My Passion is honoring Jesus Christ, whom I have had a close relationship with since I was 6 years old. Throughout our relationship, I have fallen on my face, made bad decisions, and in so many ways royally screwed up, yet, never once, in all the years of our relationship, did Jesus fail me. Not one time. He has always been faithful, always forgiving, always real, true, and honest. He has brought me to my knees in repentance; He has wiped the many tears from my eyes; and He has always drawn close to me when I have drawn close to Him. I don't regret the road I have traveled on, nor the mistakes and sins I have committed...because each thing drove me deeper into my Father's (God) heart, and each "delay" was actually me being right on time for what God has planned. Jesus has always been my Savior, my Lord, and my Friend. He is my Passion!
I never planned to be a writer. I planned to be a teacher. Yet, as a very young child, I was drawn to the written word, to study, to research, and to watch people very closely. When God revealed in me that He had designed and called me to be a writer, I ran the other way. I ran because the enemy of my soul had worked hard to weave some key people in my life to speak against me being a writer. And even after I accepted I was a writer and began to write novels, I still lived defeated as a writer. But God!! God has designed me to write to the nations for Him, and I stand before the world as the writer I am called to be!
"As the Lord lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak." 2 Chronicles 18:13 (1 Kings 22:14)
Since the age of 3, I started saving money for college because I knew I was called to teach. At that time in my life, I didn't know Jesus yet, so my only concept of teaching was in the public school. Later, after getting my teaching degree and teaching high school, I still longed to do more...more to equip the Body of believers, more to help build and strengthen the Kingdom of God. As I stepped out and began speaking and teaching at retreats, conferences, and in church, I grew hungry for more encounters within God's House to share His Word and the fresh revelation He was pouring into me. Then, I was hit with a mighty force of demonic attack; the likes, of which, I had never before experienced, so I did what I thought I should, I ran for my life. I almost didn't survive the attack, and my family almost didn't either. Now, it did not occur to me in the middle of it, that if satan is working that hard to stop me from stepping into this call in my life, I must really be called to have an impact. In the middle of it, I was broken and confused. BUT GOD, through my wilderness time with the Lord, I learned a lot about the enemy of my soul; I learned a lot more about God, my Savior (Jesus); God, my Father, and God, my Comforter and Teacher (Holy Spirit). Now, better informed, better equipped, I step back into the speaking arena. Now, I know my enemy, but now, I also know so much more intensely, the Power and Strength of my God! I have been stripped down to nothing, so God could lovingly and gently rebuild me into the person He planned and designed for me to be from the beginning. Now, I stand Amazed! "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5