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You are more than your scars – your hurts – your hangups and strongholds.
You are more than your past mistakes.
We are here to remind you.
We are here to support you.
We are here to give you Hope.

Who We Are…

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As much as we are all different, we are also all the same. We all want to be loved. We all want to feel appreciated. We all want to have purpose. We all search for something to fulfill us. We all have something that causes temptation in our lives. If we are not careful, we will slip up and fall into bondage.

We are not perfect people.

We have all fallen. But we get back up.

We are called to support one another and share each others’ burdens. We help each other.

We are a community.

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We are here to restore, encourage and hold each other accountable. We are here to love one another without judgment. We are here to recover those who have been held captive by hurts, habits, addictions, self-destructive behaviors, etc. We are here to share the good news and to testify that there is a Hope. Despite ourselves and all of our imperfections – all of our bad – Jesus loves us anyway. His love is without condemnation. He is our Hope. And through Him we are made overcomers.

Galatians 6:1 – 2 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. [2] Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

James 5:16 (NLT) Confess your sins [where you have messed up and what you need help with] to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

***Disclaimer*** Who We Are NOT: We are not health-care professionals. We would never discourage counseling or medical services, etc. We understand that God has used many different avenues to minister to our different lives and circumstances. (We are here for support and encouragement.)

We hope that you will stick around and join the community!

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Some of our Community and Guest Writers:

 

Angel Buff is a wife, mother and a servant of God who enjoys drinking coffee and Bible study, writing and teaching. You will find her writing for Jesus at Vision61 Ministries. Connect on Twitter @Vision61Angel

Angel is the moderator at Vision61 Ministries

Bella Sage is a kind-hearted and passionate 19-year-old college student living in small-town Durango, Colorado. She leads a busy life of traveling, inspiring, and pursuing her dreams. As an advocate of love, Bella has been writing her own faith/lifestyle/adventure blog for the past two years at http://endlesslyloved.com/ . She writes in hopes to remind everyone of the reckless, endless love that the Lord has for each of His children. She is also a full-time singer for the worship team at her church, and she hopes that her blog, her testimony, and her walk with God will inspire you to live vicariously through His grace and love.

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/bella_sagee/

PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/bella_sagee/boards/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/endlesslyloved/

Anna Sojourning is a child of God, and is the wife of a Christian pastor of Asian persuasion. She enjoys traveling, going on dates with her husband, and drinking innumerable cups of tea while she writes. She has a passion for deepening her relationship with God, and she desires to show others what He has taught her through scripture and through life experiences.

Visit Anna’s Blog: Sojourner

Casey Johnson blogs over at www.wipingtearsandwashingfeet.com. She loves Jesus and coffee and cupcakes. God has laid it on her heart to share how Jesus’ love can be applied to our everyday lives.

You can find her on FacebookPinterestTwitter, and Google+

Ayla S., born into Islam and born again into Christ; Ayla is a single Mommy to two mostly joyful, at times testy littles. She is a book worm, scripture hoarder, praise dancer, freedom junkie, and a lover of all things chocolate. Ayla writes at www.abeautifultapestry.com where her passion for Jesus and writing intersect in life stories that God continues to weave together for His glory.

Paula Mosher Wallace, born in the jungles of Peru to missionary parents, Paula’s beginning in life was anything but typical. Raped at the age of 5, Paula was caught in a cycle of damage and abuse which lasted into her thirties.  From sexual abuse to later mental, emotional and even spiritual abuse, Paula developed a victim mentality, which fueled decades of continued abuse. The trauma she experienced caused her to develop a variety of psychosomatic illnesses which, at times, left her bed-ridden. Broken beyond endurance and suicidal, Paula cried out to God for help. He miraculously intervened, faithfully walking with her through a dramatic healing process. Along the way, Paula learned to stand up to her abusers and stop attracting predators. She now knows, from personal experience, the healing, deliverance, and hope that only God can bring. As an ex-victim, Paula’s passion to help others resulted in her writing Bloom in the Dark: True Stories of Hope and Redemption, a compilation of true stories shared by women who have walked through personal darkness and abuse.  Each story tells how God met, healed, and restored an ex-victim. Readers discover that they are not alone. Lasting healing is possible! As the Chairman of Bloom In The Dark, Inc., a 501c3 charity, Paula focuses on writing and speaking to female abuse victims—raising awareness about abuse, bringing hope to victims, and partnering with ministries to help victims recover. Her SCORRE public speaking training helps her presentations come alive with hope and humor. A single mom living in Nashville, Paula homeschools her three sons, ranging in age from seven to fifteen. Her sons are a key part of Paula’s support team and her biggest fans. Together they enjoy swimming, hiking and roller skating.

Kathy Collard Miller (www.KathyCollardMiller.com) is a popular women’s retreat speaker who has spoken in 8 foreign countries and 31 US states. She has authored 51 books including Choices of the Heart: Daughters of the King Bible study series (Elk Lake Publishing) and Never Ever Be the Same (Leafwood Publishers).

