Hey There! I'm Madi, and I'm so glad that you're here.
I live in Pennsylvania with my husband Brandon and our daughter. We minister to college students with a campus ministry called DiscipleMakers, and we've worked for this ministry for the past 7+ years. In fact, God used the ministry of DiscipleMakers to lead me to Jesus Christ as a college freshman at Penn State University, and now I have the privilege of leading other students to Jesus and helping them grow in their faith.
I'm passionate about mentoring women in their faith and helping others grow in their relationship with Jesus. I also love reading a good book and enjoying a good movie or tv show and looking for glimpses of God's grace in the story.
I've been writing here since 2014 and don't plan to stop anytime soon.
About She Laughs Without Fear
She Laughs Without Fear began in 2014 in my college dorm room. Originally it was called Engaging Culture, and it was a place where I could write and think through all that I was learning about Jesus, the Bible, culture, and life as a new Christian and share what I was learning with others. In 2015 this blog officially became She Laughs Without Fear, and I've been writing and sharing here ever since.
One thing you should know about me is that I love laughter, especially the kind that leaves you in tears because you're laughing so hard. When it came time to settle on a name for this blog, a Proverb came to mind:
"She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future." Proverbs 31:25
This verse from Proverbs comes from the well known Proverbs 31. In its original language, it's an acrostic that a mother shared with her son, a king, to help him to discern what sort of woman he should marry. There are several qualities that this mother tells her son to look for in a wife, but all of these qualities culminate into one: this woman should fear the Lord.
The woman that this mother describes is able to laugh without fear of the future, because ultimately she fears the Lord. This fear is not a terror fear, but rather a sense of awe and wonder and reverence. This fear of the Lord allows her to not be fearful about other things and to laugh without fear. I want to be that woman.
Here's the thing, I love to laugh, but I'm not always fearless, and I'm learning how to fear the Lord. But I want to be like the woman described. I want to know, love, and trust God more and more and laugh without fear of the future.
And maybe you want that too.
I'm passionate about helping people to love and know God and to have a deep and abiding relationship with him. I want people to see how God is at work in their lives and in the world and how there are glimpses of his grace and love all over creation. So I'm welcoming you to join me on this journey. We're in this together, friend! I hope that as I share what I'm learning and how I'm growing in my relationship with God, that it would encourage you in your relationship with Him as well.