Our Story

Several months after Gretchen, our founder, was married, she set out to start an online women’s ministry with the vision of reaching women worldwide. Having no idea where to start, she began right where she was with what she had: a small amount of money in savings, a prayer journal, and a big dream stirring deep within her soul to encourage women to love Jesus deeply. 

Well-Watered Women began as a big dream in a small apartment in Tennessee. 

In 2014, God planted a seed in Gretchen’s heart to create a quiet time journal that any woman could use to study the Word. 

Through a series of God-ordained circumstances, the very first Give Me Jesus Journal was launched May 2014, the original quiet time journal for women. The initial batch of journals sold out within an hour, and in that moment, God defined the vision and mission of Well-Watered Women: to equip women to be rooted deeply in God's Word.

Over the following years, women from all over the world have purchased from the Well-Watered Shop and joined this online community. The Well-Watered Team has expanded as well in order to better equip women with these gospel-centered resources. What began as a small seed, God has grown into a mighty oak tree—a planting for His glory (Isaiah 61:3).

In Him, we find true life, and because of the cross, we can be well-watered women who drink deeply from His Word and live the abundant life. We are grateful that you are joining us on this journey and pray that this blog, the shop, and every tool we produce is a match that lights a consuming fire in your heart to know Jesus more and more. 

only Jesus will satisfy the longings of our hearts, and only He can rescue and redeem us.

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gretchen saffles

A verse I cling to:

Isaiah 53:5 has become a verse I go back to often in my walk with the Lord! It sums up the beauty of the Gospel and is a faithful reminder of who I am in Christ because of the cross! “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

Founder/CEO

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What my quiet time really looks like each day:

The best way to describe what my time with Jesus looks like each day is “my not-so-quiet time.” With a little boy at home, I’ve had to learn to be flexible with what my time with Jesus looks like. Instead of craving perfection, I am learning to crave the perfect One. Most days I aim to wake up around 6:30 to spend time alone and put the “Word before world” before my little boy wakes up. However, on the days where he is already awake, I start my day asking the Lord for strength and reading one verse from my Bible before I get him to give me the right perspective. Around 2 p.m. I’ll make another pot of (decaf) coffee, set aside my to-do list (which normally is hard), and dig into the Word. And one thing is certain, I NEVER regret spending time with Jesus!

One thing most people don’t know about me:

I love to travel! I’ve been to eight different countries and dream of traveling the world some day with my family! When I was younger I wanted to be an overseas missionary, and still love traveling to different cultures to behold God’s creation, love His people, and experience the glory of the Gospel across the globe! One more thing I feel I should include: I am 5’ 10”. Most people don’t know how tall I am, and are surprised when they meet me in person!

My favorite drink is:

A cinnamon dolce latte!

whitney Saville 

A verse I cling to:

The Holy Spirit constantly uses Romans 8:28–29 to shift my perspective throughout the day. God is intricately working every detail, big or small, for my eternal good and His glory. Everything He allows in my life is for my sanctification and to conform me to the image of His Son, and that is a great source of comfort and encouragement for me. 

President/CFO

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What my quiet time really looks like each day:

My quiet time looks different every day at this stage of my life. Some days, I wake up before my kids to spend time in the Word. Some days, I’m able to study Scripture during nap time. And other days, I don’t have an opportunity to read God’s Word until my kids are in bed. As any mom with young kids knows, no day is ever completely predictable, and I am grateful for a God who welcomes us to come to His Word at any time of day. I love to work through a book of the Bible verse by verse with my Give Me Jesus Journal. 

One thing most people don’t know about me:

 I love 80s music and one of my favorite things to do is turn on a good playlist while I clean or have dance parties with my boys :) 

My favorite drink is:

Cherry Coke!

Rachael Milner

A verse I cling to:

Psalm 145:16 is tattooed on my wrist and forever written in my heart: “You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.” This verse reminds me that God alone is the One who can satisfy my soul, and by living with open hands I am able to receive freely all that He has graciously offered.

