I’m Cindy Bultema — wife, mom, Executive Director of GEMS Girls’ Club, women’s speaker, author, and overcomer.
I love: my family, sparkly confetti, an extra hot cup of coffee, celebrating, spending time with my girlfriends, playing cards with my kids, and meeting new women and hearing their beautiful hearts.
Most importantly, I love Jesus and the Bible, and have devoted my life to telling others about God’s unfailing love.
You see, once upon a time — I was a lost, broken woman who nearly lost her life to the bondage of addiction.
Jesus alone has given me new life, hope, peace, joy — even a brand new reputation. Woo Hoo! And if He can do it for me, He can do it for you too!
My husband, John, is a controller for a West Michigan golf course. He is handsome, hard working, loyal, an amazing dad, and enjoys doing laundry (a rare gift, I realize). We have been married 20+ years.
John and I are blessed to have 4 great, but very normal kids. Jake is 26, Benj is 19, Amanda is 17, and Sarah is 16.
We also have two energetic puppies, Ginger and Diego. There is never a dull moment at our house!
My desire is for my writing space to be a welcoming, safe, and authentic place to talk about our faith, disappointments, family life, marriage, celebrations, self talk, friendships, and even finding hope in the midst of tragedy.
Mostly, I hope any time you visit you will leave feeling joy-filled, encouraged, and pointed to God’s Truth!
And, if you’re ever feeling stuck or defeated, feel free to shoot me a quick email. I love to pray for my bloggy friends, and sometimes give little pep talks filled with Truth and hope too!
Why Do I Call My Blog *She Sparkles*?
Many years ago, a friend shared if she had to describe me in one word, she’d choose “sparkling.” I remember thinking to myself, “hmmm…sparkling — I like it!”
Years later, when I read Zechariah 9:16…
The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of His people.
They will *sparkle* in His land like jewels in a crown…..
….my creative wheels starting turning — and in 2009 ,*She Sparkles* was born!
Cindy’s “Official” Bio
With over 20 years in ministry, Cindy has trained leaders and created programs within a variety of settings.
Her previous work experiences include working for Bethany Christian Services with adolescent sexual offenders, developing and supervising a transitional housing program serving homeless teen moms and their kids, as well as coordinating a state licensed child care program.
In 1999, Cindy was hired as the founding Director of Children’s Ministries at a Grand Rapids area mega-church, leading the transition from being a one person department to overseeing 12 staff, equipping 1,000 volunteers, and ministering to 2,700 kids every weekend.
Cindy is now the Executive Director of GEMS Girls’ Club, as well as a passionate women’s speaker, author, and Bible teacher.
Her personal testimony, “He Loves Me: A Woman’s Journey to Peace”, was aired worldwide on the “Day of Discovery” television show. She was a curriculum writer for Duck Dynasty’s “Faith Commander,” a seminar expert for the Grief Share series, as well as author of the bestselling Bible study “Red Hot Faith.” Cindy’s book, “Live Full Walk Free: Set Apart in a Sin Soaked World” released in December of 2016.
Cindy lives in West Michigan with her husband John and their children Jake, Benjamin, Amanda and Sarah. When she’s not running a full household, you can find Cindy walking her adventurous dogs Ginger and Diego, playing cards with her kids, or trying to figure out a new way to make chicken for dinner.