|Tammy Andrus is the 49-year-old mother of four beautiful girls ages 10 to 29 years, the bragging grandmother to one grandson and another grandchild on the way. She completely adores her family along with her husband, Wayne of 22 years. She is so thankful to a husband who balances her procrastinating, dreaming, often forgetful, fly by the seat of her pants attitude.
She has no extraordinary gifts except for the gifts of mercy and love. She does not take these gifts lightly because with these small gifts, through Jesus, she can move mountains! With her husband and 10-year-old daughter Haven by her side she is planting seeds of Jesus love into the hearts of the orphan and the most needy. Through ministries like the feeding center, 500 club, baby ministry and bible studies she has seen many lives redeemed. She is a perfect example of how Jesus uses the most ordinary to do the extraordinary. You can find her at her family’s African Mission website: http://gosendjoin.us/
|Willow Andrus attends International House of Prayer University as she prepares for a life of full-time mission work. When she can, she helps her missionary parents in Kenya, Africa, serving the impoverished people of Mombasa.|
|Teresa Ann is the founder and talk show host of LET’s Talk with Teresa Ann♡ via both her podcast and YouTube channels. She is also a self-published author of the book, God is Enthralled by Your Beauty, and the blogs Triumphant Victorious Reminders and The Pee Diaries of a Laughing Mom. She LOVES using many adjectives and truly enjoys exploring the scenic route when telling a story! She is known for her loud laughter, yet God’s gentle words as she echoes His Word into the hearts of women to simply point them back to the Father GOD. Her heart’s desire is that women will begin to see into the mirror of God’s Word. Every chance she gets, she loves to come alongside her daughter to minister to everyday people while they help them to discover the treasures of God and convey just how extraordinary God has made them. She enjoys articulating how our lives are to be a sign, wonder and miracle that point others to the Father GOD as HE flips the script in our lives to see no longer from the place of lack but from GOD’S abundant life! You can find Teresa at her website, https://letstalkstudio.com.
|Vicki Beck is a wife, mother and grandmother, Vicki’s greatest joy is spending time with her family. She and her husband, Bill, live in Corpus Christi, Texas, and enjoy the outdoors, gardening, music and exploring the Texas Hill Country on their Harley!
|Maryleigh Bucher is a wife of 34 years, a mom of five sons ranging in ages from 32 to 17, a Muddy to three grandchildren. She is a Christian woman raising sons to be strong, manly men who love God and show the love of Jesus Christ to others through their words and actions. An encourager, a mother constantly seeking solutions to challenges, a planter of flowers, washer of the blue cotton blanket, and a daughter of the King, made whole in a way she never thought she could be. Maryleigh earned degrees in Journalism and English; homeschooled and taught college students for 20+ years; author of five children’s books; blogger at Blue Cotton Memory: The Faith, Love and Politics of Raising Boys to Men. As a mother, her mission statement is to live, showing her boys how to grow old loving the Lord. As a Daughter of the King it’s to let others know that they, too, are Daughters of the King and what that means.|
|Laura Campise is a devoted wife and loving mother of three beautiful children. Over the years, she has taught Bible studies, co-chaired a mission committee, and lead home fellowship groups. In her free time, Laura enjoys travelling, immersing herself in new cultures, and meeting new people.|
|Kathy Cheek and her husband live in a Dallas, Texas suburb and have two daughters, one son-in-law and a grandson who also reside in the area.
After more than a decade as a freelance writer in the Christian market including LifeWay, Walk Thru the Bible, David C Cook, and Group Publishing, God has opened the door for Kathy to see her book, First Breath of Morning – Where God Waits For You Every Day – A 90 Day Devotional published in 2018.
First Breath of Morning – Where God Waits For You Every Day – A 90 Day Devotional uniquely formatted in six chapters that portray our walk with God through drawing near, building our relationship, leaning into His love, growing our faith, trusting Him through every circumstance, and exalting Him in worship. First Breath of Morning is an Invitation to the relationship God wants to have with us and it starts in the first breath of each new morning where He is already waiting for you.
