and helped me pray the salvation prayer.  In junior high, following a powerful experience at a church camp, I came home and was baptized.  Fast forward through high school, college (senior year in England), law school, marriage, and the birth of my firstborn son, it was not until my first husband chose to leave me for another woman, that I cried out to God from a place of utter brokenness, hurt, and desperation.  This began my journey of seeing God meet me, heal my heart, and provide for me and my young son. I had a new longing to know Him better. Almost eight years after my divorce, God brought an amazing man into my life and I remarried.  A couple years later, I was blessed with another son. So different in my second-chance life to trust His timing and submit to His ways (Prov. 3:5-6).  I guess the “next big thing” in terms of my walk with the Lord was being introduced to The Divine Mentor, and finally experiencing what it is to have God speak to me, personally, through his Word and processing and responding to it through journaling. I regret that it took me so many years to experience this new level of intimacy with Jesus, but I am overjoyed to have mined this hidden treasure.  So my heart behind wanting to be involved in this blog is to share this amazing gift that was shared with me: that I could meet with the Almighty on a daily basis and converse with Him one-on-one.

Kim Chipman

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I, like many of you, wear many hats! I am a wife, mom of 4 (kiddos born 1999, 2002, and 2004-twins), pharmacist, sister, daughter and friend. My husband was in the Navy for 23 years and is now retired from the military and teaches at a community college (and he looooves to golf. And watch movies). We are currently living in our 10th home, so I’m thankful for retirement! No more moving! My oldest son Zachary loves computers, math, technology, etc. He inspires me. He has quick wit and is so fun to be with. My 2nd son Joshua cannot stop moving. His passion is football and would play all day, every day if he could find a herd of boys to play with him. He is wise beyond his years and has an amazingly compassionate and empathetic heart. The twins are girls and are opposite in every way. Katie love, love, loves gymnastics and thanks to modern medicine (and God’s amazing grace) we keep her juvenile arthritis under control enough that she can be on a trampoline and tumbling team. Kristen also loves gymnastics and dance and is my mini me in so many ways.  Except she loves fashion and I love function. I love my family. Almost as much as I love Jesus.

I was raised Catholic, left the church entirely in college, and then came back to Christ in search of something. I didn’t even know what I was looking for honestly. One year that I was living in the dorms a couple girls across the hall from me had Bible study in their room. I would go and listen and it was something very different from what I was taught growing up, and whatever that was I wanted to know more about. I came to know the Lord in much more of a relationship way through that journey of seeking. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

I hope you will seek Him with all your heart, too. He will be found by you.

Kimi Miller

I didn’t grow up in the church as some people would say. I mean, I was slightly active in youth group for a while, but when my parents divorced, I stopped turning to God for answers. Instead, I joined the Air Force to escape and see the world. (I got stationed less than 80 miles from my home town. Needless to say, although I had turned from God, HE has never turned away from me.)

Fast forward several years and a whole lot of sin this short bio doesn’t allow for, and you would find me tired and exhausted from the struggle of “keeping my life together.” You see, I had become a people-pleaser, and nothing else seems to wear a woman out faster than continually trying to always say and do the right things so the people around you will like you and not leave you.

Somewhere in the midst of all my people pleasing, God broke through my façade and rescued me from the bondage of low self-esteem and self-worth, and helped me to see the only one worth pleasing is Him. Now, my identity is found in the only One who matters – Jesus Christ. It wasn’t pretty or painless, but it was – is – a process that keeps me undone, yet beautifully restored.

Today, I am very blessed to say that I am a mom of two rowdy boys, a step-mom of two beautiful young women, and a wife to a good, wise, kind, and loving husband (who is an amazing father, too!). I recently resigned from my full-time job to complete my degree in Christian ministry, and focus on my passion – helping women discover the freedom and life that can only be found in Jesus.  I love conversing and laughing with people, and hope that my encounters with others might shine a little joy in their corner of the world. My house isn’t always clean (remember the two rowdy boys? Be sure to add three smelly dogs on top of that!), and I’m often running a hundred miles an hour – most times in the wrong direction. But my desire is to always make time to sit at my Savior’s feet every day. It really is the ONLY thing that keeps me grounded and secure in my identity through Him.

Seriously people… the ONLY thing.

You can also read more about my drama and speaking ministry, Living Reflections, on my website www.kimimiller.com.

Tara Wiley

TaraWiley I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. (Isaiah 45:3 NIV)

A little about me: I am an artist at heart. I love to create – whether that is through music (playing the violin, keyboard, leading worship), crochet, crafting, or writing. I follow my husband of 17 years wherever the Air Force sends us, and homeschool our two kids (one the child of my womb, the other the child of my heart through adoption) along the way. Chronic illness is a close friend of mine, although I am currently entering a season of unparalleled health – so grateful I have yet to find words to fully express my joy!

I do my best to live out 2 Corinthians 1:3-7: All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.

If you have come here with a broken heart or body, know you are not alone. I’ve been there again and again, and I promise you, the Bible does not lie: God’s comfort is beyond imagination. As I share my daily journey with you, I pray God will use me to fulfill His call for us to share His comfort with you. Most of all, I pray you will come alongside and discover Him personally speaking healing to your hurt through His word.

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  1. I couldn’t remember who that was. I saw a lady at the Mom/Girls’s conference at Council Bluffs church last July and she started talking to me and handed me a card with the info on it. I was just done with book of John and Luke at CCC, and looking for sth to study this summer. Then I found the card again while I was clearing my wallet. Just minutes ago, I noticed, for the first time, the web url on the card! Very exciting to join here.

  2. Stacy Fletcher

    So nice to see all of your beautiful faces here!

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