I've never known a time in my life when I didn't believe there was a God. When I was 10 year old, I invited Christ into my life, but for several years after I still felt that I needed to do something to stay in good standing with God. It wasn't until my early 20's that I asked God to take my life and make it what He wanted after I heard teaching on the New Covenant, how God had given me His righteousness in exchange for my unrighteousness(all my sins and all the things I thought I needed to do to be righteous in His sight), and poured it all out on Jesus on the cross. I know I am fully forgiven. And now, when I examine my feelings of doubt or selfloathing against the reality what happened on that Cross, I realize that these "set-backs of failure" are really wrapped in relief because whatever God's plan is for me moving forward, it's His plan to lay out and mine to obey.
I spent the early part of my life in Palo Alto, CA, graduated from San Jose State University with a credential in teaching, and a minor in music. Not sure of wanting to make a career of it, I decided to try teaching at a Music School specifically for 4-7 year olds, and I gave private piano lessons. I also became involved with a group of like-minded Career-aged people who met at a restaurant every Sunday morning as an Outreach Ministry of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto. Through this avenue, I experienced real, life-on-life community with other believers for the first time. Four years later, I met my husband, Matt. We were married in 1982, and moved to Memphis in 1984. Beginning in 1985, God gave us six children over the course of twelve years. Since we home-schooled our children starting in 1990, for the next 18 years, my life was centered around the home as we discipled our children. By God's Grace alone, we all survived those years!
Every season of my life, God brought women into my life to encourage me in my marriage, in being a stay-at-home mom, and as a woman made in His image. And in every season God brought women into my life to whom I could share what these other women had shared with me. Taking Downline in 2013-14, solidified the work of intentionally forming life-on-life relationships through discipling others as Jesus called us to be. The work of the Holy Spirit is beyond my way and my understanding, but being allowed to see what He can do in and through me has given me great hope for the future in following Jesus' way of discipling
My Hope For Harvest
My hope is that the Gospel of Christ would be proclaimed AND lived out among this body of believers at Harvest and to the world around us - domestically and internationally. May Christ reign supreme in all our lives!