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 elementary school teacher and Bible study leader who has experienced God’s undeserved grace and forgiveness many times 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, challenging, ever-evolving life God has given you.
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 28 years. We have two married sons, a married daughter, and four beautiful grandchildren!
I spent many years as an elementary school teacher in both public and private schools and loved every minute of it. I even taught music for a few years. When my children were really young, I was blessed to be able to stay home with them. At one point, when our daughter was in middle school, I spent a few years home-schooling with a program called Classical Conversations. 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. 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.
Although I was a believer, my life was not always smooth sailing. Shortly after college I was married for a few years and then went through a divorce. I was a single parent with a young son for a few years. Later, God brought my current husband into my life and we went on to have two more children. I am so grateful for the mercy, grace and forgiveness God has shown me throughout my life. I lost my beloved father to cancer back in 2008. He was the spiritual leader of our home and had a powerful and lasting impact on my life. In 2021 I lost my sweet mother who lived to be 96 years old. Through it all, God has been faithful—comforting, correcting, guiding, and forgiving— seeing through my weakness and meeting 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 blessed Savior—the one who died so that I could live.
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— impacting the 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 life he has for them as they pass 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.