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

Founder of Well-Watered Women 

Meet Our Team

Whitney

Co-Owner + Finance Director

Rachael

creative director

Amelia

Director of Operations

Erin

Shop Manager

Bonnie

Customer Care Specialist

Lindsay

content editor

Kara

Contributing Writer

Taylor

Social Media Coordinator

Sarah

Shop Assistant

Kristin

Contributing Writer

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 of Well-Watered Women 

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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. 

Co-Owner + Finance Manager

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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.

Senior Designer + Writer

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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:

Sweet Tea

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

Director of Operations

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.

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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

Bonnie Willoughby

A verse I cling to:

Galatians 5:16—“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.” It is a concise, clear reminder to allow the Spirit to do the heavy lifting when battling temptation.

Customer Care Specialist 

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What my quiet time really looks like each day:

Each night, right after we put the girls to bed, my husband and I sit together and do our Bible studies, discuss them, and then pray together. That time of diving into the Word and praying as a couple has been a precious and treasured joy in our marriage, and in our walks with Christ. 

One thing most people don’t know about me:

I love acting, and therefore thoroughly enjoy reading books out loud and creating voices and motions. One of my favorites to read aloud is Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss. Lazy-bird Mayzie has the best voice to imagine!

My favorite drink is:

Country Time Strawberry Lemonade

 Lindsay Cournia

A verse I cling to:

Ephesians 2:1–10. Those two words—“But God”—are so powerful, and the entire passage is a potent gospel reminder. 

Content editor

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What my quiet time really looks like each day:

I am finally in a season of quiet times that are actually quiet, since my kids are in elementary school. I have a favorite chair in our sunroom that is my typical spot to read the Word and pray. I’m an auditory learner, so I also love to listen to the audio Bible (and sermons or podcasts) while I walk or drive.

One thing most people don’t know about me:

I’m a drummer. This shocks most people, because I don’t exactly give off a rocker-chick vibe, but it’s true!

My favorite drink is:

Water—all day, every day!

kara holmes

A verse I cling to:

Jeremiah 9:23–24. These verses bring me back to my purpose in living. They sober me when I am tempted to esteem myself too highly. They remind of where I find lasting provision. They center me on Truth and Life. “Thus says the Lord, ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight,’ declares the Lord.”

Contributing Writer

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What my quiet time really looks like each day:

With three young children, “quiet” is something I crave but rarely find throughout the day. I’ve always been a morning person, though, so I wake up around 5 every morning and spend time alone with the Lord. I sit in the same place on our couch, sip coffee, and feed my soul from the Word. My quiet time looks different as the seasons change in our life, but it always incorporates some sort of Bible study (either guided or on my own), prayer, and reflection. I also love using the Grace Upon Amazing Grace journal to write out specific prayers burning on my heart. 

One thing most people don’t know about me:

I LOVE competing in sports and played volleyball in college. My favorite sport as a grown-up is racquetball. I don’t get to play much in this season of life with littles, but I do love to participate in any competitive athletic event when the opportunity arises!

My favorite drink is:

Topo Chico! It gives me the satisfying, fizzy burn I crave without all the sugar and calories from my true favorite drink, Dr. Pepper.

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A verse I cling to:

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I constantly flip to Philippians 1:6 through different seasons of my life and it brings me so much joy to remember God’s faithfulness and on-going work in my heart and life. It can be easy for me to feel stuck in my life or stagnant in my faith but this verse reminds me that God never leaves His work unfinished! “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

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My quiet time usually looks like me stumbling toward a big armchair in my living room first thing in the morning and trying not to spill my cup of coffee on the way. My eyes are usually a little sleepy and my hair is always a little messy. I’m thankful to be in a season where I don’t have a lot of distractions in the morning and I’m working hard not to take that for granted. I try to read at least one chapter every day from whatever book of the Bible that I am currently going through, then I journal and pray in my Give Me Jesus journal! 

Most people don’t know that I studied Political Science in college! For a long time, I thought that I would work in law or politics but toward the end of college, God called me to ministry and I haven’t looked back! I still enjoy politics but I am thankful for the way that God rerouted my plans. 

It’s a toss up between Diet Coke and coffee. I basically just switch back and forth between those two all day, every day.

