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Diane Houtsma


Program: Bible Studies

At Collide, we believe that God uses every day women to do amazing things. He meets us exactly where we’re at – in our doubt, our monotonous routines, our pain, our apathy, and our mess – and collides with us in a way that leaves us forever changed. We’ve been amazed as He’s redeemed our brokenness and empowered women in our community and beyond to walk in confidence of their identity as beloved daughters.

We’d love to introduce you to one of those women, Diane, and share a piece of her story of colliding with Jesus.

At a time when I was in a prolonged period of dryness and loneliness, God led me to attend the Collide “Birds and Lilies” study. The study challenged me to be more aware of the story I’m telling myself when a challenging situation occurs. I didn’t know anyone when the Lord prompted me to go, but I’m grateful to have met such amazing women, not only the ones in the class, but those whose stories were shared on the pages of the book. The best part for me was each time I headed home, I literally felt like refreshing water had been poured over me and that I was walking down the street breathing deeply of fresh, clean air. I had never experienced anything like that before. After the study, I pursued finding a counselor and after some time the doors opened and the Lord connected me with a Collide counselor.

One of our favorite things in the world is the diversity of stories we get to hear about how God meets individual people in deeply personal ways. We’d love to hear your story of colliding with Jesus, too! Tell us all about it at