I grew up in Plano, TX attending a church where all I seemed to notice was this set of standards that I could not live up to. I felt the need to hide my flaws and keep secrets because it appeared everyone was judging me. I eventually decided it wasn’t worth going to church anymore. I had never been exposed to what it says in John 3:18-21. I believed in God, prayed to God, heard the Bible stories, but was never taught how to handle all that information and definitely did not want my sins exposed. I was choosing to live in darkness because I didn’t understand what it meant to live in the light.
In 2007, I finally hit rock bottom and decided I needed to figure out what this God thing was about. Nothing else I had turned to for comfort was working anymore and I was desperate. I was recommended re:generation at Watermark and was very reluctant to attend. It wasn’t until recovery that I was able to understand what it meant to have a relationship with God. I learned that by accepting the grace God has extended on the cross, that I am no longer marked by my past. I am now a new creation and have a new identity in Christ. I can freely discuss my past without shame and know that “this God thing” is the only place life is found. The most difficult thing in the beginning of my relationship with God was realizing that I had learned to recognize evil, in everything. And what is most frustrating to this day is recognizing it in myself. C.S. Lewis put it this way, "It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence." We are all a work in progress, and I say that’s a good thing! Philippians 1:6 says, “I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in His grace until His task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.”
I’ve been running hard after God ever since and married my best friend, Colton, in May of 2014. I love all things outdoors (volleyball, flag football, biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, etc), learning to cook, the Dallas Cowboys, and am a bit of a health nut. Colton and I both serve at re:generation and love being around those willing to bring their mess to God. To this day, I continue to be shaped and molded by God as I allow His light to shine in all my dark places and bring about understanding and change. I am thrilled to be on staff here at Watermark, where God will continue to use others to sharpen me! Philippians 4:12 “I have learned the secret of being happy at anytime in everything that happens.”