Christian Women You Can Relate To

October 19, 2016

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Hello happy readers, and welcome to Candidly Christian.

Our blogging team is made up of women with real faith in Christ, living in the real world. My name is Heather Hart, I’m the founder of this website, and I asked each of our bloggers four questions to help you get to know us just a bit. But we’d also love to hear your answers! We’re real people, so we want to get to know the real you, too. So be sure to leave a comment introducing yourself.

What is something you love or enjoy?

Jaime: Coffee. Just to be clear, there are many things and people higher on my love list, but it’s something that I really enjoy. I have been home roasting beans for about ten years now, and like experimenting with different types of green beans. There is something about roasting beans that feels like art. And then you get to make coffee out of them, which is a bonus!

Stephanie: I love chocolate, quilting, dogs, landscaping, yard work, reading, and writing. I love to bake desserts, but not eating them (sugar bothers me). I love winter, and hate summer (I think I got ruined by living in hot Georgia).

Laura: I love the fall weather, cozy fires, being home when I can and hanging with my family.

Alana: I absolutely love living in Alaska. I’ve been here a little over ten years now and couldn’t dream of living anywhere else. Our home actually has a lovely summer season (yes, we melt at seventy-five degrees, but that’s just because we’ve come out of a negative-forty-degree winter). I’m currently learning how to garden. There are so many other things about Alaska I love, the landscape, the northern lights, and believe it or not … moose meat! We lived with our family in Anchorage for a while, but now that we’re more rural our kids have so much more room and space to play and explore. We’re raising chickens and goats (another new skill I’m trying hard not to fail). I never thought of myself as the farming type, but it’s been a great adventure so far.

Sherry: One thing I really enjoy doing is writing, and editing. I know that’s odd, but I really do love it. I also enjoy finding little life lessons in everyday things.

Mary: I love visual arts, especially digital graphics, home decorating with my art, and costume creation.

Emma: I love the USA. It’s a beautiful land indeed and we are blessed to be living here. Every day I ask my kids, “What are thankful for today?” because we have much to feel privileged about. Clean water, food on demand, job opportunities, educational opportunities thanks to the internet. And best of all, we live in a country that doesn’t persecute Christians. 

Debbie: Aside from God and Jesus, of course, I’m an avid golfer, and I also love dogs and horses (Friesians especially)!

Heather: (That’s me!) Jesus, books, flowers, flip-flops, chocolate, coffee, and coca cola – those are a few of my favorite things.’

What is something you struggle with?

Jaime: Organization. I have a dear friend who has helped me tremendously in this area, and I have been blessed with a husband who likes to optimize systems in our home. But maintaining once the systems are in place? Struggle!!

Stephanie: I struggle with loneliness and being a single mom. I really loved marriage and miss it every day. I struggle with being in peace and rest when I can’t see what is happening or going on in my life.

Laura: I struggle with feeling worthy … of love, success, Jesus’ sacrifice, blessings. It seems like I’m always waiting for the “other shoe to drop”.

Alana: Something I struggle with? On same days, it seems like I’d need to take off my socks to count all the different ones! I do struggle with keeping up the house. It’s just not as fun as playing board games with the kids or drafting a new novel. I’m learning, though. On a more serious note, I’ve struggled with depression on and off since I was in college. One of the worst bouts was during our first year of marriage when I went through two first-trimesters and one miscarriage. The stress of adjusting to married life, the loss of our first baby, and the hormonal chaos were something of a triple whammy that wreaked havoc on my emotions.

What do you struggle with? Image (c) Tupungato - stock.adobe.com

(c) Tupungato – stock.adobe.com

Sherry: I struggle with keeping myself focused at times. I tend to have several projects going around the house and with work, and sometimes I can get a little bit done on everything, but not finish any of those projects. This is something I work on daily.

Mary: Clarity and concentration. I am so easily distracted by all the things I want to do versus what I really should be doing. I am always seeing squirrels and running down rabbit trails. Sherlock Holmes said you can only fit so much lumber in the attic. Well, I am constantly picking my lumber off the eaves and the lawn from trying to shove so much in and having it fall out the windows.

