Sometimes life hurts.
And we wish we could just wash it all away. People are hurting and often can’t break free from the stigma of their suffering, especially if it is from hardship, abuse or scandal. Sometimes it is easier to silence these pains, but underneath is a wounded soul longing for healing.
Looking for real hope in the face of our new reality, we long for someone to understand our pain, but maybe feel judgment, isolation, and shame instead. I’ve been there.
And I want to help bring healing.
God longs to reach down in that raw pain and bring His sufficiency, but we often live on the surface – numb and afraid to go deeper with God. Can He be trusted? Why were such atrocities allowed? Does He still love me?
I learned the hard way that God is faithful.
It seemed like I had it all. But looks can be deceiving. My life as a devoted Christian homeschool family was suddenly upended by a traumatic and life-altering event that challenged my faith. I walked, stumbled, and crawled with the Lord through those painful days and learned lessons that continue to shape my music and my messages. With humility and transparency, I address issues such as loss, insecurity, discouragement, disillusionment, depression, shame and hopelessness.
We serve a God who redeems and restores.
He does not leave anyone out and hears all who seek refuge and forgiveness. Through Christ, we who were once victims can become victors!
Thank you for hanging with me here. I know time is short and it means a lot that you would pop by. I would love to hear your story and how God has met you in your time of need. There is space for you to share your heart on this website in two blogs and two podcasts, but I also am available on social media.
So, who is this crazy gal writing and singing so much and why is she doing what she does?
A little about me. God’s love consumes me and I have a passion to praise Him who has set me free. He can do the same for you.
I wrote the two books, “Shame Off You” and “31 Days to Hope Reinvented”, from a place of needing to heal and find answers as well as a burning desire for my suffering to not be in vain—I just wanted to help someone else overcome, too. And God miraculously healed me.
As a CCM Artist, Speaker, Podcaster and a Worship Leader, I write, sing, and proclaim God’s goodness based on my real-life experiences in the hope that the precious lessons God taught me can heal others and glorify our great God. I blog weekly devotions to encourage my on-line followers and shares my music and messages at retreats and conferences, worship services, festivals and events.
Back in college, I had a full ride to the University of Maryland for music, which was a huge blessing since I worked three jobs and had to support myself at the age of 19. I came to know Christ in college and began to write original Christian music at that time and received a BA degree in Music Performance from the University of Maryland.
I love being a momma and home educated all five of my children. Four are now in college and my fifth little guy who I adopted from Russia is not so little any more. An adoption advocate and speaker for Compassion International, I speak and travel in . the hopes that I might be a voice for children with no voice.
On the down low, I am a peanut butter pizza aficionado. Don’t judge unless you try it! Message me for the recipe. 🙂
But more than anything, I love Jesus and am married to an amazing husband, Clay, who sometimes ministers with me at musical events. When I am not ministering at conferences, writing books or songs, I love to play Scrabble or cards and hang with family and friends.
Formerly a music performance major on full scholarship at the University of Maryland when she came to know Christ as her savior, God began to give her songs on the piano. Denise’s debut album, “Just Fine”, released in 2002, launched her music and speaking ministry in the Mid-Atlantic states. The track, “Comfort to the Weary”, received airplay on radio stations in Pennsylvania and New York and was an all-day feature on KKLA Radio in Los Angeles, bringing comfort to listeners in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Denise’s sophomore album, “Praying For You” included tracks such as “Reign in Me” that received airplay in 11 states all across the mid-Atlantic region. This CD received Album of the Year from the Independent Gospel Music Association, during which time Denise was also a finalist for Inspirational Artist of the Year on IndieHeaven.com.
In 2007 she was awarded first place in the pop/contemporary music category by the President of K-LOVE radio in partnership with the International Music Ministry Association. The winning performance was featured on the TV show “A Night With Champions”. These awards and events seemed to confirm God’s calling on her life in the music ministry.
At the end of 2007, within months of receiving this recognition, Denise’s life was suddenly upended by a personal crisis that tore at the very fabric of her family. In the midst, God delivered a new message in songs flowing from a wounded heart attended to by our living God. Ultimately healing and restoration came that confirmed God’s promise to bring beauty from ashes to His believers. Denise believes that God uses broken vessels to share His love with others and she proclaims this truth to herself and others that, everything God allows in is useful and nothing is wasted in His hands.
What people are saying about Denise’s music
“An inspired teacher, Denise shares how God can transform the deepest trauma of your heart into a buoyant, contagious hope.”Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed and co-host of Grit 'n' Grace