Transparent. Relatable. Spiritually grounded. Engaging. Those words have been used to describe me after I’ve spoken at an event, and yay! Because we’re all in this together.
I’ve been a church-goer all of my life, but my first 28 years were defined by anxiety, insecurity, and destructive behavior (not giving those details here!). Then I met Jesus, who gave me a new heart, and put a new spirit in me. He took my stony, stubborn heart and gave me a tender, responsive heart. (Ezekiel 36:26). I became a new creation.
Seven years later, I asked God to take my life and do whatever He wanted to do to make me useful for His kingdom. He said, “Get your Bible open and start reading because you’re going to need it.” (Um… I think He says that to everybody.) He’s taught me such great things I just have to share them.
Digging deep from my experiences as a military spouse; single, working mom; farmer’s wife with a blended family; an overseas missionary; and empty-nester, I’ve spoken at over 100 events—weekend retreats, moms’ meetings, and writing and ministry conferences. I’m also an award-winning writer (2020 Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Award) and have been published in magazines and devotionals, such as Today’s Christian Woman (Kyria), MomSense (MOPS), Thriving Family (Focus on the Family), The Quiet Hour, Upper Room, and Gary Chapman’s “Love is a Verb” devotional book.
Next year, my best friend Jeff and I will celebrate 25 years together, along with our (blended) family of grown children, their spouses, and 11 grandkids. (Yes, I am that old.)