Emma: I’ve been homeschooling for about twenty years now. I started when my son was three. Through the years I’ve tried this and that I have found homeschooling a challenge. Perhaps it’s because since my husband travels a great deal—about 70% of the time. (I jokingly tell my friends I’m practically a single mom) I think it didn’t help that I am a perfectionist by nature and had to deal with my own idiosyncrasies and faults—like the fact that this is not a season for “House Beautiful.” If I had to do it all over again I would have done quite a few things differently. But alas, there’s no turning back… onward Christian soldier, as they say.

Debbie: I struggle with trying not to get caught up on social and political issues, and world events. I have to remind myself to stay focused knowing that God is in control, and He has our backs!

Heather: I struggle with so many things it’s hard to narrow it down to just one… I think a big one for me would be self-confidence. Not in a prideful way, but even basic decision-making is hard for me. Or when I do make a decision I question it. From what to have for dinner, to major life choices, I always second guess and doubt myself.

What is your favorite thing about being a Christian?

Jaime: Hope. I honestly don’t know how anyone can read the news anymore and not want to buy a one-way ticket to Mars. But as the world grows darker, we know God’s light will shine all the more brightly, and have the privilege of being part of his continued work on planet Earth!

Stephanie: I love intimacy with the Holy Spirit and hearing His voice. I love reading the Word of God and how it speaks to me.

christian-questionsLaura: Unmerited love, grace, and faithfulness from our God! It’s about Him, not us … and this leaves me feeling RELIEVED.

Alana: Wow, what a hard question! I recently lost my grandma, and I love the fact that I know I’ll see her one day. On a related note, I get very worked up over certain issues of justice and inequality. Knowing that God will one day right all these wrongs gives me so much hope for the future kingdom he’s bringing! On a more day-to-day basis, I love the book of Isaiah — the poetry, the majesty, and the emphasis on justice and God’s coming glory.

Sherry: My favorite thing about being a Christian is knowing that no matter what is happening to me at the moment, God has a purpose. To know that there is a greater good being accomplished, that even though something may be hard, God still is holding me and I’m still His loved child is very comforting to me.

Mary: I love being a part of many other Christian writers’ journeys by talking them through book publishing details of all kinds, as well as designing covers and book interiors, and being an editor and book reviewer.

Emma: In all the struggles we have gone through (from having a failure to thrive baby, to a down syndrome scare, to a child threatened with tuberous sclerosis, just to name a few) I am so thankful I have Christ on my side. I sometimes wonder how non-believers do it! As humans we all face challenges, so where do they go to get their strength, to gain wisdom, to reach out for comfort? So, I’d say my favorite thing about being a Christian is that Jesus Christ, the God of the universe, is always by my side. It’s as the song says, “He walks with me, and talks with me.” A best friend every step of the way, that’s my Jesus and He’s available to everyone who seeks Him. And then there’s the Bible—a road map that will lead us through the valley of the shadow of death—something I can personally attest to.

Debbie: My favorite part of being a Christian is knowing that there’s a “safety net” and that His arms are big enough for us. I also love knowing that His grace and mercy are endless.

Heather: My favorite part of being a Christian is being able to rest in the grace of the gospel. To know that it’s not up to me, and I can’t mess up my salvation. That’s a huge burden lifted off of me, but I also love that I know without a shadow of a doubt that God is with me through everything. I never have to face anything alone.

What do you write about?

Jaime: I like to draw spiritual parallels from experiences or mental pictures everyone can relate to, and to dig deep into scripture to find jewels of Truth from the original Greek and Hebrew texts. (Not because I am a Bible scholar; I’m just capitalizing on the Information Age and using my Lexicon.)candidgals

Stephanie: I love writing about the concept of integrity, discipline, and uncompromising spirit; I like to instill it in women. I write about things that empower women to be strong, have courage, and to overcome. I want them to be empowered by the words I write that come from the Holy Spirit. On this website, I hope to write posts that help women grow in their faith and be strong. Posts that inspire them to live out their faith in an authentic way.

Laura: For this wonderful site, I’ll be writing under the byline I’m Surrounded. It will encompass a lot of things we go through as women including loving ourselves, holiday fun, feeling overwhelmed, etc. I am an author of several nonfiction and fiction (Short & Sweet Cozy Christian) books.

