If you’ve spent any time here at (in)courage, you know we believe in putting on our comfiest pair of sweatpants and pulling up an overstuffed chair to this virtual table. We believe in sharing stories and life and Jesus with each other. We come just the way we are. We link arms as sisters in Christ, giving thanks for the gift of someone else who is able to give voice to our unspoken struggles. We gather to speak hope over broken hearts, to infuse joy and courage into the gloriously ordinary every day.
Because life is messy and boy, do we need each other!
We need to grapple together over issues we can’t easily solve. We need to lean on one another for wisdom, strength, and insight beyond our own experience. We need to point each other to the heart of Jesus. We need to be and become the body of Christ.
We have felt for quite a while that it’s time to draw our circle even wider. To scootch our chairs over, build a bigger table, and make room for more beautiful faces and glorious voices.
Today, we are humbled and grateful and downright giddy to introduce you to the ten writers who will be adding their inspiring voices to the (in)courage conversation as new contributors!
We’ve asked them to say hello in their own words. Please join us in welcoming these real-deal women to (in)courage!
Well hello! I’m Anjuli. If we were meeting in real life, I would awkwardly bypass the handshake and move in for the hug. If we were close friends, and I hope we will be, you would know that I have a weakness for top ramen, Friday Night Lights, and online shopping. You would know that I listen more than I share, cry more than I get angry, and sing more than I exercise. But mostly, you would know that I love Jesus.
I live near the coast in San Diego, CA. I have five incredible children (ages 11-8 months) and one handsome husband who pastors at a local church. After traveling as a wedding photographer for years, I realized I liked writing and connecting vulnerably with the hearts of women just as much as photography. So now, I meet with mommas daily on IG — our modern day well — and write about my crazy-glorious-chaotic motherhood life and how Jesus meets me in the middle of it all. I’m also the founder of “The Moms We Love Club,” an IG campaign that supports moms enduring long-term suffering. I believe that social media can be an incredible platform to practice gospel love.
I am so grateful to be a part of this community. One thing I love about you all is how beautiful and honest you are with each other. I come here and exhale. I look forward to walking the next leg of life with you, growing and giving but mostly learning how to love and simply be loved in return, together.
Hi, I’m Dorina. I am delighted to join the (in)courage team and gather at the table with women from across the world. The words on (in)courage have mentored me for many years and many seasons. I am a big city girl raised in Chicago and transplanted to Central California after college. My husband and I worked in Haiti for more than a decade, helping lead a non-profit and a social goods jewelry business. My husband graduated to Heaven in 2014 after a hard battle with cancer. I blog about chasing God’s glory even on the unexpected journeys.
I am also passionate about teaching Bible study and helping women from diverse backgrounds flourish in their God-given callings. I have published two studies, Glory Chasers and Flourishing Together, and a children’s picture book, Cora Cooks Pancit.
In 2016, I married a long-time friend, Shawn, and together we are raising three daughters to love the cultural diversity, glorious landscapes, and unique food of our state. My happy place is near the ocean reading a book or running on California’s mountain trails in search of glimpses of God’s glory.
Hi, I’m Grace. If I could sum up who I am in two words, it would be both/and. I’m both Korean and American with a little bit of Kazakhstan thrown in there. I’m both a woman and a leader, a writer and an editor, a wife and a mother. I am each of those things and all of those things. I love deep talks over food, chocolate with my coffee, and leggings as my preferred style of pants.
I’ve written for various places online — The Mudroom, GraceTable, Inheritance, and iBelieve — and now I’m honored to be writing for (in)courage as well. As a staff member and a contributor, I’m excited for the new faces you’ll see here, the stories from different perspectives you will read, and for all of us to experience more of God’s kingdom in this community.
Hi, friend! I’m Kaitlyn, a twenty-five-year-old Florida-girl who has made the Magic City (Birmingham, Alabama) home. I’ve been blogging for nearly a decade, I’ll never turn down an iced vanilla latte, and Instagram is my favorite.
I’m the author of Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between, a book for the broken hopefuls, the ones who are desperate to see God’s goodness on every page of their story (even in the storylines that wound and surprise). But I’m convinced we’ll find Him to be faithful in the every-day mundane, too. In the crowded streets and the blue skies and the friends that feel like family. I’m so grateful God meets us in the beautiful ordinary of right now.
Back in 2012, I served as the first (in)courage (in)tern and all these years later I’m still hanging out here behind-the-scenes, tweeting and posting and getting to know beautiful you through social media. I’m thrilled to be one of the new contributors, and honored to now serve on this side of the screen as well!
I’m Lucretia, wife to the amazing Nathan, mom of three little women, and creator of Brownicity – The Art and Beauty of Living & Loving Beyond Race. For some reason, people find our family — aka the BerryPatch — a safe resource for asking hard questions about race. Go figure! So, here I am contributing our voice to help folks love more and fear less regarding such a complex and nuanced issue.
In my passion for racial healing, I created a curriculum to support beginners to the conversation called, What LIES Between Us Journal & Guide, with an emphasis on dispelling the LIES that we’ve internalized about race/ism. My only intention was to use it when I facilitated small groups. I did not imagine that pastors, ministry leaders, educators, and others would deem it valuable and useful and that I’d be teaching hundreds of people at a time! Fortunately, I love teaching! And I love helping parents and teachers grow their capacity to have conscious, courageous, and creative conversations about race/ism with children. I even did a TEDx Talk about it!
