Thanks for your interest in learning a little more about me. I was raised in a Christian home with great parents and a sister I adore. I have believed in God and known Jesus as my Lord and Savior for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my life seemed perfect in every way. Well into adulthood I thought I didn’t have a testimony. (Who wants to listen to “little Miss Perfect” anyway?) But just as Job’s story began when tragedy struck, so would mine. Looking back, I know the Lord gave me a firm foundation to prepare me for the storms to come.
When I was 17 I knew with all my heart the Lord had placed a call on my life. As a teenager, who loved singing and being on stage, I thought I’d end up in music ministry right out of high school. Instead I attended a four-year university. After graduation my first full-time job was singing professionally… in a nightclub. I later settled into a career in advertising, but God used my time as a nightclub singer to equip me for music ministry. He also used that experience to connect me with the man I would marry. Steve played the drums, and he not only became my husband, but also the sound tech and manager of my concert ministry. Together we began presenting Christian concerts at churches, women’s events, youth gatherings, even juvenile hall assemblies.
A couple of years later God opened the door for me to begin leading worship. I served weekly as worship leader for a local church, and often traveled to retreats, camps and conferences. Then the Lord began blessing us with children. Did I mention my life seemed perfect in every way?
Everything changed when our son died. Our marriage suffered. Our financial security evaporated. Our health and wellbeing deteriorated. Our oldest child rebelled. I nearly lost hope. But God remained faithful. He drew me even deeper into relationship with Him and proved His ability to meet all of my needs.
I no longer doubt my testimony. 1 Timothy 1:14 says, “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” I could drown in the flood of grace God has poured out on me, and I believe Luke 12:48 applies to me: From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. I sense God’s pleasure when I pour out what He pours in. I now know this is what He called me to when I was 17.