The Joyful Life Magazine
A quarterly lifestyle print publication. Heart & Home Inspiration for Christian Women seeking the JOY found by inviting JESUS into our everyday lives.
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MANAGEMENT TEAM AND STAFF

SANDI SUTTON

FOUNDER | EDITOR IN CHIEF

Hi! I’m Sandi and I’m a mom to 5 children, 3 of whom are not really children anymore! I have 4 boys (24, 21, 18, and 13) and a 7-year-old daughter. While running a magazine has always been a dream of mine, it took many years to arrive at a place of peace about stepping out in faith to begin The Joyful Life. I write at sandisutton.com and prior to starting The Joyful Life, I spent 12 years running a photography business and teaching photography workshops across the country. I’m so grateful for the ability to use the creative work experience God blessed me with toward something that will be intentionally used for His glory. This magazine is born out of a desire to encourage women to grow into a closer and deeply authentic relationship with Jesus by inviting Him wholeheartedly into their daily lives. I believe that ALL of life is ALL for Jesus and my hope is that The Joyful Life will be an inspiring reflection of that.

When I’m not managing the day to day tasks of running the magazine, you can usually find me running here, there and everywhere with my kids, watching This Is Us, working on a DIY project, reading, writing, perusing Pinterest for the very best recipes, or cooking—and always with coffee nearby. Always.

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Sandi is the editor and founder of The Joyful Life and also serves as the creative director and designer for the publication and company.

TIFFANY EDMONDS

MANAGING EDITOR

Tiffany Edmonds is a writer, Bible teacher, and habitual encourager seeking to make theology tangible for our everyday. She advocates for deep intentional study of God’s Word and helps unearth biblical treasures right along with you on her personal blog at tiffanyedmonds.com.

A happy wife to her childhood friend-turned college sweetheart, mama of three daughters, homeschooler, and baker, means she’s writing in the margins and bathing in grace. For her, to live is Christ, and moment-by-moment walking in dependency on the Holy Spirit defines life’s greatest pursuit.

DANNAE RUSHING

PROJECT MANAGER

Dannae recently moved to Gilbert, AZ from sunny Southern California where she worked as a Resident Director at a small Christian University for the past eight years. She is wife to her hilarious husband Chris and mom to two crazy but awesome kiddos (with another baby coming in May). She loves creating a house that feels like home, making fun and intentional experiences for her family and having “heart” conversations with others over coffee. Her passion is to help women to experience the love of Jesus so deeply that they feel the freedom to be themselves.

When Dannae isn’t spending time with the people she loves you may find her reading a book, coloring, or organizing something in her house. She is so excited to be a part of The Joyful Life and can’t wait to see how God continues to use the magazine to inspire women all over the world!

AIMEE WALKER

COMMUNITY MANAGER, BIBLE TEACHER,
PRINT EDITOR & DEVOTION TEAM

Aimee Walker is a former pastor turned writer. A kiwi girl, she lives by the beach in Auckland, New Zealand with hubby Dave and three of their four children. These days you’re most likely to find her with a strong cup of coffee in hand as she juggles writing alongside homeschooling and navigating the toddler and tween years! A total word girl, but most of all a lover of His Word, Aimee is passionate about helping people understand and encounter the truth of the Scriptures so that they can live in the fullness of all God has planned and purposed for their lives.

You can read more from Aimee on her blog at onbecomingesther.com and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

Vicki Bentley

COPY EDITOR | DEVOTION TEAM

A Scottish native, Vicki now calls Upstate New York home, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. A writer turned editor, she loves to encourage women to pursue Jesus-centered, joy-filled living in the gloriously hard and wonderful trenches of motherhood. Being part of the Joyful Life team and community is both a blessing and a privilege, providing an opportunity for her to combine her gifts and passions in a unique and special way to speak truth into the hearts and lives of women. 

In her ‘free’ time Vicki loves to consume books and strong coffee, and get outdoors to enjoy the very varied, yet consistently beautiful seasons of the Northeast. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or on her website at purposefuljoy.wordpress.com.

Maggie Humphries

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Maggie is a wife, new mom, & designer. She’s based out of Baltimore, MD where she’s lucky enough to know the joy of picking steamed crabs. She loves to tidy up her house (although rarely clean it) and drinking cups of coffee throughout the day, no matter the time or frequency. Born into a family of artists, creativity is in her genes! Joining the Joyful Life team has brought new purpose to her God-given talents and a deeper fulfillment in her everyday life.
 
