Kristen Entwistle founded All for Him Life last year after being asked to send weekly devotionals to women in her Bible study group during the summer break. She searched existing materials but was unable to identify one that would resonate with her group. When her co-leader suggested Kristen write one to meet the needs of their group, she initially hesitated but eventually decided to create a series based on the Fruit of the Spirit. The group members loved it and encouraged her to publish it and keep writing! Here’s more from my interview with Kristen:
What was it like to make the leap and begin writing this devotional?
I already had a blog, on which I wrote somewhat frequently, and I started to explore the idea of starting an online ministry that offered free Bible studies throughout the year as well as a blog where I would write about the struggles and triumphs in my journey through life with a life-shortening genetic disease.
God began to break down the walls that I had put up around my life, beginning with joining the Broken Beautiful BOLD team in August 2014. In January of 2015, I started All For Him Life. In March, I self-published the devotionals that I had written for my women’s group into a cohesive Bible study, and in April, I spoke at the Broken Beautiful BOLD live event, and published my first free Bible study on All For Him Life. This summer at All For Him Life, we have been studying the Heroes of Hope in Hebrews 11.
What has been the greatest encouragement for you while serving in your ministry?
It’s always really great when people say that they’ve identified with a particular post, enjoyed or been challenged by a study, or identified with a part of your story. But the greatest encouragement to me is to see what God has done with just a few loaves and fishes. I can’t wait to see what he does in the coming months and years.
One of the biggest challenges for me has been setting aside my insecurities so that God can use me in any way He chooses. I fought for a long time against starting this ministry because I didn’t think that I was the one to do it. Quite frankly, I didn’t think that I was good enough to be a ministry leader, Bible study author, blogger, and speaker. I didn’t think that anyone would read the words I wrote or listen to the words I said.
I didn’t think that I had a testimony, a story that God is still working out in me, that anyone would want to hear. But God had other plans. Once I decided to get out of the way and let Him work, I have seen Him do amazing things with my story and the words He puts on my heart. I’ve learned that the most vulnerable, honest stories are what resonate most with people – the stories that show people that they aren’t alone in what they are struggling with, and the ones that remind them that we’re all on this journey of life together. I have been so encouraged by the things that God has done with my humble words, and the people that He has allowed my words to travel to – it is far more than I could have ever imagined.
So you have the blog and the book, what’s your vision for this season of ministry?
My vision is for people to see God through this ministry, and through the testimony He is continuing to work out in me. I want people to be challenged and encouraged by the words I write, the Bible studies that I write, and the graphics that I create. But more than that, I want to point people to Him through those things. I’m seeking in ALL I do to live ALL of my life for Christ, the One who gave it ALL, and I want others to join me in that mission – through the ups and downs of life, the mountains and the valleys.
Many of our readers tell me they are sensing God calling them to ministry. What advice would you have for them or for women who are already knee deep in it?
Step out of the boat. The calmer of the storms is reaching out His hand, telling you to come out onto the waters. And when you do step out of the boat, out of your comfort zone, keep your eyes on Him, keep your eyes above the waves. And when the waves and the wind threaten to sink you, have faith that He will bring you through, that His hand will catch you and lift you up. He’s got this, and He’s got you.
Be honest. Be vulnerable. Let people know that you’re not perfect, that you struggle with things just like they do. No matter who you are, or what you’ve been through, God will use you. Just wait and see what He will do.
Final words of encouragement?
I cannot believe the journey that God has taken me on in just the last year. I never thought I would be running a ministry, writing Bible studies, and sharing my story with people. God has taken this broken, imperfect, single, slightly stubborn, and overextended twenty-something with a life-shortening genetic disease, and has used me for His work, and His glory. I couldn’t ask for anything more!
Awesome, thanks Kristen. Your ministry has blessed many women, including me and I’m so excited to see where God takes you next. You can connect with Kristen online at www.allforhimlife.com , www.twitter.com/allforhimlife, www.facebook.com/allforhimlife, and of course as a featured contributor here on BrokenBeautifulBOLD.com!