Website: www.KathyCollardMiller.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KathyCollardMillerAuthor/

Twitter: @KathyCMiller

Choices of the Heart: Daughters of the King Bible study series: http://amzn.to/2bpCN7U

Never Ever Be the Same: http://amzn.to/2bGA3AD

Judith A Cruz-Vazquez, a blogger (“A Mom Like Me”) and soon-to-be published author of her first book, a wife, homeschooling mother of 6, college student, special needs parent, trauma survivor, and a sinner saved by God’s amazing grace. “I hope to encourage and inspire others through my writing, to seek a relationship with the God who saved me from certain death in streets. The God who lifted me out of my former life of drugs, violence, crime and self-destruction and led me into a new life of hope, healing and thanksgiving.”

Connect with Judith on her BlogFacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Tracey Casciano is a passionate speaker and writer ready to shine a light for Jesus. She shines that light through encouraging words as a blogger, speaker, and writer to help others who may be suffering or doubting themselves on their current path in life.  After a childhood with an alcoholic mother and abusive father, her love for the Lord helped rise above her past. She describes this in her book, “Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light: A Story of Faith and Forgiveness After Child Abuse.” She is happily married and in the midst of raising four wonderful sons. Tracey has a background in Special Education, has taught History in public high school for eight years, and has been a missionary in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

Learn more about Tracey and her book at her website www.traceycasciano.com, on her blog http://Ephesians2v8.wordpress.com, Twitter @TraceyCasciano, and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TMCasciano/).

Elaine Lankford is an author, blogger, and speaker. Elaine’s book, Love Echoed Back: I Cried Out; He Answered provides detail her story as well as the life lessons God imparted to her during these tumultuous time. As a long standing member of Believers Church, she serves as a small group leader, a member of the prayer team, and co-organizer/co-lead of the Nicaragua missions team. Professionally, Elaine has been in the nursing profession for over twenty years. She dedicated the first half of her nursing career to the field of Oncology and the second half to the area of Pain Management. In 2005, she became a certified family nurse practitioner. In the last several years, she has transitioned out of the clinical arena into a nonclinical advisory role in the area of medical record documentation, coding, and auditing. Elaine was born and raised in Suffolk, Virginia and continues to reside there with Darrell, her husband of 23 years. They have one son, Nicholas, who is currently a senior in high school. They also enjoy the company of their ‘adopted’ grandson, Bradley.

It is Elaine’s greatest desire that everyone attain the kind of life Jesus has called us to and that they come to know the depths of the Savior’s love. If you cry out, He will answer!

Visit Elaine online at www.elainelankford.com

Trudy Den Hoed ministers to hurting souls through her blog, “Freed to Fly,” writing about Jesus’ powerful love and grace. You will find a variety of resources on her site, as well as messages of hope, healing and freedom in Christ.

Rosa A. Hopkins is a writer of words as well as a singer-songwriter. Through the grace of God she escaped addiction and a life that was headed for disaster. Though her family and friends walked out on her, her Heavenly Father never did. She faced living her life alone when another family stepped up to be God’s hands and feet to her. Today she has been blessed with her miracle baby, Joy, after fifteen years of marriage. She knows Jesus is the key to all things and she loves to sing His praise! Her songs have received radio airplay and she enjoys singing in front of audiences with her husband. She recently participated in press/radio promotions for the Heartbeat Bill campaign in Indiana.

www.lifeinsidethehouseontherock.com Blog, Music & More

www.youtube.com/joeandrosahopkins Music Videos

https://soundcloud.com/rosahopkins Music You Can Listen or Download Free!!!

www.facebook.com/rosahopkinswriting Like My Author Page!

Lake Averie – A decade’s worth of teaching by day. Dreamer of words and design by night. Mother of three – 24/7. Child of God for eternity. My past is sprinkled with published poetry and articles, copywriting, and assistant editing. My future sparkles like the magnificent sunset on the Great Lake from my home state.

Contact:

Blog: http://www.lareign.org/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lakeaver2r?ref=hl

Email: lake@lareign.org

Angela Dailey – Everything is good with Jesus, coffee and a little inspiration to start the day. “Hello, I am Angie Dailey. I spend most of my time with my hub’s, adult and at home kiddos, and grandchildren-enjoying every minute of their lives is fascinating to me. I am truly blessed to be able to write on my own blog, and to share the Creator of the Universe with you.  I love coffee, friends, family and my chickens.  I live in a rural area of Ohio where the corn is a great privacy fence and there is always room for one more around our table. I hope you enjoy what you read and come visit me at www.angiedailey.com

Andrea Fortenberry writes and speaks on marriage, motherhood and women’s ministry. Some of her recent work includes publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives.

Connect with Andrea on her website, www.andreafortenberry.com.

Speaking Info: http://andreafortenberry.com/p/speaking.html

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Andrea410berry
Facebook: http://facebook.com/andreabfortenberry

Brandy Hynes is married to the funniest guy she’s ever met.  Together they live the adventure of raising and homeschooling six rambunctious blessings. She is exhausted, but passionate about walking, redeemed, in a relationship with Jesus and encouraging other women to do the same. As a ministry leader, mom, wife, and friend, Brandy feels called to ignite a fiery faith in those around her to answer the call the Lord has on their life. You can find her stringing words together for the Lord at her blog brandyhynes.com where she writes about her big family, big faith, and their recent move to the Big Island of Hawaii.