When Maggie isn’t floating around in the Adobe Creative Cloud, she’s usually watching Gilmore Girls’ reruns, reading Harry Potter (again), enjoying family dinners, or snuggling with her baby & puppy.

EDITORIAL AND CREATIVE TEAMS

Kristin Demery

print EDITOR | DEVOTION TEAM

Kristin Demery is a wife and mom whose background in journalism has led to many roles, from managing a social networking site for moms to working as an editorial assistant for an academic journal. Kristin has co-authored several books, including three indie publications and her most recent, The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness devotional (Tyndale, 2017). Kristin loves staying up way too late, spending sun-soaked days at Madeline Island with her family, sipping campfire mochas, thrifting, and gift giving. You can find out more about Kristin at her website theruthexperience.com or by connecting on Facebook and Instagram.

Cathy McIntosh

PRINT EDITOR | DEVOTION TEAM

Cathy McIntosh has a heart of compassion for women who struggle with discontent and feel stuck in the mundane. She has (mostly) learned to navigate such feelings and serves as a mentor and coach to help others grab hold of God’s unshakeable joy. As an author, blogger, and speaker, Cathy equips women to nourish their spirit and pursue their calling.

Cathy and her husband of more than 30 years are parents of two and grandparents of two. They cherish every minute spent with family and enjoy easy hikes in the Colorado mountains near their home. Come connect on Cathy’s blog cathymcintosh.com, Instagram, or Facebook.

Tresta Payne

PRINT EDITOR

Tresta Payne lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and four kids. She’s a homeschool mom, high school tutor and volleyball coach, and writer whose articles have appeared at Fathom Mag, Morning by Morning, Kindred Mom, and her blog. She obsesses over fir trees, her dog, and her family on Instagram, and is constantly trying to read more books than her brain allows. Jesus holds her together. You can read more from Tresta on her personal blog at trestapayne.com.

Carina Alanson

BLOG EDITOR | DEVOTION TEAM

Carina Alanson is a writer and life coach. She is passionate about helping women grow in their relationship with God, discover and walk out their purpose, embrace healthy self-care, and enjoy life. A former professional counselor, she has degrees in psychology and counseling. Carina is a lifelong Alaskan, and she lives in the sub-arctic town of Fairbanks with her husband, Paul. When she’s not writing or coaching, she can be found curled up in front of the fireplace with a cup of coffee and a good mystery. You can connect with Carina at carinaalanson.com.

Sarah Damaska

BLOG EDITOR | DEVOTION TEAM

Sarah Damaska lives in rural Michigan with her pastor-husband and three school aged kids. Shaped by the death of her daughter Annie, she writes on her blog sarahdamaska.com about God’s invitation to live in the intersection of hope & sorrow. Every autumn, she boards a plane to visit her friends in Haiti, particularly two sweet former prostitutes who have taught her the power of redemption and how Jesus makes all things new. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.

Maria Dyck

BLOG EDITOR | DEVOTION TEAM

Maria Dyck is a blogger, worship leader, and music teacher who is passionate about helping women find healing and wholeness in Jesus Christ. A mother to 3 wonderful kids, and happily married to Jim, the man who fixes everything. When she’s not on some crazy adventure with her family, she’s happy to be home with a hot cup of tea, her favorite chair, and a good book.

You can read more from Maria at her blog When Walls Tumble and on Instagram @whenwallstumble.

loralie hoffort

CREATIVE TEAM | DIY Photographer

Loralie lives in Saskatchewan, Canada and married to her loving husband Michael for over thirty years. They have raised three children and are blessed with three grandchildren.

Loralie is a lover of creating, be it anything handmade or a cozy garden space. She loves nature and the serenity found only in the wee hours of the morning, running on mountain trails with her dog Music, soft pretty music, singing and flowers.

Through the healing journey of a cancer diagnosis, Loralie became a photographer with a love of close up floral and nature photography. Her images are created to draw attention to God’s beauty that surrounds us. To bring a sense of joy and peace and remind us that there is always hope.

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FB | @loraliehoffortphotography

IG | @loraliehoffortphotography

Rhadonda Sedgwick

CREATIVE TEAM | FOOD STYLIST AND Photographer

Rhadonda lives in northwest Illinois with her church planter/pastor husband, Jon. Rhadonda enjoys exploring different areas of creativity but the most joy comes with spending time with family, sitting around a fire pit or playing games! You can follow her creative work on Instagram @Rhadonda.

