0051 || How to Trust God When Dreams Disappoint || Cari Jenkins

Cari Jenkins lives in Englewood, Colorado, where she is co-Director of Urban Skye, a non-profit ministry that seeks to expand the Church's vision of how to grow the Kingdom of God in a city like Denver. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Table Collective, an organization whose desire is to help create cultures of hospitality, where everyone is welcome. Cari is a creative, a thinker, a speaker, author, occasional blogger, constant re-decorator, gatherer, host, friend and guide, who desires to see people formed by Jesus and live out of their formation for the transformation of the places they live, work and play.

Devoted Dreamers: 50 - Jennie Allen: Best-Selling Author | Visionary | Called to Disciple a Generation

Jennie has a wealth of wisdom to share with dreamers like us because she is one of us. She has struggled, fought back fear, and lived to see a dream that’s bigger than herself come to fruition.Some of my favorite parts of this conversation are hearing what has given her confidence to keep going when it’s difficult, what it’s taken to move from “fear” to “fun” in pursuing her dream, and that it’s so not about her.

Devoted Dreamers: 49 - Corine Sandifer: Podcaster | Business & Life Coach | Empowering Women

Corine is a business and life coach with a vision of helping other women. Since 2010, she has been coaching women entrepreneurs and students to discover their talents and skills so they can reach their highest level of contribution at work, school and in life. Corine is now the founder and owner of Brentwood Life Coach and host of Rising Stories Podcast where she interviews business owners and authors who tell their stories of triumph, grit and glory. Married to Michael for 27 years, they have two children and a dog. 

Devoted Dreamers: 48 - Hannah Toldt: Photographer | Aspiring Speaker | Set Free from Anorexia

Hannah Toldt is an extroverted introvert with a passion for authenticity, people and simple living. She owns an ever-growing photography business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and photographs weddings, portraits and families. Hannah started her business to combine her love for people with her creative eye. She is passionate about helping women see their beauty through her photographs of them, and she has a deep longing for all women and girls to know their value, worth and beauty. It’s a dream fueled by her recovery through Christ after years of suffering with an eating disorder. 

Devoted Dreamers: 47 - Hope Mangiafico: Entrepreneur | Health Enthusiast | Encouraging Hearts

Hope Mangiafico’s mission is to help others recognize that whatever their current situation may be, there is always hope. Because of her own experience living with a Type I Diabetes diagnosis, Hope wants to help people recognize their worth beyond a label or life-stage that could currently be holding them back from living the life God created them to live. Hope is passionate about working with people through their health journey, and she works locally and online with clients on personal training, nutrition coaching, and business mentoring.

Devoted Dreamers: 46 - Amy Pierson: Creative | Gatherer | Inviting Encounters with God

Amy Pierson loves to gather people and help them pay attention to what God is creatively up to in their lives. She believes we are all expressions of God’s creativity—which is why it cracks open our souls. Burning Heart Workshops was born out of her life-long journey with faith, learning, and leadership and shaped by hundreds of conversations with like-minded hearts.

While her background is advertising and journalism, over the last 10 years Amy has led efforts of the Spiritual Formation Alliance and completed her Certificate of Christian Spiritual Formation from the Renovare Institute. Recent work as a digital content creator for a new platform that champions transformation taught her how people learn and engage in our "noisy" world. Amy and her handsome soul-mate live near Denver and are parents of two adult warrior women and their ridiculous-but-sincere puppy brother.

Devoted Dreamers: 45 - Julie Manning: Unexpected Author | Cardiac Nurse | Surrendered in Suffering

Julie Manning is a wife to her beloved husband, John, mother of three fun-loving boys, and pediatric nurse practitioner. At 25, Julie left her career in corporate America to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. While in nursing school, the Lord birthed a passion within her to care for children born with heart disease. Little did she know, seven years later, she would learn her own heart was sick. The Lord’s pursuit of Julie’s heart and soul through the valley of many uncertainties has developed a fire within her to live intentionally from moment to moment as if it may be her last.

