The first time I found myself in ministry, I attended one called ReEngage as my husband and I tried to keep our marriage alive. I fully intended to take advantage of free childcare and what I considered free marriage counseling while I sifted out all the Jesus-stuff because it did not pertain to me. And yet, God changed my life through the faithful people who showed up every week to teach us the gospel. He not only resurrected our marriage, but He also saved me, brought Phil back to the faith, and completely transformed the heart of our home and family.
As soon as I gave my life to Christ (though I had no clue what that meant- people just kept calling it that when I told them I threw my hands up one day and told God to take over), I decided one morning I wanted to write children’s books. I had two small children at home, had given up my former career as a model/actress, and had no personal goals for myself but a deep passion for stories, art, and children’s literacy. Looking back, I clearly saw my affinity for teaching and writing as a child but I never pursued it.
In 2012, I started a blog and wrote children’s picture book reviews, trying to find an audience of my own, but only my mom, two friends, and a few hecklers read it. One night, I took a risk and wrote about what God had been doing in my marriage. That one post went from the usual 50 views to over 70,000 in a week.
Stunned and scared to death that God might want me to do the hard stuff- to write about the real and raw parts of our life that He continuously rearranged and resurrected, instead of picture book reviews- I started to explore how to become a writer and wondered if I was cut out for it.
I slowly grew in my writing by attending conferences, workshops and retreats, and I overcame my fear of having no formal education. And after spending four years serving married couples in ReEngage and working on my confidence, my home church hired me to write stories of transformation and inspiration about people within our church community. Soon after, my husband and I started a Life Group with close friends of ours.
My job as a storyteller at church led to another opportunity to write for an incredible ministry dedicated to Bible translation, Love God Greatly. Three months after I transitioned into my new job, and while our Life Group was still new, I also accepted a volunteer position as the Event, Production, and Volunteer Coordinator of our women’s ministry events.
Now, Phil and I still give our marriage testimony when asked, but we have simplified our ministry commitments to make room for a new project. I cannot wait to share more about it soon. But I pray it serves you well!