Like having coffee with a friend and mentor, Renee’s authentic style and soul-stirring messages draw women closer to the heart of God and each other. As a national speaker, author and co-host of Proverbs 31 Ministries’ international radio program, Renee connects with women of all ages and stages in life. She has a unique way of knitting women’s hearts together, inspiring them to no longer compare and compete but to encourage and complete one another. Sprinkled with humor and saturated with Truth, Renee’s messages help women:
• Discern God’s voice and apply His Truth in their lives
• Exchange insecurity and self-doubt with God-fidence and trust
• See beyond who they are to who they can become in Christ
Renee serves as Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Executive Director of Radio and Devotions. She is a regularly featured writer for Encouragement for Today devotions and a contributing author to Leading Women to the Heart of God and God’s Purpose for Every Woman. She has written for the P31 Woman Magazine, Christian Women Online and Focus on Your Child, a division of Focus on the Family. Her highly anticipated book “A Confident Heart” will be released in July 2011!
From Renee’s Heart
I love to laugh. I love being with my family. And I love having fun with my girlfriends. Oh, and I really love coffee – especially sugar free cinnamon dulce or pumpkin spiced lattes!
I am a southern girl with a mix of Louisiana sass and North Carolina sweet – I think it’s the iced tea we drink. I was born in New Orleans and grew up there until my mom re-married when I was twelve-years old. We moved to N.C. and I love it here. We are nestled right between my two favorite places to experience God’s presence – the mountains and the beach.
Soon after, I felt God calling me to share my story with other women. My journey included years of struggling with clinical depression and days that were so dark it seemed that suicide was the only way out. But God rescued me from that pit, and from a whole lot of other things that had led me down the path that finally led to Him. I knew that was the story He wanted me to share, but fear of rejection and failure paralyzed me from telling my story for 10 years.
In 1999, I finally devoted my life to fulfill the life verses (Is. 61:1-3) that God had given to me in 1989, the summer after I surrendered to Him as my Savior. I finally said,”Ok Lord, I will trust you. I will tell your story. Even to just one, even to a small Bible study and even if you call me to a share with a larger group. I will do whatever you want me to do for you have set my heart free! I want to be a display of your splendor, not my own.”
For the past several years I have gone wherever He has called me to “bring good news to the poor…to bind up the broken hearted and proclaim freedom to the captives and release to the prisoners of darkness…to proclaim God’s favor…to bestow on them a crown of beauty…the oil of gladness and a garment of praise…so they will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3
Sometimes it’s to one…my neighbor, my child, my friend…sometimes it’s to many. Wherever He takes me, whatever He asks me to say, all I want is to make Him famous and help others fall in love with my Jesus. My prayer is that my love for Him and His Word will be contagious and that women will leaving wanting to know Him, be known by Him, and make Him known…to one, to some or to many!
Here I am with my favorite people in the whole wide world – my best friend and husband, J.J., our sons Joshua (15), Andrew (13) and Aster (2yrs). They make me laugh, tell me I’m beautiful without make-up and remind me every day of what matters most – family!
I am blessed to co-host the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ international radio show with with my dear friend, Lysa TerKeurst. Our show airs on over 3000 stations across the world each weekday. Click here to listen to a minute of God’s peace, perspective and purpose that we pray will linger for a lifetime.
My Statement of Faith ~ I believe in:
One God in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Jesus Christ’s deity, virgin birth, sinless humanity, substitutionary death, atoning blood, bodily resurrection and ascension to heaven
The entire Bible is God’s infallible revelation to man
Salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone
The resurrection of the body: eternal glory for believers in heaven and everlasting punishment for unbelievers in hell
The one true church, the body of Christ, consisting of all believers
Obedience to our Lord’s command to lead people of all nations to faith in Christ and to grow in Christ-likeness
Christ’s personal return to establish His Kingdom on earth
The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers believers and is given as a seal and a pledge of our inheritance in Christ Jesus