Treasures. Treasures pop up in unexpected places. We may see them as a perfect shell on the beach, the laughter of children, a new friendship,, or yes, even a hard season.
Nearly thirty years ago, I found a treasure in a mentor who pointed me to deep Bible study. I discovered, though life wouldn’t be idyllic, and in some circumstances and seasons not even close, God loves me, is faithful, and His promises were true.
My life path, like others, has had detours, seasons, and challenges, but I have found priceless God-given treasures along the way: hope; encouragement; unexpected change; and others you’ll read about on my blog..
My career in speech-language pathology took me on a variety of paths-schools, teaching the deaf, long-term health care, and teaching in Christian higher education. Each time, I had an opportunity to stretch and develop in my profession. I admit I started some jobs with apprehension, but I met treasures in disguise, both in the smooth days and challenging ones.
In 2004 I sensed God moving me to writing and other areas of women’s ministry. That step of faith-leaving my profession-and walking into the treasure of the unknown– led me to write Bible studies, devotions, devotional books, and contribute to compilations and online sites.
When my husband took early retirement in 2009, we left our Pennsylvania home of sixteen years and moved to the sunny Charlotte area. Life abruptly changed for me, when in December 2011, he suffered a fatal attack and I experienced the most dramatic detour of my life. Personal grief and loss ran deep. The treasure of hope surfaced in this most unexpected and cloudy season as I relied on God’s promises of comfort and faithfulness. Later, connecting in compassion with widows and grievers, has opened the privilege of contributing to blogs on that topic and serving as a facilitator and speaker for a grief support group and share hope.
In August 2014 I moved to Greer, SC to be close to family. Just as I learned in my early days as a Christ-follower, with every step I take, I drew on the hope and treasures of Lamentations 3:22-23: God’s handcrafted mercies, faithfulness, and compassion. It has been a season of newness-new friends, new church, new writing opportunities. There are treasures in the new.
I have three grown daughters, three sons-in-law, and eight sweet grandchildren scattered in the US. When my family gathers around my dining room table, you will hear me say, “My cup is running over.” My family is without a doubt, one of my priceless magical treasures.
Browse around my site, check out my blog, and look for some “coffee cup” reading-including free resources. As you learn more about me, what stirs my heart, and keeps me going, I hope we’ll connect and share life.. If there is a topic your group would like to hear more about, contact me for information about speaking to your women’s group.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.,They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3: 22-23 NIV