I enjoy a quiet evening with friends, talking about our spiritual journey, music, camping, reading, running/weight lifting, movies, and watching sports.
My favorite scripture passage: Colossians 3:12-15,17:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. …And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I have enjoyed a wonderful Christian heritage. I was born into a Christian home. My parents are Christians, as are all my grandparents, who now reside in Heaven in the eternal presence of our Lord. I accepted Christ into my heart as my savior and Lord at the age of five, praying at my bedside with my mother beside me. I was raised within a Christian culture. I experienced warm Christian fellowship within my extended family and church family. I enjoyed Sunday school and youth group ministry, Summer Bible school, and Summer church camp.
I have been involved in church and Bible study, graduated from a theological seminary, and have served God’s kingdom in Christian counseling and in missions. Through all these things I have grown in my faith journey with God, but it was through trials – my own and those of others close to me – that I began to grow into a deeper intimacy with God.
Through my daughter’s extensive illness, some personal hardships, and the tragic death of our dear friend’s son, I have had more questions for God than I have perceived answers. Through these experiences God has impressed upon my heart that He is good and that He loves us more than we can imagine. God does not promise us relief from trials this side of Heaven, but He forever promises us His presence – now and always.
Our God is forever worth seeking. He is always at work on behalf of His children – to redeem the circumstances of their lives for the furtherance of His kingdom.