You can also read Kathy’s devotions on her site Devotions from the Heart at www.kathycheek.com
|Felecia Clarke believes that God uses all the experiences of her life to bring her closer to Him and to share what she learns with others. She attempts to follow Paul’s example in 1 Thessalonians 2:12 “… encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” Felecia won Honorable Mention for her short story “A Matter of Conscience” in Two Letter Press’ 2014 Flash Card Fiction contest. Additionally, her short story “Downward Spiral” earned an Honorable Mention in the Short Story Challenge by NYCMidnight in 2015.
“Are you Ready” is her memoir and debut work which will be available at the end of 2018. Felecia authors the popular Christian blog ALifeSanctified.com and shares her photography with the world at FBDOphotography.com. You can contact her at Felecia@alifesanctified.com.
|Ann Cornelius is as an Occupational Health Nurse (RN) for 30 years. Her family comes from a long line of preachers, teachers and nurses. Her career was in Houston. She moved to Corpus Christi when her husband retired in 2002.|
|Jeannie De La Garza was passionate about God, her family, and helping others. Born in Topeka, Kansas, she moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, when she was 12 years old. There she met and later married her high school sweetheart, Juan De La Garza. They were married for 36 years and had three beautiful children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Jeannie was active in women’s ministries, a contributor to Granola Bar Devotionals, and hosted women’s Bible studies in her home. One of her greatest joys came from ministering to those in emotional, spiritual, or physical need. Like a beacon in the dark, she radiated God’s love, encouragement, and compassion to all of those around her. Although she is no longer with us on this earth, her legacy continues to live on through her family and all those whose lives she touched.|
|Angelica Estrada is hard-working grocery store manager and a full time follower of Jesus. In her free time, Angelica enjoys spending time with her two children and loving husband of 22 years.|
|Dr. Cynthia Faulkner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Professor of Social Work and Program Director for Indiana Wesleyan University’s online MSW Program. She and her husband, Sam, live in Texas where they are surrounded by their amazing children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They are also co-authors of Research Methods: A Practice-Based Approach (3rd ed) and Addictions Counseling: A Competency-Based Approach, both published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Faulkner feels that her greatest personal blessings are her children and her greatest professional legacy is her work towards improving the conditions of humankind, “Jesus was the first social worker.”|
|Cheryl Grundy has been with Granola Bar Devotionals since the beginning in 2006, God has had her on a fantastic journey! At that time Cheryl was a life group coordinator for what is now Church Unlimited in Corpus Christi. After several missionary trips to Central America to help install water wells and teach health and hygiene and the living water of Christ to villagers in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico she was asked to teach the health and hygiene class to prospective missionaries for Living water international In Texas and Washington DC. Moving to Kerrville in 2009, Cheryl’s husband, Doyle and her founded Triple R Retreat and Ministries (a 501c3 religious organization) hosting over 4500 souls needing Rest, Relaxation, and Renewal in Christ. Currently they are pastors and directors for that ministry and in addition serve as Chaplains for patients and staff at Kerrville State Hospital, Peterson Regional Hospital, and to employees of client companies for Marketplace Chaplains. Loving the Lord and sharing His Love and Grace is her passion.|
||Sunny Reed is married with three kids in Austin, TX. She loves reading and coffee and growing the local church. Sunny is a firm believer that Jesus is for everyone and that the local church are the hands and feet of Jesus in every community. Connect with Sunny at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
||Joan Hall has appeared in a variety of on-line publications, in the book, Life Lessons from Teachers (available through Amazon), and in The Secret Place devotional. She is also the author of two full-length novels, a novella, and several short stories. She and her husband live in Texas with their three cats. To learn more about Joan, visit her website www.joanhall.net.|
