I grew up in a Christian community church in the country. When I was in high school, my boyfriend at the time led me to Christ. I went to Beaverton Foursquare Church in high school, college and as a young adult. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I really dove fully into studying the Bible. I took college level Bible classes and thoroughly studied the Old Testament. My husband, Mark, is my Barnabas (Acts 4:36) and he encouraged me through the many hours of reading, studying, and memorizing maps and verses from the Old Testament. I have continued to always be in a Bible study, listening to great pastors and speakers and always growing as I seek Him. For the past three years, I was an associate teaching director to Linda Colby in an international women and children’s ministry.
My husband and I are raising our teenage twin boys to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. We have been through many trials. The loss of a dear friend to cancer, our young sister-in-law to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and father-in-love to Parkinson’s disease. We have a niece who has bravely fought cancer and disabilities, another niece with Autism, my mother-in-love fought breast cancer and now has Alzheimer’s. Recently, we were victims of an awful crime that shook us upside down and caused us to relocate. Yet, when I shake or falter while going through these trials, I always find my strength in Him. “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2.
Some more Good News that I cling to is that we all have been created with gifts of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 lists the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is through these gifts that God strengthens us believers, edifies His church and evangelizes the world. It is through our gifts that we are able to serve and love one another. Be encouraged as you read about your gift.
Dear Lord, I pray that many women (& men) and children’s lives are changed as they read the Word, attend, and answer our future Bible studies. I pray that as our lives are changed that our families grow closer in Him. I also pray that as we grow and mature in Christ that it is everlasting so that we may shine and change lives around us for generations to come. In Your precious Son’s name, Jesus, Amen!
Trust in Him and be encouraged!