Alana: I sort of wear two hats as an author (more if you were to give me a new hat per genre), but I consider myself a fiction writer who sometimes dabbles in non-fiction. My fiction books are mostly suspense, and many of them bring up some of those social justice issues I mentioned that I’m really passionate about. My first novel, The Beloved Daughter, highlights Christian persecution in North Korea. It’s the start of a whole series of North Korea-based novels (there’s even a spy thriller series). My other major series, the Kennedy Stern Christian suspense novels, follow Kennedy through her undergrad years as a pre-med Harvard student. It’s suspense that also touches on issues like abortion, PTSD, racism, police brutality, homosexuality, and several other hot-button issues. If it’s a controversial subject that impacts the church today, I’ve either written about it or am planning to! I try to write fiction that doesn’t preach, doesn’t give absolute answers, but raises questions so my readers can explore their own ideas and convictions. As far as non-fiction goes, I primarily like to write about prayer. I’ve created several prayer guides that help people interceded about different issues impacting the world. I’ve cover issues like abortion, sex trafficking … a lot of the things I write about in my fiction books. I’ve asked God to use my books — both fiction and non — to encourage people, especially those who are hurting.

Sherry: I write about everyday things that teach me lessons about God. Sometimes they’re funny things from the kids, sometimes they’re hard things from a sermon I heard. I do also write fiction – cozy mystery and suspense.

Mary: I write historical fiction, allegorical fantasy, alt-Victorian steampunk with a Christian flair, nonfiction about our culture and scientific history, contemporary relationships, and archaeological mysteries, always with at least a touch of romance so far. You can find a complete list of my books here.

Emma: I write children and young adult fiction. We used to do a lot of read-alouds when the kids were younger and we’d run out good books—we read a lot! So I thought, “I’d write a fantasy version of Pilgrim’s Progress” with a special twist. Which is what my first book (the Reign series) is about –a kingdom cursed so the people became small and led lives less than what their King meant for them to have.  Sounds familiar?  Because I am eclectic and enjoy many genres, like mystery, suspense and thriller type books, I wrote Dead Dreams. And subsequently books for girls in the Princesses of Chadwick Castle series which marries adventure and classical artwork plus a tinge of ballet as well—my girls love ballet.

Debbie: I write children’s fantasy–I’m working on Book #2, and I’m also working on a few other stories for YA (contemporary) and YA & A (a mother/daughter relationship with a political twist & Christian theme). I have two WordPress blogs: one on the writing craft, and the other Christian-oriented. I also have an author’s website.

Heather: I have written or contributed to over a dozen books. My best-selling books are my Teen Devotionals… for Girls! It’s a series of three books, with the fourth scheduled to come out next year around Easter. I also write a women’s Bible study for my local church, and a few other things. Here at Candidly Christian I will be blogging about struggles I face as a Christian woman. Whether it’s faith, failures, or just life, I write about real struggles and how God has shown me it’s possible to overcome through the faith in Him. Oh… and I am also pretty obsessed with the gospel, so I’ll probably write about that a lot.

What about you?

We’d love to get to know our followers. Share your answers to the following questions in the comments:

  • What is something you love or enjoy?
  • What is something you struggle with?
  • What is your favorite part of being a Christian?
  • Are you an author or a blogger? If so, tell us what you write about!

If you’d like to get to know more about our bloggers, you can click here to read more about us.

Be sure to come back on Monday to read the first post written by one of the lovely women above.

P.S. We are super excited to announce that this post was featured on A Work of Grace in their weekly Grace & Truth link up. Thank you so much, Aimee!

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37 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie Carter October 19, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I just love the new website.. Love being a contributing author and pray we all reach a LOT of women with our words. Writing is a powerful thing to not be taken lightly. Let’s do this!!!!!

  • Reply Adriana Nogueira October 19, 2016 at 9:58 am

    O que é algo que você ama ou gosta?
    Experimentar algo novo, e isso inclui comidas, lugares, ter novas experiências me desafiam e estimulam novas conquistas e realizações.

    O que é algo que você luta com?
    Procrastinaçao, a coisa de empurrar com a barriga tudo aquilo de que não gosto ou não vejo como prioridade, mesmo sendo importante.

    Qual é a sua parte favorita de ser um cristão? Viver em comunidade, compartilhar, poder recomeçar, sendo aceita e perdoada cada vez que meus pés vacilarem. Ter um exemplo em Cristo e transmitir seu amor para todos.

    Você é um autor ou um blogueiro? Se assim for, diga-nos o que você escreve sobre!

    Infelizmente não sou mas, adoraria ter a oportunidade de ser. Porém costumo registrar alguns pensamentos, questionamentos, idéias e outras coisas interessantes.

