Hello and Welcome to Casual Conversations:
I am 52 years old and I am totally out of my comfort zone. I never dreamed I’d be a writer. I never kept a diary with hidden thoughts growing up. I didn't like school, I felt like an awkward outcast. My “further” education is the “hard knocks of life”. The absence of a solid education seemed to always hinder my growth and calling in Christ. It also gave Satan a platform in my life to whisper his lies.
With age and maturity, I learned to let go of insecurities that piled on top of my soul. God’s never ending love, His calling and wooing of me helped me better understand what a daughter of His looks like. I was perfect because of His grace. It only took 40+ years to figure that out!
Four years ago, God placed a yearning in my heart to find a way to encourage other women. I really wasn’t sure what that might look like. I thought, “Okay, I can send cards, texts and email to women who God places on my heart to encourage. I can do this. No problem.” Although, each of those steps are vital and very important, God wanted me to take His calling a step further. His vision was much bigger than my vision. When He told me to learn to write, I laughed. Did He understand what He was asking of me? To write?
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”
God told me to write, to study it, learn it, grow in it. Write. One of my weakest areas in my life is the one God chose to use, go figure. I am not equipped, but He is. I have to say a daily yes to Him. We battle it out some days. You know Who always wins.
My husband’s name is Dan. We married 32 years ago at the baby age of 19. We stayed faithful to Him during some tough, trying years in our marriage. I am happy we did. Danny, besides my commitment to God, is the best “Yes” I have made in my life. He completes me and he loves me regardless of my sassy ways. We have two amazing young adult children. Fallon is 29 and Tim is 27. Fallon has blessed us with two grand-girlies, Isla and Lili, that take after their Gigi and Mommy…sassy, silly and beautifully made. Tim is much like his father, very technically savvy and handsome. Tim is engaged to the love of his life, Courtney. Of course, I can not leave out my naughty 10 pound boy, Mickey. He is a 13 year old Maltese that still acts like a 2 year old most of the time. He is my little fireball. We are blessed to live in beautiful, historical Fredericksburg, VA in our little cottage in the woods. We started planting roots here 14 years ago when we retired from the Marine Corp. We are blessed to attend a strong, God loving church and friends that support us in all walks of our life.
My Happy Place:
My happy place is the beach. Although I do not venture to the shore often, my heart always swells with peace as I reflect back to the beautiful views of my happy place. The beach soothes my soul, calms my thoughts and helps the pace of my life slow down. The smells of the salty air, the majestic color of greens and blues of the ocean and the sound of the waves crashing on the shoreline take me back in time to a life more simplistic and childlike.
The oceanfront is also a place that I see the hand of God and His creation. His majestic glory. The strokes of His Promises, His love and His faithfulness painted all over the shores and sand. I hear God as the waves crash, I see Him as little ones giggle with glee when they run up and down the golden sand and I feel my Savior’s gentleness in the sea breeze. He surrounds me with His glory and reminds me that I am not alone.
The beach represents to me a comfortable, casual and safe place for me to find rest and peace in Him. My prayer and heart’s desire is that you will feel the same as you partner with me on this journey of life.
Come with me, let's take a stroll on the warm, soft sand on the shore where conversations are casual and free. Come walk with me and together we can take a faith journey, leaving worries behind. Stop. Turn around as we walk together in the soft, warm sand; there are three sets of footprints…yours, mine and His.
My prayer for Casual Conversations is for God to use my writings as His vessel to deepen women's faith in Him. Women will receive and grow in His Truths, His Love, His Promises and His Faithfulness.