In 1 Samuel 13:14, we are told that God searched for a "man after His own heart." I'd like to - at the best moments of my life - qualify as a woman after God's own heart. The smile of God is the goal of my life. Keeping that goal in front of me is a perfect direction to follow. The theme of my life is Philippians 1:20-21 which says, I earnestly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed but will have sufficient courage so that now, as always, Christ will be exalted in my life. For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
I share a lot of my personal struggles in "Stories To Inspire" and in my presentations talk extensively about this wild, wonderful, difficult path of faith I have been called to walk. I'm not perfect. I'm a work in progress. I'm still learning. I'm still making mistakes. But I'm not a quitter. I believe everything that God has promised and because of this I am determined to be triumphant in my life, unafraid of what the future holds, and confident that my life is a product of faith and never coincidence.
I've been happily married for over twenty years and am currently experiencing life with three teenagers in the house. I am endlessly thankful that the Lord goes before me to prepare my path because there is a substantial part of my life where I feel ... completely out of my depth! I have endless things to be thankful for. And endless things to pray about.
I've always had stories in my head - from the time that I was a little girl - and the Lord has blessed me with opportunities to write them down and share them with others. I write historical and contemporary fiction as well as nonfiction Bible studies. You can go to my author website and request a free ebook any time. Last count I had thirteen books available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my publishing website Lulu.
I don't know if I was particularly fun to play with when I was a little girl because I only ever wanted to play school and I always had to be the teacher. (Yes, I even assigned homework!) I taught in public school for over thirteen years (until I became a Mom) and teaching is still a vital part of my life. It is as much a part of me as my hazel eyes.
(This is me teaching in Lincoln England - a million years ago.)
Of all the things I am, this one is the one that I feel bears God's largest stamp of encouragement right now ... because I always was a quiet, studious, homebody type of person. (Still am, really.)
And yet, God has given me the gift of teaching coupled with a strong desire to share what He needs me to say. I'm not comfortable going to a Tupperware party with a lot of people I don't know but do I light up in front of a crowd of hundreds!
Speaking, for me, is the single brightest point of God's strength and purpose in my life. I've had the privilege of being a guest preacher, guest speaker, keynote speaker, and conference coordinator!