My name is Tanya Yaremkiv. But you can call me Tan or Tanya.
I started this blog to share about my adventures with God, which unraveled to the next level and became a place of inspiration for people who want to live life full of purpose no matter where they’re at. My goal is to provide biblical, compelling, and reflective posts that will inspire you in every area of your life. Whether it’s faith principles, life experiences, or motivational articles, I desire to see people take action and live out their calling for Christ.
Life is more than a same-old, same-old routine.
I realized this when I recommitted my life to Christ with one request to Him: make my life an adventure.
When I was 18 years old, I moved from Alaska to Colorado on a whim. Within 12 hours of finding out, I embarked on the biggest detour in my life. I had just finished high school and Bible school, and signed up for a one-way missions trip to Ukraine. But God had bigger plans.
Long story short, I dreaded living in Alaska. I couldn’t wait to go on this missions trip, which was only a few months away. While I fundraised and worked to save money for Ukraine, I experienced an overwhelming distance from God, and on my way to work cried out, “If you don’t do something radical, I don’t know what will happen to me.”
They say don’t pray these kinds of prayers, but it just came out. I was desperate. My soul ached, my spirit wrenched, and my heart throbbed. I needed an intervention.
A few days later, I get home and my parents point out my behavior (I wear my emotions on my sleeve, apparently). During our conversation, they tell me I should leave Alaska.
“We feel you should leave Alaska.”
“I will. To Ukraine,” I replied.
“We feel you should leave Alaska soon. Like tomorrow. God spoke to us (mom and dad) individually, and our friend from Colorado called and said she got a word for you, too. You need to leave. Maybe you can go to Colorado.”
Little did I know they had purchased the ticket and worked out the accommodations already. But I needed to hear God for myself.
(You can find the rest of the story here).
God works in mysterious ways, and His plan for each of us is unique and interesting.
And that’s the thing. Each of us has stories to tell and ways to live an adventure with, in, and through Him. I know that part of my calling is to inspire people to take action and live out their callings for God. Your calling is that thing you’ve always wanted to do since you were little, the “tiny” dream you’ve had in your heart that is too embarrassing to talk about, the random ideas you get and don’t know what to do with, and there are many other variables to what this means in your life. Basically, it’s the dreams and desires of your heart that seem too big to achieve RIGHT NOW.
Through this blog, I pray you get inspired to grow in every area of your life. I believe personal development is a big component to your calling, and that’s what I hope to deliver, along with inspiration, encouragement, and motivation for it.
I grew up in a Russian Christian home and received Jesus as my Savior when I was 8. But life took its turns, as did I, and I struggled to understand who I was in Christ for a loooong time. I was a very warm Christian – with one foot in the church and the other in the world (I’ll share the full story in a blog post later).
I recommitted my life to Jesus when I turned 18 and went to Bible school. There, I learned the fundamental truths and the power of God’s word. I discovered the simple Gospel and how fulfilling life in God is.
I was born in Russia and moved to the U.S. when I was about 8 months old. We first lived in Washington state before moving to Alaska, where I mainly grew up.
I currently live in Colorado with my amazing husband and pupper, Guddu (Guh-doo).
I absolutely love it and all the sunshine we get!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write. I remember scribbling on every line of every page even before I knew how to spell, dreaming that one day I’ll grow up and become a writer.
Some of my other favorite things are:
- friends, family, and parties!
- coffee and tea
- reading and studying (books, Bibles)
- being active (working out, being outside, etc.)
- creating (writing, painting, crafting, etc.)
- worshiping Jesus
- and of course, adventuring!
Professionally, I’m an associate director of media for an international ministry based in Denver, Colorado. I aspire to become an author of best-selling books and devotionals, and hope to one day (and for many days lol) share the love of Jesus as a speaker.
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You are the light of the world; a city on a hill that cannot be hidden; a lamp on a lampstand.
Shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.