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Carrie Newell

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Carrie is our creative team!

Hi!  I’m a mom to 3 boys (18, 12, & 9) and a wife of 20 years to the love of my life.  I am a girly-girl living with 4 guys – YIKES!  I yearn for peace in my house, or at least a little quiet time now and then, but it is rare when that happens:)  I am a photographer and graphic designer, and I work from home to be close to my kids.  I came to know Jesus when I began dating my husband at age 16.  I love worship music, and mentoring young women. Because of my own insecurities, guilt issues, and fear of failure, I love being able to help women see their beauty and worth through my photography, women’s ministry and one-on-one encouragement.

Two years ago, my life took a sharp turn when I went through a painful pruning process, as I obeyed God’s will for me to step out of many ministry positions and even some relationships.  One year ago, my health began failing, debilitating my life to a shell of my former self.   I was unable to work, and spent many days in bed or on the couch so I could feel like I wasn’t missing everything.  After several months, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  This October, after finally surrendering my health and treatment to the LORD, I finally came out of the flare, and have been trying to slowly catch back up on life.

During this past year of illness, I relied heavily on God’s word and the hope that some amazing friends would offer in HIS name. I felt like these verses were a beautiful reassurance of God’s love and faithfulness, as I literally walked through each part, and have started to see how God will use this for his glory…

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.  He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.  He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see what he has done and be amazed.  They will put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:2-3)

Follow my personal journey HERE

As I began to feel the pain, fatigue, depression, insomnia, and anxiety lifting, I began creating art from scriptures that were healing for me.  Then others began asking me to create some for them.  Then, God confirmed this new path through the scripture below, and now I have a little Etsy Site to help people display scripture as a beautiful reminder of who God is and what He’s done.

“And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

This is what this site is all about!  Just that ONE THING:)

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.

Luisa Penaherrera

Luisa027 I came to know my Savior, Jesus, in 1991. I struggled through childhood, feeling a sense of not belonging. That carried on through teen and adulthood. I was only fifteen when I met my husband. I craved the attention I received from him. We were married two years later and went off on an Army adventure around the world. My husband retired in 2006 here in Nebraska, where we still reside. We have four children each of whom challenge me with their outlook on life, their passions, and their schedules :). I attended a women’s retreat in 2009 where Kim Chipman spoke of (and was giving away!) a book called The Divine Mentor, by Wayne Cordeiro. Pastor Cordeiro spoke of an easy method of getting into the Word called “SOAP”.  I started applying this method and soon learned that God was there, speaking to me ……. to me! Kim also hosts a weekly meeting in her home where we can share what God has been showing us in the Word and also where we can encourage each other and do life together. It was an answer to prayer to have girlfriends in my life, and so much more… Spending time with God each morning has brought me closer to Him and is helping me to see myself more as He sees me. I still struggle with feelings of belonging, but I am not walking in this journey alone. God gave me this verse recently: “Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure!” Ephesians 1:4-5

Michelle Myers

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I am going to try and be as authentic and transparent as possible. Authenticity and transparency are something I crave for two reasons. First, I grew up in a middle class family that masked a lot of dysfunction behind closed doors. Second, I married a man who concealed a lot…his insecurities, money, and an addiction.

Being authentic and transparent is not always easy, nor is it always comfortable to “put yourself out there”. Yet, I have had many painful experiences throughout my life, and they made me feel abnormal. The more I get out there and openly talk to other people, the less abnormal I feel and realize that we all have our struggles. I am hoping that my story can be used to help and encourage others.

I was baptized at a young age. For a few years, my parents sent my sister and I to Sunday school, but we never attended church. I had no true teaching or knowledge about Christianity. Looking back on it, I am amazed at how far I have come and amazed at how far I still have to go!

By the age of ten, I was repeatedly molested by an uncle. This, along with having a terrible relationship with my mother, robbed me of security as a child. I never really felt safe growing up.

I earned my Masters in Education. I really wanted a traditional teaching job, yet God kept placing me in alternative school settings. It was through working with these students, I began to process my childhood and seek out a relationship with Christ. Teaching these students made me a better person. I learned about true compassion, forgiveness, and service.

I dated my husband for six years before we got married. After our two beautiful daughters were born, my husband and I grew apart. I spent many years dealing with my own insecurities by drinking too much. Fearful that I would lose my family, I prayed for God to help me overcome the cravings, which He did. By the grace of God, alcohol is something that no longer temps me or consumes my life.

The more I tried to connect with my husband, the more he pushed me away. After more than 10 years of marriage, I discovered some hidden accounts that my husband had. He had been hiding money from me, to use for various luxuries for himself, including a porn addiction.

After three years of turmoil and trying to hold my marriage together, I quit my teaching job to be more of a support to my own children. My husband replaced his addiction with work, so I was never sure when I could count on him. One Saturday night, after another day of chaos with my husband, the girls and I left. I filed for divorce that following Monday. I had no idea what I was going to do, but I did sense God leading me. I ended up moving back to my hometown and subbing. I used my retirement money to supplement what child support and alimony did not cover.

