I grew up in a Godly home where the importance of going to church, doing what was right, being the best person that I could be, loving others, and having a servant’s heart was emphasized. I believed in God, but I viewed Him as looking down on me to make sure I was following the Ten Commandments and being a good person. I had a blessed life growing up…no big issues or trails to overcome. As far as I was concerned “Life was Good!” I was committed to being good person, so I thought that all was well in my life.
It wasn’t until I went to college at K-State and joined my sorority that my eyes were opened to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Ironically, it was an invitation to a Bible Study in my sorority that opened the door to future conversations that made me realize that I was missing a significant piece in truly being a Christian! I began attending Icthus on campus and God continued to surround me with friends who gently began to show me that I had never accepted Christ into my life, confessed my sins, and acknowledged my belief that Jesus died on the cross for me personally! I remember thinking back then, all those years ago…How could I have missed such a vital piece in my Christian walk for all of those years? Looking back now, I can see how God had a plan to draw me into the full awareness of what it means to walk with Him. My junior year in College, I discovered that Jesus was my missing piece! I had always felt a void, like I was missing something and I had tried filling it with lots of things, but ultimately through much prayer and study I came to know that HE is the only thing that can fill that empty space!
After making a decision to accept Jesus into my life and my heart, I began to learn and grow! In time God brought a Godly man, my husband, Rob into my life and we began our journey together with God in our life! It has been over the past 20 years that my faith has been tested and my walk with God has deepened. I thank God that He was in my life and that I had a personal walk with Jesus before these trials and mountain top experiences came to pass. He has seen us through multiple moves, a near death accident that landed Rob in the hospital, miscarriages, infertility, being blessed with our two children, Ashlyn and Jarrett in one year, and so much more! These are the FAITH markers that I can see in my life where I know God showed up in some MIGHTY ways to make a BIG difference in my life!
In our multiple relocations, God opened the door for me to serve Him in Women’s Ministry, starting a MOPS Ministry, teaching little ones, leading Small Groups and Bible Studies. Over the years, I have found GREAT JOY in ministry! A wise woman along the way had said to me…I think someday God wants you to be in Ministry. As a former Kindergarten teacher, I dismissed her wise words as a nice compliment and went on with life. It wasn’t until several years ago that God reminded me of that comment! I’ve always been the type of person that sets goals and goes after them, in the Fall of 2009, I decided to ask God where He wanted me to be and what He wanted me to do with my life, instead of asking Him to join me where I wanted to go! It was that question that led to a new beginning! I know it is not my talents or abilities (there are many people far more qualified than I am), but God who opened a door for me to serve Him with a humble heart. I consider it an honor to point people to God’s plan for their life by encouraging them take the next step on their journey with God. I thank God every day for His Calling! I am praying God’s BEST for your life as you seek to discover all He has planned for you! One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from Jeremiah 29:11 and it says this, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future.” Don’t miss His Plan for Your Life…It is BIG, It’s Huge, and YOU are the one He wants to fulfill it!