Walking the beach of Lake Michigan
The beach in Saugatuck. Our favorite place.
Here, to point you to Jesus
Walking the beach of Lake Michigan
There is no greatness apart from making another life better than your own.
Hello, I’m Mara Petro.
My passion and mission is to help women find their identity in Jesus, heal from the past, and find hope for the future.
My purpose as a life coach, writer, and speaker is to point you to Jesus.
My messages is simple. Jesus is enough. He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one can come to the Father except through Him.
Jesus is the way out of your fear, anxiety, bondage and shame. Jesus is the truth that sets you free, the truth your heart and soul longs to know. Jesus is the life and love you dream about.
I’m not here to make you feel good about yourself. I’m here to help you fall in love with Jesus and see yourself as God sees you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. You are loved and thought of more than all the stars in the sky, and all the grains of sand on the seashore. Every hair of your head is numbered, and all the days you will live are numbered and designed by the hand of God. You were created for a purpose and God has a very special plan for your life.
Jesus set me free in every sense of the word. I once was lost and broken, living in shame and fear. Then I met Jesus. By His grace I learned how to rise up out of the mire I was in and make better decisions that got me on the path to a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life. I have learned how to love and trust God with my whole heart and life. Now my mission is to help you do the same.
I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m very happily married to Mark, my very own Superman. We live in Zeeland, MI. I have one wonderful son, Zach, who is serving in ministry. In Zach's early years I was a stay at home mom which gave me the honor and privilege of teaching him to read and write; truly my greatest achievement.
My passion and inspiration come from Jesus, family, reading, writing, music, horses, flowers, and sunsets.
My whole life the Lord has been teaching me how to help others. While serving in ministry and working as a personal trainer, God gave me countless opportunities to come along side people to minister and coach them to achieve their spiritual and physical goals. Since then I’ve developed a passion for writing, and making videos to share God’s love and message of hope on social media and in person to anyone who needs encouragement.
My background is in administration, ministry, personal training and I was a flight attendant for a few years.
My education and training are in health & fitness, ministry and life coaching. I hope to use these skills to help you improve your quality of life, discover your passions, find your purpose for living, and get free from the limitations, fears, and other obstacles that are holding you back so you can achieve your goals and life dreams.
Today is all we have, tomorrow is not promised, forget what is behind and start new, now, walking with God in the freedom Christ bought for you on the cross. The abundant life awaits you.
"Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12-14).
Notes from those I have coached.
I’m passionate about helping people and guiding them into a new phase of their lives. I strive to develop a personal, open and transparent relationship with my clients, and what they say about my services is incredibly important to me.
Here are a couple testimonials to give you an idea of how I can help you in your journey.
"Mara is a kind and thoughtful listener. She asks insightful questions. With her help I was able to analyze my thought process. That enabled me to be more confident with my decisions and move forward more rapidly."
Brian Petro - Tech Entrepreneur
"Mara--Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your encouragement and cheerleading during our many Tuesday workout sessions. Being older than most of my other classmates is a disadvantage, but you always offer an alternate method for performing exercises so as to accommodate my lack of strength and flexibility; and you also give me permission to set my own limits as I strive to keep up with the younger set. Thank you, too, for the emails with recipes, nutritional advice, and web site addresses that have health information."