Growing up in the South along side three older brothers, my mom always wished I’d wear dresses and ribbons in my hair, but I insisted on wearing blue jeans and playing basketball. I was adamant. For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to teach. It started with a few stuffed animals arranged around my room as a little girl, and later “taught school” with some childhood friends. Directly out of college, I ventured into the elementary classroom. God has now moved me into an expanding territory – to speak and write for adults. It’s amazing to think where following God will take you – on an adventure that’s for certain!
I made a commitment to the Lord as a teenager, yet struggled with how to pray. I asked God to give me the desire to pray; to rise early and spend time with Him each day. I see now that God responded by providing me with a real passion for prayer that has lead me to develop a twenty-five year habit of journaling. It is how God teaches me and reveals His work in my life.
After graduating from Appalachian State University with a K-6 degree, I continued to teach elementary education and served as the Secretary-Treasurer of Youth Ministry, Inc., a small, non-profit foundation established for seminary students. I am also a member of both the high school and middle school Moms in Touch International prayer meetings, along with a passion to teach at M.O.M.S – Mothers of Many Seasons, a women’s ministry group. I am currently a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, Christian Women’s Clubs and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). My husband, Eric and I, with our three children live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where we are actively involved at River Oaks Community Church. I enjoy scrapbooking, knitting. reading in the sun, biking and boating with my family,
I have used various journals and prayer guides over the years, but was never able to locate one that worked in harmony. After fifteen years of the Lord burning this desire on my heart, I decided to simply “just do it.” God has lead me to create an inspirational book, The Invitation – Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace, on the benefits of prayer and journaling, sharing personal experiences along with a structured companion prayer guide and journal for daily use.
I passionately desire to deliver a practical prayer tool into the hands of God’s people to help them commune with God. I lovingly attempt to inspire my readers with God’s promise of His presence. My hope is that your devotion will increase as you come to an eternal perspective of prayer while encountering the living God. Remember His faithfulness as you record your life journey and see His answers revealed. I enjoy teaching and facilitating others in the disciplines of prayer and journaling including a variety of related topics: listening, overcoming unbelief, spiritual confidence and more. I hope to continue my mission with the release of my first companion set, The Invitation and Grace for the Journey.