How I Use My Spiritual Gifting

I never thought in a million years that I would be writing about my love of Jesus and be a part of an amazing ministry that gathers women together in fellowship. Remember gals, there was a time where I wanted nothing to do with God. I was broken and incredibly sad, but then Jesus. Ah yes, my favorite part of my testimony, but then Jesus. Let me tell you friends, when it comes to the “but then Jesus…” well…that is simply when things get good. Jesus took my broken heart, and He is using me and my spiritual giftings to reach other women for His glory and His kingdom. What a blessing and an honor! And seriously, I am overjoyed that my testimony is being used to allow other women to meet Jesus for the first time. For another woman to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus. And share with another woman the love that comes from having a relationship with Jesus. A ministry that I very much ran from and blatantly told God this is not something I can do. I kept pushing back and Jesus pursued with more vigor. Let me tell you something, He did not stop there. He invited other women to stand beside me in this new adventure. Women I love dearly and who have become some of my dearest friends. He has not only inspired a ministry but an amazing sisterhood of Jesus loving, coffee drinking, praise report shoutin’, hands raised worshippers on this side of Mississipp.

And time for a little truth, we all know that I was not “feeling this.” And here’s why, I will just lay them right out in the open. In all honesty, other women can be catty and full of drama. Woman can bring out the best in other women and they can bring out the worst. Yuck and no thanks. You cannot make everyone happy. And lastly, I do not feel I am equipped. Well…this is another one of those sweet, but Jesus moments. He stepped in and kept pushing for Chosen Women’s Ministry to move forward. He equipped us as he saw fit. We have put Him first in all this ministry has to offer. We just want the ability to have women- both young and old- love on each other, serve each other and simply do life together. We were thinking of a almost Godmotherly concept. Where older and younger alike can pour into each other. Please note, I did not say fairly godmother. I mean that might be nice. Poof…and my house is cleaned with no effort from me…does sound appealing, but I digress, again.

Basic concept is for women to come together and join in fellowship. We want to serve each other. Here is where the Godmother concept comes in to play and almost like a reverse Godmother concept too. Women from high school age and beyond to come together and just be in His presence. Here is a little premise as to how we got here. I was the oldest child, I always wanted an older sister. Someone to pour into me. I did not really have that growing up. I certainly did not have a woman who poured into me as a Christian woman that was not related to me. Grandma Rose and Aunt Glenda prayed A LOT behind the scenes. Well now, as a mother of a Junior in high school, I am seeing so much from other women pouring into my daughter and guiding her in her faith, like a Godmother if you will. I do not really think I realized the impact that we as women have on other women in our Faith walk before listening to Lisa Bevere discussing Godmothers. I cannot love this concept enough! It is so empowering to speak life into another woman regardless of where she is currently walking.

I have realized that God has used the combination of my love of Jesus and gifting in writing to reach women. I am blown away and humbled by the outpour of love and support that I continue to receive from family, friends and the sisterhood of believers. I love to use my real life to illustrate God does not call perfect Christians, but he equips us to world changers for His glory. My goal in my writing is to have women see Jesus through me, a woman who is far from perfect but runs to Jesus at every chance she gets.

The Perfectly Imperfect Proverbs 31 Woman

You guys! I am so stinking excited for April 10th! That day marks 90 days since my book launched. It may not be a big deal to many but to me it means the world. It means that I let go of fear and yes to stepping out in faith and sharing my heart and love for Jesus in written form for the whole world to read, should the whole world want to! I am still in such awe that God allowed all of this awesomeness to come together! He is so so good! It took me longer than it should to start using my spiritual gifts. I love sharing my heart for Jesus with other women. I am thankful beyond words that Jesus allows me the opportunity.

Please feel free to share this book with any women who would be blessed by this book.

Thank you for sharing this book along! I appreciate you all!


Thank You

I just wanted to shout a huge thank you to the following online venues who have listed my book for sale on their sites. THANK YOU! You have made this simple, Jesus Loving, mid-western gal’s dream come true! I am thankful that Jesus put this on my heart to share . I continue to pray that this book leads someone to Christ and gives someone hope in the midst of everyday chaos. God is good all the time and all the time, God is good!

Thank you Amazon!

My Publisher, Trilogy Christian Publishing huge thanks!

Barnes and Noble! This still blows my mind away! I used to wander the shelves dreaming what it would be like to be a published author! Thanks B&N!

Thank you Powell’s!!!

WalMart! Thank you!

