Episode #12- Tia McNelly

The One with Tia McNelly

Founder + Director of CollectedTia McNelly is desperate for every soul to be restored to it's perfect state of oneness and intimacy with Christ.

As a blogger, speaker, and coach, Tia shares bold Truth right from the Word while bringing deep, practical insight through her personal experiences as a single mother, maternity nurse, police wife, international non-profit leader, and long-time Jesus freak.

Tia lives in North Carolina with her husband of 14 years and her two daughters, ages 16 and 12.

In her free time, she serves on the Board of Directors for Flourish Kenya and drinks all the coffee.


Jesus and I have been tight for 17 years now. I recognized His voice even before I turned my life over to Him. Before that divine shift, I was a messed-up kid from a messed-up family living like a dirty hippie in the Appalachian mountains. My quest for fulfillment and freedom manifested as self-destruction. At 20 years old I was consumed by searching for something to numb when, quite abruptly, I awoke to find myself pregnant. Sitting in the sunshine of an April morning, I heard Him. From that moment, nothing has ever been the same. Thank God.

When I said yes to my Father and submitted my life to Him, I never looked back. Since that time, I've been spinning, digging, longing, dreaming, and learning. There have been seasons of stillness that allowed for endless sessions of solitude and discovery and others that were thirsty, when tiny sips of scripture, song and desperate prayer sustained me. I’ve spent time as a single mom, a police wife, a maternity nurse, a community leader, and non-profit worker in rural Kenya.

When I look back, I see God’s faithfulness through all the beauty and especially the mess. When life feels unsure, I find confidence and comfort in the Sovereignty of our Creator and the future just isn’t very scary anymore. When I see how far He's brought me I'm set aflame with thrilling thoughts of how far we have to go. What this adventure might have in store, I can't even fathom!

I want to help everyone see the ways God pours out His love on us and communicates with us. I can’t shake the thought that we might be missing this stuff—the stuff that makes sense of it all. The raw, rough-around-the-edges, undeniable, real-life Jesus stuff. The stuff you have to dig for. 

Click here for Tia’s FREE resource called Five Ways God Speaks.


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