Everyday Awe

Meet Steph

Hi, I am Steph. A wife, mom, minister, writer, and lover of Jesus.

 

I believe that God is active in the world. It is my goal to engage with His movement and respond to His love. That is why I write and hopefully how I live. I hope the blog posts, resources, or recommendations on Everyday Awe can help you do the same.

 

Besides writing, I also love to speak. I can teach on many topics related to spiritual growth and Christian living. Browse around this blog and you will get a feel for my style. If you’d like to discuss whether I would be the right speaker for your church group, event, or conference, please email me.

 

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I have been married for thirteen years. Fun fact: we got engaged at the turn of the millenium… in Paris. Seriously. My hubby is still getting brownie points for that one. We have our ups and downs to be sure, but we are blessed to be a genuinely happily married couple, something that seems a rarity these days.

 

I am a mom of two young boys. Which means life is full of funny quotes, grateful moments, small adventures, and sometimes {often?} stress. (That is also why the picture on this page is getting a little out-dated. For the life of me, I can’t get a shot with all four of us smiling at the camera.)

 

I am also a seminary graduate and the Co-Director of The Table at CPC. The Church has a messy history, and complicated current reality, but I still consider it a joy and privilege to work for her. (This is a good place to say that all the views on this site are my own, and not necessarily approved or endorsed by my current or former employers.)

 

My life and faith journey has been shaped by many things, not the least of which was the pregnancy complications that occurred with my first child. We were both quite sick and he was born 2 months early. That experience of having a preemie was gut-wrenching and life-changing. You can read more about it in a few of my posts, He knew, Have you ever had your heart ripped out?, and What makes a good God story?.

 

Besides family, my loves include coffee, wine, and chocolate {of course!}. I also love to travel, hike, host people for dinner, and talk about life with new and old friends.

 

Now that you know more about me, would you return the favor and tell me about you? Please leave a comment or shoot me an email and let me know you stopped by.

  • Carol Fricke

    I sure am glad I’ve had the pleasure of knowing you beyond this page! You are an incredible woman! :)

    • http://everydayawe.wordpress.com Stephanie Spencer

      Carol, you warmed my heart. Thank you!

  • http://www.avenuesofgrace.blogspot.com Marna Revlock

    Hello steph,
    I came across your website while I was searching something on google images. I am a christian life coach and am relaunching my business that I put on hold while my kids were young and at home with me. I have been looking at various websites to get some ideas for myself and found your page. I was very drawn to the look and feel of your website. I love the colors and the images, as well as some of the things you have written about, not to mention your purpose. I hope to come back and explore it a little more at another time. I have an old blog that I intend on revamping as well to my new site. You can check it out if you wish. http://www.avenuesofgrace.blogspot.com. thank you.
    Marna

    • http://everydayawe.wordpress.com Stephanie Spencer

      Thanks for the encouragement, Marna. I was just thinking about how I wanted to improve some things. Your words came at a wonderful time :)

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com Kari Scare

    Came to your site via recommendation by Mark Allman. Your tagline “engaging with God in everyday life” caught my attention since I have been promoting the idea of an “everyday God” for a while now not just in my writing but in my life (I hope) as well. Plan to check out your blog regularly.

    • http://everydayawe.wordpress.com Stephanie Spencer

      Thanks for stopping by Kari! I’m glad you resonate with the message.

      • Mark Allman

        Stephanie,
        You should check out Kari’s blog as well.

      • http://struggletovictory.com Kari Scare

        Subscribed to your blog the other day & enjoying the posts. Glad for the recommendation for sure. Looking forward to more.

        • http://everydayawe.wordpress.com Stephanie Spencer

          Thanks for subscribing, Kari! I’m really glad you are enjoying the posts so far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/VincenzoFrancesco Vincenzo D’Amico

    Hi Stephanie, I’m visiting here for the first time through Addie’s blog. I noticed you and your family visited Costa Rica where I have been residing for more than twenty years. Thank you for sharing your vision of God through the lens of the ordinary events.

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Vencenzo. We loved Costa Rica when we were there. Such a beautiful country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hannah.kelly.parish Hannah Parish Summers

    Stephanie,
    Saw your post at In a Mirror Dimly on Women in Ministry. What a poignant and beautiful article. I am a Children’s Pastor who is pursuing my M.Div. right now. I grew up believing that women should not be leaders in ministry- something that changed drastically when I began to study theology in college! Thanks for the encouragement you provide to other women in ministry.
    Hannah

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thank you so much, Hannah! I’m glad that my post encouraged you, and that you stopped by here. Best wishes on your M.Div pursuit!

  • http://twitter.com/iceczar Chris Monahan

    Found your site through a Twitter connection with a woman from my church (The Crossing in Costa Mesa, CA). Poked around a bit. I am new in my walk with Jesus (six months) even at 49 years old. I work for a newspaper so quality writing interests me. Thanks for caring and sharing. God Bless you and your family in your walk.

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thank you so much, Chris! I am glad you found encouragement through my words- I found encouragement through yours!

  • Annonymous

    Omygosh. You, your message, and your site are a perfectly-timed God-send! Thank you Thank you Thank you for engaging and committing to this calling! I am so excited to tell you more and take a closer look at your resources and recommendations and, of course, more of your writings. :) But alas, I have a 15-month-old and cannot make up missed sleep! You know what I mean ;)

    Anyway, thank you for asking to hear about your readers. I have greatly withdrawn during the past few years and rarely engage my heart with others lately, especially since I left my job just before my daughter was born and we relocated, but maybe this is a turning point.

    I was linked to your blog through today’s guest blogger, Steve Wiens.

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      I’m so glad you found my site, and that it feels like a God-send to you. I relocated myself less than a year ago, and have young kids, so I am with you on those challenges. I wrote a couple posts on transitions that you might relate to. One is this: http://www.everydayawe.com/learning-we-cant-shortcut-the-process/. But basically if you get to last May through August, a bulk of posts will have that theme. It’s hard to think about anything else when you are in the middle of it.

      Glad you stopped by and introduced yourself a bit!

      • Anonymous

        I just now came across your response! Yikes! That’s pretty much how my life has moved these days…
        Anyway, thank you! I think I did look through some of those posts but I will have to revisit them.
        Also, I am so thrilled about the Advent series you have begun! I will be looking forward to this every day!!

  • netanotes

    Just popped by to say I really enjoy your blog. These advent readings are wonderful! Merry Christmas!

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thank you! I’m so glad you commented. I really appreciate the encouragement.

  • http://reporterofhope.com/ Dorette Skinner

    Hi Stephanie,

    I just want to say I’m glad I found your site.
    I love your pure and honest writing style – it inspires :-)
    I’m new to all this ‘tweeting’ and ‘blogging’, but I love that we live in a time where writers can connect, share ideas and challenge each other – especially in faith!

    May God bless you and keep on using you!

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself, Dorette! It’s always nice to meet others in the crazy big/little virtual world.

  • Kathy

    I was at the table tonight and really enjoyed the service and how you broke down mark 1:14-18. Also enjoyed the participation from the congregation. Was excited to find your blog!

    • http://everydayawe.com/ Stephanie Spencer

      I’m glad you found me, Kathy! I’m also glad you enjoyed the service last night!