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Carolyn Watson

CREATIVE TEAM | cover Photographer

Carolyn and her husband, Jim, have been married for 39 years and live on the Central Coast of California. They raised three daughters who have blessed them with nine beautiful grandchildren. Carolyn and Jim love camping adventures together and spending time with family. Carolyn loves working with women at her church and encouraging them to go deeper in their walk with Jesus. She is a photographer and loves pretty much all things creative. You can find some of her creative ventures on Instagram @sixteenmilesout and on her blog sixteenmilesout.com, as well as displayed throughout The Joyful Life website.

DEVOTION WRITER TEAM

Emily Allen

DEVOTION TEAM

Emily Sue Allen is the founder of the Kindred Mom blog and host of the Kindred Mom podcast. Soul care for moms and helping women find joy in the midst of their motherhood journey are among her greatest passions. She is a contemplative, creative soul who celebrates the beauty of a humble, handmade life and deeply values the power of encouragement.

She lives with her husband and six kids in the Pacific Northwest, and personally blogs at emilysueallen.com. Find Kindred Mom on Instagram and Facebook, and follow Emily personally on Instagram.

MONICA BARD

Devotion Team

Monica has been married to Gary for 33 years and they reside on family farmland outside El Campo, a small town along the Texas Gulf Coast. They’re empty nesters, but the best job God ever gave Monica is being mom to their adventurous daughter, Meredith. Family means everything to Monica and together they share a love of the outdoors, road-trip adventures, and exploring the history of people and places.

Monica pens words that encourage perseverance in faith and resilience in loving others. Why? Because that’s what God did in her life. Today Monica and her hubby enjoy the sweet times of restoration and redemption, but that wasn’t always the case. You can read more about the sweetness discovered in Jesus-filled hope on her blog and by connecting with her on Facebook and Instagram.

KATE BATtISTELLI

Devotion Team

Kate Battistelli, happily married to her best friend for 36 years, is mom to GRAMMY award-winning recording artist Francesca Battistelli and is blessed to be Mimi to Francesca’s 4 children. She’s a former Broadway actress and the author of The God Dare and Growing Great Kids. She represents one-third of the Mom to Mom podcast trio, whose goal is to equip every generation of moms with grace, encouragement, and honesty. Kate loves to cook and blogs about food and faith at www.KateBattistelli.com  Because of her heart for the broken and bruised, you can find her mentoring and encouraging women of all ages, either on her front porch, in her small group, or on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

kris camealy

Devotion Team

Kris plays house with her husband in middle Ohio, where she is raising her 4 kids while writing books at her kitchen counter. She is the author of Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting and the Director of Refine {the retreat}, a Christ-centered, yearly women’s event. She is also the founder of GraceTable.org, a website dedicated to furthering conversations about food and faith. Kris is a member of Redbud Writers guild and a regular contributor toThe Cultivating Project. In her free time, she teaches writing at her local co-op. Connect with her at kriscamealy.com and on Instagram @kriscamealy.

jana carlson

Devotion Team

Jana Carlson has an insatiable love for the Word of God. She blogs at Wield The Word where her desire is to inspire women to know God’s Word and live it out.

Jana lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and their 3 grown children. She works as a content creator and enjoys reading, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and spending time with family and friends.

Connect with her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Tara Dickson

Devotion Team

Tara is a recent widow and mother to four children. Following her husband’s death to, brain cancer in 2016, she began writing to help people find hope in hard places. She also writes children’s fiction, and is an agented author with Credo Communications.

She spends her days, teaching, writing, podcasting and being Nana to Ava Rose and Aria Violette.

You can find her sharing words of encouragement  at taradickson.com or on Instagram @tara_dickson.

She makes her home in Franklin, TN where the hills are green and the barns are plenty.

MOLLY FLINKMAN

Devotion Team

Molly is an Iowa native and lover of gray t-shirts who spends her days with four small kids and a husband who works unpredictable hospital hours. In her margins of free time, she loves to read good books and write about how her faith intersects everything else in her life. You can find Molly on her website, Instagram, or every month in your inbox.

Elizabeth Fry

Devotion Team

Elizabeth and her husband of ten years, David, live in Minnesota just north of the Twin Cities. They have three beautiful littles and she has recently transitioned to the role of “Work-at-Home” Mama. As a follower of Jesus Christ, she is thankful for the help and power of the Holy Spirit that helps her create peace and purpose within their home each day. She is passionate about drawing women’s hearts closer to God by accepting that their beauty and worth are found in Jesus and the freedom He offers through His death and resurrection. She adores coffee, music, reading, writing and time spent being active outdoors. Read more from her blog at elizabethafry.com.

kay gleaves

Devotion Team

Kay lives in the “Middle of Nowhere,” Missouri, in the heart of the Midwest, where she homesteads with her husband and extended family. A mama with two grown kids, empty nesting has led her to pursue the dreams set in her own heart; ones of writing, blogging and women’s & prison ministries. 

