I've struggled with perfectionism, depression, anxiety, chronic illness and pain, severe fatigue, and more.
As a mom and pastor's wife, I've battled perfectionism and overachieving, to the point of exhaustion.
As a writer, I had 54 rejections before I ever published my first book, and still deal with rejection on a weekly basis.
Over time, and with God's help, I have found ways to fight for joy and worship in the midst of difficulties. It has made ALL the difference in my life.
At age 8, I wrote my first story: "The Boxing Taco." As a teen, I had pieces published in Christian magazines and read everything I could get my hands on...and I dreamed about writing a book one day. At age 11, I was called to ministry, and I wondered how my dreams and calling would fit together.
In my late twenties, I suffered from severe depression, and I discovered the power of the word of God to heal my mind. Like Job, I had heard of God (and followed Jesus at a young age), but now I had seen His mercy in my own life. I couldn't NOT share it through writing and speaking.
Through my books, videos, speaking, coaching, and courses, I will help you let go of lies, hold onto the truth of God's word, and find joy and freedom.
Sound too good to be true?
Listen to this:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt. 11: 28-30, MSG)
I love Jesus, my family, dark chocolate, all things literary, and British television. I’m married to my husband Carey, and we have two young adult sons and a rescue dog, Sully.
currently sustained by
Matcha lattes +
gluten free hawaiian pizza
Extensive Tour of the United kingdom
on my nighstand
Wicked women of the Bible by Ann Spangler
never say no to
date With my hubby
"Jireh" by Maverick City Music
dream dinner guest
Many times in my life, I've felt bone-tired. The fatigue was physical but also spiritual and emotional.
However, because of God's love and other resources and tools, I was able to persevere and find a truly joyful life, in spite of the difficulties and trials.
It's my honor to be able to work with women - one-on-one and in group settings - and lead them to the same place!
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Listen to my story about depression and anxiety, discover how my husband and I stay connected, and learn how scripture and other God-given tools helped me heal.
honest, real conversations
head to books
Since I started writing, I've written about parenthood, marriage, women in scripture, and more. Through every project, I pray for God to be glorified and your load to be lightened.
hope and humor for women
It's my prayer that these resources will leave you strengthened in faith, hope, and endurance. Whether you listen to a podcast interview or download a study or e-book, I pray God uplifts and encourages you.
In each blog post, I'll share the tools and treasures I've found which give me hope, strength, and endurance. I'll also frequently share humor.
inspirational & practical insight
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I cannot tell you how blessed I feel to have been able to sit under Dena's coaching. I got so many great ideas and came away refreshed and ready to chase my dreams.
It is so worth your time and resources!
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