My hope is that through this blog you are encouraged, brought comfort and hope, and led closer to your Creator who loves you indescribably.
The fact that I am in a career that puts me in front of groups of people on a weekly basis, and gives me access to caring for others' hearts, is nothing short God's hand displayed in my life. When I reflect back on the first half of my life I cringe at the picture of a very self-centered and rather shy girl. There was a dichotomy of rarely speaking up for myself outside the home, yet dominating to selfishly get almost anything I wanted inside the home, coupled with a disregard for others' hearts.
I came into a saving relationship with Christ in 1998. This was the beginning of a process of saving me from myself, my sin, my past, and all my future sin. I've spent many years trying to fill that void with things and people in the world, and the fact is that nothing and no one can bring the joy, peace, and complete fulfillment that a dynamic relationship with the One who created you can. We were made that way. In the wise words of C.S. Lewis, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
It's been an amazing journey of refinement for over 16 years, where God has used my sin and failures to sift out pride, fear, apathy, and to bring about a change that, as Ezekiel 36:26 describes as "removing the heart of stone from your flesh and giving you a heart of flesh."
I plan to expand on stories and lessons from all these areas of life in future posts, so if you're interested in digging deeper, join me on the journey. :)