Craving God Ministries is a non-denominational, Christian ministry that seeks to help women grow in their relationship with God. A passion and purpose to spread God’s promise through truth in His word. A community for women to share our stories and encourage each other through scripture and prayer.
That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love,to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ. – Colossians 2:2
Heather Shipley is a Christian wife and mother – striving daily to keep priorities exactly in that order. A former marketing professional and current communications professor with a passion for blogging, sharing hope in God’s word and encouraging other women to find freedom to live the abundant life God intended. As it commands in 1 Peter 4:10, each of us has a gift that should be used to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace. For Heather, founding Craving God Ministries was just that – a way to use her creative abilities to provide an outlet for other women to share and hear God’s word. A firm believer that God wants us to express our triumphs and hardships to connect with others and glorify His name. Life’s messy. Share your struggles, because you can either encourage someone who’s going through a similar situation, or you might just find someone who’s been there, done that, and can provide Godly wisdom to help you overcome!
Favorite Verse: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Favorite Songs: Love On The Line by Hillsong Worship, Thy Will by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, O Come to the Altar by Elevation Worship, Holy Ground by Passion
Sheena Gregg is a Christian, wife, and passionate friend to as many as she can meet. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, she works daily to help her patients and loved ones establish a healthy relationship with food and recognize that God gave us these gifts for both nourishment and as a gift of celebration. with God bringing glory to every heartache, Sheena has battled and won against her own bondage of an eating disorder and continues to hold tight to His promises in her current chapter of life with infertility. She takes confidence in His words “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well” He so beautifully promises in Matthew 9:22. Craving God Ministries gives Sheena an opportunity to expose the miracles and freedom that can be found while beautifully broken in all circumstances. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Favorite Verse: Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4
Favorite Song: Here I am to Worship by Hillsong Worship
Mandy Edwards is a Christian, wife and mother. At the age of 17, Mandy felt the Lord leading her into ministry and followed that calling into marriage and family counseling. She has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a great passion to see marriages and families become all God created them to be. After several years of working as a counselor with adolescents, adults and families, Mandy and her husband were obedient to God’s calling for Mandy to stay home with their daughter – a beautiful gift from above! Mandy continues to seek and follow God’s plan as he takes her down new avenues to minister to others. Craving God Ministries is an outlet that enables Mandy to utilize her education and experience to reach women and families to reach their full potential towards the Kingdom of God.
Favorite Verse: Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1
Favorite Song: Good Good Father by Housefires II
Crystal Buck is God’s daughter, wife to Travis, and a mother of two precious babies — an angel baby boy, John Clayton, and a sweet miracle baby girl, Juliana Catherine. She is a full time working mom and business owner who never meets a stranger. When you’ve met her once, you’re called a friend. Many people got to know the Bucks when they joined their family’s journey in December 2013 when Crystal and Travis welcomed their first born baby, a son, born extremely premature (23 weeks, 4 days gestational age) who made an impact on many lives during his time on earth of less than 4 days. Crystal is eager to share her family’s story from grief to joy through Craving God Ministries. She is stepping out in faith and following her vision and calling from God to speak to women. She wants to share her stories and love for God in hope that they may inspire and encourage others when they need it most.
Favorite Scripture: Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:1-2
Favorite Song: Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli
Amanda Waller is a small town girl who loves Jesus and has never met a stranger. Her deepest desire is to be like Mary in Luke 10:41-42, “…you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Her daily aspiration is to spend time at the feet of Jesus and be a woman marked by His presence. Amanda’s heart is for the hurting, families, and God’s church. She is the mommy to a beautiful kindergartner who is full of life and joy. Professionally, Amanda is the director of a nonprofit family resource center dedicated to strengthening and empowering families. She longs to make an eternal impact and being a part of Craving God Ministries is a way she hopes to encourage the discouraged and give hope to the hopeless.
Favorite Scripture: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21
Favorite Song: Good Good Father, Chris Tomlin
Emily Oulton was our very first intern who has faithfully stuck with us as she transitioned from college to adulthood to become a Contributor and our Marketing Coordinator. In short, Emily is a God-send that keeps us all organized and in line! She was born and raised in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, PA. With a love of travel and new adventures, this northern girl decided to attend school down south. Now four years later, Emily finds herself beginning her professional career in an Alabama town. Passionate about community outreach, Emily uses her marketing and events experience to volunteer with Craving God Ministries and other organizations in the area. She keeps Esther 4:14 “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created” close to her heart knowing that every day God has a plan specifically for each one of us to make a difference in the world.
Favorite Scripture: There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heavens… – Ecclesiastes 3:1
Favorite Song: Breathe by Jonny Diaz
Mary Anne Spradley is a certified public accountant, small group leader, and aspiring writer who has lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the past eight years. At home, her focus is on her husband of three years and their Kitty Claire. Her main passion is for others to learn from the older generation, befriend the current generation, and raise up the future generations. She believes that when women know they are loved and valued by God, they can truly change the dynamic of their family, workplace, and everyday life.
Favorite Scripture: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and of sound mind. – 1 Timothy 1:7
Favorite Song: Desert Song by Hillsong
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And let us consider how to stir up one another toward love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, but encouraging one another… – Hebrews 10:24-25