For over ten years, I've known God was calling me into women's ministry. I'm not sure what the full vision will look like, but I know I've been called to write, to speak, and to teach. When I initially felt that nudge, I was not certain that I was hearing God correctly. How could I be the used by God when I was such an unschooled, flawed, mess of a person?
At the time, I was a single mother with no education beyond high school and no public speaking experience. I'd never written anything except for some journaling and creative writing as a young teen. I'm also not one of the "churchy" women that attend Christian women's meetings. I tend to be a little too outspoken, too impulsive, and I have little patience for nonsense. I told myself that I was not hearing God correctly.
None the less, I told God that I'd do whatever was asked of me as long as He showed me the way. I've since earned a master's degree, written three books and for the past four years, I've been teaching at a college. While I don't have the opportunity (yet) to teach on the Word of God, I've been gaining valuable experience public speaking and learning to engage an audience. If you asked me to write, teach, and speak TODAY, I'd readily agree. It's not much of a stretch since I'm already doing this.
God, in His infinite wisdom, prodded me in this direction when it made no sense to my carnal mind. I didn't resist it. I submitted and said, "I don't understand it, but show me the way and I'll go." Now, I can look back and smile because of how He laid it all out. I know that His hand was on me the whole way and now I'm even more excited to see what's coming.
If God is calling you to do something, I encourage you to TRUST Him. He's the potter. Be the willing clay that doesn't fight with its maker. Allow Him to shape and use you. Trust that you might not be able to see how it will all happen, and that's perfectly alright.
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McKenna thought she'd endured the worst humiliation imaginable when she was left at the altar. Then, a single night of bad judgment leads to even more shameful consequences. Embarrassed, she fears the rejection of her friends and family. Will her church turn their backs on her in a time when she most needs mercy and compassion?
I'm pleased to announce to release of my third book, Seaside Solace.
There's something about the ocean that draws us near when we are troubled. The fierce enormity puts everything in perspective while the graceful beauty of the waves creates peace deep within our souls.
Julie is working in a ministry when she learns that her director, who was also her secret boyfriend, is not who he claimed to be. Scandal threatens her reputation and ultimately, the ministry. She panics and impulsively books a last-minute vacation package to a beach-side town in Florida.
Initially, she is running from the truth, and from God, but she's soon surprised to learn that she might be exactly where He planned. A chance meeting leads to some unexpected answers and new supportive friends who help her to courageously face the fallout.