You know deep down that love and faith require courage. Courage to face your fears and failures, courage to think beyond pithy platitudes and popular positions, courage to say yes to Jesus no matter the cost.
In your heart of hearts, you’re willing to take risks for others, yet you still find yourself reacting to old wounds, making fear-based decisions, and lacking the confidence you need to hear from God.
Somewhere along the way, fear stole your voice and your courage — and you want them back.
I can relate. I’m a recovering coward myself, slowly gaining wisdom along the way which I would love to share with you.
Oh, yes, a little intro … I’m a writer/poet/musician/counselor who enjoys God’s creation and time spent with my family. I started this blog in June of 2013.
My aim? To help believers like you gain wisdom, find healing, and take heart so you can live out your faith with courageous compassion. I promise I’ll work hard to make my scribblings as refreshing and well-grounded as possible.
My passions? God. Marriage and family. The community of faith. And reaching those who don’t know Jesus yet, with the best news they’ll ever hear.
I’d love for my writing to help unleash your courageous compassion. If you like what you read, you’re warmly invited to subscribe and receive a free eBook!
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A Bit More Background
In about sixth grade, this introverted, task-oriented, day-dreaming daughter of German immigrants discovered the wonderful world of writing. Poetry, essays, and songs started flowing onto paper.
Writing helped me connect with God and be a part of something larger than myself. Naturally, English was always my favorite subject in school.
After earning a B.A. in social science at Bethany University, I started working at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center. I helped with the annual writers’ conference there for three years, and met my husband during that time.
Then came the long-term adventure of home schooling our three sons (again, English was my favorite subject).
After that, I spent ten years helping women distressed by unplanned pregnancies at Life Choices Clinic. (I volunteered for one year, then was on staff for nine years).
I’m a Board Certified Biblical Counselor with the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors, and I’m expanding my speaking platform these days.
I’ve been married for thirty-four years to Scott, a man of excellent spirit. My sons, daughter-in-laws, and four grandchildren are among my biggest blessings.
About My Writing
My first book, Unleashing Your Courageous Compassion: 40 Reflections on Rescuing the Unborn, is an educational devotional with lots of spiritual morsels for anyone launching into pro-life or other ministry.
I’m currently working on a book for for Christian parents who want to pass on their faith to their children. I’ll expand what I teach in my Passionate Parenting: How to Raise Wholehearted Followers of Jesus workshop.
- I wrote a weekly inspirational column called “Still Waters” for the Bonner’s Ferry Herald for two years.
- I received an Award of Outstanding Merit from the Amy Foundation for one of my columns, proving God gets a chuckle when we say “I could never…”
- I’ve had poems published in a few places including Talking River, and I’ve won a couple of poetry contests.
- I guest post regularly for Heartbeat International (put my name in their search bar to find my pieces)
I’ve written five songs recorded by River City Church: “All I Really Need,” “God in Whom We Trust” (a collaborative effort with my son), “Your Voice is Sweet,” “In the Balance,” a life-affirming theme song about the ministry I’m involved in, and “Letting Go Lullaby,” a healing song for those who have suffered pregnancy loss.