On the surface, my story doesn’t seem that interesting...
I was raised Catholic, never left my faith, got married to my high school sweetheart, and am raising a family in suburban Texas.
Most people’s lives look a bit like this from the outside.
However, when we peek inside, we always see that there’s much more to the story.
Yes, I was raised in faith, and always believed that God was personal and invested in me. I was a child and had the faith of a child. God was “up there” as a Great Puppeteer and would bend down to pull some strings and move some scenery when I really needed it.
My high-school sweetheart was an atheist. He was important to me, and I was pretty sure that this was the one God intended for me. Even so, when he asked me to marry him, I said that I would on the condition that he attend church with me each week. He agreed, we married, and he remained true to his promise – challenging, questioning, or complaining almost every time we left Mass.
Then, ten years into our marriage, he discovered that his challenges, questions, and complaints were all leading to a discovery of God for himself. In fact, his challenges, questions, and complaints helped lead to an explosion in my own faith. Suddenly I was face to face with a God that was not only personal and invested but was so close that I couldn’t separate myself from Him if I tried. Actually, there was no way I would ever want to at that point.
Because of my husband, I learned that challenges, questions, and complaints may feel like rejections of our faith, but are actually moments of searching for truth and an authentic desire for answers that satisfy our souls. When someone asks, “How can you believe in a God who would do this?” Don’t you think they would love for an answer that allows them peace? Aren’t they desperate for a God they can rely on, even in the face of suffering or tragedy? I have found that it’s only in building our own faith and understanding that we can hope to be true witnesses to so many who are themselves searching.
So this became my mission: to introduce people to the God who has been so very close to them the whole time. Through my blog, books, speaking, and spiritual direction, God allows me to help others see His presence in their every day lives. I find myself showered with God moments and angel kisses every day, and it just takes a little noticing to help others find those for themselves. God has been so good to me. He has led me through great challenges and given me great blessings. I have a joy within me that I can hardly contain, and a peace that surpasses all understanding (most of the time). I hope that my blog and my studies help you to find the joy and peace that lies within you.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey.
In His love,