Wife. Mom. Mentor. Teacher. Friend.
You’re here! Please take a seat and allow me to share a little of my story with you, why I started this blog, and what my future goals are for this site, publishing, and you.
Me and My Fam ~
I’m a simple Minnesota girl driven by coffee. I love being outside on, in, or by the lake and am a complete plant nerd. I’m passionate about Jesus and His Word and desire to ignite that passion in others. I write from my heart, experiences, and the lessons He has taught me along the way. I share my highs and lows; victories and struggles in hopes to encourage you as you follow Jesus.
I’m the wife of a man with more puns and dad jokes than should be legal. Thad’s sense of humor keeps me smiling—and groaning, but I can’t imagine anyone better suited for me.
I’m also the mother of four distinctly different boys. I often say I have four points on a compass because they are each their own person with their own unique personality. They often teach me and refine me to be a better person. But more often than not they have me laughing and thankful that they are mine.
I grew up in the Church. I did Sunday school, VBS, midweek church, and youth group. I went to Bible camp, attended retreats and conferences, and participated in various mission trips. I knew the Bible stories, asked Jesus into my heart at an early age and believed in God.
BUT it wasn’t until 2004, while going through the healing process from repressed memories of sexual abuse, that I started to BELIEVE God.
Durning this dark time I groped for Light, Truth, Hope, and Healing. Then my Savior scooped me up in His arms and made me a promise: “You feel shattered. Gutted. You feel empty. Lost. Abandoned. But if you follow me, I will take you down to your foundation and reinforce it. Then I will rebuild you and make you new. All the while, I will give you a heart that beats for Me.”
I had no idea what He meant, but I wanted to be made new. Stronger.
Over the next few years, I developed a voracious appetite for His Word. I didn’t realize how malnourished I was! That I was starving. But reading it wasn’t enough. I needed more. I loaded up on Bible study aids and commentaries, listened to various teachers, and participated in a women’s Bible study group. And my faith exploded! As I learned, I healed. As I studied, I grew stronger—and yet, I also softened.
Fast forward—Spring 2014.
Camron and Tyler (14 and 11) asked to go to LifeWay to get their own Bible studies. After much hunting, we finally found a handful of “age appropriate” youth Bible studies on a small shelf in the children’s section next to the board books. Unfortunately, none of them were what my boys were looking for.
All the way home I fumed over how little there was to offer them. I complained that what was there, was for younger students. I griped that what was there, didn’t possess the depth they were craving.
Then my grumbling reached God’s ears.
“You’re right; there’s not. So you write one.”
I burst out laughing, “I’m sorry your number cannot be completed as dialed, please hang up and try again.” I then went on my merry little way, reveling in God’s sense of humor.
However, I soon discovered—He wasn’t kidding.
As Summer turned up the heat, so did God. At first, I told Him He had the wrong girl. Then I ignored Him. Then I started arguing with Him—I was unqualified, no talent. I had a BS in horticulture (2013), not a pastoral degree. I had no idea what to do…
Then God, tired of my whining, excuses, and arguing, reminded me of our promise ten years earlier.
During one week in mid-November, I heard, read, and was sent no less than 15 different messages on that Parable of the Talents. Each one convicted me to the core and destroyed every excuse I threw at Him.
But God saved the best for last. While sitting among my small group girls on our youth ministry night, He obliterated my final objections—leaving me with nothing but obedience. He perfectly aimed each word directly into my heart until I was shaking uncontrollably.
“In case you missed it, I’m not kidding.”
That night I surrendered and started writing devotionals for my girls and others I was mentoring/discipling.
As I wrote, God knitted together my passion for people (especially students), His Word, teaching, and Biblical literacy. And slowly His design started to take shape. Where He was leading me was starting to take form—starting a blog (2017), publishing Bible studies (TBD)…and…speaking.
My ambition is to I reveal Scripture’s Vibrant Relevance to your day-to-day life. To show you how to break down the barriers of time, culture, and language so you can engage with God’s Word and revel in its teaching. I’m desperate to share my hunger for Jesus and His Word. And to light your torch with the same passion as you progress in your faith walk.
My goals for this website/blog, publishing, and you~
My primary goal with this website/blog is to facilitate your growing relationship with Jesus Christ through devotionals and talking about life issues. Meaning, there are many of life’s challenges that the Bible talks about directly and indirectly. See language changes, culture changes, technology changes, but people don’t change—people are changeless. So the same Scriptures that applied 2000+ years ago are relevant now no matter what your challenges are.
My secondary goal is to add other resources to this site to better equip you in areas where I am not the expert. I will also be sharing more of my story and my experiences of how God has worked in my life to encourage you in your struggles. I want to encourage you to do the same so this site can be a place where we can encourage each other and build each other up.
As I already mentioned, I am writing a Bible study with more to come. I am stepping out in obedience in pursuing publication. As of right now, I am searching for an agent to work with in order to take the next step. This is an interesting journey and God has taught me more in the last few years than I thought possible. So I am excited to take you on this journey with me. I am looking forward to sharing what God teaches me about Himself, patience, and handling the highs and lows of this thing we call life. I would appreciate your prayers on this journey.
You are why I write. You are the reason I study so hard. You are my inspiration. My goal for you is that you will realize the Bible’s Vibrant Relevance in your day-to-day life. That you will learn how to study it and engage with it; and in the process, fall in love with your Savior.
Please, ask questions. If I don’t know the answer I will do what I can to find it for you. If you have a good resource to share, let me know. I strive to be Biblically correct over politically correct because as culture and politics change, God’s everlasting Truth does not.
Also, if this site blesses you, please share it with friends and family and encourage them to join our family. I look forward to meeting you and watching you grow.
In Him who first loved us,