the short story

 

It all started when...

I was born and raised in Nebraska. After finishing college I moved to Houston, Texas and began a career in the fashion industry. Shortly after my arrival I heard the gospel and received a radical transformation experience from the hand of God. 

Until this time, I had spent my life in search of happiness only to discover that nothing in this world could satisfy my soul. However, on that warm Houston night I found what the human heart was created for, namely, the joy of an experiential relationship with God through Jesus Christ. 

As God began to show me wonderful things in His Word, I found the cry of my heart echoed the psalmist who said, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I will seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple” (Ps. 27:4). 

In time, God used my husband Bobby to open a door to leave the fashion industry and attend seminary. During this season, I experienced God in an unexpected way. As a divine Surgeon, he began surfacing deep wounds in my heart from childhood sexual abuse that took place outside of my loving home. Like an onion, God began exposing unhealthy thought patterns layer by layer so he could apply the salve of truth for healing and transformation. 

For example, when God began surfacing deep questions in my heart concerning his goodness I "happened" to be learning about his good character traits in Scripture. When God uprooted feelings of shame, I "happened" to be studying the work of Jesus Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of sin. When God revealed my struggles with the different roles between men and women, I "happened" to be gazing upon the beauty of equality and roles between God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

God's beauty created a desire to be near him and become like Him more and more each day. And I began to realize that 2 Corinthians 3:18 was taking place in my life. "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." While beholding the beauty of God, I was being healed and transformed in a progressive manner--little by little, degree by degree, glory by glory. 

Consequently, the knowledge of God that I encountered through seminary was not something to store up like folders in the bookshelf of my mind. It was profoundly personal and transforming! 

When I began receiving invitations to speak at women's events I was eager to help others see the indescribable call in our lives to be like God in a human way (Genesis 1:27). And that our journey of BECOMING begins with BEHOLDING the beauty of Jesus. Love leads to likeness in all areas of the human life. 

These low and high points of my journey help explain why my ministry is characterized by wonder at the majesty and beauty of God and his plan to transform ruined people into His beautiful likeness through Jesus Christ.  

I would love to have you join me in adoring Christ and becoming more like Him! XOXO