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, cheering for my boys’ hockey games, 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 16+ years.
John and I are blessed to have 4 great, but very normal kids. Jake is 22, Benj is 15, Amanda is 14, and Sarah is 13.
We also have an overweight, naughty beagle named Rocky. 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!
*She Sparkles* Sampling
If you are new to *She Sparkles*, you may want to check out a sampling of posts:
- Coping Strategies for the Frazzled Female
- Mama’s Gonna Blow!
- My Fruit Diet
- How To Do It All
- I’m So Sick of the “F” Word
My “Official” Bio
Cindy Bultema loves the Lord, loves life, loves her family, and loves to celebrate!
With nearly 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 popular 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 in 2012. 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 newest 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 dog Rocky, attending one of their children’s sports events, meeting friends for coffee, or trying to figure out a new way to make chicken for dinner.
Cindy and her family are also active in their home church, Grand Rapids First.