In my quiet time (yea, right!), I indulge in dark chocolate-covered almonds and dancing — all styles, but hip hop is my favorite! I am looking forward to how, together, we will illuminate God’s love for the world through (in)courage!
Good heavens, I’m fan-girling all over y’all right now. I can’t believe I get to hang out with you! Okay, an introduction. I’m Michele, a word-lover and green-tea-drinker from the mountains of Colorado. I’m a life-long Jesus lover whose faith was wrecked by ministry failure, divorce, blended family, trauma-adoption parenting, and tongue cancer (Three times. Yep, three.). And that’s just the beginning. The short of it: I’ve become a (reluctant) expert in pain, suffering, trauma, living with a disability, and the long-term fallout of all of the above. The good news? Jesus is with us. In the middle of every hard part of it. And although I don’t always understand Him, I trust Him.
Let’s just say, it’s complicated.
On any given day, you can find me reading a ridiculous variety of books, hiking at altitude, or herding my six children (ages 11 to 26). Professionally, I write books (Undone and I Am), do podcasts, and coach women who want to lead well. And, most importantly, I hang out in the hard places. If you’re deeply hungry for a faith that can weather the most impossible circumstances, then let’s chat. I can’t wait to do this life together.
Namaste! My name is Michelle, and I’m an East Indian gal married to an incredibly wonderful and handsome Latino, Aaron, and we have one sweet, little Indo-Mex toddler (with baby girl coming very soon!).
I am passionate about embracing people for how God has made them ethnically, culturally, and linguistically. Much of this passion stems from my own background and journey. Sometimes I feel like I don’t fit into one neat little category: my theology is evangelical (and I also happen to be the pastor’s wife of a multicultural church in Austin, TX); my traditions and palette are Indian; my educational background is German (i.e., I’m a German professor); my American upbringing shapes my enthusiasm for football and soccer; my love for literature is partially due to my introverted personality (and I love blogging with my husband about how to study the Bible literarily); and yet I also love hosting big parties and cooking for days because that’s just part of my cultural DNA. See what I mean? I’m sure many of you can relate.
Praise God that, as believers, He not only reigns supreme over our diverse identities but also redeems them and (re)defines them for His glory. For all these reasons and more, I’m passionate about all things faith, family, and diversity. I can’t wait to bring these discussions to the table at (in)courage, and be strengthened and sharpened by the women in this community as well.
Hello, I’m Patricia! I grew up out West in Colorado — where I still live — in love with God’s big sky, God’s bright sunshine, God’s bountiful array of people, and with the Jesus of the Bible and the power of His grace-filled Word. I’m a wife, mom, sister, neighbor, mother-in-law, grandma, student of life, teacher of peace, and front-porch friend.
More than all, however, I’m a writer. God blesses me to mess around every day with words. That’s my ministry — writing to reach people for Him, inviting them to know Him, through my humble gifts of books, blogs, devotionals, essays, articles, and, now, with God’s help, through (in)courage. I’m excited to meet you in Christ, our Living Word. Thanks, everyone, for welcoming this Jesus-loving scribe to your beautiful friendship table. Let’s eat!
Hi there. I’m Tasha, and I am over-the-moon to be joining the beautiful (in)courage community as a writer!
For the first half of my life, I lived in-hiding: feeling lost between cultures, continents, translations, and dreams, as if I was always one impossible step away from where I was supposed to be. Stories have changed everything for me. Reading them, sharing them, and learning to embrace my own while moving towards those different from my own, has brought me one little homecoming after another. They’ve confirmed to me that we all belong to one another. Most importantly, they have brought me to the Master Storyteller, Jesus, who I believe holds the hope and home of every story.
If you hung out with me for a day, you would discover a few non-negotiables about me: I drink coffee every morning (and sometimes dream about it at night), I am in love with my husband Matt, who I first noticed because of the unmatched kindness I saw in his eyes, I chase three amazing kids around all day, I love giving courage to others, and I am more likely to be found day-dreaming about stories and adventures than getting our laundry done. So glad to be here!
Friends! I’m no stranger here at (in)courage, having worked on staff for a year and a half as an editorial coordinator and now serving as your Community Manager, but I’ve never held the gift of being an official (in)courage contributor. The way I feel about getting to pull a seat up to this table on the regular and shine a light on God’s fingerprints in my life mirrors my joy in the picture above when I made it through a Trader Joe’s shopping trip without losing my cool or a kid and sticking to my list! There’s a first for everything!
But if we haven’t met yet, I’m Becky! I love words. A lot. I love encouraging women in the thick of it, whether through the page or on a stage or in the checkout line at Target. I’m passionate about capturing the grit and beauty of ordinary days. I live near the foothills in sunny Southern California with my volleyball coach husband, Chris, and our three spirited sons. My soul comes alive when I’m breathing deep in God’s creation. My ideal weekend would involve connecting deeply with a friend, taking a long afternoon nap, and trekking through shady trails with my crazy boy crew.
Anyone else wishing we could reach through these screens for one great big group hug?
Again we say, Welcome, welcome, beautiful friends!
We are so glad you’re here and so full of expectant joy for what God has in store for us as we all pull up our chairs to the table, lean in a little closer, and listen a little deeper. What a gift to link arms as God’s daughters living out His great Story together.
Get to know our new contributors more over here!