 A #hopedealer and #Jesusgirl, Kay has learned that using her own messy testimony to help other women meet Jesus, discover their worth, and love themselves in the middle of their own, sometimes very messy stories, is the Kingdom building to which she’s been called.

You can find her loving Jesus, building her homestead, sharing writings and imperfectly doing life joyfully, on Instagram and on her blog at whatdoesyourheartneedtohear?

 

MARNIE HAMMAR

Devotion Team

Marnie writes about learning that freedom isn’t found in perfectly completed checklists, but in knowing God deeper and hearing Him louder. Wife for 24 years and boy mama (14, 11, & 8), Marnie’s day job revolves around taming the stinky, scraping off the sticky, and distributing boys to the places they go in suburban Cincinnati.

Before kids, Marnie loved working as a corporate communications consultant and marketing director in higher education. Her favorites are cheering for her boys from soccer sidelines, settling in for family movie nite, and laughing with her friends. Loudly. With some cackling.

You can find Marnie at marniehammar.com, Instagram or Facebook.

heather howell

Devotion Team

Heather Howell is a true Southern gal, born in Mississippi, raised in Alabama, and now living in Texas with her husband of 19 years and her three children.  Having traveled to more than 20 countries – including living in Argentina for three years, her love for a world that desperately needs Jesus has given her a big heart for missions. Heather, also a health coach, enjoys empowering and equipping women to discover total health – spirit, soul, and body, which has led to her passion of writing, speaking, and teaching the word of God. You can find Heather at www.heatherhowell.org 

cindy singleton

Devotion Team

A long-time Bible teacher, Cindy Singleton is a wife, mother of three grown daughters, and “CeCe” to eight grandchildren. She enjoys sharing her own life experiences as evidence that “when life is crazy, God is faithful.” Although she spends a lot of time visiting Disney theme parks, Cindy can also be found hanging out at her blog The Titus Woman. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Laura Thomas

Devotion Team

Laura is a published Christian author who writes heartwarming encouragement for your soul. She has two Christian romantic suspense novels published with a third coming soon, a Christian teen fiction trilogy, marriage book, and middle-grade novel. She also writes devotionals for Union Gospel Press, articles and stories in magazines and online, and shares musings on her blog.

Laura is a chocoholic mom of three, married to her high school sweetheart. Originally from the UK, they live in Kelowna, B.C. as audacious empty-nesters. Find her at laurathomasauthor.com.

AMANDA TWILEGAR

Devotion Team

Amanda Twilegar lives with her husband, four children, and dog in the beautiful PNW.

When she isn’t attempting to homeschool her children, you can find her writing her thoughts on Jesus, and looking for Him in the ordinary, the hard, and the beautiful. You can read more of her writing atwww.lookingforthenorthstar.com or follow her on Instagram.

Jaclyn Weidner

Devotion Team

Jaclyn lives just outside of Vancouver, Canada with her husband Brendan and their 3 energetic and talkative little girls. She loves Jesus, strong coffee and diving deep in conversation to get to the “good stuff.” After God pulled her out of a deep pit of anxiety and depression she has been on a mission to share that freedom with other women. She writes at jaclynweidner.com, and regularly shares her life on Instagram Stories @jaclyn.weidner.

LINDSEY ZAROB

Devotion Team

Lindsey is a wife, mom to three young children (7, 6, and 4), and part-time Creative Strategist/copy-writer. Working from home and balancing roles and responsibilities keeps her on her toes. She loves to study God’s Word, run on the nature path behind her home, and connect with women over good conversation. But her most favorite thing is to enjoy the stillness before her household wakes in the early hours of the morning. You can find her at www.lindseyczarob.com, on Instagram and on Facebook

PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM AND ARTISTS

AMANDA ALBERT

Photographer

I am passionate about people and I love using my camera to show god’s glory. I am a world traveler, adventure seeker, military wife and a dog mom of two crazy pups. See more of Amanda’s work at amandaalbertphotography.com.