    Edited to add English translation:

    What is something you love or like?
    Try something new, and this includes food, places, have new experiences challenge me and stimulate new achievements and accomplishments.

    What is something you struggle with?
    Procrastination, the thing to push with the belly everything you do not like or do not see as a priority, even though it is important.

    What is your favorite part of being a Christian? Living in community, sharing, power again, being accepted and forgiven each time my feet falter. Have an example in Christ and transmit his love for all.

    You are an author or blogger? If so, tell us what you write about!

    Unfortunately I am not but would love to have the opportunity to be. But usually record some thoughts, questions, ideas, and other interesting things.

  • Reply Jaime Hampton October 19, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I was so excited to get to know some of the other contributing authors through this morning’s post! I hope to hear from some readers as well. Thanks, Heather, for giving us this space to encourage one another.

    • Reply Heather Hart October 19, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Thanks for being part of the team, Jaime! It has been so encouraging to read all of your posts and I can’t wait to share them with our readers.
      Heather Hart recently posted…Aug 31, The New GiftMy Profile

  • Reply Sherry Chamblee October 19, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I’m really excited to see this launching. I think it’ll be a great way to reach out to each other and help us all in our struggles.

  • Reply Sarah Jean Althouse October 19, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I love this insider look at the lives of REAL Christian women – struggles and all.

    • Reply Heather Hart October 19, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! It’s not always easy to be open and honest, but we all struggle with something, and sometimes those struggles are more similar than we would guess.
      Heather Hart recently posted…Sep 13, When To WorryMy Profile

  • Reply Andi October 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    what a beautiful post – so many women with so many different likes

  • Reply Laura J Marshall October 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    What a wonderful group to be a part of. I enjoyed getting to know everyone more reading the question and answers. ♡ God bless you all.

  • Reply Alana Terry October 19, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Love the website, Heather. It looks lovely! I’m excited to get to know all you bloggers and readers better!

  • Reply Shannon Wilson October 19, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Q1: some of my favorite things are pizza, peanut m&ma’s, coke, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and crocheting

    Q2: I struggle with my identity in Christ and knowing him as my father, I am very negative…the glass is always half empty. This is something I am really working hard to change. When I mess up I beat myself up more than anyone else ever could.

    Q3: With all I struggle with I know that as long as I don’t give up there is hope for my. I love knowing that God won’t give up on me regardless of how many time I throw in the towel and with everyday I wake up His mercy is made knew…but I have to say that my most favorite thing is knowing this life is only temporary and one day I will be with God and never leave his side again

    • Reply Heather Hart October 20, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Shannon, I can totally relate to the part about beating yourself up. I do that way too often. I think we all tend to be harder on ourselves than others are, but I also know that sometimes we can go way too far and way too long. I’m so thankful for God’s grace and over the past 5-8 years, God has been really teaching me that that grace isn’t just for others, but for me too.
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      • Reply Shannon Wilson October 20, 2016 at 12:06 pm

        Thanks Heather…I think that is the real struggle…I believe in ALL of God’s promises I just have a hard time believing that they are for me

    • Reply Jaime Hampton October 24, 2016 at 1:57 am

      Shannon, so glad you shared. Be encouraged that you aren’t alone! I struggle with beating myself up too and spiraling into despair over little things. Just this morning I let it happen again! I think I am starting to recover more quickly, but it is a constant battle for me. This is a scripture that I say out loud to wage war on the lies: ‘For a righteous (wo)man falls seven times, and rises again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.’ – proverbs 24:16 We will rise! God bless you!
      Jaime Hampton recently posted…Yoked With Christ, Part 2My Profile

  • Reply Horace Williams Jr October 20, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I feel like I am invading your space ladies but I have been linking up with Crystal for over a year. Back when it was Intentional Tuesdays. Love what you ladies are doing here. I know that God is glorified. I have been blogging for almost 2 years now. I have a passion for writing and about to publish my first book on the power of prayer this Fall. (Lord willing) I am a stroke survivor of 6 years. I hope to encourage, enlighten, and even educate others about the transforming power of God with my writing. I struggle with being overly self-critical. I am learning to trust God’s leading and seek His wisdom. I remind myself that He has a plan for me for a future and hope(Jer. 29:11) Well that’s a little about me. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and may God richly bless you and yours in all your endeavors.
    Horace Williams Jr recently posted…Prepared by Jesus to be Poured out a BlessingMy Profile

    • Reply Mary C. Findley October 22, 2016 at 7:38 am

      God bless you, Horace. I love to hear from men trying to write for the Lord. Your testimony is so encouraging! Praying for you to get your book out and that it is a blessing.