Creative Director 

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What my quiet time really looks like each day:

I’m almost always still in pajamas with messy hair, sipping from my cup of coffee, and curled up on the couch under a blanket with my pup next to me. I usually listen to music, read and journal, and dig into the Word one verse at a time. I’ve made it a priority to start my day with the Lord before beginning to work since I work from home, and it sets the tone for my entire day!

One thing most people don’t know about me:

I actually studied Social Work in college and only took two graphic design classes. I felt called to ministry at a young age, so I never imagined doing design full-time! Now I get to create every single day in a ministry that equips women around the world. I love how our plans may change, but the Lord allows everything to come together for His glory and our good.

My favorite drink is:

Half & half tea from Chick-fil-A. No ice. ;)

Amelia Granberg

A verse I cling to:

My type A, planner personality finds so much rest and assurance in Lamentations 3:22-23.​ ​I​ ​have a tendency to try to plan and control things far into the future, and this passage reminds me to dwell in the present, where the Lord has promised to sustain me with mercies for today.

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What my quiet time really looks like each day:

With 3 young kids at home, my quiet time routine changes sometimes daily. I’ve had to become more flexible and not allow the lack of a “perfect” environment hinder me from studying Scripture and meeting with the Lord daily. I do seek to be disciplined in waking early and studying the Word at my desk, because it means fewer distractions.  But somedays, my 5 year old is sitting next to me “reading” her Bible (and asking lots of questions) or doing crafts while my other 2 nap.

One thing most people don’t know about me:

Growing up,​ ​I never dreamed of being a stay at home mom​.​ ​I​n fact​,​ it’s the last thing​ ​I wanted to be as an adult.​ ​I​ ​saw myself with a busy career and 1 or maybe 2 kids. The Lord totally changed my heart and desires. Being a mom to our 3 little girls is the hardest job but biggest blessing in my life, and I’m so thankful to ​spend my days at home (or at the shipping warehouse) with them.

My favorite drink is:

Starbucks blonde roast or cold brew

COO

Erin Clack

A verse I cling to:

A verse that I keep close to my heart in Romans 10:9–13. It feeds my doubting heart truth when I need a reminder of how faithful my God is.

Shop Manager

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What my quiet time really looks like each day:

I like to get up around 6:30 each morning to have time with the Lord and study His Word before taking on the day and my two energetic little girls! There is a comfy chair in my bedroom that I love to sit in (with the space heater running on colder mornings of course!), but unfortunately my husband doesn’t wake up until later, so I’m stuck using my phone flashlight to read by! I use my Give Me Jesus Journal to guide my time, and I am usually going through a study or studying a book of the Bible verse by verse.

One thing most people don’t know about me:

Our team thinks I’m strange because my girls and I don’t go downstairs until everyone is dressed and ready for the day, which I know is a bit odd. My other claim to fame is I performed and toured in China with the Redcoat Band as a member of the Georgette Danceline. 

My favorite drink is:

Salted Caramel Creamer with a splash of coffee

KERCIA MUELLER

A verse I cling to:

Fear can quickly overtake me, so I cling to this verse from 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." It reminds me that the Holy Spirit lives in me and in Him I have power over fear. I can step out in faith, without fear. I can love others, without fear. I can live for God, without fear. 

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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What my quiet time really looks like each day:

I'll admit it: I am not a morning person. So, I am grateful to work from home so I don’t have to rush out the door and can spend time with Jesus right away. I sit in my favorite comfy, orange chair and will read scripture and a devotion, reflect/journal and spend time in prayer. I am always so grateful for the quiet moments with the Lord before tackling the day ahead. 

One thing most people don’t know about me:

I love being outside in nature and seeing wildlife, so for a brief moment I thought I wanted to be a park ranger. 

My favorite drink is:

Blanco Americano from Moka

MAGGIE COMBS

Content Director

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You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. - Psalm 16:11

I’m not a morning person so I usually wake up shortly before my sons. I keep a few special books near my favorite chair in case one of my boys joins me before I’m finished. When I’m not doing inter generational Bible study through my church, I use the Give Me Jesus journal. I like using the Be Still & Know portion to memorize a Psalm and usually use Drink Deeply from the Well section to study themes across Scripture. Even if I’m cut short, I always try to end by considering what the passage says about God and how that should change my life. 

