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About

Many faces of Paula

My name is Paula Whidden. I earned my Master’s of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and served in active church ministry for 15 years. When I became a stay-at-home-mom, writing became my way  to express the many things God had taught me and continues to teach me.

God has blessed me- with some nasty experiences and amazing teachers and mentors.  Since the Bible tells me that to whom much is given much is required, I felt the need to create a place to help other people who want to follow Jesus learn how to do it, one choice at a time. 

To be fair, I don’t have all the answers. I’ve certainly messed up many times and witnessed many other messes.  It makes me feel like a person who stands out in the middle of the road waving people down and saying, “Hey, don’t go that way, it’s nothing but trouble.” 

God is so kind though.  He provides many turns to help us find our way back to Him.  I call those, Faithful Choices.  

If you are anything like me, you’ve gotten lost before.  It seems that every time I want to explore a new place (and for many of us faith is a new place), I get lost.  Sometimes I just need to adjust my route a little, and sometimes I take one seriously scenic, car sickness inducing trip.  

Check out some of the most popular articles I’ve written:

On Christian Living

Quotes About Kindness

Fear and the Cold Shower

On Parenting

What Happens When Pain Meets Purpose?

Prove It

On Marriage

Outrageous Statistics On Christian Marriage

How to Talk So He Will Listen

You’ll find my writing elsewhere on the web:

On– iBelieve.com

—–(in)Courage

—– MaryDeMuth.com

 

I also wrote this little ebook:

25 Days ‘Til Christ: An Advent Devotional for Families.

What People Say about the book

“Well organized and thoughtfully written for whole family to enjoy focus on Christ!” – Steve Robenault

“This advent takes a few days to prepare ahead of time but is so rewarding! I have children ranging in age between 3-12 and every evening all 4 are ready for that nights lesson/kiss! This is a sure future tradition!” – Tina Miller

What people say about Faithful Choices

“Paula – i LOVE LOVE LOVE your posts and look forward to them every day. They just keep getting better and better and are always exactly what I need to hear!”  

Kelly DiSanto

“This is absolutely beautiful! It truly took my breath away.  Thank you so much for sharing.”

 Misty Gatlin

“Love reading your blog Paula. Great stuff!” 

Gustavo Cruz

 “Glad I found your Blog Paula, Great content and truths” 

Gary Fultz


Statement of Beliefs

Since the blog’s name is “Faithful Choices”, I should define the faith and belief background for all articles. These beliefs affect the choices presented within this blog.

1.  God is the all-powerful, omni-present, all-knowing creator of the heavens and the earth (a.k.a. the universe).

2.  There is only one God. He expresses Himself in three persons:  God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit (we call this the Trinity).

3.  Jesus is God’s one and only son. He lived as an example for everyone and died on a cross to sacrifice Himself for all humanity because of God’s great love for everyone.  He is 100% human and 100% God, which makes Him completely unique. 

4.  God gives those who believe in Him, and trust the example and gift of Jesus, the right to call themselves His children.  If we trust Jesus, He becomes the boss of our lives.  (a.k.a. our Lord)

5.  This free gift from God is available to anyone who accepts it.

6.  Once we believe and follow Christ’s leading, God gives us the Holy Spirit as our counselor to guide us in wise choices.

7. I believe He is God and I am not.  He’s taught me many things over the years, and in this blog I share what I’ve learned.

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking

Would you like to invite Paula to speak to your group?

Paula’s passion about choices is only beaten by her passion for Christ and her family.  Within the body of Christ, choices lead us closer to Him or further away.  The blessing of grace is that God allows u-turns and redirects us according to our ability.

Paula speaks to small and large groups on the following topics:

For adults:

Turning to Christ

Parenting Problems and Possibilities

Strengthening Marriages Moment By Moment

Fearless Faith

Loving Me Means Loving You

 

For children and teens:

Believing Beyond Ourselves

The Pluses of Patience

Who can you turn to?

 

Through this blogging journey and more, Paula has become accidentally social in a media way.  Because of her passion for helping people, Paula began speaking to non-profit organizations on:

The Values and Pitfalls of Social Media

How to Tame the Media Madness.

Paula speaking at Real Life Church on Christmas

To invite Paula to speak, email her at  Paula@faithfulchoices.com

For more information read the About page.