For those of you who don’t know me…I figured it might be nice to share my story with you. But like I’ve shared in my about me section…I am a woman of many words! So I will try to sum it up and catagorize the important parts.
Childhood: Yes, I am one of those preachers wives who did grow up in a Christian home. We went to church every Sunday and I really don’t have a long list of rebellious ways to share in my testimony! I have a fabulous family. My mom and dad loved God and they loved me. I have two younger brothers who are brilliant and pursuing their purpose now in their own individual ways. We grew up in church and we knew the word of God. I was often called a goody goody in my private Christian School but honestly I am now so thankful for how God protected me. I believe God hid me away and sheltered me from so much as a teenager and young adult. For that…you might see me as naive. (Isaiah 49:2- I think God was just protecting me for the future!)
Now…all of this might confuse you into thinking my life was perfect. Far from it. I had my share of ups and downs and insecurities. I started dating/courting my husband in my senior year of HS and that is another blog post to itself. I am sure I will share more of our story later. We fell in love and shared the same call to ministry.
Young Adulthood: At 21 as I was about to say “I do” my world was rocked by the harsh reality that everyone has weaknesses. I came to find out that my dad had made some poor choices that greatly effected me and my family. I went into my marriage to a fabulous man with uneasiness in my trust for men…this took me down a path of discovery in my trust for God. Thank God for his shelter and protection all of those years before b/c I knew where to run with my broken heart. He healed me and gave me a depth of compassion and grace for people like I had never learned or seen in the church before.
There are lot’s of details that happened next…that I am yet to share. But, the day will come and when it does I hope God will allow me to inspire others that not mater WHAT the circumstance we can trust in God and He will see us through!
Carey and I:
Right after Carey and I married on May 25th, 2001 we found out that we would be taking over as youth pastors at our church in Dallas, TX. We were filling some very large shoes! We never asked for this position but God had it all planned out. We had some opposition in the fact that several others wanted the job… but we stepped up to the plate as humbly as we could. Thank God for some fabulous leaders who surrounded us and helped us to influence such an amazing group of young people.
During that time, at 24, I found myself surprisingly pregnant! We grew excited as we planned for our little girl to arrive. My world was rocked again when at this time my Dad was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer in his right chest cavity. Only 30 people in the world had ever been diagnosed with this cancer and no one in the place it was at. There was no treatment. We began praying for healing with many friends around the world.
Brooklyn was born in February and was the joy of our life. She brought a smile to my Dads face and I was convinced would be a part of his healing. Brooklyn grew into a beautiful little girl, we continued to see God move in the lives of our teenagers and the ministry he trusted us to oversee, we fought the fight against cancer with my dad, and also saw God do new things in our marriage. It was a tremendously stretching season.
In August of 2006 we felt transition. Determined to be loyal to the position we were in…we trusted God and “waited” (the story of my life!) God gave my husband a dream about Arizona. The long and the short of it…we talked with our senior pastor and he confirmed God’s plan for us to move to another state to serve as youth pastors at a start up church with some incredible people we had know for years. Knowing it was God…we acted and left all of our family and everything we knew behind in Texas to move to the desert and continue serving God.
In February of 2007 my Dad lost his fight with cancer and went home to be with the Lord. There has never been a more faith building moment in my life. I had a choice to make and I made it, with great difficulty. To hold on to God when I didn’t understand, because that is what faith truly is. God carried me through this difficult season and birthed a message of hope in my heart that I love to share with others.
We continued to serve at Life Link Church in Gilbert AZ. with Pastors David and Cheree Wright. They are brilliant leaders. It was here that we truly learned about ministry. We thought we were moving to AZ to help a little church but they are truly the ones who changed us. We served as youth and assocciate pastors for 4 years with a willing heart to do whatever was necessary to fulfill the dreams and vision of Pastors Dave and Cheree. At the same time…knowing that yet another transition was headed our way.
In March 2011, Carey and I knew that our season at Life Link had come to an end and it was time for the next step on our journey. We met with our Pastors and they challenged us to pursue a God given dream of planting a church in Southern Orange County. They not only encouraged us in our dreams, but gave us the tangible support ot make it happen. On August 1st of 2011, we officially moved our family to Laguna Niguel, CA.
We have officially begun to plan and dream for The Movement Church which will launch September of 2012. . Our hope is to see people awakened to the life transforming power of Christ and empowered to live a life of faith that actively influences the world.
I personally love to write. I feel called to speak into the lives of women and see them recognize and rise to fulfill their purpose and destiny. I dream big and out of my reach but that’s ok…because God’s reach is bigger.
If you want to know more about me or our ministry, just ask! Oh…and give me a word maximum b/c I tend to go over! 🙂
Love you all!