I was saved at a young age and raised in a Christian home. My parents taught me to love God with all my heart. I had the privilege of attending a Christian school for my entire education and after graduating from high school, I attended Tabernacle Baptist Bible College, where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Throughout my childhood, I had dreamed of following in my mother's footsteps and becoming a teacher. Even though I was painfully shy and nervous around other people, I knew without a doubt God wanted me to teach young children. For nine years, I poured my heart into teaching Kindergarten and First Grade. I was living my childhood dream!
But in those last couple of years, something within me changed. My desire for teaching began to wane and I found myself troubled. It took many months of prayer and many restless nights, but I finally realized that God was calling me to leave my teaching career and embark on a new adventure: writing.
To say I was nervous would be the understatement of the year. Seriously, who leaves a paying job with a good future for a career they know nothing about and are possibly not even qualified for? I fought the calling, but in the end, the Lord won, and I'm so glad He did.
I wish I could tell you that God rewarded my obedience to His call with a prosperous ministry and easy living, but following God doesn't always result in a life of abundance and all good things. When God called me into the ministry, He never promised it would be easy. He did, however, assure me that He would be right by my side every step of the way, and He would guide me in the way I should go. And God has been faithful. I never would have imagined what an impact my writings and teachings would have on lives across the world. It's truly miraculous!
I won't lie to you and put myself on some super-spiritual pedestal by telling you I've never complained or wished for a “better life.” Yes, there are days I find myself praying for God to expand the ministry (and the income). During any given week, my attitude has been known to shift from “Is this all there is?” to “Help! I can't keep up.” I've doubted my call, my faith and my sanity. But time and time again, God has been there to pick up the pieces of my shattered expectations and remind me that His ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts. He also reminds me that He hasn't called me to be famous, but faithful, and if I'll plant the seeds, He will bring about the harvest.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
— I Corinthians 15:58
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
— Joshua 1:8
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
— Isaiah 55:10-11
In short (or not), this ministry belongs to God, and He will do as He pleases. I am merely an instrument, and though it isn't always easy, I strive to remember that God knows best. He will accomplish what He wants to accomplish with or without my help, but I would rather be involved in the work than to sit idly on the sidelines. So, I spend my days studying the Scripture, writing devotions, preparing for Bible lessons and encouraging those whom God places in my path. It's a good life, and I'm honored to be used in such a great way by the Master.