Women trade weariness for 


so they can experience deep and lasting joy.

I’m dena and I help


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. 

I know what it's like to be weary.

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.

It all started with a boxing taco-and a dream.

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)

Surrender leads to a life well-lived and infused with joy.

In a Nutshell

Let’s Get to know each other

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

Oat Milk lattes +

dream vacation 

Extensive Tour of the United kingdom

on my nighstand 

Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund

never say no to

date night With my hubby

on repeat 

"Now Here" by Red Rocks Worship

dream dinner guest

Queen ElizABETH


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!

for the weary…



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Listen now

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

Podcast interviews

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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

Read one of my books

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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.

I recommend starting with these resources 

How can I encourage 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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lauren s.

"I cannot tell you how blessed I feel to have been able to sit under Dena's teaching. I came away refreshed and encouraged. It is so worth your time!"


GRAB YOUr devotional

"The 5-Minute Bible Study for Moms" contains 52 meaty devotionals, along with questions, journaling prompts, and scripture. I pray it refreshes you as you seek the Lord. 

The 5-Minute Bible Study for Moms