I’m a Christian; student of the Bible; wife; mom of 3 teen girls; podcaster/blogger; and connoisseur of coffee, dark chocolate & lobster rolls! I enjoy reading, learning, studying, and teaching. And I enjoy spending time in the kitchen cooking, baking, meal planning, and grocery shopping. I’m so glad you stopped by and I hope you’ll join me in reflecting God’s light in our lives and to the world.
God has done a transforming work in my life, and continues on in sanctification. I was “saved” at the age of four! I had a genuine understanding of the Gospel message and a work of the Holy Spirit in my heart. God has held and kept me, even when I struggle with sin or have not been completely faithful to Him. His love and faithfulness have also taught me lessons when there have been hard circumstances in life and going through the sanctification process. Our salvation is a gift from God – He works with us (who are Believers) to have the faith to believe and trust in Him and Jesus’ saving work.
The most notable thing that happened to me, which shook me to the core, and caused a “Great Awakening” of sorts in my life, was when my husband and I suffered three consecutive miscarriages in 2003. There are several other large events, good and bad, that have happened since then, all refining my faith in different ways. None of us (believers) will ever reach perfection this side of heaven, but our circumstances are used by God to shape us and grow us closer to Him.
My husband and I have been married for 25 years. Over those years, we have moved around quite a bit – leaving our home state of PA – living places from Mississippi to Ohio to Maine, coming back to PA between some of those moves, and finally now settled into central PA for the last four years. We told our kids we were going to stay here at the very least until all of them graduate high school. The first graduation will be next year!
“Who is the man who fears the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and worships Him with submissive wonder]? He will teach him [through His word] in the way he should choose.” Psalm 25:12 (AMP)
Over my lifetime, I’ve been a part of a United Methodist church, an Evangelical Free church, three different congregations of the Church of God (Anderson), a Vineyard USA church, an inter-denominational charismatic church, a non-denominational Calvinistic gospel-focused church, attended a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) for about six months, and then a Bible Fellowship Church (BFC), which is a hybrid of Reformed Baptist with Presbyterian-type of church structure/government.
Over the years, I have served in the area of children – nursery duty, teaching Sunday School and Children’s Church, VBS, been on the youth leadership, led a young adults ministry with my husband, led a regular small group with my husband, was on the PowerPoint team, was a greeter, was on the counting team (those who count up the tithes and offerings), was on steering teams for some different MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups, led a women’s Bible study, and was on staff as Administrative Assistant at a Church of God before we had kids.
The majority of that time, I was without a theological clue. Just floating by attending the larger “happy-clappy” churches wherever we landed, (as we moved around quite a bit). When I first started looking up theological questions, I identified with the Arminian camp. Then, I studied church history and the traditional creeds, confessions, and catechisms that make up the historic orthodox church. I embraced most of the doctrines of grace, which I had seen in Scripture before, but not known there was a name or structure to them, thus identifying with the Calvinism camp. I read most of the Reformed creeds, confessions, and catechisms that help give a structured outline approach to theology and doctrines in Scripture, which are helpful.
I researched what it means to be truly “Reformed,” and tried to adopt those views and take my family to a Reformed church (PCA). (There is more to being Reformed than just holding to the doctrines of grace and the five solas.) This was a response to having attended a couple charismatic churches that had gotten me into the supernatural gifts and going off the rails in that direction, and realizing all of the pride, focus on self, and chasing of power that was wrong in following that path. I went from a solid background of faith that wasn’t explicitly defined outside of the Gospel, the Great Commandment, and the Great Commission, to a pendulum that swung to the charismatic/supernatural powers/gifts and then back the other way to trying to be Reformed/Calvinistic and seeing snakes under every rock.
The PCA wasn’t a fit for my family, and as I tried to conform to being Reformed, I found a new type of pride creeping in, being more judgmental, less compassionate, and more distant in my relationship with Jesus – maybe even a stifling of the work of the Holy Spirit in my own heart.
I immensely enjoy reading and studying, so in addition to the Bible, I began devouring books on theology and listening to podcasts on theology and apologetics. I greatly value all the knowledge I have gleaned and will continue to read and listen to books and podcasts that discuss theology and apologetics. However, I realized that in my hunger to study and learn, I was quite focused inwardly and not on loving and serving others. I haven’t done a lot to put my faith into action, at least outside of my house.
It’s time to reach out, so this blog and podcast will be an extension of reaching.
I’ve been reading books and listening to podcasts lately by people who are orthodox in their beliefs and foundations, but are not “Reformed”. They are people like Alisa Childers, Natasha Crain, Melissa Dougherty, Amy Hall, Krista Bontrager, Mike Winger, Sean McDowell, Becket Cook, John Cooper, Frank Turek, Greg Koukl, J. Warner Wallace, Alistair Begg, and sometimes Allie Beth Stuckey. Also reading authors like Nancy Pearcey, Rebecca McLaughlin, J.I. Packer, and Os Guinness…and Sheila Wray Gregoire, Sarah Bessey, Beth Allison Barr, and Dr. Juli Slattery. These people hearken back to my faith roots and work through our current cultural issues in a Biblical worldview, which I greatly appreciate. I’d like to produce blog posts and podcast episodes based on our current events as I work my own way through them. Hopefully it will help or bless others.
This has been my Christian faith journey to this point. I have been a pendulum that has swung from the middle, to one side (“charismania”), to the other side (“Reformed”), and settled back to the middle ground (though closer to Reformed), but wiser, with more discernment and compassion, and holding to historic orthodox faith, (not going down the slippery slope of “Progressive Christianity”) – knowing what I believe and why, although still learning and growing. Our relationships with Jesus will always be a journey until we are finally glorified in the new heavens and new earth with Him.
In the Westminster Catechism, the first question answers what all Christians’ purpose should be: “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” The word “enjoy” in this statement is another way of saying “to know.” So as Christians, we are to glorify God and know Him forever.
Keep reading your Bibles, ask questions, learn, study, and pray.
I pray this podcast and blog will reflect Jesus Christ and the Gospel, edify my sisters and brothers in Christ, and glorify Jesus as our Prophet, Priest, and King.