I know the full names of the band members of most popular 90s alternative bands or early 2000s punk and emo. If only I could reclaim that portion of my brain.  

Earl Grey tea with almond milk or kombucha.

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ANDREA JENKINS

Fulfillment Specialist

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I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 

This has been THE year for this particular verse! If 2020 has taught me anything, its that I must hold loosely to my plans and cling tightly to Him! And if He is before me - then He is leading. There’s no safer place to be than in His shadow!

Location changes, but always the daily reading from New Morning Mercies (by Paul David Tripp), the Scripture that goes along with that, daily journaling, and prayer time (that may or may not be written down). And then most days I read from a biography or some other non fiction book that has to do with my spiritual walk. Maybe just a few minutes or a whole chapter. One thing is always true though - I have to fight to stay focused and in the moment! I’ve learned to keep a sticky note by my side so that when random thoughts about the day pop up, I can jot them down quickly and get back to the Word!

I struggle with insecurity and always have! This year, as a reminder to myself of who I am and Who made me, I got the words ‘imago Dei’ tattooed on my arm (latin for image of God). A much needed reminder for me everyday and a good conversation starter with others!

COLD: Coke Zero
HOT: London Fog

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ABBEY WYSOCKI

Copy Editor + Ministry Assistant

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I preach Colossians 1:17 to myself constantly – “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” My control-loving, perfection-seeking self is prone to the false narrative that these things will bring me security, when in reality all that leads me to is a state of constant worry about the future and anxiety that I will be exposed as falling short. This verse reminds me that in Him all things hold together – not in Abbey! Praise the Lord that He is in control and I’m not! I find so much comfort in the fact that I can trust Him with my life because He goes before me and because He has already achieved the impossible-for-me task of holding it all together. I can rest because He is both doing and has already done the work. I love that there is so much freedom found in the gospel!

Even though I wouldn’t claim to be a morning person, I’ve learned from experience that if I don’t start my day in the Word other less important distractions will find their way to the forefront so I try to be disciplined about waking up and meeting with God first thing. I sit in my favorite chair in the living room or at my kitchen table with a big cup of coffee and read a chapter or two from whatever study I’m working on. I process best by writing, so I always have my journal next to me either taking notes, making observations, or writing out my prayers. I always end my time reflecting on what the passage has taught me about God’s character which is my little way of remembering that the Bible really is one big story all about Him.

My whole family has an obsession with the TV show Jeopardy! Despite being spread out in all different households throughout the city, my three siblings and I will frequently tune in from our own living rooms, keep score, and compete against each other through text message. Pretty much every family gathering includes a Jeopardy! or Trivial Pursuit tournament of some sort! I love learning random new facts and stowing them away for future trivia use.

A hazelnut latte from Starbucks.

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macie moseley

Marketing Director

a verse i cling to:

what my quiet time really looks like each day:

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Isaiah 55:12, "For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace..." I love this verse because of the reminder that no matter how difficult or discouraging my circumstances may feel, God has promised to cover me with his joy and perfect peace.

My most sacred and special time with the Lord is usually at the end of my day, before I crawl into bed. I find it helpful to write down verses or key words from a passage of Scripture before processing what I've learned through journaling my prayers to the Lord. I always end my prayer journaling with the words "As You Wish, Let it Be" as an active act of surrender to the Lord and a reminder that all of my life is in his hands.

I wanted to be an astronaut when I was in Kindergarten — I quickly realized there's too much math involved. 

Vanilla iced coffee or Coke!

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Fun Facts 

about our team

We are spread across 6 different states in the southeast.

We have more than 25 kids among our team.

Whitney and Gretchen have been friends since 5th grade.

Rachael & Gretchen met through Instagram in 2015 before Rachael joined the team the following year.

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