Meet the (in)courage Contributors

These are the women who write regularly for (in)courage. Every day they take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their every day, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives.

  • Alia Joy
  • Alia Joy

    Alia Joy is a storyteller, speaker, and homeschooling mother of three making her home in Central Oregon. She shares her life with readers of her blog- Aliajoy.com- a tribute to the beauty woven throughout even the most broken of stories. Her personal tale touches on so many of the hurts of today's women- depression and abuse, race and culture, body image and the hard work of seeing God's glory in the mess. Alia's unique perspective and raw vulnerability make her an approachable voice, bringing hope to readers in the comments of her blog. She loves to help others tell their stories and has co-led the (In)couraging writers community group where she is continually inspired. She is also a regular contributor at GraceTable, Deeper Waters, and SheLoves Red Couch Book Club and can be found on twitter hashtagging all the things, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and making goo goo eyes at her husband.

  • Aliza Latta
  • Aliza Latta

    Aliza Latta is a writer, storyteller, artist, and hand letterer. She writes on her blog and creates hand lettered prints for her online shop. She is a huge fan of both courage and ice cream. Follow her on twitter and instagram!

  • Amber C Haines
  • Amber C Haines

    Amber C Haines, author of Wild in the Hollow, has 4 sons, a guitar-playing husband, theRunaMuck, and rare friends. She loves the funky, the narrative, and the dirty South. She finds community among the broken and wants to know your story. Amber is curator with her husband Seth Haines of Mother Letters (published April, 2012). They are in the process of learning how to live in true community, to care for the orphan, and to love the broken body of Christ. Read her blog HERE, and tweet her a little HERE.

  • Angela Nazworth
  • Angela Nazworth

    Angela Nazworth is a flawed and forgiven recovering perfection who writes mostly about the beauty of grace, faith, friendship, vulnerability and community for (in)Courage and her personal blog, angelanazworth.com. She is a wife and a mother of two, who manages philanthropic communications for a nonprofit, national healthcare association. Angela's also an encourager, a lover of good books, coffee, girl's night out, sunshine, and waterfalls. In the 15 years since she got married, Angela and her family have lived in 12 different homes in 10 different cities in 7 different states. She believes the creator of the universe is both the author of and lead character in her life story. With every experience she learns more about who she is in Him ... and takes another step on her journey to love others better.

  • Anna Rendell
  • Anna Rendell

    Anna is the (in)courage Social Media Coordinator, lives in Minnesota with her husband & three kids, and fits writing into the cracks of her day. She loves a good book and a great latte. Anna is the author of two ebooks for moms and writes at GirlWithBlog.com.

  • Annie Downs
  • Annie Downs

    Annie F. Downs is an author, blogger, and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. An author of three books- Let’s All Be Brave, Perfectly Unique, and Speak Love, Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking to young women, college students, and adults. Annie is a huge fan of bands with banjos, glitter, her community of friends, boiled peanuts, and football games. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her on Twitter @anniefdowns.

  • Ann Voskamp
  • Ann Voskamp

    Ann Voskamp is a farmer's wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller. Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today, she's a writer for DaySpring, and, with her family, partners with Compassion International as a global advocate for needy children. Featured on the TODAY Show, in WORLD Magazine, and Focus on the Family magazine. Her blog is a global well for the weary and soul-thirsty seeking the quiet grace of the Giver: www.aholyexperience.com.

  • Bonnie Gray
  • Bonnie Gray

    Bonnie Gray is author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul To Rest, garnering starred review praise from Publisher's Weekly, as one of the top 6 notable new religion authors. Bonnie's writing is syndicated nationally on Crosswalk.com and has been spotlighted by Relevant Magazine and Christianity Today. A UCLA graduate, Bonnie has been missionary, ministry entrepreneur and high-tech professional. There's a quiet space for you to refresh your soul at www.FaithBarista.com where Bonnie serves up shots of faith for the daily grind. Bonnie lives in Northern California with her husband Eric and their two sons.

  • Crystal Stine
  • Crystal Stine

    Author, speaker, and host of write31days.com, Crystal is passionate about living authentically in the beautiful, messy, unfinished parts of life. Crystal is the Editorial & Marketing Manager at (in)courage and writes at CrystalStine.me You can connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope at @crystalstine.

