I believe we were created for an abundant life. The problem is, we settle too easily in the comfortable shadows when true abundance is found within the uncomfortable light. It's one thing to step into the daring way, it's another thing to continue on when things feel hard. I have made it my job to nurture light for your journey so you can walk boldly and live abundantly.


I write to keep awake so the broken and ordinary places don’t lull me to the comforts I’m so prone to. As a pastor’s wife, mother of six, writer, and women’s ministry leader I am familiar with the constant tension of self-reliance and a deceitful heart. I am learning to die to self and walk boldly in the way I was created, delighting in the divine love of my Savior, and sharing my story along the way. 


I hope my journey of being made new can encourage you on yours and I look forward to seeing where our paths meet along the way. 


  • I grew up in Minnesota. I left, then came back.

  • I was adopted into the family of God. I wandered, then claimed my place as His daughter. 

  • I met a boy I didn’t like in High School. We fell in love and got married when we were nineteen. 

  • We struggled with infertility for 4.5 years. Now we have six kids.

  • We adopted three siblings from West Africa at a very unlikely time. 

  • I never wanted to be a pastor's wife. I am one now.  

  • I have held everything in my life too tightly, and too loosely.

  • I have avoided pain, and I’ve embraced it. 

  • I've been bolder than I thought possible, and I've let fear stop me too many times.

  • I have started over more times than I can count. 

  • And then, I stopped bridling my response to Lord's work in my life. 


the note

thoughtful reflections and a simple list of recommendations I don't share elsewhere.

it's honest, it's personal, and it's fun.

it's an email I send at the end of every month. want to get it?

"The hard thing you and I are called to do today is not the jobs we do, the places we go, or the people we must love; it is first and foremost the hard work of turning our affections from self to Savior."

-Ruth Chou Simons


@ kristina.m.ward


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