Devoted Dreamers: 44 - Rachel Swanson: Author | Speaker | Creative Entrepreneur

Rachel Swanson is a dental hygienist turned author and speaker. Her book, Big and Little Coloring Devotional (released in LifeWay stores, April 2017), was birthed by her own struggle to keep it together as a busy mama of three children under two years old. A rising inspirational speaker, Rachel shares personal and spiritual growth insights related to encouraging moms in motherhood, helping women discover their unique purpose in Christ, understanding God’s design for healthy sexuality, and overcoming stress and anxiety in their lives. Rachel has been married ten years to her husband who loves her despite her love for coffee and often impulsive nature. They rear their tribe of identical twin boys, their baby girl, and a Weimaraner who thinks she's a human.

Devoted Dreamers: 43 - Suanne Camfield: Author | Minister to Women | Paying Attention to The Stirring

Suanne Camfield is the women’s ministry director at Christ Church of Oak Brook and the author of The Sound of a Million Dreams: Awakening to Who You are Becoming (her first book, released in March of 2017). She previously worked for Caris, a nonprofit counseling organization that supports women and children, was an assistant editor at InterVarsity Press and the blog manager for FullFill, a nonprofit focused on mobilizing women to invest their influence in the world for God's purposes. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband--who’s a pastor--and two teenage children.

Devoted Dreamers: 42 - Shanon Roberts: Self-published | Devotional Writer | Leaving a Legacy

Shanon is the author of a newly published devotional book called Rise Up! Devotions. She's a gal who married her high school sweetheart and now lives in Columbia City, IN with their two teenage daughters. When they’re not attending girls’ soccer or basketball games, they’re playing recreational sports, or cuddled up with a good movie. She's worked as an orthopedic designer for nearly seventeen years, and co-invented a handful of patents in that time. About nine years ago, Shanon consciously committed her life to Christ and has been relying on Him to lead, guide, and grow her ever since. As her love for Him has grown, so has her love for her husband, daughters, and others; she now finds herself standing with arms wide open simply saying, “here I am, this life is Yours.”

Devoted Dreamers: 41 - Lauren Jones: Homeschool Mom | Foster Parent | Putting Books in Kids’ Hands

Lauren is a homeschooling, bio/adoption and foster care mama of four kids ages 9 to 9 months. If you can’t find her in the kitchen or the mountains, she’s probably scouring vintage shops for beautiful books. It should be said that she’s definitely not cleaning her house--you can pray for that if you’d like. Lauren and her husband Joe started foster care three years ago and have had 7 placements in that time. It’s been a healthy mix of “this is amazing” and “this totally sucks.” They recently founded Treasured Kids--a ministry aiming to get beautiful books into the hands of foster kids. They are excited for a new season of respite care as well as continuing to educate their crew at home and learning what exactly it means to be a family.

Devoted Dreamers: 40 - Julie Landreth: Speaker | Wife Coach | Cultivating Healthy Marriages

Julie Landreth has a passion for healthy and thriving relationships–especially in marriage. She is a speaker and wife coach who loves sharing with women her passion for prayer and how to cultivate a thriving marriage. She leads a growing number of women in San Jose, CA through her weekly WifeLab curriculum: Loving Well, The Art of Praying for Your Husband.  This year Julie and her husband will celebrate 13 years of cultivating a marriage filled with intentional love. Their secret? A date night every Friday since her now 10-year-old son was 7 months old. In addition to speaking, writing, and teaching, Julie is also a freelance photographer and designer.

Devoted Dreamer #39 - Natalie Ard: Illustrator | Unexpected Business Owner | Learning Patience

Natalie Ard is the creator, author, and illustrator of The Christmas Star From Afar® and The Easter Story Egg™. She is a wife and mother to three and has built the Star From Afar Kids company on the foundation of creating inspirational, interactive games and toys that help children play with a purpose. Star From Afar Kids creates toys and games that spark a child’s curiosity and creativity while delivering positive messages and creating lasting family memories.

