Lisa Appelo | Founder Hope in Grief
Welcome! I’m a published author and speaker inspiring women to cultivate faith in life’s storms. Ten years ago, I became a sudden widow and single mom to 7. I write at LisaAppelo.com and have published at Proverbs 31 Ministries, (in)courage, Risen Motherhood and more. My book Life Can Be Good Again: Putting Your World Back Together After It All Falls Apart releases April, 2022. I spent several years as a litigating attorney, but my days are now filled top to bottom with stewarding my children, writing, ministry, speaking and running enough to justify lots of dark chocolate. I’d love to connect on Instagram @lisaappelo.
Anna Kettle is a published author, podcaster, speaker and award-winning marketing professional. Her first book, Sand Between Your Toes: Inspirations for a Slower, Simpler, More Soulful Life is out now under Tyndale House. She is also the co-founder of SPACE, a miscarriage and infertility support network that provides space for women to connect, grieve and heal together. Having experienced multiple miscarriages herself, Anna can now be found regularly writing and speaking about miscarriage, infertility, grieving and holding onto hope when things are hard. Anna is married to husband Andy, and mum to their son Ben (aged 6). They live in the beautiful waterfront city of Liverpool, England. You can find Anna at www.annakettle.com and on Instagram @annakettlewrites.
Erica Baldwin lives in North Carolina with her ever-detailed husband and active nine-year-old miracle son. Diagnosed with an incurable genetic condition (Vascular EDS) at the age of 33, Erica writes to encourage women to trust God’s goodness as they face life’s unplanned detours and unwanted trials. Her fragile body and uncertain future have led her to place firm hope in God’s character. Erica’s grief journey includes dealing with her life-altering invisible chronic illness, infertility and the loss of both of her parents way too soon. She treasures every “normal” day as a gift, especially days that begin with coffee and end with the family cuddling on the couch. Erica loves fall weather, Hallmark movies and listening to others’ stories of resilience. Erica writes at ohhisgoodness.com (get her free Rest in Jesus: 7 Nighttime Devotions to Calm an Anxious Heart) and connect @ericabaldwin_ohhisgoodness.
Faith Griffin Sims
Faith Griffin Sims is a wife, a mom of six and “Mia” to 17 grandchildren. She writes about grief, suicide loss and living life with hope. Faith believes in offering comfort in the way she has been comforted (2 Corinthians 1:4). In that vein, she began a local chapter of Survivors of Suicide (SOS) for others navigating the loss of a loved one by suicide. Faith recently earned a certificate in grief education. She is honored to be a contributing author on several books and websites and is currently writing a book. Find Faith at www.faithgriffinsims.com and on Instagram @faithgriffinsims.
Jodi Rosser is a writer, podcaster and speaker who serves a steadily growing audience through her podcast, Depth, and her blog, Heartbreak to Strength. Having walked through multiple heartbreaks (divorce, miscarriage, and cancer), Jodi now inspires women to find hope, joy and purpose through their unexpected storms. She lights up the most when she shares her testimony using her cracked clay pot, a visual reminder that God shines brightest through our broken places. She lives with her two teenage sons in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Connect with Jodi on Instagram @jodi.rosser and at jodirosser.com to get her free resources library including 10 Bible Verses to encourage a hurting heart.
Juli Boit is an author, community builder and non-profit leader working at the intersection of faith, global health, and human dignity. For 17 years Juli has lived and worked in Africa, founding and serving as International Director of Living Room International, a community-led nonprofit providing hospice and palliative care services to adults and children in Kenya. Through her training as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Juli has combined her dual passions of healthcare and social justice into a unique expression of love that is providing desperately needed services in an underserved community. Juli’s new book, From Beyond the Skies, chronicles her journey of moving to Kenya, founding LRI and becoming the adoptive parent of three children with Sickle Cell Disease. Connect with Juli at www.LivingRoomInternational.org and @julimcgowanboit.
Kristin Vanderlip is a contemplative soul, veteran military spouse and mom to two growing boys and her little girl in heaven. She writes to help women draw near to God and persevere in hope especially when life is difficult. Kristin is the author of the Life Worth Living Journal and encourages women to use journaling as a tool for spiritual formation. Kristin and her family currently call California’s Bay Area home. Connect with Kristin at KristinVanderlip.com and on Instagram @kristinvanderlip.
Lori’s greatest desire was to be a wife and mother. The Lord blessed her marriage with eight children in ten years, while the enemy made plans to “kill, steal, and destroy.” Trials came and tragedy struck through the suicide death of her beloved husband, leaving her a young widow raising fatherless children. Psalm 68:5, “I am a Defender of the widow and Father to the fatherless,” became the anchor promise that shaped their perspective in the midst of suffering. God has faithfully proved that He comes to give “life abundant.”
Lori now devotes her life to mentoring, discipling and ministering to women in their transition from wife to widow, encouraging them to put their trust in God. Perspective Ministries was founded out of her calling to meet the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of the widow and fatherless, equipping the church and community to do the same.
Monet is married to her best friend Josh. Though wildly imperfect, she delights in being momma to Hudson and Eleanor. Her home in Prattville, Alabama is full of noise, crumbs and baskets of clean, but unfolded laundry. After pausing her nursing career, Monet and her husband moved from their childhood home of central Pennsylvania, 800 miles south for a new adventure. What was to be a new chapter as stay-at-home mom life for Monet quickly shifted to the unexpected when she received a call her husband was involved in a terrible five-car pileup on his way to work. She found herself back in a caregiver role—this time for her son, injured husband, and daughter on the way. Through hope-filled writing and speaking, Monet invites women to grow in wholeness despite brokenness through purposed grieving, purposed serving and purposed praying. Find Monet at https://livingandlovingwhole.com (get her free resource here) and @monet.carpenter.
Rachel Schelb is a podcaster, writer and speaker living in Tampa, FL with her family. She’s been married to her husband, and best friend, since 2008 and they have two children. Rachel has experienced many “beauty from ashes” moments in her life, and she is honored to share what God has taught her through them all. She is passionate about helping people love well on purpose, being intentional and offering hope and encouragement to those around them. She hosts a weekly 5-minute podcast called Love Well On Purpose sharing tips and encouragement. When she finds rare moments of free time, she can be found kayaking or baking custom sugar cookies for her side business. Follow her on Instagram @rachelschelb and head over to rachelschelb.com to join her email list and find various free downloads just for you!
Somer Colbert is a writer, speaker and host of the Love Where You Are podcast. She’s the founder of Ahavah in our Hearts Ministry, creating weekly podcast episodes and resources to equip and empower Christian women to identify their influence for the gospel in every season, love boldly and share Jesus right where they are. Somer is passionate about seeing a movement of God’s women step into confidence in their ability to change the world around them through the way they love! She resides in Arkansas with her husband, three kids and three dogs. Her life has been forever changed by the love of Jesus, marriage to her favorite person, parenting her crazy crew and walking multiple adoption journeys. Connect with Somer @somercolbert and at somercolbert.com and check out the Love Where You Are podcast on your favorite listening platform!
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