Nashville-based Rebekah Lyons is on a mission to inspire women to identify their God-given purpose and pursue it wholeheartedly. Lyons herself did just that, and now speaks and writes about her journey transparently, describing calling as the place where passions and burden collide. Here are a few more reasons we love her:
Her triple threat career
Being married to Gabe Lyons, co-founder of Q Ideas, and parenting three children is a career in and of itself, but Rebekah says she felt led to share her story as well. She co-founded Q Ideas with her husband; founded Q Women; wrote 2013’s “Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning” and 2017’s “You Are Free to Be Who You Already Are,” which she wrote with Annie Downs. Additionally, Lyons speaks at events across the country like IF:Gathering, Compel and the Broken + Free Tour, which she headlined with Ann Voskamp and Christy Nockels.
Her outspoken take on mental health
Lyons is very open about dealing with panic attacks and depression, chronicling her experiences in her 2013 book. “This problem doesn’t go away just because you have faith,” she told CNN. She has shared that recovering her own sense of purpose and calling—and helping other women do the same—has brought meaning to her life and kept feelings of worthlessness at bay.
Her approach to parenting a child with special needs
Five hours after her first child, Cade, was born, Lyons learned he had Down syndrome. She says mothering him has taught her about true, unconditional love. In an interview for Q Ideas, she said she had to decide early into his life she was going to love him for him, not based on his performance or ability to hit milestones.