Huge thank you to Rainy Day Books! So grateful for this local store listing my book on their site.! Thanks for listing my book for online sales.

The book is also for sale by various venues in Australia, Canada, Germany and a couple other countries! Friends, God is so so good! I am blown away by how he has blessed this book and how many people have already been reached! Join me in prayer that this book allows at least one woman to come to know Jesus, one woman to grow in her relationship with Jesus and one woman to step out in faith and share her heart with others in the name of Jesus.

Above all, thank you Jesus for pushing me to share a glimpse of my testimony . I fought you on this pretty hard but you knew the right course. Thank you for guiding me in the writing of this book. Thank you for helping me to find healing in the writing of this book. The glory is entirely Yours.

Love, Tara

Trip to Galveston

Last week, we had an amazing getaway with friends to Galveston, Texas. It was ah-mazing! We stopped at the Oklahoma City Bombing Museum and Memorial. If you have not been to this, go! This was such a wonderful tribute to those who lost their lives and those affected by the senseless tragedy.

On to Galveston. My heart needed this vacation more than I can put into words. We went with three other families and had an absolutely wonderful time. We had so many wonderful discussions, played canasta, the kids did some snipe hunting on the beach, checked out all that downtown Galveston had to offer and let me tell you we ate the best food. Oh the food was so good!

I loved sitting on the deck drinking coffee and reading my Bible and devotionals. I also enjoyed sitting on the beach reading, while kids giggled and waves crashed in the background.

This was the view from the front deck.

Let’s talk about those kids. After over two years of stagnation, stress and insanity, those kids got to be carefree and enjoy the beauty that God put in front of them. They got to frolic in the Gulf and chase each other on the beach and their giggles were infectious. They got to ride a ferry to another part of the island and explore old Fort Travis. They got to experience the amazing food. They were making memories and escaping the hectic every day life.

As adults, we too were able to escape the hectic every day pressures and were able to relax and enjoy a wonderful getaway from the everyday. We had great discussions about the Bible and life. We are blessed beyond words with friends that have become family. I just cannot thank God enough for how he has blessed us with friends who push us in our faith walk.

It is so good for the soul to get away and refresh and a walk on the beach and the sound of waves crashing is a good place to be.

Beautifully Broken

I love how Jesus takes something broken, mends the brokenness and creates something beautiful. We had a Beautifully Broken workshop at our church that was based on Mosaics of Mercy ( Check them out! The event was all about creating a firm foundation through your relationship with Jesus. We also spoke about forgiveness, especially allowing you to forgive yourself first and foremost. Jesus takes the broken shards and creates something beautiful. In addition to two other women, I got to share a part of my heart. The overall theme from our testimonies was about Jesus taking our brokenness and allowing Him to mend those areas to create true beauty. This event was so amazing and healing. We shared testimonies, scripture and filled the room with worship songs. We are beyond blessed to have so many amazing women come together in the name of Jesus to seek healing and fellowship.

We had plates that could be broken.

I had no clue how important this process was to me. The crazy thing is…I never would have placed me sharing my love of Jesus with other women. I am thankful that God has wrecked my plans for his good. I grateful that Jesus met me in my brokenness and has used me to share my heart with other women. Jesus equips us to be a means to spread the Gospel with others.

My friend Angela, have enjoyed working hard in building this ministry. God put this on our hearts almost a year ago after speaking at church together on Mother’s Day with our Pastor’s wife, Kristian on all things mom. We are excited to do this event again! Angela and I both love to see how God is moving throughout our community.

Angela speaking; Tara looking on.

We ended our night sealing our hearts in individual prayer and then praying as a group.

Beautifully Broken mended hearts.

A huge thank you to our friend, Nicole Greer for capturing these images our Beautifully Broken workshop.

Life Update

The boys are close to wrapping up their seventh grade basketball season. They are excited to keep working with Joel to gain more knowledge and improve their skill sets. Did I mention these boys are twins? Hard to tell, huh?

Our Junior in high school is LOVING her first season cheering for basketball rather than playing basketball. She is one of the most joyful cheerleaders!

Keith and I are trying to find balance to be everywhere at once- as parents, we all know this too well.

I am working on Keith to get a she shed. This would be a great place to work on writing, to pray and to just have some space that is my own. I am thinking farmhouse chic.

Other than that, no real updates. Travel softball is gearing up. Boys are debating how they are going to spend their Summer. More to come!

I am working on a new project that I am beyond words excited about! I cannot wait to share more info in the near future.