Eventually, my husband reached out to my pastor at the church I was attending. While gone, he started to deal with his own issues, and get the therapy he needed to manage his addiction. We began the process of reconciliation. My marriage and family are now back together. We have lost a lot. We lost our home and now live in an apartment. We both had to file for bankruptcy. We are pretty much in the process of rebuilding everything. Sometimes it is messy and uncomfortable, as past hurts resurface. Yet, my marriage and family are stronger than they have ever been.

Along with rebuilding my marriage and family, I have started to rebuild myself. I am discovering who I am in Christ, and I need to look toward Him for my security. My life is much more simple than it used to be. It is also a lot more peaceful. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy snuggling with my two cats, reading, watching mysteries, and putting jig saw puzzles together.

Nikki Metzger

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Hi! I’m Nikki 🙂  Describing yourself is tough…….my friends think I am an encourager, my kids love my hugs, and my husband says I’m a great cook.  I work full time outside of the home, love my family and in the last ten years I’ve fallen more in love with Jesus than I ever thought possible! I desire to be a better housekeeper, wish my children wouldn’t wrestle everyday before school, and some days I’m too exhausted to pray.  I am also in a journey of losing weight, check it out at templerepair.wordpress.com. Like the slave girl in Psalm 123, I want to be one who watches my Lord every moment for His slightest signal to me.  Daily reading and journaling has flipped my world upside down for the better!  Thank you for stopping by and I pray you are encouraged to start reading today!

 

 

 

Robin Laney

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I love to write of things about which I am passionate. Life lessons I have learned. The people God has placed in my life. The thoughts that brew and build in my head until they can’t help but overflow onto a page. The passions God has laid on my heart that need to be shared with others. Encouragements for those who, like me, are on this crazy journey of human life. And, above all else, God’s amazing love letter to us, His written word.

My life is full of tremendous blessings; His provision is perfect, His grace is abundant, His mercy is overwhelming and His love for me is extravagant. If that were not enough, I have been given a wonderful husband, Dave, and five really cool kids – three born to me and two, born of my heart, who currently live in Jamaica. I am surrounded by such amazing people, friends and family, who teach me and stretch me and love me even though I often fail.

I find it difficult to write about myself but love to share what God has done in my life. I spent many years trying to live my life on my own. I lived for myself seeking to satisfy my intense desires for love and affirmation. I had no regard for Him and sought to fill my empty places with guys and alcohol. God was with me in some very dark places. I now know that every step of the way He loved me, protected me and pursued me even into the cold walls of an abortion clinic when I was 21. As my blur of a life started to come into focus, He was there with open arms to welcome me, hold me tight and restore what had been lost. He brought me out of the shame of my past, gave me hope for my future and has given me the courage to share my story (www.killingemily.blogspot.com) so that others might know of His incredible love.

I love searching God’s Word each day for that One Thing I might Discover that He has for me or for someone else I meet as I walk and sometimes stumble through my days. I love reading what He speaks to other people and I hope that sharing a little of what I learn from Him encourages your heart.

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.

Vicki Burns

VickiBurnsIt is an incredible experience to interact with the living God. Amazing to know it for a fact and see it confirmed in the faces of those around you! Where our stubborn hearts yield control and acquiesce to the will of the ONE who made us is the sweetest experience this life has to offer. It is indeed, where I want to live.

We are flawed, divine beauties who constantly go astray. Gratefully, we have a Christian community where we hold one another prayerfully accountable in our progress as we run this race set before us. I delight in the glimpses of God’s glory being revealed in those with whom I am running. What joy! So hop into this race and share with us all the good things God is doing for you even though it may be being revealed midst the muck and mire of life… as per usual.

I have known the horrors of traumatic childhood sexual abuse, spiritual abuse (in the form of a cult) and the various other abuses of a dead and dying world we all are likely to experience in this life’s journey. BUT! I am also being redeemed, healed and made newer than new through the life, words, death and resurrection of a savior…THE Savior of the world, Jesus Christ my Lord! He is my constant Companion even as I fail Him daily.

I am wife to my one husband and close friend of 38 years, mother to 3 incredible children who hold my heart more than they’ll ever know, two beautiful, intelligent daughters-in-law and two grandchildren (one on the way!) who constantly show me how to just be a child in the kingdom of God. I am blessed beyond measure! And I struggle everyday until I find my rest in Him.

I regret not staying in the Word every day. I experienced a 3 year honeymoon with the Lord in His Word from around 25-28 years old but let my zeal die. I neglected my First Love. I am now 58 and have only recently gotten reacquainted with the pure joy of knowing His delight when I seek Him daily…even hourly, midst the chaos that can be my life. Go ahead. Take a peek. Open your mind and heart to hear with love, what the Lord is saying to us. Join in. Discover One Thing…because, there really only ever was…ONE THING!

  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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