I did not know what a ministry was when I found myself in one seven years ago.
As new parents, my husband and I were close to ruining our marriage at times and we knew something was missing. In 2012, we committed ourselves to a marriage ministry called ReEngage.
What we thought would be inexpensive marriage counseling (as we waded through all the Jesus stuff) turned out to be my first time to hear the Gospel of Jesus. The lesson on forgiveness made me realize that life on my terms always led to destruction. So I turned my life over to God’s instructions and He began completely transforming my heart. Phil came back to Christ during the same forgiveness lesson. The whole experience was an absolute miracle!
We spent four years learning to serve and lead in the church as facilitators, by giving our testimony at local churches, and as hosts for newcomers in ReEngage. Then God pulled us (me: kicking and screaming) out of a ministry I loved to another adventure.
Previously, as we worked through the curriculum in ReEngage, I decided I wanted to write children’s books. It was not something I had ever thought of before. But one morning, I realized writing was in my core. 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 book reviews, trying to find an audience of my own, but only my mom, two of my friends, and several hecklers ever 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 fifty views to 70,000 in a week.
I resisted what I could only guess was God urging me to write about real life. No, sir. I just wanted to write picture books. Fiction. My own life didn’t make sense. Non-fiction terrified me. After I was pulled from ReEngage, my home church offered me my first paid writing job.
I began writing stories of transformation and inspiration about the fierce faith of people within our church. 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. And three months after I accepted the new position and our Life Group was still new, I ended up the coordinator of our women’s ministry events by default.
Phil and I still give our testimony when asked but are both exploring this new realm of Bible teaching which keeps our hearts and minds challenged and full.
The last five years have been a crash-course on Christianity and the church. But I knew God all along. Only now, I listen to Him.