Light and Zest

was born out of a need…

to make beautiful things with the cut of truth and forge of meaning.

Contributing Writers


Jessie Courson

Writer and Founder

Jessie Courson is typically a contemplative introvert and avid tea drinker who often plays delightful and often imperfect roles, such as: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, Christ follower, graphic designer, artist, writer, American who has lived overseas, white woman, and most specifically: middle aged human being. She wonders how our lives would be different if we applied the truths of Scripture in small practical steps. She attempts to do this herself, knowing she could never do it perfectly, but that should never stop her from trying.


Nicole Williams

Writer and Editor

Loretta Gjeltema

Writer and Editor

Amy Portella


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Why the name Light and Zest?

Here is the quote that inspired the name:


“Light, space, zest—that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.”

– Psalm 27:1 MSG