Meet Denise

I’m a southern gal, raised in central Kentucky and now living in the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. I am so blessed to have been married 41 years to a man who is my companion, friend, encourager and the love of my life. He pastors Boones Creek Bible Church where we love serving our great God together!

We are enjoying the empty nest after having the joy of raising two daughters. We rejoice as we see them and their husbands live out God’s plan for their lives. We have no greater joy than to hear that our children walk in truth. III John 4

I live for my Savior because He’s changed my life. I want my life to count for Christ. One Day when I stand before Him I want to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” It’s my blessing to serve Him in my church in our ladies’ ministry, and in mentoring and teaching.

I’m very much a homebody. I love the shabby chic decor embodied by painted furniture, chandeliers, and pastels. I love cooking and baking and am guilty of trying new recipes out on my guests. I also love being married, and try to make our home a place where my husband is excited to return.

A few last details about me…
I’m left-handed. I hoard chocolate. My dresser drawers are usually a mess. I have an identical twin. I have a reputation as a prankster. I’m dangerous around fire. I crave Mexican food. I’m dreaming about writing a book.

That’s all about me in a nutshell!

My Blog’s Mission –
My number one priority in writing this blog is to glorify my great God.  Ever since I was saved at the age of seven, it’s been my understanding that God loved me and sent His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for my sin.  I received Him as my Savior and have never doubted His love for me or His promise of a relationship with Him now and heaven for eternity.  What a wonderful joy to know Him as my Savior, Redeemer and Friend!

My next priority here is to refresh the hearts of women with the Word of God. His Book is life changing when we read it, obey it and apply it. My method of teaching is simple application as the Lord teaches me through illustrations in life. I love sharing these truths with women that they might draw close to the Lord with their heart.

Our homes are gifts from the Lord, and I believe it’s our duty to make it the most inviting place on earth! I enjoy sharing decorating ideas I’ve learned as well as good recipes that keep our kitchens warm and our homes welcoming.

Lastly, it’s my desire to refresh your life ~ the ordinary things that make up each day. It might be through sharing an organizational tool, a new Pinterest find or a date idea to help freshen up your life.

I’m in the process of learning all these things myself, and I love sharing my growth and finds with you here on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

23 thoughts on “Meet Denise

  1. Denise ~ Love the new “home”! Looking forward to your daily posts full of encouragement, laughter, and practical, biblical insight. (BTW ~ I dream of writing a book one day, as well!)


    1. Denise I am so excited to be a new follower. I look forward to seeing how God is using you and growing you and in turn being used and growing in faith myself . It was a pleasure to meet you and your husband this past week Oct 25 -28 2022 . I was so very blessed through the study . I look forward to what God has in store as I continue to flourish!


      1. Hello Paula! Thank you for reading and following my blog. It was such a blessing to be a part of the Senior conference at The Wilds. What a blessing each of you were to us! I will pray now for you to know the next step in flourishing in your walk with the Lord. Thanks for stopping to leave a comment and encourage me!


  2. I’ve followed your blogs for quite some time. I like the new look! Thank you, for all your ideas, examples of godliness, and recipes, too! 🙂


    1. Pat, sorry I missed your comment when you wrote! How can chocolate be a bad thing? I hear it’s good for your heart! It makes mine flip when I see it! =) Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Liking the new look, it’s just YOU~ We know all about that chocolate issue:) Thanks for you encouraging words, recipes and sincerity. We praise the Lord for a Godly, mentoring, practical Pastor’s wife and special friend.


    1. Thanks so much, Vickie. Sorry about the chocolate; I’m working on that. Remember the little bag of M&M’s you sent a month or so ago? Well… I still have about half the bag, but I ate several in one sitting last week! I’m improving! Thanks for your sweet comments, and for your prayers for me to serve the Lord with all my heart!


  4. I have been married 30 years, and my husband and I have just become empty nesters. Although I miss my children dearly, I am very proud of them and know they are in God’s hands. Thanks for your positive posts.


  5. Thank you for your sincere faith and Joy that is contagious to all you meet… I was blessed to have been able to join each and every woman at the Wild’s this past weekend and feel the presence of God. It is evident in all you do that God is the treasure of your heart! I must give praise to God for a sweet soul that received salvation and one that rededicated her life to live and serve Him!!! All Glory goes to the Father! May God continue to bless you in your ministry and thank you for being an example to this wife and momma… Blessed beyond measure!


    1. Oh April, what a joy to hear of the one who was saved and the one who rededicated her life! I am praising the Lord with you with hands lifted in the air! What a Savior! He is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance! II Peter 3:9 Thank you for being a faithful witness to your friends and caring enough to do the hard thing!

      It was a blessing to meet you and have the chance to chat. What a blessing you were to my heart. I prayed much for you all as you traveled home. Now I rejoice that He answered our prayers in ways beyond imagining!

      Continue in the things you learned and make a difference in your sphere of influence! Won’t heaven be wonderful? If I don’t see you before then, I’ll meet you there! In the meantime, I’ll be thankful to keep up with you on Facebook!


  6. I am new to Refreshher, and I was so challenged by your post, “Help Your Husband Live Joyfully With You.” Thank you. I enjoyed reading “about” you on your sight. I think we could be friends!

    My husband was called to pastor a small Baptist Church in a very small SW West Virginia town six years ago. I am still trying to adjust to the culture, people and “language.” At times I feel myself not being so joyful, and the Lord has convicted me of this. I’m looking forward to keeping up with you on your sight.


    1. Welcome, Ginger! I appreciate your encouragement here as I desire to encourage women to fulfill their role as wives and ladies who love God and live it out in every area!
      I’m sure we could be friends! If you’re ever in East Tennessee let me know and we’ll get together! I pray the Lord will bless your ministry in W VA!


  7. I am so happy to have found your blog. I follow your daughter, Wendy, on Youtube and she mentioned your blog. . So here I am. Even though it has been a few short days since I first visited you I feel a change in my heart coming on. You are such an encourager to me. Thank-you for taking the time to minister to all of your followers.


    1. She’s so sweet to send people here to read; thank you! I’m so thankful to have the blessing to meet ladies like you through this avenue! You’ve encouraged my heart today! Thanks for reading and commenting!


  8. It sure sounds so much like my southern life here in Whitley City, Ky! Such a pleasure and encouragement to be able to read your blog. It has really encouraged me and lifted me up. I’ll be reading every morning with coffee after my Bible, prayer and Jesus time of course. Thank you!

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  9. Glad to have found you here in this beautiful Blogland! I found you while searching for Christmas Decor! And you are a sister in Christ.

    Keep encouraging!


    1. Thank you, Nancy! Welcome to RefreshHer! I have been blogging for 11 years and I am thankful for this platform to be refreshing women in their hearts, homes and lives. Yes, Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord and I am happy to have the blessing of encouraging women to walk with Him! Thanks for stopping by!

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