Although I’ve been a Christ-follower for as long as I can remember, I started a journey five years ago of letting this Bible-stuff penetrate deeper than ever before. I skeptically began asking God to change me, not sure if even the maker of the universe had enough power to transform this glass a quarter-full-girl.
Skeptic or not, I prayed for change. I started taking control of my thoughts, those formidable things that have more power than I gave them credit for. I forced myself to start seeing the good around me. The results surprised me. I didn’t just see the good.
I saw God.
In the ordinary.
As I danced in joy.
Or cried with a friend.
It hasn’t been easy and I’m so very far from being perfect (in fact, I never will be–whew! Such a relief to get that pressure off!). Yet I press on. Dig in. Let peace surround me as I experience a level of contentment like never before. And see.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” Ephesians 1:18
My writing appears in various anthologies, such as Gary Chapman’s Love is a Verb, A Cup of Comfort for New Moms, Guideposts Extraordinary Answers to Prayer (Praying from the Heart and In Times of Change), Daily Devotionals for Writers and Trusting Him with Life After Divorce. My work has also appeared in Today’s Christian Woman, Salvation Army’s The War Cry, Hearts at Home, FullFill, Light from the Word, In(Courage) and Heartlight Internet Magazine. I am a regular contributor to Prairie Times. I was humbled to have the opportunities to be on Colorado and Company (KUSA-TV), The Good News with Angie Austin AM810 and Living Joyfully Free Radio. I absolutely love to speak at women’s groups, such as Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Ladies in Fellowship Together (LIFT) and Bible studies.
I enjoy running, reading, playing with my two crazy and fun kids, and all things
chocolate (dark, please). I’m known as that Gratitude Girl, the coiner of Gratimoments. I get a little too giddy as I learn about various non-profits and get to use my writing skills in a way that helps benefit them and those they serve. My kids, dogs and I live in (and unfortunately wreck havoc on) southeast Denver.
What others have to say:
“Few women evidence both the depth of soul and devotion to Jesus I see in Stacy Voss. She dives into scripture head first, swallows it in big gulps, and then allows it to transform her from the inside out. Better yet, she then pours out generous glassfuls for anyone searching for their fill.” ~ Michele Cushatt, Author and Speaker
“Stacy Voss – Passionate, Compassionate, and Victorious! A Jesus seeking missile for her community” ~ Michelle Cartwright, Stonecroft Regional Administrator
“Stacy’s energy draws you in and pretty soon, you want to know the Bible just like her.” ~ Kelly Winfrey
“Stacy’s revealing and heartfelt experiences tell the story of her walk of faith and the God who constantly draws her closer to Him.” ~ Marsha Stonebraker, Writer
About Eyes of Your Heart Ministries
Seeing is a big deal in my book, probably because I’ve spent (and unfortunately continue to do so) too much time not viewing things inaccurately. Sometimes I:
- don’t see the grandeur of God. I try diminishing Him into something much smaller and easier to ingest. Something more comfortable that won’t shake my life so much.
- don’t see my worth. I try finding it in things that don’t matter. I hope others will assign a good rating of me, forfeiting my truest value to the shifting opinions of others.
- fail to see others the way God does. Sometimes my perception is too high. Yes, God loves them, but He also knows He’s still in control. Other times I think too little of someone else, usually for a reason my brain doesn’t take long enough to even fully register.
I launched Eyes of Your Heart Ministries in 2011 because Ephesians 1:18 speaks to me in powerful ways and cuts to the quick. However, I’ve heard that people were getting confused since I publish under my own name, talk about Gratimoments, and then was blogging under Eyes of Your Heart. So, I finally took the plunge and switched it all to my name. And here we are.
I’m also bringing my grant writing stuff onto this platform. I tried keeping them separate for much too long until I finally realized that they share a common bond: my love of telling stories in a way that compels and challenges.
Statement of Faith
Here’s a bit of what I and the amazing folks on my team believe:
- There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
- Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.
- Jesus lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.
- Jesus rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died.
- Jesus ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father.
- Man was created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation.
- Man’s nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
- The salvation of man is wholly a work of God’s free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified them in His sight.
- It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written word.
- The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer’s life by faith.
- Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth – personally, visibly and bodily – to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
- The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.”
Adapted from Cru’s Statement of Faith