Devoted Dreamers: 38 - Amy Peterson: Once Misguided Missionary | Author | Caring for Our Words

Amy Peterson lives with her husband and two children on a couple of acres of Indiana farmland. She teaches and works with the Honors program at Taylor University. With a B.A. in English Literature from Texas A&M and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, Amy taught ESL for two years in Southeast Asia before returning stateside to teach in California, Arkansas, and Washington. Amy has written for Books & Culture, Christianity Today, The Other Journal, Comment Magazine, The Cresset, The Living Church, and Art House America, among other places. Her first book, Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World, released on Feb 1, 2017

Devoted Dreamers: 37 - Cynthia Culver

Cynthia Culver spent seven years in the corporate world before returning to school for a M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and her LPC license. She split the next 10 years working for Watermark Community Church and in private practice. Now, Cynthia has a coaching practice called Un+Stuck, created to help people who are overwhelmed by their responsibilities and a sense of angst because they feel aimless and unintentional about their lives. It's her passion to help people gain clarity and develop a plan to live out what matters to them.

Devoted Dreamers: 36 - Hannah Edwards: Church Planter | Acquainted with Grief | Making Room for Brokenness

Hannah is a Midwesterner loving the Colorado life. She’s married to Brad -- a pastor, passionate engager of culture and beer, and a lover of bourbon. They were recently blessed with a bright-eyed baby boy, Ransom, after five years of infertility.  While learning to be new parents, they attempt to keep up with their spirited husky/blue heeler mix, Scout, and meet the needs of their entitled cat, Brooklyn. Brad and Hannah started The Table Church in Lafayette, Colorado, with a beautiful group of adventurous souls in 2016. Hannah does not consider herself a “dreamer” but rather a pragmatist. She is learning how those two things can intersect in a redemptive way in Gospel community.

Devoted Dreamers: 35 - Alexandra Kuykendall: Writer | Speaker | Encourager of Women

Alexandra Kuykendall spends her days driving to multiple schools, figuring out what to feed her people and searching for a better solution to the laundry dilemma. Author of Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me and The Artist’s Daughter: A Memoir, Alex is co-hostess of The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast. A trusted voice in mothering circles, Alex speaks to women around the world about issues of parenting, faith and identity. She lives in the shadows of downtown Denver with her husband Derek and their four daughters.

Devoted Dreamers: 34 - Jess Connolly: Writer | Speaker | Church Planter | Encouraging our Generation

Jess Connolly is passionate to communicate about Jesus. Whether that's through writing, speaking, or having a coffee date -- she loves spurring other women on and wants to leave her generation more in awe of God than she found it. She's one of the cofounders of SheReadsTruth, one of the owners of Amen Paper Company, co-author of USA Today Best Seller "Wild and Free," and the co-founder of The Influence Conference and Network. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina where she and her husband have planted Gospel Community Church.

Devoted Dreamers Mini-Episode: 33 - Erin Straza: Creative Writer | Heartfelt Speaker | Redeemed Dreamer

Erin Straza is a creative writer, heartfelt speaker and redeemed dreamer. One of her greatest joys is seeing others learn and grow through the lessons she shares on a stage or through the written word. You can find her musings on her blog, Filling My Patch of Sky, and she is also a co-host on the Christ and Pop Culture Podcast called Persuasion. Erin works as a freelance marketing and communications consultant, telling her clients’ stories in authentic and compelling ways. She and her competitive-marathon-runner husband, Mike, live in Illinois.

Devoted Dreamers: 32 - Amber Brannon: Girl Boss | Creative | Designing with Heart

Instead of listening to God, graphic designer Amber Brannon says she was fearful of the unknown in the dream He’d given her. And then there was that day He made it abundantly clear that she was to leave her agency job to create a business of her own. So, with fear and trepidation, she took that step and found herself in a dream job that’s provided more than enough for her needs and allowed her to build a design business full of heart for telling her clients’ stories.