Hi there! I’m Paula (Hendricks) Marsteller. I often get confused about my identity, thinking it is based on what I do, or how I perform, or even a new role I’ve taken on in life. But in moments of clarity, I know exactly who I am:
The most important thing about me is that I am now dead to sin, alive to God, and in Christ Jesus. (Have you absorbed and owned the truths in Romans 6? Warning: It will change your life forever!)
I grew up devouring three novels a day in the summers while stuffing my face with a two-pound bag of Wildberry Skittles. (You think I joke.) During the school year, I would come home after a day of school only to play school with my younger siblings. Of course, as the bossy oldest, I was always the teacher.
Now that I’ve grown up, though, there’s nothing I enjoy more than taking a seat and learning. Part of learning is sharing with others what I’m thinking about and how I’m growing, which is why you’ll find all kinds of subjects on my blog. I’m getting ahead of myself, though.
In college, I studied communications. I got my associate’s degree in speech communication from a local community college, and then went on to study print media (writing) at Moody Bible Institute.
My (Unrealized) Dream
As an audacious college student, I dreamed of becoming the next, world-class Christian women’s speaker. (I even stood in line for over an hour after a conference to audaciously ask Joni Eareckson Tada if I could serve as her personal assistant.) When I ended up landing a job at Revive Our Hearts a few months later as Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s personal assistant, I was on top of the world. I figured she’d tuck me in her back pocket, take me all over the country with her, and teach me the speaking ropes. Soon it would be my turn to hire a personal assistant!
Ha. (Apparently personal assistants are meant to serve, not shine. Go figure!) While my job has changed, the following thirteen years have been one giant lesson in humility.
My Work Experience
In 2008 I started a blog for Revive Our Hearts. I’ve been blogging ever since. Unbeknownst to me, someone over at Moody Publishers was reading my blog posts, and they asked if I’d like to write a book for teens (Um, yes?!). In 2013, my first book, Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, was released.
That was a five-year-long-prayer come true. I had often told God I wanted to write a book for boy-crazy girls someday. I knew I wasn’t the only one out there. I also knew that if He could transform this needy girl, He could free anyone!
My life has changed a lot since Confessions was released. I met, dated, and married Trevor Marsteller (God did it!), moved to New York, and gave birth to our son, Iren Daniel in 2017. Hudson Cooper was born on Valentine’s Day 2019. We attend a great church in Syracuse and love practicing hospitality.
My highlight each month is attending book club. I also love learning new things in the kitchen: mixing my own spices, cooking yogurt, kneading bread.
As you poke around this site, I pray my words (and ultimately God’s Word!) will bring you life, healing, and freedom. Thanks so much for dropping by!