I have written, erased, and re-wrote this a few times. I don’t know where to start with this. There have been so many seasons in my life, ups and downs, victories and defeats, that if I start with one chapter in my life then I will have to write it all. And honestly, who wants to read all that? Let me just say, there is a reason why my heart goes out to the broken and hurting.
Like many others, I have known abandonment, rejection, and fear. I know what it is like to make foolish choices and have regrets. I know the bitter taste of shame and the heaviness of depression. I have been hurt and I have hurt others. I know what it is like to sleep in stairwells and be hungry, and I know what it is to have plenty. But all of this is not who I am. It is just a part of my story. I am thankful for it all, because it taught me compassion and it taught me God’s faithfulness. If you can relate to this then be of good cheer, because you are in good company.
I didn’t meet Jesus personally until I was an adult. He took my mess and transformed me into a new creation, and since then He has opened many doors for me to learn and to grow and to prepare me for a time such as this. To read my testimony click here.
Through my earlier career in Resource Development and Fundraising, I have been fortunate to have worked with International Organizations and Charities, such as United Nations Refugee Agency, Save the Children, and on campaigns for Child Fund, Children International, and Action Aid. This work opened my eyes to the world outside of my own backyard and helped me to not be so selfish and to be thankful. I got to be a small part of helping to meet the need of those less fortunate. I have also had the opportunity to work with some amazing people who taught me leadership and teamwork. These experiences helped launch me into Integrity Leadership Consultants as an Independent Organizational and Leadership Development Consultant.
If you knew where my story started you would never have believed it. God opened doors for me that I knew I didn’t deserve, but He had a plan and a purpose for my life, just as He does yours. Everything I learned in the secular has prepared me for today. Nothing is wasted when you give it to God. Yes, I have been truly blessed.
My heart is for the youth. Perhaps because I was once a troubled youth. The Lord has blessed me with opportunities within the local church to work with youth as a Youth Minister and then as Director of Children & Youth Ministry. I still enjoy speaking and ministering to youth, and I take every opportunity I get to do so. All hell has broken loose in our families and they need a life preserver, someone to throw them a rope and pull them to the other side and into the loving arms of a loving Father. I am a strong advocate to the importance of mentorship and discipleship.
Through the years the Lord transitioned me to women’s ministry. I sat on the board as Vice-President and was active with the local lighthouse of Women’s AGLOW International in Western Maryland. I have volunteered and supported Pregnancy Support Centers, I led and taught Bible studies in Pregnancy Support Centers and recovery ministries for women. I have been privileged to minister along side some mighty women of God. I have learned much from them and I look back over the years with the fondest of memories.
I have made some pretty awesome friends who believed in me and supported me throughout the years; even when I didn’t believe in myself. I am so thankful for the Lord placing Godly Mentors in my life. We have worked side by side in the ministry in streets, homes, and churches. The Lord has used each one of these people to impart something in me that I now use to reach others. I am thankful for each one of them.
I now travel as Street Minister, Evangelist, Eternal Life Coach, and Writer. My passion is to see people set free from the bondage of past wounds and addictions.
I have four adult children. While I can not take the credit for how amazing they are, I like to think they inherited their wit and sense of adventure from me. It was not always easy for them with me as their mom, but somehow, by God’s grace, they made it and I am so proud of them.
I have a little four-legged buddy named JJ who travels with me. He loves people and we have yet to meet anyone who does not like him. He is a great partner in street ministry, everyone wants to pet him. He especially loves children. He loves attention and treats, but mostly he is content to be wherever I am.
We should all be like JJ and just be content to sit at the feet of our Master. I think we could learn a lot by observing a dogs faithfulness. Just sayin’
So, if you ever see us out come over and say hi.
I love to travel. I have been from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States several times. People ask me what my favorite place is. Honestly, I enjoy them all. Each place, city, and state, has it’s own uniqueness, but I especially appreciate the beauty of the Pacific Northwest…everything is so green! God’s creation is BEAUTIFUL.
No matter where I go, people are the same. We all have the need to be loved and to be known. Some of us may express it differently, but the need is the same and it was given to us by God. He created us in His image, for relationship. We were not created to be alone, we need each other. The ultimate relationship is with Him, through His Son, Jesus. Only through Him can we find our true identity.
A few fun-facts about me:
1. I had Dyslexia as a child and hated to read because of it. That is, until my aunt gave me my first chapter book about a young girl called: Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret, written by Judy Blume. A well penned story about a young girl and a caring aunt was all it took to open a whole new world for me; all because someone cared enough to meet me where I was.
2. I had a terrible fear of public speaking. The very first time I spoke in front of a crowd I almost fainted. Seriously, I saw the dark spots before my eyes, you know the ones, right before you pass out. Somehow, I made it through, it was all a blur, but I made it. Now I stand before people and share the love of God. How awesome is that!
3. I can’t sing, but that doesn’t stop me from singing. One time I was asked to lip sync in a Christmas Cantata. I guess they didn’t want to hurt my feelings by kicking me out of the group. I still had fun.
4. I love to laugh! In my early adult years, I wanted to be a standup comic. It was short lived. Turns out I was the only one who thought I was funny. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all.
My favorite Bible verse is:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Be Free & Stay Free
I just want to say, He get’s the glory, the praise, and the honor!
Thank You, Jesus, for covering me. CLICK HERE