|Kerry Johnson has had a love affair with stories since she was a little girl. She worked in Public Broadcasting while earning her B.S. in English Education from the University of South Florida, then taught middle school remedial reading and drama before spending eight years as a stay-at-home mom and wife. She has been published in Creation Illustrated, Granola Bar Devotionals, and was a regular contributor to Tampa Bay’s Overflow Magazine from 2011-2013. In 2008 Kerry began writing her first story, and she dipped her toes in the blogosphere the following year. After nearly a decade of learning the craft of fiction, prayer, and (im)patience, God cracked opened the door she’d eagerly knocked on for years. Her contemporary romance, The Name Game, was a two-time finalist in ACFW’s (American Christian Fiction Writers) Genesis Contest (2016 and 2017), and her middle grade manuscript finaled in 2015 then won the Genesis Award in 2017 (YA). In 2016 and 2018, two of Kerry’s manuscripts won their categories at the Florida Christian Writers Conference (Middle Grade and Romance). Kerry lives, writes, and sips tea in sunny, stormy Tampa Bay with her patient engineer husband, two active boys, and way too many books. Her prayer is that readers will finish her stories with a smile and a sigh. You can find Kerry at her blog ,https://candidkerry.wordpress.com.|
|Jennifer Keller is currently a Florida resident, living with her loving husband who recently retired from the United States Navy. They are proud parents of three beautiful children, who she gets the pleasure of homeschooling. Jennifer enjoys cooking delicious meals for her family and spending days at the beach. Her motto in life is to skip prepositions and interjections, so they can enjoy the adventures of life. She is currently a full-time student at Liberty University with the goal of obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. Her goal is to build up the youth of today to appreciate their identity in Christ and help them to feel confident in today’s society. Her number one passion in life is to serve people to advance the Kingdom of God.|
|Christina Ketchum is an informal gal fueled by faith, love, joy and coffee. Clinical Social Worker trying to help others as much as possible. As a divorced mom of three amazing kiddos, she is living each day in God’s grace and love.|
|Tiffany Locke is from Corpus Christi, Texas. She have been married for over 25 years and has two adult daughters and a teenage boy. She calls him her little Russian blessing where they adopted him at six months old from Russia. She is a writer and blogger. She shares her wisdom and offers encouragement and love from a Christian view to pilot wives in the many Takeoff and Landings she experience. You can fly over to visit Tiffany at takeoffandlandings.net.|
|Monica Lugo is a singer, songwriter and worship leader. She has led worship at church almost all of her adult life, singing, playing the guitar and creating a spirit-filled atmosphere. She and her husband, Isai, now reside in Tennessee, writing music and performing around the country. Her first born, Jesse, is now an energetic toddler, and he keeps her busy with his sweet shenanigans.|
|Sofia J. Lyons is a professional singer/songwriter. She resides in Los Angeles California with her husband Jay and their two children Juliana and Felix. Her website is www.sofiaj.com.|
|Sara McDaniel was born and raised in Springhill, Louisiana, and later living in Arkansas, Utah and Texas. Sara recently returned to Louisiana and restored a 1926 historic home. A senior educational consultant by day, Sara blogs, reads and dabbles in real estate investing at night. On her popular blog, SimplySara.com, Sara shares her journey of grace, forgiveness, faith and hope. Sara also blogs at SimplySouthernCottage.com to document the renovation of her historic home. Sara’s heartbeat is building community while serving others. She never turns down a good cup of coffee, an opportunity to get outdoors or the ability to help others meet Jesus.|
|Robin McNaueal has a passion for her family, her dogs, & her country. Hailing from Canada, she recently moved back to her beloved British Columbia from Texas, where she made lifelong friends. Traveling the globe in search of adventure, delving into great fiction, freelance editing, & a budding interest in painting keep her busy when not pursuing her career as an RN. She hopes to add author to that list in the not-too-distant future.|
|Tiffany Molina, educator of 13 years, wife of 15 years to Eliodoro Molina, two beautiful boys, ages 14 and 10. We are a proud military family serving our country for 20 years. We are learning to walk with God, living humbly, happy and healthy.|
|Lynn Mosher has had her socked-feet firmly planted in the Midwest since she drew her first breath. She lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their family nest, emptied now of three chicklets and embracing two giggly grand-chicklets. Although illness has been a part of her life for many years, her deepest passion is sharing her devotionals and modern-day parables to encourage others and glorify the Lord. You can find her online at lynnmosher.com.|
|Susie Mozisek has been married to Creative Arts Pastor, Skip Mozisek, for 26 years. They have three amazing adult children. Susie has been a teacher for 13 years, as well as a Sunday school teacher for over 20 years. Her passion is sharing the love of Jesus to women and young children.|
