I was born and raised in Maryland (right outside of Washington, D.C.) and my parents and I lived with my widowed paternal grandmother for a short while. She is a devout Christian woman who introduced to me Christ at a young age. My dad died when I was in 6th Grade so I primarily grew up in a single-parent household with my momma holding down the fort. I spent a lot of my childhood and adolescence trying to make sense of all of the ups and downs that I’d experienced. In spite of it all, I stayed connected to Christ throughout college.
When my mother died the year after I graduated from grad school, I began to struggle with God. I knew that He loved me but I couldn’t understand why I was called to have all the most important people in my life taken from me. But still my faith in God is what helped me get up each day. God has now blessed me with a loving husband and two sweet kids that engulf me daily in His love. I still have days when the grief is heavy but these are my good gifts that remind me that He’s there.
My two words are “Awakening Courage.” God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Tim 1:7). We are loved, valued, believed in, and free. I want everyone that God places in my life to believe this wholeheartedly and live out their best life by acknowledging their embedded God-given purpose and taking action on it no matter how scary or risky it may seem. I want folks to know that God’s got ‘em!
As early childhood volunteer coach in Fellowship Kids, I serve Fellowship Dallas by ensuring that our youngest members are safe, loved, and receive the gospel in ways appropriate for their age. Each week, I work with a creative, outgoing, fun, and loving team to schedule life group leaders and coordinate the curriculum for each classroom while appreciating and loving those life group leaders well.