Meet The Church Girl

Everyone is dealing with something on the inside even if you don’t see it on the outside, especially in church…


How many times have you scrolled social media or been in church and thought, Wow, I wish my life looked like hers: Normal life, kids, home, career, and giant faith to boot… Yeah, so have I. Then one day I realized everyone, on some level, has shameful secrets.


God knows our heart motivations, thoughts, anxieties, and concerns and what keeps us up at night. He knows the past, the sin, the things that have happened we’d never publicly reveal to anyone. Until now.

I’ll go first.

Childhood sexual abuse, addictive behavior, clinical anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders… These and many more have been my secrets. You would never know it to look at me, but I’ll be courageous to share my journey with you so we can move together with honesty about walking with Jesus.


  • Got a little trauma, anxiety, or serious PTSD and trusting Jesus to heal through His Spirit and His Word? I feel you. I’ve walked the valley and I’m on the other side cheering you on!
  • Who doesn’t have hurts and habits or know someone who does? Yeah, me, too. Let’s talk about the hard things here and encourage one another with stories of redemption, restoration, and reconciliation.
  • Love Scripture? You go, Girl! As a biblical research assistant for preachers and pastors, deep dives into the Word give me serious goosebumps; it’s also what literally and eternally saved my life.

I’m not the “I-got-it-all-together” Church Girl anymore, but the “I’m-working-through-the-junk-and-clinging-to-Christ” one. Let’s be friends.


First, CHECK OUT THE PODCAST, “She Seems So Normal” (available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,, and Amazon Music). Subscribe and you’ll get power-packed episodes every Tuesday and Friday.  Give it a 5-Star rating and say something nice in the comments, I’ll give you a spiritual HIGH-FIVE!

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In His service,
Leigh Mackenzie
(formerly “The Church Girl Writes”)

Leigh is a shining example of spiritual grit and guts.