I want to connect with people in places where they feel comfortable, whether it is at a conference, a country club, or a coffee. My favorite events are the ones where they invite you to bring a friend – like they did at this Christmas party I went to in Atlanta, where I got to talk about giving your kids the “gift” of prayer!
It’s always a delight to dig into God’s Word and share it with others, whether I’m teaching a Bible Study at Galilee Church in Virginia Beach, speaking at a conference or a retreat, or just meeting with a small group of women in somebody’s home. The Bible is alive, active, and powerful…and God always uses it to accomplish his good purposes!
What fun it is to sit down with someone and talk—really talk—about God and his faithfulness! It doesn’t matter if we’re focused on parenting, friendship, trusting God in the tricky places, or anything else, when we center our words around Jesus, those conversations never fail to bear fruit in our lives.
Jodie Berndt is a popular speaker and the author of several books, including Praying the Scriptures for Your Children, Praying the Scriptures for Your Teens, and The Undertaker’s Wife (a poignant and funny memoir she wrote with her pal Dee, who is an expert on surviving the loss of someone you love). The mother of four grown children, Jodie has been married to Robbie, her University of Virginia sweetheart, for 30 years. They live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.Read
Statement of Faith
I believe in one God who exists in three persons: The Father (the all-powerful, all-loving Creator who made us in his image), the Son (Jesus Christ, who suffered and died to give us life and then manifested his divine power via his glorious resurrection), and the Holy Spirit (who indwells all believers and offers guidance, power, and all manner of spiritual gifts we can use to edify others and glorify God).
I believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and that its truth equips us to live lives marked by things like purpose, endurance, wisdom, and joy.
I believe that Satan is the enemy of God and his people, that hell is a real place, and that being a Christian doesn’t exempt us from pain and suffering—but that God promises to be with us through it all, bringing us through life’s battles and leading us in triumph as we rely on his strength and provision.
I believe that our salvation comes through grace alone and not through any good works, earthly accomplishments, or gold stars on the behavior charts.
I believe that we were created for a purpose and that God has good works prepared for us to do. We are to go and make disciples. We are to tell the next generation about God’s power and the marvelous things he has done. Above all, we are to love one another, holding fast to God’s love and keeping his commands so that our joy will be complete.
(Scripture references that support these beliefs include Deuteronomy 6:4, Genesis 1:26-27, John 3:16, Romans 4:25, John 14:26, Acts 1:8, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Luke 10:19, 1 Peter 5:8, Isaiah 41:10, 2 Corinthians 2:14, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 28:19, John 13:34, and John 15:10-12.)
Jodie’s message, delivered w grace and humor, resonated with all of the moms in our “Teen Study” group. Jodie has a gift for meeting women where they are with the encouragement, compassion and hope found in God’s Word as they raise children at all ages and stages.Margaret Wray, Program Coordinator, "Teen Study" Winston-Salem, NC
When women listen to Jodie speak or immerse themselves in her writings, they discover a deep joy and renewal that delights the heart and soul. She has essential wisdom and Biblical insight for every season of life as is reflected in her books and her blogs. Her inspiration gets near to a woman’s heart to help her remember God is faithful to her, no matter what.Donna Davis, Changing Seasons Richmond Coordinator, Richmond, VA
Jodie was so well received at the Greenwich Bible Study Annual Luncheon that we invited her back for a second year. Listening and learning from Jodie is a joy because of her deep biblical insight and humor. She connects with people at al points in their spiritual journey and has been a blessing to our group of over 300 women.Annesley MacFarlane, Greenwich Bible Study Leader