My childhood was characterized by darkness and filled with neglect and pain. Early on, I agreed with a voice that told me I was too much and yet would never be enough. This led me to a life of masked emotions, thick walls, and isolation. My freshman year of college, I hit a breaking point and decided to take my own life. But in that darkest moment, the Lord shined light into my world and radically changed everything. For the first time in my life, I knew that I was fully seen, known, and loved. After that, I started to learn how to walk in relationship with the Lord, and I reoriented my life in light of Him.
Since then, life has not been easy or painless. I walk differently now, however, knowing I am not alone. I have cultivated a habit of picturing Jesus with me wherever I go and, to my shock, I have found that He is always near, holding my hand every second. Psalm 73 is the perfect picture of what my life with Jesus looks like: "When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand." I do not need riches, popularity, nor even happiness. My greatest joy in life is not that I get to walk through to the other side of the valley of the shadow of death, but that He is with me. For me, it is good to be near God.
In 2018, I married my husband, Andrew, and we have been members at The Village since then. We are proud parents of our fur child, Shiloh the Chug (Chihuahua-pug). I enjoy most activities that involve being outside, painting, music, and black coffee!
Hope for The Village Church
My hope is that we would be a people who are marked by a love for Jesus where we are and as we go, overflowing with tenderness, compassion, and grace. I pray that we would do life with one another in such a way that embodies the waiting room for a doctor more than the waiting room for a job interview.