I was born in upstate NY and attended a Plymouth Brethren Assembly of which my grandfather was one of the elders. I graduated with a BFA in Illustration in Sarasota, Florida and moved to Boston, MA. During an all-church retreat to Lake Winnipesaukee while living in Boston, I met my loving husband David. Together we have two strong and spirited daughters who eagerly share their curiosity and love for people and the Lord.
When I was five years old, my older brother accepted Christ at a children’s meeting and was so excited that he came home, sat me down on the stairs and told me to pray, repent, and choose Jesus. I can’t say that I fully understood what Christ had done for me at that time, and for many years I struggled with perfectionism — leaving no room for God’s grace. And yet, God stayed near me through all of my time of feeling that I couldn’t measure up enough to deserve His favor. Over the years I have realized it’s not about me. It’s about Jesus, and what He did for all. All we need to do is accept Him and what He did, and ask Him to forgive us our sins. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” James 4:8a. We can never measure up on our own. “All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23.
I know I will never be perfect in this life, but I am becoming more of what God means for me to be. I think of the progression of my life similarly to this message that Jeremiah heard from the Lord, about Israel: “So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, ‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the Lord. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel” Jeremiah 18:3-6.
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