Welcome, friend. I’m so glad you stopped by today! I’ll get to some basics about me in a minute, but first, let me share a quote from Frederick Buechner that sums up my feelings on sharing my life in this blog:
“This is all part of the story about what it has been like for the last ten years or so to be me, and before anybody else has the chance to ask it, I will ask it myself: Who cares? What in the world could be less important than who I am and who my father and mother were, the mistakes I have made together with the occasional discoveries, the bad times and good times, the moments of grace. If I were a public figure and my story had had some impact on the world at large, that might be some justification for telling it, but I am a very private figure indeed, living very much out of the mainstream of things in the hills of Vermont, and my life has had very little impact on anybody much except for the people closest to me and the comparative few who have read books I’ve written and been one way or another touched by them. But I talk about my life anyway because if, on the one hand, hardly anything could be less important, on the other hand, hardly anything could be more important. My story is important not because it is mine, God knows, but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is also yours. Maybe nothing is more important than that we keep track, you and I, of these stories of who we are and where we have come from and the people we have met along the way because it is precisely through these stories in all their particularity, as I have long believed and often said, that God makes himself known to each of us most powerfully and personally. If this is true, it means that to lose track of our stories is to be profoundly impoverished not only humanly but spiritually.”
– Originally published in Telling SECRETS
That being said (so eloquently and by someone else), here are some mundane, but nevertheless true, nuggets about me: I’m a wife, mom to 4 great kids, daughter, friend, and constant seeker.
To know more about me, I guess I have to share a few of my favorite songs…
**Love me to the End (Red Mountain Music, lyrics by John Newton) I love this song. The first time I heard it my heart leapt and my mind reeled for it captured the essence of my journey of faith. It hasn’t been pretty, this faith road, but I hope those who know me would say it’s authentic and sincere.
Love me to the End
A beggar poor, at mercy’s door,
Lies such a wretch as I;
Thou know’st my need is great indeed,
Lord hear me when I cry.
With guilt beset and deep in debt,
For pardon Lord I pray;
O let Thy love sufficient prove,
To take my sins away,
My darkened mind I daily find,
Is prone to go astray;
Lord on it shine with light divine,
And guide it in Thy way.
My stubborn will opposes still,
Thy wise and holy hand;
Thy Spirit send to make it bend,
To Thy supreme command.
Before Thy face I’ve told my case;
Lord help and mercy send;
Pity my soul and make me whole,
And love me to the end.
Love me to the end.
**Come Thou Fount (Robert Robinson) No matter home many times I sing it–specifically this stanza, I’m both convicted and comforted. It is, indeed, the prayer of my heart.
O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.