A place to find hope
I had the unique and wonderful experience of growing up a home-schooled pastor's kid. I was introduced to ministry at a young age. My father's calling was to reach
the down and out with the hope of the Gospel. When I was 12, our church began
an in-house addiction recovery program for men and women. Being home-schooled, I often had extra time on my hands. Most of it was spent at the church. I answered phones, helped around the office, and got to know the people we were helping.
I saw so much brokenness and dysfunction. It didn't take long for me to feel a deeper compulsion to help people in more ways than just giving them food or talking with them at church. I wanted to do more. I wanted to help them find answers, find hope. By the time I finished high school I knew I wanted to become a Biblical counselor.
I apprenticed under my father and eventually I was given the opportunity to work
in our women's program. At age 20 I moved into the women's home as the night supervisor. Within two months, I began leading the Bible studies in the home,
and within a year was developing my own curriculum. I quickly discovered that
I loved teaching even more than counseling. Eventually, the classes I taught
were opened up to women in the church, as well. And to my surprise, the women
in the church, who'd been walking with the Lord much longer than the women
in our program, had exactly the same internal struggles, fears, and insecurities.
They were just as overwhelmed, just as tired, and just as confused. They needed
the same hope.
Over the last 7 years I've learned that regardless of how long someone has
walked with the Lord, we are all still vulnerable. We all still have room to grow.
And we all still need hope.
I believe that hope is found in surrender.
I believe the first call to Christ is a call to surrender everything to follow Him.
I believe that every day is an opportunity to live out that first surrender through
I believe that God is good, He’s in control, and He loves us; therefore, we can trust him with not only our eternity, but our here and now.
And I believe that when we REALLY believe this, it affects the way that we live.
I also believe that most of us already know we need to surrender. The problem is how? What does surrender look like?
My goal with The Surrendered Life to equip and encourage women to live
in the true freedom that’s found in surrender by spelling it out: what does surrender
look like in our relationships? How do we handle discouragement? What about fear? How do I really believe God’s love and goodness? What am I supposed to do when everything feels out of control?
I hope you are able to find the answers to your questions here.
I hope you get a glimpse of the beauty of a life surrendered.
And I hope you find the faith and courage to let go of whatever is holding you
back and find the freedom that’s waiting for you around the corner.
Who am I? In a word: passionate.
About Jesus, church, ministry, music, reading, family, friends,
and sometimes even iced skinny soy mochas (don't judge me).
Biblical counselor, teacher, and mentor to women of all ages.
Music is wonderful, studying is fun, and relationships are the best.