My blog is intended to get to the heart of the matter of what being a Christ-follower is all about. Here you will find information on marriage, parenting, church life, spiritual growth, salvation and other topics of interest to those desiring to live the Christian life with peace and purpose. I am a wife, mom, former teacher and Bible study leader who has experienced God’s undeserved grace, forgiveness, and love over and over in my journey of faith. My hope is that this blog will encourage you and give you practical help as you navigate the peaks and valleys of this beautiful—yet sometimes challenging—life on earth.
A Little About Me
I am a southern gal who loves to read, write and spend time with my family. Family game night is a favorite pastime! I love the beach and have an extensive seashell collection. Digging into the Word of God with women of all ages and stages brings me great joy. I love all things southern: sweet tea, magnolia trees, comfort food and entertaining.
I have been married to my husband, Eric, for 27 years. We have two married sons, three very special grandchildren, and a college-aged daughter.
I spent many years as an elementary school teacher in both public and private schools and loved every minute of it. When my children were really young, I was blessed to be able to stay home with them and later spent a few years home-schooling my youngest. It was an amazing time for both of us as we learned together and strengthened our mother-daughter bond.
My Spiritual Roots
I accepted the Lord as my Savior when I was a young child, walking the aisle and making a profession of faith after a Sunday morning service at our Southern Baptist church. The church was an important part of our lives. It was the place where we gained essential knowledge in the things of the Lord and was also the center of our social life. My parents taught Sunday School and my dad was a deacon in the church. My mom was a choir member, as well. My brothers and I participated in Sunday School, RA’s and GA’s, children’s choir and youth choir. We loved our church family.
After high school I headed off to a private college in the south where I earned a degree in elementary education and eventually learned to navigate life as an independent young adult.
My life was not always smooth sailing, however. I went through a divorce and was a single parent for several years. Later, when the timing was right, God brought my husband Eric into my life and I went on to have two more children. I am so grateful for the mercy and grace that God has shown me throughout my life. I lost my beloved father to cancer 12 years ago and then 5 years ago, my husband was diagnosed with heart disease and had open-heart surgery. Through it all, God has been faithful to me– comforting, correcting, guiding, and forgiving– seeing through my weakness to my need every step of the way.
Honestly, I don’t know how I’d survive a day without the Lord. He is my healer, my sustainer, my friend, my confidante, my counselor and my rock. He is my purpose for living. And most importantly, he is my Savior–the one who died so that I could live.
My Heart’s Desire
My desire is to walk in a way that is pleasing to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to live in a manner that glorifies Him. I wish to have an impact on the lost world by loving, serving, and giving. I pray that my children will be salt and light in the world and will pursue with passion the purpose he has for them—passing on the baton of faith to their own children.
I pray that you find hope and encouragement on my site, Heart of the Matter, and that you become a regular visitor. I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions, so please leave a comment.