When I was only 17 and volunteering at my dad’s church, I knew that I wanted to be the kind of person who helped others. I committed my life to full time ministry when I was 24, after graduating from college and realizing that although my dream was to be the first person in my family to graduate college and become extremely successful (and wealthy wouldn’t bother me), there was this quiet voice inside me that was telling me to, “trust Jesus”, He had a bigger and better plan. So, that’s what I did.
It’s been almost 25 years since I made that decision and I can say that it was certainly the right one. I’ve not made any decision because it made sense or helped me achieve “my dreams”. I’ve always tried to follow that quiet voice wherever it led. Over the past 25 years, I have served as a Children’s Pastor, Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, Christian School Administrator, Outreach Founder and Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Restaurant Owner and Caterer and finally an Executive Pastor. Basically, you can say that I have served in virtually every area of the local church ministry except Lead Pastor. That has made my life rich because of the people who I’ve met and stories I have been able to be a part of. Some of these stories are wonderful and some are heart wrenching. The Bible says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth . . .. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven . . .. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19 NIV) The treasure that I have in the people I’ve shared life with up till now is priceless. The fact is, if you want to be involved in the lives of others, you have to take the good and the bad, as it comes. You must make the decision to keep moving forward, even when you get swept off the course you thought you were going, or just give up. My own personal life has been filled with those twists and turns and has been swept off the course I had planned many times. That is what has made me the person I am today and that is why I write and speak.
I am now on a new journey. This new journey began when my husband of 20 years, David, was diagnosed with cancer. After walking that tragic road of illness and inevitably losing him to that evil disease, I know, even more, that my life is meant to share with others and I’m sharing the stories of my own life, and that of the strong people I’ve met along the way who have kept moving forward in the face of unimaginable circumstances. I love serving people through my writing and speaking and now spend my weeks doing just that.
I am a widow and a mother, and I love my family. I have two daughters (Megan and Maitlynn), a son (Mekenzie) and son in law (Jake) and grandson (Ezra David) coming June 2019. I’m blessed to have amazing parents and an extended family who mean the world to me. I also have a sweet little Yorkie named Ella. I’m a homeschool mom who travels, speaks, writes and loves helping others as God opens the doors. My home is a place where there is always coffee, good food, a homey atmosphere and where you will always be greeted with a big hug!!! Although all my readers and listeners can’t come to my house, I hope that you will feel that same warmth and love as you join me through the words that I share with you through this ministry.
Maybe you are just getting a terrible diagnosis and have no idea what to do next. Maybe you are hurting from unexpected loss that seems to overwhelm you. Maybe you are that person who can’t seem to shake the addiction that has taken hold as you try to cope with pain from life or you are struggling with depression. Wherever you are in life, you are not alone. Whatever is going on in your life, my prayer is that something I share will help you in your journey and let you know that there are better days ahead. My favorite times are spent sharing coffee and conversation with friends. So, friend, grab a cup of coffee and join me for some encouragement and hope.