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Sarah gesualdo

Shop Assistant

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‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭This verse is a constant reminder that even in my most trusting and faithful moments, God still breaks the mold of who we think He is and what He is capable of doing. He is far greater than we could ever imagine! “Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

I enjoy ending my day in the world. I sit on my bed and reflect on the day I had— how I experienced the Lord’s grace and how I saw Him moving in the lives around me. I love spending that time in His Word and in prayer, knowing my struggles from the day, situationally and emotionally, and being able to pray for strength, wisdom, and improvements for the days to come. 

I have a heart for travel! I’ve visited six countries so far and I hope to visit many more. In fact, a couple of years back I almost moved to Vienna to become an au pair for a family. 

I’m mostly a water girl but if I splurge it’s usually a raspberry lemonade. 

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Kristin Link

Shop Assistant

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what my quiet time really looks like each day:

something most people don't know about me:

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I love the encouragement found in Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” This verse has become a steady reminder for me that God, through the power of the Holy Spirit offers me hope, and when I trust in Him I can experience the joy and peace that I desperately yearn for every single day. 

My quiet time could be considered a progressive event throughout the day. I’ve come to learn that abiding in Christ is something that happens continually throughout the day, and I’m always looking for ways to stay connected to “the vine” from the start of my day to the finish. I always start my day in worship as a way to set my heart on God and to focus my praise and affection on Him. I have been listening through the Bible chronologically this year through a Bible app on my phone, and after worshipping, I listen to the passages in my reading plan. I spend time praying after hearing God’s Word, and then at night before I go to bed I like to journal my prayers to the Lord and study more in depth what I listened to in the reading plan that morning. I enjoy using Bible commentaries and a study Bible to learn more about the context and original language of the passage, and I try to journal my take-aways and applications about what the Lord has taught me and revealed to me throughout the day!

I have 5 brothers! I am the fourth kid out of six, and my parents had us in 6 years! We grew up really close to one another, and now that we’re grown these brothers of mine are some of my best friends! Sure, they picked on me when we were younger, but they also protected me as we got older, and growing up with all boys endowed me with a witty sense of humor- that I later discovered was considered to be “dad humor.” 

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"I’ve found a place of encouragement and prayers, but also a refuge for other women."

"The entire breadth of the community has been uplifting and a consistent source of tangible grace since I discovered Well-Watered Women. Through Instagram, I’ve been given constant reminders through both my feed and the stories that regularly speak to me directly. Through the community page on Facebook, I’ve found a place of encouragement and prayers, but also a refuge for other women and watching people open up in such an open forum is so refreshing and just a reminder of God’s goodness in the day to day that tends to feel mundane."

- erika, Louisiana

"Not only have I been impacted, but I have been more consistent with my Word before World with my 8 year old daughter and we are BOTH growing because of it. Thank you!"

"The Well-Watered Women social media is so incredibly encouraging... it is a reminder that sometimes it is hard to get our priorities right (thank you for not pretending that it is easy), but also encouraged in the overwhelming value of making our time of study and prayer our highest priority! Not only have I been impacted, but I have been more consistent with my Word before World with my 8 year old daughter and we are BOTH growing because of it. Thank you!"

- amy, Georgia

"I have fallen more in love with God, I know who He is and who I am in Christ, and I have a desire to know more of Him and to tell others about Him."

"On January 1st, I started using the Colossians Walk in Grace Journal. It was the perfect resource for showing me how to study God's Word, what questions to ask and how to start a relationship with my Father. After the Colossians journal, I started the Ephesians Walk in Grace Journal. I have fallen more in love with God, I know who He is and who I am in Christ, and I have a desire to know more of Him and to tell others about Him."

- Annea, California

"I am so grateful for these studies, they have been great tools in my walk with God personally."

"I have been doing a group Study out of the Flourish book and am personally going through the book on Proverbs 31. They have been such a HUGE help to me. They have helped the Holy Spirit show me what needs to be set aside in my life so that HE can properly use me. I am so grateful for these studies, they have been great tools in my walk with God personally. They have also brought so many ladies together in true biblical fellowship, centered around the WORD of God instead of the meaningless distractions of this world."

