Come on in.

Hi. If we haven’t met yet, I’m Denise, and I’m committed to doing “online life” a little differently. A little quieter. And a little simpler.

I write about “the quiet life,” which is a phrase found in 1 Thessalonians 4:11. It’s a vision for living counterculturally in a loud and restless world.

For a glimpse of what this looks like in everyday living, sign up here to receive my monthly newsletter, The Quiet Life Quarterly, plus receive a free devotional guide called Cultivating a Quiet Life.

While you’re here, make yourself at home. Read some articles and peruse my best recommendations for growing deeper in your faith.

Since my favorite thing to do is sit with a friend while sharing stories over a pot of peach tea, I try to recreate that same sense here, so please know this: You are welcome here. No matter what.

Life is a journey, and the journey is made so much sweeter when we sojourn together.

Come on in.

Hi. If we haven’t met yet, I’m Denise, and I’m committed to doing “online life” a little differently. A little quieter. And a little simpler.

I write about “the quiet life,” which is a phrase found in 1 Thessalonians 4:11. It’s a vision for living counterculturally in a loud and restless world.

For a glimpse of what this looks like in everyday living, sign up here for my monthly newsletter, The Quiet Life Quarterly, and receive a free devotional guide called Cultivating a Quiet Life.

While you’re here, make yourself at home. Read some articles and peruse my best recommendations for growing deeper in your faith.

Since my favorite thing to do is sit with a friend while sharing stories over a pot of peach tea, I try to recreate that same sense here, so please know this: You are welcome here. No matter what.

Life is a journey, and the journey is made so much sweeter when we sojourn together.

A little about me professionally…

Teacher. Editor. Author. Speaker.

I have an M.A. in English, and I have enjoyed teaching college composition and literature as an adjunct professor. I’ve also served as the General Editor on a couple of fun projects with LifeWay, like this devotional Bible. I’ve written some books, too, and I think you’ll find a fairly consistent theme in everything I write.

I love the world of words, where life and literature connect, but I’m most passionate about the one Book with living words — the Word of God.

I enjoy teaching God’s Word and coming alongside writers, so you’ll find me in some other fun places from time to time — like the First 5 app by Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Back when the world wasn’t dealing with COVID, I traveled and spoke at conferences and retreats. Right now, most of the speaking I’m doing is through Zoom gatherings. You can click here to learn more.

And if you’d like to take a peek inside my book, Deeper Waters, you can read the Introduction and Chapter 1 for free here.

A little about me personally…

Wife. Mom. Homemaker. Dog Lover.

I’d love for you to meet my family. My husband, Jeff, is my best friend. He always makes me laugh. Together, we have raised three kids — two girls and a boy. They’re 25, 17, and 16. We also have two pups who have stolen our hearts.

This family picture was drawn by my middle child at age six, and it’s rather true to life — except for the ultra skinny mommy part. Maybe someday I’ll post an actual family portrait here, but throughout my “online life” I’ve been committed to honoring my children’s privacy.

As a writer, I am a story teller.
As a mom, I am a story protector.

When I say “story protector,” I simply mean that I believe it’s my responsibility as a mom to honor my children’s lives by letting them tell their own stories when they’re ready. This gets easier as they get older. Very occasionally these days, I will share a picture on Instagram. Always with their permission.

These are my favorite four, and they are the reason I do my best to be fully present, here and now.

Writing in Other Places…

More than anything else, I love to teach God’s Word. Here are some teachings I’ve written for the First 5 app by Proverbs 31 Ministries.

When God Seems Silent in Suffering   (on 1 Kings 21)

When the Wait Is Long   (on 2 Kings 9)

The Happily Ever After Is Coming   (on Ezekiel 16)

A Beautiful Pursuit   (on Hosea 3)

The Desert Years   (on Galatians 1:18-24)

The Revealed Portrait and Promise in Revelation   (on Revelation 1:1-3)

The Call for Endurance   (on Revelation 13)

Here are some interviews/articles that have appeared in other places:

The CSB Devotional Bible: An Interview at Bible Gateway

Finding Hope in the Ashes at LifeWay Voices

When Prayer Doesn’t Feel Like Enough at (in)courage

For When You Can’t Breathe at (in)courage

The Myth of the One-Size-Fits-All Friend at (in)courage

Core Beliefs

Because I write what I believe, it’s fair for you to know what I believe.

I. I believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, 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. Humankind 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 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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