I've always had the spirit of a DIY being. Growing up my dad was always doing some sort project around the house. I helped him paint rooms, tile floors and build a shed. OK, I may not have actually tiled. Either way, I developed an 'I can do it" attitude. This has resulted in endless projects. Just ask the hubby. In 2005 he graduated from seminary and we moved out west to Colorado for first call. We bought a very quaint condo. While living there, we decided to 'tile' our kitchen counter tops. After some liquid nails, 12 inch ceramic tile and silicone for grout, I earned the description of 'unconventional' from the home inspector as we sold our first place. I've held that compliment dear ever since. It is very fitting. My can do attitude has led to a life of adventure. Another word used to describe me, although it still sounds weird to me. I like new experiences and creative solutions, that sometimes result in spontaneous trips, new hobbies like archery or a few tattoos.
I had been reflecting a lot over the past summer, year, 2015. I prayed, read the bible and something strange happened, God answered. Nope, no big booming voices, but very obvious messages. I kept reading scripture after scripture with the word STEADFAST in it. And when we got a card in the mail from someone praying for us with that word literally stamped right on the front within a verse, it was like, OK I get it. That's my word. It, too, is fitting for me. A running theme in my life. I have had to hold very fast to my Lord over the years and He to I. And He has not let go yet. I've also desired and prayed for a steadier life. Being in the ministry, having 3 kids and chronic migraines does not really give you a sense of steadiness. BUT, my God does!
That is where unconventionally steadfast comes from.
I have a few favorite verses from the Bible that I pull from in times of need. They help to guide how I live and make decisions, especially about child rearing. One of them that sticks out greatly is what I have settled on as what I will call, my calling. That tug of what you feel is how you are supposed to make an impact on this world. It goes like this:
"Keep open house, be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, the generous father in heaven." Matthew 5:16 The Message
I am a constantly creating person. I have degrees in psychology and graphic design. I have been married for 16 years. Ten of those years, my husband has been a pastor. We have 3 fantastic kiddos.
I constantly have multiple projects going. Anything from social media administration, where I get to create fun photo messages, to finishing off a section of our attic for our teenage son.
I love to plan, design, shop, organize and decorate, all in that order. I also love God.
My life would not be the same without. I lean on Him, I study His Word and serve His people.