I’m Pamela and I’m here to help you move closer to God in your hard times. And who doesn’t struggle when we go through hard stuff?

I’m an enthusiastic encourager.  You know how people get mad or disappointed with God? I help people gain a positive mindset and move closer to God by working through pain with prayer, journaling, and studying the Word, which results in intimacy and growth.

 I’m moved by compassion for you. Don’t let my big smile fool you because I’ve walked through domestic violence, addiction, suicide, chronic illness and wayward kids.

Don’t be sad for me because I know the power of redemption, restoration, intimacy with God, and miracles.(My husband was healed of Chronic Progressive Multiple Sclerosis over 22 years ago.) I want to tell you about how Jesus has helped me overcome very difficult seasons. He’s the reason for my joy!

I met Jesus when I was 21 and He turned my family’s lives around.  

My husband and I have spent almost two decades leading churches.  I’m a Pastor’s wife who doesn’t play piano. But, it’s OK. We believe in building healthy churches and we have done that in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.  One of my favorite things is speaking at Women’s Events. I’ve done this for years and have just started writing.

The bravest thing I’ve done lately is to let my hair go grey.  It’s been a liberating experience and my family has cheered me on all the way.  

I’m a fan of quiet, early mornings, baby giggles and sweet potato fries.  My husband and I are on the verge of the “Empty Nest” and after 30 years of raising our five kids,  we’re not even sad about it. We’re excited for this new season. The beautiful thing about grown children? They give you grand-babies.  Bampa and Gigi are our preferred names used by our sweet grandsons, Theodore and Augustus.

I’ll blog here and this verse is my motive for writing:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”—2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

God has comforted me through many difficult situations and I want to encourage you. I’ll be vulnerable, so you can be too. There’s no need to pretend here. This is a safe place to find comfort in God.

I’ll invite you to sign up for my blog posts, so they can go directly to your inbox, but I promise not to send you unnecessary junk, because who’s got time for that?  You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Join me on the journey as we move closer to Jesus—together.


Pamela Henkelman

Pamela Henkelman

 
 
 

I didn’t grow up in the church.  My attendance was sporadic at best, but I remember moments along the way, wanting to connect with God.  I knew He was up there, but I wasn’t quite sure He saw me. I surrendered my heart to Jesus, after a tragic incident in my family, when I was 21 years old. I witnessed a miracle of restoration that changed our lives forever.

I know God is real.  I’m certain of His love for me.  I know when bad, hard things happen, it does not change His goodness.  I’ve learned the difference between knowing things about God and actually knowing Him, His character, His ways.

There’s a hole in each of us, a void, a longing.  We try to fill it with things, people, or activity, but it’s a space which can only be filled by God.  He pursues us, yet He is the gentlest of Gentlemen. He waits for us to invite Him close.

I believe God takes us just as we are. Some of us are broken, afraid, forgotten. While others are arrogant, prideful and fiercely independent, not wanting to rely on anyone or anything. It doesn’t matter to God, He loves us just as we are, and He has some much more for us.

I believe the heart of God is restoration.  Restoration of our souls, our dreams, our broken relationships, our finances.  It’s who He is and what He does best. I can’t wait to share with you all the ways He’s brought restoration to my life and He’s waiting to do the same for you.

 
 
 
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One thing you’ll notice about us, is we’re freakishly tall.  The seven of us range from 5’10” to 6’6”. We don’t dry any apparel at our house.  Bob and I have been married for over thirty years, and we fell in love with Jesus and each other at the same time.  It was magical and memorable. We both desired to have a healthy marriage and a happy family. We’ve raised a family of creatives, as our kids are artists, writers, musicians and actors.  I assume raising accountants would be so much easier, but these kids have filled our house with music and activity for years. We’re a noisy, rambunctious bunch. Laughter is a core value of our family. We enjoy each other’s company immensely. Even though we’re spread all over the country, we make an effort to see each other often.  Our oldest son Keenan is married to Michelle and have Theodore and Augustus. Next comes Moriah, Caleb, Rebekah married to Ryan, and Keziah. We’ve had at least one child in college for the past eleven years. The potential for many beautiful grandchildren from this bunch is astronomical, and Bob and I look forward to it.