I accepted Jesus as my savior when I was eleven years old. In my late teens my heart turned a corner and started to focus on how good I was at being “good”. I grew to be prideful, unforgiving, an idolizer of approval from others, and incredibly guarded. I was the person described in Proverbs 28:13: “Whoever conceals their sin does not prosper”. Then in what I call the "Dark Years” in my early twenties, the Lord showed me Me, how offensive my sin was to Him, and the effects my sin had on others and myself. It was horrific. Overwhelmed, I stopped trying to guard my sin and reluctantly brought confessions to my community group at Watermark. There my sins met light, were never judged, and were always prayed for. Those sweet women reminded me of everyone’s need of the Lord’s grace and restoration soon began. Though I did not know it at the time, the Dark Years were a steppingstone to richness and beauty that changed the way I receive and give grace, forgiveness, and love. This ignited a fire in me and led me to be committed to pouring into girls and women who need a refreshing reminder of His saving grace.
The core verse in my life is Ecclesiastes 3:11. There is something about the phrase “He has made everything beautiful in its time…” that captivated my heart before any other words of the Bible were able to break through. This verse was the gateway verse to the millions of other gems in the Bible and the Lord has kept my lamp burning by bringing His Word to life when I could not find solace from any other source. What wakes me up every morning is the beauty, promises and hope that the Word provides as it redirects my mind to our one and only savior, Jesus Christ.
I was raised by incredibly supportive parents and siblings in Michigan, educated at East Texas Baptist University, employed for a year-ish in California working with troubled teens and have spent the past few years working in education in Texas. I take a pure delight in warm breezes, orange juice, reading old books, laughter, teaching incarcerated women, time travel, gummies, truth, a good story, frozen yogurt, challenging myself, being left handed, asking absurd questions and watching the Lord do His good work. Joining the Watermark Plano Pastoral Care and Equipping teams allows me to partake in up to five of my pure delights just by showing up to work. Needless to say, I am very eager to go to work every day and witness the Lord do what He does best: make things beautiful!