 - Lauren, Texas

"[this group study] has just been a really great time of getting real with each other, ourselves, and the Lord."

"My girlfriends & I were feeling disconnected from community and the word and our identities as daughters of the King...we decided to try out the Redefined study. We are in the thick of it right now and week 1 of gathering we were already letting walls down, being convicted of things, shedding light on places of hurt that we didn't realize still existed. It's just been a really great time of getting real with each other, ourselves, and the Lord."

 - Lauren, Texas

What We Believe

We believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God. It is without error and never changes. The Bible is trustworthy, true, and what we build our entire life upon. We affirm all 66 books of the Bible, from the Old Testament to the New Testament. As women of God, we treasure the Bible and seek to live out what we read and study each day in loving obedience to our God. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

God's word

God has always been, and always will be. He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (always with us), and omnipotent (all-powerful). He created the entire universe and mankind and He holds all things together. He is one God existing in three persons, referred to as the Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1 , Deuteronomy 6:4)

God

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life on earth being both fully God and fully man. He died on the cross, taking on our sin and punishment, so that we could have new life and a right relationship with God. After being crucified, He rose from the dead three days later and has ascended and now sits at the right hand of the throne of God. Jesus is coming back again to rule and establish His kingdom on earth. (John 1:1-18, Colossians 1:13-22)

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The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. After Jesus ascended into Heaven, God sent the Holy Spirit to be our counselor, comforter, and keeper. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sins, and equips the believer for ministry and life. The Holy Spirit lives inside of all believers and testifies to the will of God. (Genesis 1:2, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13-14)

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We believe that salvation is only through Jesus Christ. We are saved by grace through faith, not by our own good deeds but through Jesus' righteousness and shed blood on the cross. All of mankind are born sinners and in need of a Savior. Christ came to rescue us from our sins and offer atonement on behalf of us. The gospel is the "good news" of Jesus Christ, and we believe that we should live our lives to share the gospel through word and action! (Romans 3:23, Romans 10:9, Ephesians 2:8-9)


salvation

The church is the body of Christ that is called to live out God's mission today. It is not a place, but rather the body of believers. (Matthew 28:19-20, Colossians 1:8, 1 Peter 5:1-5)

the church

After salvation, all believers should follow through in obedience to be baptized. Baptism is a symbol of our own death, burial, and resurrection with Jesus Christ. We are now a new creation and we live a new life by the power of Jesus! (Matthew 3:16, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12)

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We believe that marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman. The marriage bed is sacred and sex is a gift of God between a husband and wife in the confines of marriage. We believe that the wife should love and submit to her husband as the church loves and submits to Christ. We also believe that the husband should love his wife as Christ laid down His life for the church. (Ephesians 5:22-33)


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Fun Facts 

about our team

We are spread across 4 different states in the southeast.

We have 17 kids among the 10 of us!

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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A portion of all of the proceeds from the Well-Watered Women shop goes to support Kupendwa Ministries, a maternity home in Uganda.

We are grateful to be able to support this ministry financially and through prayer and would love for you to continue to link arms with us to reach these women with the hope of Jesus Christ!


Amy Washington, the founder and director of Kupendwa, described the ministry's purpose in her Well-Watered Women feature by saying: 

"Kupendwa's motto is "Saving Lives…Two at a Time. Both Mother and Baby, Physically and Eternally.” Our purpose and vision is to share the gospel of Jesus by following His own example that He showed us during His earthly ministry. So many times in the Gospels, we see that Jesus met the lost, needy, and poor right in their time of physical need. He then used His physical healing - saving physical lives - in order to share the gospel about the more important spiritual and eternal healing & salvation that we need so much more desperately. This model is the one that Kupendwa daily follows in working with the poverty-stricken and desperately needy mothers, babies, and children in Uganda, Africa. By reaching mothers, babies, children, and families in their most desperate moments of life, God opens doors to share the saving gospel of Jesus Christ and the reason behind everything that we do. The word “Kupendwa” means “to be loved” in Swahili. Kupendwa is a ministry that people can come to and find that they will be loved: Loved by Jesus through us, His servants."

Read more about the ministry of Kupendwa here and follow them for encouraging updates on Facebook!



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