|Liette Ocker is a wife and mother, driven and passionate. She is an Ironman triathlete and fitness fanatic. After earning a Ph.D. in measurement and assessment of human performance, Liette worked over 15 years as a university professor in statistic and research. She led a major university department and thought she was in her personal and professional sweet spot; God had other plans. During that time, Liette was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer and everything changed. During treatment God stripped away the noise and showed her He’s the sweet spot. Now Liette is attending Harvard Business Analytics, left academics, and has started her own company. She spends every moment possible with her family and friends, and takes time to smell the roses. She is thankful for the God’s storm that showed her His light.|
|A.J. Pattengill was born with severe hearing loss not able to hear or speak. A.J. received her first hearing aids at the age 6, and another 12 years of speech therapy. A. J. is an Ordained Minister, started a music ministry “Sounds of Love” in Central America. A.J.’s music ministry reaches out to the hearing and the deaf people in Guatemala. A.J. teaches violin, viola music that communicates love of Jesus Christ.|
|Dixie Phillips is a pastor’s wife and Dove Award winning songwriter. She and her husband, Paul, have four married children and fourteen “perfect” grandchildren. They have served the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Floyd, Iowa, for thirty-seven years.|
|Lindsey Plumleigh is a full time stay at home mom in Mansfield, Texas. Nine years ago, Lindsey married her best friend and favorite teammate, Jason Plumleigh. They have two beautiful children, Brody Bear five and Brooke Bee three. Her passion is working with schools and churches to create safe, loving, and inspiring environments for children to learn and grow. On the weekends, you can find Lindsey’s family eating breakfast tacos and browsing garage sales.|
||Sunny Reed is married with 3 kids in Austin, TX. She loves reading and coffee and growing the local church. Sunny is a firm believer that Jesus is for everyone and that the local church is the hands and feet of Jesus in every community. Connect with Sunny at email@example.com
||Kimberly Dawn Rempel is the author of Garden Meditations and founder of Marketing Mastery for Writers, Kimberly encourages writers and entrepreneurs. Join her free Facebook group, Marketing Mastery for Writers: https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyDawnRempelWriterEditor/
|Tasha Schaded is married to her best friend, mother of three amazing children, personal trainer, owns and runs multiple businesses, natural figure professional, worship leader, and a lifelong encourager of fitness and faith! You can find her at https://www.facebook.com/lifefitpts/
|DeeDee Sharon is married to her high school sweetheart and has two fabulous sons. Seven grandchildren call her GiGi and she hosts regular sleepovers. She is passionate about her faith and her family and is best known for that one time she conquered cancer. Sometimes she posts over at|
|Susan Chamberlain Shipe, a writer since the age of eight when she and her neighborhood friend wrote, edited, published, and distributed The Manor News. Things have changed since publishing with the five and dime stamp lettering set! The Lord delivered a message of Hope deep within Susan’s soul in 2002. Jesus, the Hope-giver met her in her hour of need and her heart overflowed with hope. Susan is the mom of three adult children, grandmother (aka Mimzy) to Hannah and Simon. Today, Susan enjoys blogging, writing short devotions and short stories from her downtown flat in central North Carolina, which she shares with her husband of thirty-plus years, Lowell.
She can be found musing weekly at www.hopehearthome.com. Her life’s purpose: That I may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10 (NKJV) Her life vision: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in Truth. 3 John 4
|Erica Skattebo is a former military kid married to her high school sweetheart who happens to be the best coffee guy in town, and a mom to a son and daughter hand-picked through the blessing of adoption. She is passionate about using God’s gift of words to encourage others through her poetry, blog posts, devotionals, and inspirational writings. She’s currently working on two other stories from her heart, and prays that each one is God’s story, filled with God’s words, perfectly pieced together just like her family.|
|Tammi Slavin is a native of South Texas, which she has called “home” her whole life. She has three children and three grandchildren—it is notable to mention they are the best kids & grandkids on the planet (no bias of course!). She is an Occupational Therapist, specializing in hand therapy, and attended UT Medical Branch at Galveston. She has had the honor in assisting many patients over the years with their rehabilitation, and has learned more from her patients than she has “taught.” Some of her interests are spending time with family/friends, being ridiculously competitive with family board games, exercising, playing the piano, going on “drive-ventures” with her kids, reading, and learning as much as possible in general. She spends an inordinate amount of time pondering life in general and planning her next prank on her kids in particular. She had the privilege to become involved with the Granola Bar Devotional in 2006, in which she was and now continues to be blessed far beyond her small contribution.