Rebecca Greebon – “I’m a girl, in every sense of the word…which means I have a host of labels – wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, mentor, co-worker, partner, giggler, crier, speaker, listener, and (best of all) child of the One True King.  I started writing because I have a passion to share with all the other girls (and guys) out there just how amazing they are, and how much they are loved, and how important and blessed every day is, even when we are lost or crazy or distracted or completely over ourselves and the world.”

Rebecca’s blog is theriverchick.com –mostly anecdotal, inspirational blog to encourage and maybe teach a little along the way.

Michelle Bengtson – Author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. Dr. Bengtson is the author of the forthcoming book: Hope Prevails.

Michelle blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com

Beth Walker is a coach’s wife and mom of 2 energetic boys.  Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago the adventure of being married to a college football coach has allowed Beth to live in different areas of the country including the middle of a cornfield in Southern IL and most recently the amazing mountains of Southwest Virginia.  Beth has been blogging over at Lessons from the Sidelines, where she has been striving to finding her own voice both through personal life reflection and her ministry of serving the girls of Bluefield College as the leader of Women’s Ministries called Pursuit.  Her husband Ordell is currently the head football coach of the Bluefield College Rams.

Sarah Knepper is wife to a structural engineer, mama to four kids, a lover of words, and an overcomer. She encourages women through everyday life over at Redemption Diary.com. She has her Master’s Degree in Education, but chooses to stay home and manage the chaos of her thriving children.

Twitter Handle: @redemptiondiary
Instagram Handle: @redemptiondiary
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/redemptiondiary

Blog: http://redemptiondiary.com

Kristen Gilles is a worship leader and deacon at Louisville’s multi-campus Sojourn Community Church. Her new CD Parker’s Mercy Brigade is a story of faith, lament, comfort, healing and worship following the stillbirth of her son. Kristen writes articles on worship and Christian living, and has been published by Worship Leader Magazine, TheGospelCoalition.org, and other leading Christian publications. As she declares on Parker’s Mercy Brigade, Kristen is learning each day to trust and hope in the God who gives and takes, and works both the giving and the taking for our good.

KristenGilles.com (music)

MySongInTheNight.com (blog)

Twitter.com/Kristen_Gilles

Facebook.com/KristenSmithGilles

Mary Lou Caskey helps Christians to enjoy peace with food without dieting. She is a speaker, author and certified life coach who lives in the Orlando area with her husband Keith.

Connect with Mary Lou at http://www.maryloucaskey.com

Marie Notcheva (B.A., Print Journalism, Syracuse University) is a writer and biblical counselor from Massachusetts who specializes in eating disorders. She is a graduate of Jay Adams’ Institute for Nouthetic Studies, and counsels at her home church, Heritage Bible Chapel, in Princeton, MA. She and her husband Ivaylo are the parents of four children. Following a 17-year battle with anorexia and bulimia, Marie began studying biblical counseling and realized the principles she had learned during her own recovery could be used to help others.“Redeemed from the Pit: Biblical Repentance and Restoration from the Bondage of Eating Disorders” was the project that came out of that mission. Marie is passionate about pointing other women to Jesus Christ, the Healer of their souls.

You can visit Marie at her blog: http://redeemedfromthepit.blogspot.com/

Heather Creekmore is passionate about helping women struggling with their body image. She’s a group fitness instructor, author, speaker, mother of four, and wife to Eric (a Marine fighter pilot-turned-pastor). During her single years, Heather spent more than a decade working in politics and non-profit management. She much prefers being a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom (but thinks it’s more difficult!).

Follow her blog about body image, motherhood, and faith “Compared to Who?” or on Facebook at Compared to Who?

Grace is a wife, homeschooling mom, doula, pastor’s kid, and writer. She currently resides in southern Oregon with her husband and three gorgeous children, where they enjoy walks in the woods, wading in the river, reading good books, and attending a diverse and compassionate church.

You can find Grace over at My Divine Blessings where she blogs about special needs, family, pregnancy, Christianity and many other things.

Brooke Lynn is a strong woman. She is a wife and mother. She is a nurse and an author. And she has a heart after God. She has graciously shared her life’s experiences and struggles on her blog and in her book, Raised by Strangers, in effort to bring healing, strength and hope to others. As you read of her struggles you find her consistently shifting the focus from her pain to the grace of God. She is definitely using what the enemy meant in her life for harm for God’s glory and to help others.

Lisa Brown is an aspiring writer with a mother’s passion for Homeschool Education and is also a Parent Coach. She has an 9 yr. old son, a 7 yr. old daughter, and has been married to her husband for 10+ yrs. Prior to marriage, she worked over 20 yrs. enriching the lives of hundreds of children and families. Lisa has a Bachelors in Social Work and Early Childhood Education. She hosts The Family Roadmap


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