Kristy Berends

Photographer

Kristy Berends is a lifestyle and wedding photographer residing in Southern California. She is a Christ follower pursuing a growing faith and trust in Him and actively involved in a wonderful church. She has been married for 10 years to her dream man and they have two young sons together, ages 8 and 5. You can see more of her work at kristyberendsphotography.com.

Keilah Bregger

Photographer

Hey, I’m Keilah! Youngest of three in my family, lover of the outdoors and strong coffee. I’ve been a nature photographer since I was fourteen, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon – I have a strong desire to travel the world to see all of God’s creation.

Kimberly Bregger

Photographer | content stylist

Saved by grace, cherished wife, mama to Nix, loved daughter & sister, and friend to those who will have me. Traded in the corporate environment to stay home with my little dude and serve bloggers all over the world by delivering beautiful content that their readers love.

Ashley Cady

Photographer

Ashley is a photographer who lives in beautiful Arizona with her husband, David, of 13 years. Together they raise their 2 boys (10 & 8), and 1 girl (6). Ashley has been in love with photography for as long as she can remember and loves to use her passion to bless and encourage others. Most importantly, photography has been a way to connect to the beauty of God’s creation and to life’s everyday miracles that sometimes go unnoticed in this busy world. When she isn’t drinking coffee you can find her dragging her family outside to see another amazing Arizona sunset.

Melodee Fiske

Photographer | content stylist

Melodee is a food and portrait photographer living in and loving the Arizona desert! She is a lover of good food, people and Jesus. Her husband is tall, bald and handsome and she loves all six feet four inches of him. She has two little boys who keep her on her toes, keeps her Lego and Mario skills sharp and fuels her need for coffee. If you ever need to find her, she is usually strolling the aisles of Target with new food props in her cart, a Starbucks in her hand, and her boys in tow. You can see more of Melodee’s work at melodeelynn.com.

Julie Jablonski

Photographer

Julie is a hope-filled creative who loves to capture bits of beauty with her camera and in sharing, point others to the Creator of all things. She lives in beautiful Southeastern Wisconsin with her husband of 29 years, David, who is absolutely the love of her life. They have two grown children, Andy and Alissa – one of them out of the nest and the other, flapping their wings on the edge. Julie loves to read, write, and to take on artistic endeavors, usually with a cup of hot coffee or tea close at hand.

nancy janiga

Photographer

Nancy is a still life and nature photographer living in West Michigan where she enjoys long walks on the beach of beautiful Lake Michigan or the wooded trails in a nearby state park.  She also enjoys coffee shops and antiquing in many of the quaint shoreline small towns. She lives with her husband, Bob, and together they raised 2 grown sons who have families of their own. God has also blessed them with 2 lovely granddaughters and 4 great-grandchildren.

Spending time with family brings Nancy the most joy in life. Capturing life’s moments with her camera also brings her joy as it has helped her to focus on all the simple gifts that we have in life that would otherwise go unnoticed. You can follow her creative work on Instagram at @nan_iga.

christi kidd

Photographer

Christi is a wife of 25 years and mother to 9. She loves living on the wide-open prairie in Kansas, and enjoying breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, with a cup of tea in her hand. She specializes in capturing motherhood with her camera from the bloom of pregnancy, birth and beyond, finding the beauty in the chaotic and mundane moments of mothering.

You can view more of Christi’s work on her website at 9sparrowlane.com or on Instagram at @9sparrowlane.

TIFFANY REDWING

Photographer

I often find myself tracing the light, looking for beauty around me, whether it’s in the way two people look at each other in the eyes, or the glimmer of joy within someone’s smile. I specialize in natural light portrait photography in Portland, Oregon. I love capturing what makes a person truly unique and making people feel their best. See more of Tiffany’s work at tiffanyredwing.com.

PAM SCOTT

Photographer

Pam is a hobbyist photographer who finds great joy in capturing the beauty in the ordinary everyday moments of life. She lives with her husband of 38 years in Sunny Southern California. They have four grown children and two grandsons. You can view more of Pam’s work on Instagram at @pjscott6.

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TASHA WIGINTON

illustrator | coloring page artist

Tasha Wiginton is a writer, graphic designer, and creative entrepreneur who’s mission is to create resources that help others know, love, and obey Jesus more by focusing on the truth of His Word. She is a mother to three kids and married to her best friend, Billy. She loves cozy socks, Mexican food, and sunshine. When she’s not obsessing over personality tests or Googling something, she can be found dreaming up new ideas, or, more often, watching Netflix. You can find more of her resources at TashaWiginton.com.