Good gracious! This is the moment you wonder, Who am I, really?
I am loved. I am a woman completely and sacrificially loved by God. I’ve been given the gift of faithful love from my husband. My sons love me in a way unique to teen boys. I am loved by my close friends—each one a precious gem to me. When I feel the harsh realities of this life, I try to remember: I am loved by the ones that really matter.
A bit of an introvert, I thoroughly enjoy quiet reflection or a good book. Add a cup of steamy, creamy, sweet coffee, and I’m over the moon! I’m not a loner; I need and love my “girl time” each week with the lovely women who have traveled a few years of the journey with me. I’m thankful for the richness they add to my life!
I am simple in style and maintenance (no matter what the 4-inch heels or the Starbucks Gold Card may say!). But more simply, I have a painful past. My past was the reason to search for the sweet aroma of grace to heal my wounded soul. Abusive relationships, chosen for me or chosen by me, colored much of my life. The abuse was ugly and the damage was, too. Seeing myself as “damaged goods” cultivated a harsh, critical attitude toward myself and others without many boundaries. Determined to be in control of my wrecked life, I chose to end my child’s life by abortion nearly two decades ago. There is plenty of pain in my past, but when it seemed to reach its full measure, there was grace! More than enough! Abundant grace (Ephesians 1:7 WNT)!
This is the beauty of this place for me: it is my path to growth in understanding the redemption of my past, the redemption that took place 2,000 years ago on a hill outside Jerusalem at 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon. That’s when the fragrance—the aroma that wafts before the Almighty with my name on it—began to float sweetly, through generations and time, and changed everything!
It’s a pleasure to meet you! Welcome to the space I hold for fragrant grace.