  • Dawn Camp
  • Dawn Camp

    Dawn Camp is a photographer, wife, and homeschooling mother of eight. Her second book, The Gift of Friendship, releases in February 2016 by Revell. Dawn blogs family, faith, and Photoshop at My Home Sweet Home and lives with her family in north metro Atlanta. Connect with her on Twitter @DawnMHSH, Facebook and Instagram.

  • Deidra Riggs
  • Deidra Riggs

    Deidra is an East Coast girl living in an empty nest under a great expanse of sky in the American Midwest. She will forever be stunned and amazed by grace. Deidra and her husband have been married for nearly twenty-five years, and they are the parents of two adult children. She knows what it's like to wonder, "Will this marriage survive?" and "Have I totally messed up my kids?" She has a deep appreciation for words in flesh and is passionate about the Word made flesh. She believes in the hopes and dreams of women, and - whether speaking or writing - seeks to use her words to encourage and lift and inspire hope. Deidra is a contributing editor for TheHighCalling.org and writes at Jumping Tandem You can follow Deidra on Twitter @jumpingtandem.

  • Emily Freeman
  • Emily Freeman

    Emily P. Freeman is a writer who creates space for souls to breathe. She is the author of four books, including her most recent release, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their twin daughters and twinless son.

  • Holley Gerth
  • Holley Gerth

    Holley Gerth is cofounder of (in)courage as well as a best-selling author of several books, wife to Mark, follower of Jesus, and friend to YOU. She'd love to have coffee with you. As the next best thing, she hopes you'll stop by and say hello at her site.

  • Jennifer Dukes Lee

    Jennifer Dukes Lee

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  • Jennifer Dukes Lee

    I am a storyteller and a grace dweller, blogging about faith at JenniferDukesLee.com. I wrote a book called Love Idol. It's for any woman who needs to know that she has nothing to prove -- that she's "preapproved" in Christ. I’m a journalist at heart. I used to cover crime, politics, and natural disasters as a news reporter for several Midwestern metropolitan daily newspapers. Now, I use my reporting skills to chase after the biggest story ever: the redemptive story of Christ. (That’s front-page news.) I cling to the hope of a cross, and I’m passionate about sharing the Good News through story. I believe in miracles; I am one. I marvel at God’s unrelenting grace for stumbling sinners like me, who have been made whole through Christ. I believe in scandalous grace, and that the cross is the most priceless and costly gift the world has ever seen. I believe that it really is all because of Jesus. My husband and I are raising crops, pigs, a herd of cats, and two humans on the Lee family farm in Iowa.

  • Jennifer Studio JRU

    Jennifer Studio JRU

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  • Jennifer Studio JRU

    Jennifer is a mixed media artist living in rural Nebraska - gravel roads, fresh air, peace and quiet. She is married to her best friend, her patient and supportive husband, Heydon. Art has been a lifelong passion of hers. She has been blessed to know since she was young that art was the gift GOD granted her for this journey. She wants her work to reflect the beauty of God and she hopes it brings joy and inspiration to those who see it. You can read her words and see more of her art on Studio JRU.

  • Jennifer Schmidt
  • Jennifer Schmidt

    Jennifer Schmidt is a full time family manager that writes about her never ending pursuit of “Balancing it all...the good, bad and ugly” at her personal blog: Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. As a motivational speaker and worship leader from NC, Jen finds joy in encouraging women. Yet she still sees her most demanding, yet rewarding, audience as her own family. As a mom of five and frugal living expert, Jen shares with humor and authenticity on a myriad of topics. You can find her on any given day dreaming about a clean house, chauffeuring, meal planning, home schooling, thrift store hunting, or quite possibly on a stage sharing both her beauty and bedlam as a daughter of the King. Follow Jen on twitter as @beautyandbedlam.

  • Jessica Turner
  • Jessica Turner

    Jessica Turner blogs on The Mom Creative about motherhood, memory keeping, faith, and frugal living. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be crafty. She also enjoys connecting with online friends via Facebook, Twitter and her latest addiction, Pinterest. Jessica and her husband, Matthew, live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their two young children, Elias and Adeline.

