Hello! Thanks for stopping by.
I wish we could sit and visit over a cup of coffee, but this will have to do for now ♥
Do you ever feel like God is far away in Heaven and couldn’t possibly care about the mundane issues of your little life? Me too!
Until the God of the universe met with me over my morning cup of coffee!
God in real life … and also coffee!
Yes, God wants to walk with us in our everyday, messy, silly, screwed-up, mundane lives!
Warning: when you meet with God regularly, He will shake things up! That’s what I love to write about here and in my books.
Some of My Favorite Things:
Jesus, my husband, Scott, my family, my dear friends, books, writing, cats, coffee, movies, jogging and hiking (coffee comes before jogging and hiking), naps (I need one after jogging and hiking), and being silly.
I am the author of the Beauties from Ashes series of books and co-author of a devotional study journal called Legacy: Living NOW for Future Generations. I am also the editor of SoCal Christian Voice—a division of One Christian Voice media with over 20 divisions across the United States. We share Christian news with local, state, national, and world focus. In addition to news, we share devotions, Christian entertainment, books, recipes, and more.
I also dabble in poetry, write freelance for my local newspaper, magazines, web articles as well as devotions and studies.
I have been married to Scott for twenty-eight years. We have three wonderful grown-up children. My oldest is Kevin who serves in the Airforce and is newly married to Michelle. Chad is my middle son who is a worship leader and is also newly married to Katie. My daughter, Charity is a journalism major working as a reporter.
Jesus is the center of my life, but He wasn’t always.
I gave my life to Jesus at twelve years old because I didn’t want to go to hell. I went to church and called myself a Christian for years. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I realized something was missing.
I was depressed, struggling with bulimia, insecure and lonely despite being a Christian and having what appeared to be a wonderful life. Of course, I didn’t tell anyone this. I needed to keep up the “I’m-a-good-Christian-church-going-woman” appearance.
One day I got tired of pretending. It was then that I gave my whole life over to Jesus—my depression, insecurities and all. That is where transformation started and is continuing to this day.
I admit that I don’t have it all together, but…
I love the Lord and His word. He has grown a passion in me to write down some of the things He has so graciously taught me. I don’t have a theology degree. In fact, my love for the Word started by reading a children’s Bible to my sons and daughter and grew from there.
Thanks for taking the time to read a little about me. My prayer is to inspire you to grow closer in your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ AND that you will not keep it to yourself!
What I Believe
I believe in one God, who is self-existent, eternal and infinite. I believe that He, while being the same in essence, has revealed Himself as three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; 14:9; 2 Corinthians 3:17).
He is the all-knowing and all-powerful Creator of the universe. He is always perfectly good, kind, loving, forgiving, wise, merciful, just and holy.
I believe that the Bible is God’s infallible Word, written by individuals who were divinely and uniquely inspired and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only-begotten Son, born of a virgin, sinless in His life, who atoned for the sins of the world by His death on the cross and is the only way to salvation. I believe in His bodily resurrection, His Ascension into heaven, His High Priestly intercession for His people and His return to the world according to His promise. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 5:8-9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25; John 14:1-3).
I believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, and He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 6:3; Jeremiah 10:6,12; Isaiah 40:25-26; 1 Peter 3:12; John 1:12-13; Romans 6:23).
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, born of a virgin, sinless in His life, who atoned for the sins of the world by His death on the cross. I believe in His bodily resurrection, His Ascension into heaven, His High Priestly intercession for His people and His return to the world according to His promise. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 5:8-9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25; John 14:1-3).
I believe the Holy Spirit indwells all believers the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit of God, who came to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, comfort and seal forever those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-11; Titus 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).
I believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice, but that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” There is no other way to Heaven but through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Good deeds are an evidence of salvation, not a requirement for salvation. Human beings can do nothing to earn salvation. (Romans 3:10-12, 22-24; John 3:16; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-10).
I believe the church is not a building but the entire family of God including all peoples who have called on the name of Jesus to be saved. The family of God is to be united together for the purpose of evangelism, equipping each other for service to Christ, tending to one another’s needs and the worship of God. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:24-25; 13:15-16).
I believe in Satan who is the sworn enemy of God. Satan is powerful but not more than the Almighty God. Satan is a liar, a slanderer, tempter whose purpose is to “kill, steal, and destroy. The Lord has given Satan temporary freedom as the “ruler of darkness,” but only to fulfill God’s good purposes. God will one day do away with Satan and his demons forever, but until then God limits Satan’s activity. (Matthew 4:1-11;Mark 4:15;John 12:31; 1 Peter 5:8; Acts 10:38; 26:18, Luke 22:3-4, 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Ephesians 6:12; 2Timothy 2:26; John 10:10; Job 1:12; Revelation 2:10