My name is Holli Swank and I am thrilled that you’ve chosen to read my poetry. If you’re here on this page, you probably want to know a little more about the person behind the poems, so here we go!
I am a thirty-something mother of three children. We have been blessed with two daughters, born in 2000 and 2004, and a son in 2002. We’ve been married since 1999 after moving to Terre Haute, Indiana.
I was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My life has had its share of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, just like everyone I suppose. I wrote extensively in middle and high school, including poetry, encouraged by teachers and my grandmother. Once we had our first child though, time became scarce and my writing went by the wayside. I could just never seem to find the energy or the right subject when the mood struck me, so I rarely got anything down on paper.
My relationship with God was off and on for many years. I never completely walked away, but I wasn’t fully engaged either. I would pray when things got tough or scary, but like many others, when things were good the praying stopped. Church wasn’t a part of our life for most of our marriage, and when it was it felt empty and ritualistic.
Finally, in 2008, we found a church home that really spoke to me in HealingPointe Community Church. It was an eye opening experience to finally know what it’s supposed to look like to worship. My husband, my youngest brother, and I were baptized in 2008 as well, a milestone in my renewed walk with Christ. We will forever be thankful for the support and guidance we received there.
In September 2010 we left HealingPointe to become more heavily involved in Wabash Valley International House of Prayer. We previously were doing a one hour set each week where I read poetry and my husband led worship songs in-between them. We moved on to doing a weekly two hour intercession set with a team of musicians and singers until the summer of 2013. I led the prayer and my husband led the worship. It brought me closer to Him in so many ways and even sparked a few of the poems you’ll see on the site.
In June 2013, I was officially diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, after a year of waiting to get insurance. I am on medicine now, which is helping with symptoms and the progression of the disease. Praise God!
In August 2015, we packed up everything we owned and moved to Tennessee. It has been a grand adventure to be certain, with ups and downs, but it was clearly God’s path for our family. The beauty of this state cannot be exalted too many times. We have found an amazing church down here and we appreciate the welcome they have given us.
I feel God’s presence in my life now, and I am getting a glimpse of His plan for me. He has taken something I love to do, transformed it, and made it into a way for me to reach out to others. I pray that you may find comfort, enlightenment, revelation, anything in what I have to say. Thank you for visiting and be blessed always.