Hey, I’m Colette. Grab a cup of coffee and hang out awhile. I’m thrilled you’re here!
I have always been a bit rebellious (you know, the sneaky kind, hehe). I’ve never really understood what it felt like to strive to be that perfect woman. I am just me — take it or leave it.
I am also an extreme extrovert and love being around people. Sometimes this is the only reason I go to Target (and the dollar spot). I wish I could talk with you face to face, but there is this little problem with computer screens and 1000’s of miles, so I hope you can settle for a virtual chat.
You can imagine what a rebellious extrovert might be like, and you’re right. I got myself into a bit of trouble growing up. As an extrovert, I made fast friends, but my rebellious side made friends that weren’t the best influences. Then I fell in love with Jesus and that changed everything.
After meeting Jesus at Bible Camp in 1994, I grew a hunger for God’s Word and a love for His church. An immense passion for Christian community erupted in me and soon I learned that who I allowed into my life could either make or break me. My rebellious side continued to question everything about faith and my life’s purpose. Eventually this questioning led me to Bible college to study Scripture and to marry the man on campus who got expelled. No seriously, lol! (We have an awesome marriage BTW. #marriagecounselingworks)
You see, the Lord has made His children unique in every way, which leads us to certain people and places. God has sent us out into the world to be His image bearers of love and hope. Even when we find ourselves confused about our beliefs and our experiences in life, God desires for His people to remain unified & confident in His goodness. Over the past 20 years, I fought hard for my faith to remain the center of my life. Even in some of the darkest times God has proven Himself faithful over and over again to me. I am heartbroken over my friends who have walked away from their faith when life got hard.
Since graduating college (an undisclosed number of years ago), I have felt a continued calling from the Lord to pursue vocational ministry but I had to face the hard reality that there aren’t a lot of opportunities for women. I didn’t want to be a women’s or children’s pastor, and so I began to use blogging as a platform for my voice. Many of the blogs were private but nonetheless, they moved me along to where I am now. The thing I love so much about Christian blogging is that it makes us a part of the “cloud”:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
All of us bear witness to the work of Christ in our life. We each have a story that includes both struggle and victory. Storytelling I believe is one of the most powerful ways to share the Gospel. I love this Scripture because these witnesses’ stories display the power of God enabling us to be more resilient in our faith. It’s an exhortation to keep going, to not lose heart, and to set our sights on Jesus. That’s belief and life colliding right there, people!
That’s my passion and vision for this site. To exhort a generation of resilient women who stand at the crossroads of beauty and pain, and exclaim to the world that God is still good. This is hard stuff to swallow at times but it is the cost of discipleship. I’m not seeking a comfy, American evangelical Christianity. I want more than that. The Gospel is more than that. The Gospel calls us, equips us, and sends us out into a world that so desperately needs to hear Good News.
This all sounds nice, you say, but how does this practically play out in my life?
Well I would say a few ways:
First, we stay connected to the Vine, and second, we stay connected to community.
I once heard someone say that the only things that are eternal in this world are people and God’s Word.
So friend, this is your invitation…