Hello, friend. I'm glad you stopped by. I'll tell you a bit about me, but first, I'd like to tell you a bit about you. You see I already know that you are loved beyond measure and of inestimable worth. And if you don't know Jesus yet, please believe me when I tell you that He already knows you and longs to be known by you.
I am who I am because of Jesus. I didn't always know him. There were years of my life when all I knew was pain and loneliness and confusion. There were days I thought would never end. I didn't have a lot of hope for my life. But I was good at faking it and trying to look like I had it all together.
My story is the story of a little girl who was lost and longed to be found by love. And Jesus, in his mercy, found me.
I'm really a rather unlikely woman to have an outreach through music and speaking, with the goal of sharing the hope that comes through Jesus, but God likes to do the unlikely.
My life is full of both heartache and great joy, both loss and beautiful gifts. It's an ongoing tapestry of beauty and brokenness. And I'm learning how to live freely and lightly in the midst of it all. It's an ongoing process, one which will probably last a lifetime. But I'm learning to be okay with that.
Besides being a daughter of God, I am a singer, songwriter, speaker and professional organizer. I have two music CDs: "One Thing I Know" and "Uncaged Bird." I love to share my words and music with others. My heart's desire is that others will know Jesus more intimately and love Him more deeply as they grow in their understanding of His unconditional, unwavering love for them.
I used to think Christian women speakers were women who had it all together. Women who had finally figured out how to do life flawlessly and beautifully. Women who had fountains of wisdom and who were overflowing with love, joy and peace. Maybe some of them are. But I've learned that I don't need to have it all together for God to use me. My confidence is not in my speaking skills or musical abilities or organizational habits. My confidence is in Christ alone. "Your new life, which is your real life...is with Christ in God. He is your life" (Colossians 3:3, MSG).
I share life with my amazing husband, Corey. After 31 years of marriage we are still growing and learning how to love. We have four fantastic sons--John, Jake, Tim and Brian. We are also blessed to have our beautiful daughter, Melissa, whom God brought into our family through adoption in 2016. Also, in 2017 and 2018, we gained three daughters-in-law (love)!
I am incredibly blessed by a rock-solid church and a number of extra-special girlfriends!
Even so, I struggle with life like everyone does. I take on too much, battle with perfectionism, try to find security in what others think of me, and analyze and introspect way too much!! I need grace. Every day.
I no longer look expectantly for "normal" to arrive in my life, but rather pray for joy and strength to follow Jesus each day I'm given. I fail consistently, but He helps me start fresh again and again.
May you be encouraged by my words, music, and story, and find your hope and joy in Him.