Hi. I’m so glad you’re here.
If we could meet in person, I’d love to share a pot of tea and hear your story. Because I believe stories build bridges between hearts.
My friends call me Denise. And I like to call everyone friend.
I prefer mountains to beaches and towns to cities, yet I live in the greater Los Angeles area. I think God has a funny sense of humor.
I was born and raised in a rural farming community, where life was slower…and simpler too.
Then I moved to Southern California to attend college. And here, I happily stayed. Today, I teach composition and literature at Azusa Pacific University.
I love the world of words, where life and literature connect, but I’m most passionate about the Book with living words — the Word of God.
And that’s what you’ll find around these parts. My quiet home on the web is a collection of words that come from my time in the Word.
Because His Word is what matters most.
I love being with women and teaching Bible studies and coming alongside writers.
But wherever I go, I cherish those moments when I can be one-on-one with a friend. To hear her story. To understand her heart. And to lean in close and whisper, “Me too.”
Because even though our circumstances may be different, our souls are the same.
We are longing for wholeness. And somewhere along life’s path, we learned that true wholeness comes only from the Maker of our souls.
I’d love for you to meet my family too.
This family portrait was drawn by my middle child at age six. And it’s rather true to life — except for the ultra-skinny-mommy part.
My husband, Jeff, has an uncanny ability to find humor in even the smallest parts of everyday life. He has taught us to laugh every day, even at ourselves, and not to take ourselves too seriously.
Simone is 22 and the most cheerful person you’ll ever meet.
Brynn is my contemplative 14-year-old who’s inherited her father’s humor.
Parker, my 12-year-old boy, is all boy. In every sweaty way.
These are my favorite four.
And these are the four reasons why I do my best to be fully present, here and now.
Oh, yeah, I wrote a book too.
I’ve been blogging since 2009…and this book?
It’s the “About” page I never wrote.
It’s a book about the Book.
Because that Book changed my life.
And in my book I tell you why.
You can learn more about it here.
And because I write what I believe, it’s fair for you to know what I believe…
I. I believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
(Isaiah 40:6, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
II. I believe there is one God in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Deuteronomy 6:4, John 17:21, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
III. I believe God created the heavens and the earth.
(Genesis 1:1, Psalm 102:25, Colossians 1:17)
IV. I believe God created man and woman in His image.
(Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 8:4-5, Psalm 100:3)
V. I believe the first man and woman chose to sin through voluntary disobedience, resulting in separation from God. All men and women are now born with a sinful nature and have a need for reconciliation with God.
(Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-3)
VI. I believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered His life as the ultimate substitutionary sacrifice. He was crucified, buried, and raised to life on the third day. His work on the cross is the once-and-for-all atonement for sin. Jesus ascended to heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father as our Advocate.
(John 14:6, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 1Timothy 2:5-6, Hebrews 7:25)
VII. I believe salvation is by grace alone — through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ. Man cannot earn or work for salvation. Upon accepting Christ’s gift of salvation, a believer receives the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
(John 14:16-17, 26; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 1:9)
VIII. I believe the one true church consists of all believers who have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation. The church is God’s chosen instrument to exemplify His grace and truth to a lost and hurting world.
(Matthew 16:18, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 2:20-21)
IX. I believe Jesus Christ will return one day for the consummation of His Kingdom.
(Acts 1:9-11, Matthew 16:27, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, Hebrews 9:27)
X. I believe water baptism is by immersion — as an act of obedience; it’s an outward testimony of the inward transformation that occurs upon accepting Christ’s gift of salvation.
(Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1-5, 1 Peter 3:21)
XI. I believe the Lord’s Supper is observed by the church to remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His coming return.
(Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-34)
XII. I believe in the resurrection of the body. People will live eternally either with God in heaven or apart from Him in hell.
(John 3:16, Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, Revelation 20:11-15)
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