Keith and I are doing a Bible Study through our church on Revelations. OH. MY. GOODNESS. We have been researching and learning so much! A book in the Bible that used to cause me so much grief is quickly turning in to one of my favorites.

My friend and I started a Women’s Ministry called Chosen Women’s Ministry of KS. We are so excited for what God has in store for the women and high school girls in our community. Here is a link to the Facebook page if you are interested in checking it out.

Jesus, I am praying for more of you and less of me in my every day life.


Brogan is a guy on a mission in this pic. Their school clearly needs to clean and paint the walls. Wowsa!
Brody during warm ups.
Kinsley cheering during a high school game.

She’s Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

This girl is my whole heart. She is literally sunshine. She is one of the most joyful people that I have ever been around. This girl is full of life. She does not fit in with the status quo. She was never made to fit in. Jesus has plans for this girl. I get the honor of being her mama!

She’s got a heart of gold. She loves without ceasing. She makes my heart full and happy.

She is growing into a beautiful young woman- both inside and out. She has some amazing roots and we are now headed into the unchartered waters of allowing her to spread her wings. As a self-professed helicopter mom, I am struggling!

I mean, I basically realized at the beginning of December that we have basically one more and then she is off to college and off to experience life. Brace yourself mamas your heart is about to fall into shambles. I pretty much shut down. Not my best moment. Nothing prepares us for this new stage of life that we are about to embark on.

I am learning how to navigate this new chapter. It is not easy but our relationship is constantly changing and growing into something amazing. I would certainly not turn down any helpful tricks on this issue.

I am praising God for the opportunity to love this girl while she is on loan to me.

Stay tuned on a pretty exciting project we are working on together. Until then, Kinsley- you are my saving grace!

This song hits my heart! Take a listen.


I feel like there are days where I struggle to meet the needs to being a full time working mom, a wife, a cook, the doer of the laundry and a gal who attends her Bible studies. There is a constant pull to be here, to do that and to meet all the needs. I have worked hard to schedule my time more wisely. To find that proverbial work/ life balance. I even hired a life coach to help me with that and let me tell you, she is amazing! I am not the type to ever ask for help. I like to handle everything on my own and if I am asking for help then the walls are about to burn down. As you can see seeking help was a pretty big deal for me. I am so grateful that I did. I feel like I lost 50 pounds off my shoulders and I am taking control of my time and what gets my energy. It’s all about balance. Some days are much better than others but I am seeing progress and that is the goal here.

Get Your Copy

You guys, it happened! I am beyond thrilled to announce my book is out there for purchase! I am blown away by the love and support for this endeavor. I found the process of writing this book really healing. My path to Jesus is anything but a straight line but my detours and backtracking make me who I am.

Below are links to where you can find the book! Please feel free to share with anyone who would find this book a good read.

Here is a brief synopsis of the book.

Do you catch yourself falling victim to the perfection trap? Me too girl, me too! Let’s dive in and see how conforming to the world has distorted our reality. Time to press into God’s truth and see for yourself.

I wrote this book to share my imperfections with other women. To remind them that Pinterest is not reality and that burning breakfast, forgetting practices, and pulling into school on two wheels are examples of everyday, real life. I want to share my reality with other women to give them hope and encouragement that even though we may not have it all together, we have a God that is faithful and so good. He knows of our faults and loves us right where we are. I know for a fact, that I am a mess most days, but every day, I am still the daughter of the one true King. I am simply an imperfect woman who needs less of me and more of Jesus every day. I am also okay with my imperfections because I know that through my God, I am perfectly and wonderfully made.…/the…/1140453567

Book Release Day

Thank you, Jesus! I am so excited to be able to share my heart story with other women. This book is about not being perfect, not being ashamed of your past- but also, no longer living there. This book is about a gal who ran hard and fast from Jesus and at times was so broken that she blamed God. This girl has become a woman who is desperately seeking Jesus in her every day life. I am real, raw and honest. I am beyond words grateful that I am about to share my heart with others.

Join me today in praying that this book will allow at least one woman to grow in her relationship with Christ. That one woman chooses to have a relationship with Jesus. That one woman finds hope that Jesus does not only call these perfectly put together Pinterest-worthy women, He calls you and I in our daily messes- you know, scraping the charred cinnamon rolls with a cheese grater and all.

Please enjoy and share with any mama, daughter, sister, grandma, friend- basically any gal who needs to know Jesus is for her and that she is never too far gone from the love of the Father. Enjoy sweet friends.

Below are some links where you can get more information.…/the…/1140453567