    • Reply Stephanie Carter October 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Thank you Horace for popping in on us… bless you.
      Stephanie Carter
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  • Reply Caroline October 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    What a fun post 🙂 Love the interview type style post!

  • Reply Debbie McCray October 21, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Q1: Making homemade cards. It is my opportunity to be creative and finish a project! Tagging along with this, I love to send cards through “snail mail” and surprise people with a special note.
    Q2. Being still. I love doing for God, but I also know that I am called to be still. I have to slow down, take a breath, and ask God to give me His agenda for the day.
    Q3. The privilege of prayer. Prayer is simply talking with our best friend, Lord, Savior, and oh yeah, the Creator of the universe with all power at His disposal! Prayer with an for others is also a wonderful venue to share the hope of Jesus Christ.
    Q4: I write about how the Holy Spirit applies God’s word to our every day lives: teaching, guiding, rebuking, and giving us joy in the journey!
    Debbie McCray recently posted…Have You Made the Call Yet?My Profile

    • Reply Heather Hart October 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      I struggle a LOT with being still. That is so hard. Seriously.

      Thanks for stopping in, Debbie. I look forward to chatting with you again soon!
      Heather Hart recently posted…Sep 19, Not the Popular GirlMy Profile

  • Reply Lori October 21, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    1 – Primitive (Colonial) decor, coffee, chocolate, and knitting
    2 – Right now, homeschooling an unmotivated high school junior.
    3 – Hope and Peace through Jesus
    4 – Home, Recipes, and Faith mostly, with some homeschooling.

    Thank you for introducing me to this neat site; I can’t wait to dig in and starting reading. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

    • Reply Heather Hart October 21, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks for stopping in, Lori – and for creating such an awesome link up! I spent way too much time today reading everyone’s posts!
      Heather Hart recently posted…Aug 31, The New GiftMy Profile

    • Reply Sherry Chamblee October 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      I totally understand where you are – I’m a homeschooling mom too! And have a couple of those unmotivated ones you mentioned. 😀

  • Reply Sheila October 25, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I am so glad I found this blog! I loved reading all about each of you! It is nice to have a community where we can be authentic with one another. It is very refreshing! In a world that is always trying to tell us who we should be versus who God says we are it is nice to know I am not alone. I am a blogger and the owner of http://www.JesusGlitter.com. I love to share stories about finding Jesus in the everyday moments of life. It is like glitter because it is random and shows up in the craziest places. I encourage others to #BetheSparkle too! I love anything that ‘Sparkles”. When I see something shiny I find myself saying “Squirrel” More important is my love for God and honoring Him with the gifts He has given to me. I have gone through some difficult times in life , but whatever we go through does not define who we are to God. I love to help women find their identity in Christ and help nurture their soul back to the Father’s Arms of grace, hope, love and redemption. I have been in ministry for over 35 years and last year I left my position at the church to pursue a different calling which I’m currently finishing which is my first book. It has been one of the hardest years of my life because I am an extrovert by birth :-0 Writing can be a lonely place sometimes, but God has taught me more about myself and the importance of pursuing your calling. Blessings to Each of You and May God Bless You In Ways You Can’t Imagine !
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    • Reply Heather Hart October 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Thank you so much for stopping in, Sheila! I LOVE your blog, but I didn’t know you were writing a book – I can’t wait to hear more.
      Heather Hart recently posted…Oct 24, Candidly ChristianMy Profile

  • Reply Aimee Imbeau October 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    What a fabulous idea, Heather! Interviewing bloggers is a wonderful way for readers to get to know them a bit better! Thanks for linking up with Grace and Truth this week. I am featuring 2 posts this week and yours is one of them – be sure to pop by tomorrow to get your button.

    PS – I am always open to an interview;)
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  • Reply Grace and Truth ~ Double Feature! - A Work Of Grace October 28, 2016 at 11:54 am

    […] I loved this idea of interviewing several Christian women bloggers.  I was able to get a little glimpse into the heart of each beautiful lady.  Head on over to Heather’s site to read some great tidbits of info and to be introduced to some new bloggers!  Christian Women You Can Relate To. […]

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