Hello friend, I’m thrilled and thankful to meet you. While together, erasing the miles between us, let’s share a cup of tea, laughter, and stories . . . our real life stories . . . the fuel for those deep conversations that draw us close.
Here are my own — maybe messy — but authentic experiences, mingled with laughter and cheers.
As a pastor’s wife, homeschool mom, certified teacher, and professionally certified counselor I am passionately committed to helping you, as a mom, create life-giving relationships.
Church life runs deep in my veins. Even as an infant, on Sundays, my small nursery was transformed into a Sunday School classroom. My father was pastor of a spanking new congregation of which our home was an integral extension.
Though my family was imperfect, my growing up years were like a cherry topped ice cream sundae. I was blessed with a loving, safe, and supportive childhood with parents who loved God, each other, me, and my siblings immensely.
With our pastor Dad leading the way, we moved out of state and then from congregation to congregation about every four years. Starting over with each move, my family and I became part of the new church family. The fragrant aroma emanating from the life-giving relationships, birthed during those formative years, lingers with me today.
On the contrary, however, the leftover memory of destructive interactions and relationships also endures. Not only did the harmful relational patterns create havoc in people’s lives then, but also continues through the generations to bring injury to the reputation of Jesus.
Through these many and varied church experiences, beginning early in life, God birthed a passion deep within me to fan into flame the hope of restoration and relational healing that God uniquely offers through His son. My heart has been aflame with this passion for decades. In fact, looking back on my life circumstances I am convinced I was born for this.
Being aware that deep-seated destructive relational patterns are often forged at home, I purposed to educate myself on the matters. With this in mind, I pursued an educational path where I earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Additionally, I obtained certifications in the complimentary fields of teaching and counseling.
I spent years teaching and counseling.
And I determined I would never marry a pastor.
I fell in love, and married, Rob a computer systems manager. Ironically, five years into our marriage he became a pastor. I was back living in the parsonage. This time as the pastor’s wife. (God certainly has a sense of humor! (wink)
In my new yet somewhat familiar role, I saw relational destruction once again among God’s people, but this time even more pronounced.
The repetition of these destructive relational patterns is heartbreaking. Surely it breaks God’s heart as well. It’s a distraction from God’s goodness, truth, and grace. James 4:1-2 sheds light on the subject. “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within. You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.”
Springing from my deep passion to help bring about relational health and healing, I founded Heart-Working Women.
Heart Working Women is dedicated to helping women grow in honest community.
Learn more at http://heartworkingwomen.com/