I grew up singing old hymns like “Trust and Obey” in a small Baptist church. I was saved and baptized at a young age, and was like most church kids in the 1980s: we blended in. I trusted Christ for my salvation, and was thankful that I wasn’t going to Hell.
Many years later, as I became an adult, wife, and mother, I began to realize that I was living in fear. I knew that as a believer, I was supposed to have joy, but I didn’t. The Lord showed me by His grace and mercy that I wanted the benefits of salvation (such as not going to Hell), but not the obedience to which He calls us. I repented of this attitude, and God replaced it with the joy for which I had been searching. I am forever grateful and humbled by His patience, love, and mercy.
I started as a mentor with Choices Pregnancy Center when it opened in 2012, and began serving on the Board of Directors in 2015. In 2019, I took on the role of Treasurer. I love serving this ministry, and always get more than I give. I am always encouraged by the people with whom I serve, and their love for the Lord.
Joel and I have been married for 30 years. The Lord has blessed us with two sons and a daughter: Justin, Jackson, and Janessa. Justin and his wife Elle have given us two grandchildren: Lyla and Jett. Janessa and her husband Adam have one daughter, Remi. Jackson is a college student and National Guardsman.
We all come to salvation the same way: by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. I was older when I understood the words of the songs I sang as a child:
“Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey!”