  • Joy Forney
  • Joy Forney

    Joy is the proud wife of a missionary pilot and blessed mommy to five. She and her family have lived in Indonesia for the last eight years and recently made the move to Uganda, Africa. She loves good books, great conversation, hot coffee, traveling the world, and most of all, Jesus. Find her at joyforney.org.

  • Karina Allen
  • Karina Allen

    I am from New Orleans, Louisiana but have resided in Baton Rouge for the past 15 years.

  • Kristen Strong
  • Kristen Strong

    Kristen, author of the book Girl Meets Change, is the wife of a retired Air Force veteran, a mama and fresh air giver. She is a joy hunter-downer who writes of looking upward at Chasing Blue Skies. Originally an Oklahoma girl, she has since traveled far and wide with her military man. She and her husband David have 3 priority blessings, twin sons {age 16} and a daughter {age 12}. Kristen and her family enjoy their home under the wide-blue-skies of Colorado.

  • Kristen Welch
  • Kristen Welch

    Kristen writes at her parenting blog, We Are THAT Family and is author of Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Safe Sparkly Faith is No Longer Enough and founder of The Mercy House. Follow Kristen on twitter as @WeareTHATfamily.

  • Lisa Leonard
  • Lisa Leonard

    Lisa Leonard is mom to two boys, David, 13 and Matthias, 12 and wife to Steve. In between school and work they spend their time playing outdoors on the central coast of California, eating chocolate chip pancakes, tapping tunes on the piano (David) and choreographing elaborate light saber duels (Matthias). Lisa also creates handmade jewelry and plays at photography. You’re invited to visit Lisa Leonard online and get to know her!

  • Lisa-Jo Baker
  • Lisa-Jo Baker

    Lisa-Jo Baker is the community manager for (in)courage, the author of Surprised by Motherhood, and the mom to three very loud kids. With her husband they live just outside Washington, DC where she shares her everyday life lived in between kids and chaos at LisaJoBaker.com. Her writings on motherhood have been syndicated from New Zealand to New York. She welcomes you to follow her on twitter as @lisajobaker.

  • Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Liz Curtis Higgs

    Former Bad Girl, grateful for the grace God offers. Happy wife of Bill, one of the Good Guys. Proud mom of two grown-up kids with tender hearts. Lame housekeeper. Marginal cook. Pitiful gardener. Stuff I love? Encouraging my sisters in Christ—across the page, from the platform, online, in person. Unpacking Scripture. Traveling wherever God leads. Listening to his heart. Leaning into his embrace.

  • Lysa TerKeurst
  • Lysa TerKeurst

    Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has lead thousands over the past 15 years to help make their walk with God an invigorating journey. Not only does Lysa speak about adventures in faith, she lives them! When Lysa’s family adopted 2 boys from Africa, it inspired her community to adopt over 45 children from the same Liberian orphanage. Her family’s amazing story captured the attention of national media, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the 700 Club, USA Today newspaper, Woman’s Day magazine, and Focus on the Family radio. In the midst of her ministry, though, Lysa is a real, everyday woman who simply seeks to glorify God through her life and family. She and her husband, Art, reside near Charlotte, North Carolina, with their five priority blessings named Jackson, Mark, Hope, Ashley, and Brooke. Follow Lysa's journey at her personal blog.

  • Mary Carver
  • Mary Carver

    Mary is a writer, speaker, and recovering perfectionist who blogs at Giving Up on Perfect. She lives for good books, spicy queso, and television marathons, but she lives because of God’s grace. Mary writes about her imperfect life with humor and honesty, encouraging women to give up on perfect and get on with life on her blog, and she's the co-author of Choose Joy: Finding Hope & Purpose When Life Hurts. Mary and her husband live with their two daughters in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Melissa Michaels
  • Melissa Michaels

    Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and two adorably furry ones.

