Standing on the ROCK!
Hi Ya’ll! How Ya Doin? Thanks for dropping in to check out who I am! Since you are here, there is something about me that connects with you! And that makes me super excited!
I am YOU! A woman of faith, standing firm against trials, fleeing from temptation and relying on the ROCK of God’s truth!
My Jesus Story: I am an EBLF! Its new Myers Briggs Personality type LOL – Just kidding! I consider myself an Early Believer, Late Follower!
I chose to believe in Jesus very early in life, but did not fully commit and follow Jesus until my adult life.
My upbringing was one that is often referred to as dysfunctional. Only now I have realized, it is a new normal. From behind masks and closed doors, more and more of us our coming out to claim our dysfunction and use it for good. At least it is certainly the first step in healing. When I was growing up, my home was filled with divorce, alcohol, anger, militant control, instability, and a façade of happiness.
I was graciously exposed to Jesus very early on, through neighbors where I lived. I went to church, and needless to say, I quickly received Jesus. The message, Jesus can heal your pain. He can take it all away. As much as I’d love to say He did, he didn’t. My life was still very hard. I felt jaded. I felt dooped and confused. Where are you Jesus? Why does my heart still hurt?
I didn’t turn my back on God, I did believe. I just didn’t do anything with the belief. Later on, I decided to take control over my own life since authority figures around me did not provide a trusting atmosphere.
This was a very lonely time. I had no “real” friends and no “real” joy. I was existing and pursuing many things that left me empty in the end. I kept controlling everything I could, and tried to find worth and value in many things including drugs, alcohol, men, money, cars, debt, busyness, and work! Oh my goodness I worked so hard and dove into being EXCELLENT at anything I did. I had to be the best and recognized as such by others. I went to school, and drowned my mind in knowledge, education, and accolades. All still mostly coming up empty. I achieved the accolades, but one thing really set my heart and mind off track. I became a divorcee and very disobedient, turning my back toward God.
I felt abandoned by Jesus. How could Jesus let this happen to me? I wandered for several years. After a series of chance encounters, I agreed to go “back to church.” I was not doing a very good job at controlling my life. By this time it was different, as an adult, I was keener to notice and more open to hear from God. He showed me His PEOPLE! My eyes opened, my heart eyes opened and God used the very thing I had been afraid of….PEOPLE to heal my heart. A choir called Total Praise from Frontline at McLean Bible Church in McLean, Virginia, showed me genuine, humility, and the love of Jesus. It was like nothing I had ever seen. It was truly supernatural. Soon thereafter, and after another series of choice decisions and encounters, I decided to turn my life over.
I re-postured my heart’s path, and positioned my mind and became a committed follower of Jesus Christ.
I now have a living hope and a deeper joy. I still have trials, and bad things happen, however, it’s how I view them, who I rely on, and where my hope comes from that makes all the difference. My courage and strength go through the hard things, withstand what seems impossible. Because with Christ ALL THINGS TRULY ARE POSSIBLE!
Family: I am a Wife and Mother; 1 child and fur baby on earth, 1 child and 2 fur babies in heaven. Our family loves to do things outdoors. We love to kayak, camp fires, and generally be outside when possible. Though an introvert, I do like to spend time with friends and family. Though don’t look to me to be the talker! I prefer to listen and observe and take it all in. That’s the deep thinker in me.
Heart Beats: So I am very passionate about finishing things. Meaning goals, projects, and certainly lists! I love to inspire and help other people see their ideas get off the ground and their boxed dreams be released in to reality. I love that twinkle in someone’s eyes and the beaming smile when they realize “IT’S HAPPENING!” Most importantly, I love that they do it joyfully. I try to make the hard work part enjoyable, so that the sacrifices are worth every bit of overwhelming joy that comes from the confidence found in fulfilling your purpose.
Work Stuff: God made me one of them Virgo Perfectionist, Introverted Over Achiever, Goal Setting, “insert over achiever descriptor here” kind of people. I work as a Program/Project Manager. My focus is to drive excellence, confidence, and high-quality standards. Sounds super fun right? Over the last few years I have started to use my professional expertise to dive deeper into my own personal development. As a person who would find my worth in accomplishment, I struggled to have a strong foundation of confidence in who God said I was. No matter what I accomplished, being a United States Air Force Veteran and completing my MBA, 4 college degrees, Project Management Professional Industry Certification, and professional Quality Certification in Six Sigma, no amount of ambition fulfilled a deeper desire to be healed and confident in my identity as a Christ Follower. Needless to say, I do have those credentials and even in those worldly achievements, the Lord has helped me shaped those skills into use for his purposes.
Author Thing: I’ve always love to write. In diary’s, in journals, in planners, whatever where ever, I love to be in my head and write out my thoughts. God put on my heart around 2005, the purpose of my journey. He placed a calling on me to write His story of power, redemption, transformation, healing, and finding love through humility. It has taken me until now 2017 to follow that calling and write this book, and I’m excited to be in His Will sharing it with you. Getting There: Signs to Guide you along the Broken Road to Life Changing Hope is the awe-inspiring story of finding humility, unwavering perseverance, and tenacious driven determination in spite of overwhelming obstacles. It is expected to release in 2018.
Fun Favorites I love:
To Take: Pictures of my Feet! For two reasons. Perspective changes everything! Pictures of my feet focus less on me and more about how my eyes see the world. It reminds me to look out, see others, and that it’s not about me! But about HIM!
To Start: A new study series, learning new things, exploring new adventures.
To Finish: A list. I also love to finish projects. I love the real progress and being able to tangibly see a concept, vision or dream come to fruition.
To Do: THINK! I seriously love to think, my brain is always thinking. I also love to cuddle with my husband, read, kayak, write, and you will definitely catch me dancing and singing in a grocery store aisle.
To Be: Real & Inspired.
To Eat/Drink: REAL FOOD! Fresh salads, granola, and fizzy lemon water. But my favorite treat is my dad’s chili, a good pizza, and a nice glass (ahem I mean bottle) of vino.
“Be that as it may..”
“and all that jazz…”
- Courage – Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly!
- Rise Up!
- Seek Wisdom!
- Do the Hard Things!
- Speak Truth in LOVE!
- Let your FAITH be bigger than your FEAR!