|Estella Smith was raised in the small town of Hendersonville, NC, to a world traveler, by God’s Planned Journey. Estella is a military wife married for almost 18 years, and mother to three wonderful children. Homeschooling is her newest adventure and being on God’s Wonderful path, always leads her family on new adventures.|
|Holly Smith loves being the wife of Chris (for 27 years!) and mom to Noah (20), Kylie (18), Tabor (15) and Sydney (11). God has gifted Holly with a love of all things creative—from painting and wall-papering to scrapbooking and design work—as well as a love for all people. Recently, she has laid down her web designing cap for her writer’s pen, which is her favorite form of art, especially communicating the love and work of Jesus in a way that reaches across all divides. She serves weekly at a local, federal, women’s prison, as one of a team of three, teaching a faith-based parenting class. It is her highest joy, seeing these women “get it”—Jesus loves me, yes even me! She carries the stories of people in her heart and she prays for them, even many years later, anticipating the day she will meet them again to hear the great things God has done in their lives. She lives to tell, in every season, God is faithful!|
|Alene Snodgrass is an encourager, writer, traveler, beach lover, but most importantly a Jesus follower. She has published a few books including Dirty Laundry Sercrets-a journey to meet the Launderer and Graffiti, which she coauthored with her homeless friend. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and at www.positivelyalene.com.|
|Stacey Tuley has been happily and faithfully married for 24 years to her husband Richard, she is the mother of two amazing adult children and two babies she will meet someday in heaven, she has two loyal fur babies as well. She has worked professionally as a BSN, RN who graduated with honors from UTMB-Galveston, Texas. She has been blessed to be an extension of Jesus’s arms and feet in both professional (in the areas of newborn nursing, med-surg, hospice, and ob-gyn nursing) and in volunteer ministry settings (as a Celebrate Recovery Women’s Step Study Leader for 10 years, Pregnancy Center of the Coastal Bend nurse sonographer, and she started the Beauty for Ashes Ministry in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1999 at Family Life Church that still runs with the same vision, and she has lead and participated in different small group ministry opportunities. She is a Severe Pre-eclampsia with HELLP Syndrome and stroke survivor and thriver. She suffers with rare disease and is a volunteer in the CVID and PI TEXAS online Facebook support group, but she doesn’t let it steal her joy, in fact her hardships have molded her to become an unshakable, immovable rock in her faith and an encourager to all she meets who struggle as a by product. She is willing to immediately pray with anyone needing prayer. Her source of strength is found in the Lord, the anchor of her soul.|
|Alisa Hope Wagner loves deep simplicity. She is home most days, but if you do see her out and about, you may actually be face-to-face with her extroverted identical twin sister. More than anything, Alisa adores being a wife to her high school sweetheart, mother to her three awesome children and daughter of the Most-High King. After hours of writing at her computer, Alisa cannot wait to workout in her garage gym. When the day’s work is finally done, she listens to smooth jazz and gets creative in the kitchen. Alisa writes across genres, including her four favorite topics—faith, family, fitness and fiction. You can find Alisa’s books and devotionals on Amazon and read what the Holy Spirit’s been teaching her at her blog, www.alisahopewagner.com.|
|Susan Wood has a unique career traveling throughout the US with her husband, Jonathan, performing raptor presentations and shows. She is author of two books on raptors: Raptor Basics for Kids Young and Old and Raptor Basics – Owls. Susan also documents the wonderful life lessons that Jesus has taught her over the years, calling them her precious jewels, and she shares these jewels in articles, blogs and person to person.|
|Bernadine Zimmerman is a work in progress whose desire is to live a life that honors God and to tell others of His love for them. She is from a small town on the beautiful island of Grand Bahama but moved to the big city of Dallas, Texas, in 2015 after marrying her husband, Mark. Bernadine is a quietly opinionated bookworm who also loves to write. She can often be found curled up in her favorite chair reading or jotting her thoughts down in one of her many journals. She has written a Bible study for young ladies entitled, Becoming His Dream Girl, which can be purchased on Amazon.|