  • Renee Swope
  • Renee Swope

    Renee Swope is the best-selling author of "A Confident Heart" and "A Confident Heart Devotional. She's also radio co-host of "Everyday Life With Lysa & Renee" a production of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Married to her best friend for 21 years, Renee and JJ live in North Carolina with their two teenage sons and their five-year old Ethiopian princess who they adopted in 2009. Renee has been with Proverbs 31 Ministries for over 19 years and currently serves as Executive Director of Social Media and Radio.

  • Robin Dance
  • Robin Dance

    In a scandalous, decades-long affair with her husband, Robin also confesses mad crushes on her three teens. She’s Southern as sugar-shocked tea and advocates talking to strangers, creative punctuation, stopping to smell the posies and walking in rain. Her favorite emotion is laughing through tears and she's convinced laughing IS divine. People and places inspire her, but Creation's marvels steal her breath. Her "prayer without ceasing" is Lord, I believe...help my unbelief. Robin plays with words and thoughts at www.pensieve.me where she hopes you'll drop in from time to time. She adores (in)courage and is lavishly blessed when readers take the time to read her bio and (gasp!) comment.

  • Sarah Mae
  • Sarah Mae

    Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus; His wild saving grace and gentle leading keep her in awe. Sarah Mae is the author of several eBooks, the co-author of the recently released, Desperate-Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe (written with Sally Clarkson), and the co-founder of the national Christian women’s social media conference, Allume. Sarah Mae spends her days home-making, home-educating, writing, reading, and drinking salted caramel mochas. Her family embraces life in the beautiful Amish country-side of Pennsylvania. She blogs at SarahMae.com.

  • Sarah Markley
  • Sarah Markley

    I'm the mother of two little girls, the wife of an amazing husband who'd rather play the guitar than anything else and I love to write. I spend my weekends watching my daughters ride horses and play soccer. I blog daily and my greatest wish is to see women healed and marriages made healthy.

  • Shannan Martin
  • Shannan Martin

    Shannan Martin is a speaker and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. She writes the popular blog Flower Patch Farmgirl. She and her jail chaplain husband, Cory, have four funny children who came to them across oceans and rivers. Having sold their dream farmhouse, they now live entrenched in community on the wrong side of the tracks where they’re surprised every day by God’s goodness. Shannan's first book, Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted will be released in September, 2016 by Thomas Nelson.

  • Stephanie Bryant

    Stephanie Bryant

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  • Stephanie Bryant

    Stephanie Bryant is the co-founder of @incourage. She's a former Marketing & Social Media business owner, but now enjoys tea parties with her daughter, Gabrielle, chasing chickens & their puppy around the yard & working the garden with her husband on the #BryantFamilyFarm. Stephanie's courageously passionate about God's heart & His vision for His daughters. Follow Stephanie on instagram at @StephanieSBryant as she shares about her daily transition from a suburbanite to a farm girl and their family's little blog at www.BryantFamily.Farm for more details about their #JesusLedAdventure on 10 acres.

  • Tsh Oxenreider
  • Tsh Oxenreider

    Tsh Oxenreider is the author of Notes From a Blue Bike and the founder of The Art of Simple. She's host of The Simple Show, and her passion is to inspire people that 'living simply' means making room for more of the stuff that really matters, and that the right, true, and risky globally-minded choices are worth it.

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    Andrea Mitchell

    Andrea Mitchell

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  • Andrea Mitchell

    Andrea is a wife and mom with a heart for women to know they are loved beyond measure and that they matter. Also, she likes coffee. A lot.

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    Angie Smith
  • Angie Smith

    Angie is the proud wife of Todd Smith of Selah, and the blessed mommy to Abby, Ellie, Kate, Charlotte, and Audrey Caroline, who passed away the day she was born, April 7th, 2008. Angie was inspired to write Audrey's story, and began the blog www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com in honor of her. You can read more about Audrey's story in Angie's first book, "I Will Carry You" available at bookstores everywhere. Her greatest desire is to share her heart and love for the Lord. Angie holds a Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology, and loves to write about topics related to parenting and child development. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her heart here on (in)courage as well! Follow Angie on twitter as@angelac519.

