TrueBranches Devotions Writing Team

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25

Lera Riccuiti


I grew up in a Christian home and fell in love with Jesus as a little girl. I have always been fascinated with the idea that Jesus wants to be friends with me and I have allowed this truth to lead me my whole life. I went to James Madison University and graduated with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2018. I got married to my husband the following year and we are now in full-time campus ministry at our alma mater together. But above all, my greatest passion in joy in life is knowing who I am in Jesus and helping others know the same.

Her scripture of the year is John 15:5.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Ashawrie White


Ashawrie White is a May 2021 graduate of James Madison University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Currently, she is interning in partnership with her local church in Harrisonburg VA, Divine Unity Community Church and with Every Nation. Alongside her internship, she also serves in other ways such as armor bearing for one of the worship leaders or anyone who needs assistance, and through the kids dance team, Joyful Noise, that she started in the fall 2020. Soon, she will be teaching two junior hip-hop classes at InMotion School of Dance & Dancewear. 


Ashawrie believes her purpose is to be God’s hands and feet on the earth and reconcile people back to Him. Whether that is through her future desire to be an author, mentoring women, having a faith-based dance studio, encouraging others through social media or by developing meaningful relationships everywhere she goes. Ashawrie wants to see God build up a new generation of confident leaders whose mission is to advance the kingdom of God. She desires to guide women struggling with identity and confidence to walk boldly and freely in their purpose. 


Ashawrie enjoys dancing, hanging out with friends, eating her favorite dessert, ice cream, and watching movies and TV shows.

Her scripture of the year is Psalms 46: 10,
“Be still, and know that I am God” and her word of the year is release.

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Britnie McDonald


Britnie is a JMU graduate, devoted wife, and #girlmom of 4, who recently helped plant a new church! Currently, Britnie works full-time in sales, but is passionate about encouraging and motivating others to walk in the full potential that the Lord has placed inside of them.


Part of walking that out in her own life includes embracing writing as a gift from the Lord and as an avenue to share encouragement, motivation, and practical tips on living out biblical principles. She hopes that her obedience will set an example for her daughters and other ladies, and inspire them to follow the Lord regardless of fear or discomfort. 

Other things Britnie enjoys includes working out (especially Zumba), going to Costco, and attempting to watch shows on Netflix without falling asleep!

Her scripture is 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed"