EACH one of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Gal. 6:5
Born a Mississippi Girl, several decades ago...I am a product of Southern country tomboy and dash of Cajun flavor. All due to living so close to New Orleans where my father worked.
I was always writing stories in my head and on paper. I proclaimed myself writer, but maybe more of a storyteller who sometimes uses words.
Another strong connection was my connection to God. As I discovered more about my Christian Faith, I wanted to follow Christ, which I did in full-time service as a member of a Contemporary Christian touring group, Sound of Joy, based out of Pensacola, Florida. It was the early 80's.
Eventually, my husband and I settled into serving in churches for 16 and half years, also producing two wonderful boys.In 1998, I lost my husband in a freak car /dear/pedestrian accident and was able to find my way through the dark period of loss and new challenges.The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7Life promises no easy journey. Being a Christian guarantees a rough road, just ask Paul who once he turned from his religion to serve Jesus found suffering was a profound byproduct. However, knowing Jesus in a personal way made my pathway meaningful, even through the mistakes and side roads of selfish indulgence but I grew along the way.Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. Psalm 55:22aPresently, I am remarried, living in Huntsville, Alabama and blessed with twin boys and a dog. The American dream is ours.
Yet, in a happily ever after scenario, I find that even when most pieces fit together, hardships and trials remain. Struggles with the problems of Adult children, death of a parent, financial and career issues, personal health issues both physical and mental are always bombarding life.
I have not found the paradise of everything running smoothly...
Even with the daily frustrations with distracted kids, piles of laundry, full time work, feeding people daily and the seemingly millions of details of running my crazy life ... I stop to catch my breath!
I have joy and peace.
The recipe is there... you just have to stop. Break the cycle of routine. Spend time in prayer, in reading Scripture, in studying meanings of written instructions.Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word. Prov 16:1
I have been through natural disasters such as Hurricane Camille when it devastated my hometown and coastal neighbors, which was re-destroyed worse than ever by Hurricane Katrina.
|Bay St. Louis Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina|
Moving to North Alabama, I experienced their worse natural disasters when hundreds of tornadoes broke out across the state, killing many and devastating large portions of the state, wiping out electricity for Huntsville, a larger metropolis area for over a week. Read more about 2011 Alabama Disaster
I am led to write my story, my thoughts and my observations, not as some super-Christian with all the answers, thankfully I am not that! But as someone who struggles, who is real, and who finds that through my weakness, He is made strong.
Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place. Prov 16:3
No matter my journey, no matter the problems I face, I will remain a true follower of Christ.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
I cannot put on any religious airs, or mask my sinful tendencies, before God. I must be who I was born to be, not trying to clean it up, but being real with the creator of all things. I do not have all the right answers on life, religion, or politics. I am good with that. I wish all my fellow Christians felt the same. I would love a judge-free zone...because no one has all the right answers! My way may not be your way, but BOTH may be God's way.
A devout life does bring wealth, but its the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. 1 Tim. 6:6
My experience in writing:
Syndicated Columnist for Newspapers 15 yearsMy Hometown Column
- Freelance Writer
- Feature Writer for Life on the Water Magazine
- Editor for Pearl River County Magazine
- Media Consultant for the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation and Partners for Pearl River County