A Little About Me
Thank you for taking a moment to stop by my page and to learn a little more about who I am.
The journey I’ve traveled has been an adventure! I married my husband at eighteen years old, just out of high school. We recently celebrated our forty-third wedding anniversary. We have two delightful, grown children who now have families of their own.
The Lord tells us in His Word that He will give us the desires of our hearts. In more ways than I can explain, He has done just that.
For much of our life together Jim and I have served in full-time ministry. We have been church planters, starting churches with virtually nothing. We’ve served in traditional churches as the Lead Pastor. We were also blessed to have served for ten years on the staff of Mount Paran Church of Atlanta, Georgia. Five of those years I served on the ministry board for Real Life for Women, under the leadership of Carmelita Walker, a woman of great honor and faith.
In 1993 we founded a Not-for-Profit Educational Institution that provides strategic planning and organizational development. We have seen God bless both churches and businesses through our work with the Institute for Organizational Leadership, Inc. Serving as the President/CFO has stretched me in ways I’d have never imagined possible.
God has a plan for our life, you know . . . Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
In our work, I have been privileged to speak at a number of women’s and leadership events. I’ve shared the Word with women in Mexico, The Bahamas, and at numerous events in the U.S. You are welcome to visit my Speaker/Author page for details on booking me for your next event.
I have written in one form or another since I was about eight years old. However, it wasn’t until after Jim was in a near fatal automobile accident in 2005 that I finally settled down to focus seriously on my writing. In the long months of Jim’s recovery, I found time to read the Word, to pray, and to write.
In the past five years, I’ve co-authored three novels, Chasing Rainbows; The Emerald Rainbow; And the Widow Wore Red. In addition, I have received award-winning status for several short stories and have several featured magazine articles. I am a featured author in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s new release, My Very Good, Very Bad Cat, with a story of our black cat, Magic and her babies born in the fishing boat.
Recently, I completed my first novel under my name only, He Turned My Mourning Into Joy; my husband and I completed our first children’s book in December 2015, Milo’s First Christmas; and in March 2016 released the second in the series, Milo’s Easter Surprise. These books for children are a dream long in the making.
My great adventure has not been without pain, struggles, and problems. Along the way, I have learned to seek His direction. Psalm 37:23 tell us, “The steps of a good [wo]man are ordered by the Lord; and [s]he delights in His way.
I’ve learned to be content with little, and also to give God the glory when He has blessed us in abundance. There have been times of trusting Him for our next meal, and times of having plenty, thus providing opportunity to bless others.
Lastly, one of my favorite things is to sit on my porch with a warm cup of coffee, letting my imagination run wild as I dream up my next project. My two black cats are my confidants, as they tease each other for the best spot on the porch sofa with me.
All in all, it is a beautiful time of life. God is ever faithful.
Thank you and God bless,