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    Anne Marie Miller
  • Anne Marie Miller

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    Arianne Segerman
  • Arianne Segerman

    Arianne is a freelance writer/blogger of MabelandRiv.com and mom of three boys and a baby girl. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, and sifts through the Legos and fluffy cloth diapers hoping to one day catch up on sleep. Her heart is healing and thriving from living life as a mom of kids with autism and from losing her daughter in 2010 at 19 weeks pregnant. The way God has transformed and renewed her soul is nothing short of a miracle. You can read more from her at her personal blog Mabel and Riv or on Twitter.

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    Bianca Olthoff
  • Bianca Olthoff

    Bianca Olthoff is an (in)courage alumni who spends most of her time working as Chief Storyteller for The A21 Campaign, a global anti-human trafficking organization. By day she's a freedom writer who advocates for justice, but at night she's a step-mom who loves to have dance parties with Parker, Ryen, and Ricci [a.k.a. The Cutest Dog in the World]. Passionate about God’s Word, she teaches around the globe and blogs about life, love, and the pursuit of Jesus. Whether discussing topics from justice to pop culture, Bianca has spent ten years building the Church and mobilizing God’s people to action alongside Matt, Lead Outreach Pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. You can connect with her on her website, her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

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    Especially Heather

    Especially Heather

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  • Especially Heather

    Heather is a brain cancer survivor who lives life on the edge. She loves her family, her bald head and, most of all, her Savior’s grace. She lives in the sunny yet very humid state of Florida with her husband, three children and 2 dogs, a miniature schnauzer named Bailey and a Boxer named Max. She homeschools her two oldest children. Her youngest child, Emma Grace went to be with Jesus on April 22, 2011 after a long and valiant fight with a transplanted heart. She was 9 years old. Heather blogs about her trials in raising Emma Grace as well as her own personal journey with cancer and faith. Her motto is "It is not about the hair, Its about the heart..."

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    Heather Gemmen Wilson

    Heather Gemmen Wilson

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  • Heather Gemmen Wilson

    Heather Gemmen Wilson loves to laugh. She says, "Through all the circumstances of my life, I have gained more than I have lost ... and I'm not just talking weight." Heather is married to her best friend, Lawrence W. Wilson, a pastor, and they have a colorful blended family of six kids, two daughters-in-law, and a grandson. Heather is a best-selling author, an international speaker, and professional book editor. She is probably best known for her powerful story of keeping her child conceived through rape as told in her memoir STARTLING BEAUTY.

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    Lainie Button

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  • Lainie Button

    Lainie Button, marketing manager for Blessings Unlimited, has the kind of laugh that drifts over to you and makes you smile. Her blazing blue eyes would flit around the room from time to time and you’d know she was looking for beauty. Because that’s just what she does, wherever she goes. And when she finds it she brings it back to those she loves. Whether it’s a new piece of art, a striking swatch of fabric, or the kind of jewelry that stops you in your tracks, she’ll find a way to pass it along. Whenever you discover something you like here just think of her smiling and saying, “I found this just for you.” And, of course, Lainie sees the most beauty of all in two treasures she won’t ever give away—her faith and her son Micah.

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    The Nester
  • The Nester

    Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, is a home stager, redesigner and design school drop-out. Her last home (a rental) was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows, Ladies' Home Journal and in her upcoming design philosphy book, The Nesting Place: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. She and her husband and their three boys have moved 14 times in 18 years of marriage. They just bought a little fixer-upper on 12 acres. Myquilyn's favorite place to be is home and you can usually catch her there moving furniture.

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    Sara Frankl
  • Sara Frankl

    Sara Frankl entered into the arms of Jesus on September 24, 2011, but her legacy of choosing joy lives on. Her blog, Gitzen Girl, is about her commitment to embracing the story God had for her. Her illness stripped her of the potential for a job and family and status, but that didn't stop her from chasing down community. While most of her life was spent isolated, she loved living in the age of technology where authentic relationships formed at the touch of her fingertips, and Skype allowed her to see her 10 nieces and nephews growing into amazing adults. She fully embraced every day moments, loved boldly and exemplified that being homebound doesn't have to limit who you are in life, it just limits your location. You can read Sara's story on her blog Gitzen Girl or read her tweets on Twitter @gitzengirl.