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Love my Lord! ื™ื”ื•ื” ๐Ÿ’’

Love my family!


Love my students!

I’m certainly older than I feel, but I would attribute that to teaching teenagers. In my many decades, I’ve managed to be in school most of the time. First, I was a student, then I became and a teacher, and recently, I’ve become a student once again. I love learning, so my husband graciously tolerates the fact that I can’t seem to stop pursuing my education:

  • BS Biology (genetics)
  • BA Anthropology (archaeology)
  • MA Literature (19th-century)
  • MA Theology (exegesis)
  • Doctor of Ministry (youth ministry)

    What I learn, I share–perhaps to the point of nauseating my friends and students. My education colors the way that I see the world, interact with God, and interpret scripture. I don’t profess to bring unique perspectives to any one particular field, but I think that God has equipped me to share His gospel in special ways because He has cultivated a variety of disciplines within me.

    If I’m not reading or writing, I love to go hiking or eat ice cream, and the two are not mutually exclusive. I’m also a mother of beautiful red-headed children, a feeder of many chickens, a lover of all cats, and a wanna-be world traveler with no funds to accomplish the task (well, we can’t have it all)!

    Syrian Thistle (ื‘ืจืงืŸ ืกื•ืจื™) at Gamla, Israel
    Syrian Thistle (ื‘ืจืงืŸ ืกื•ืจื™) at Gamla, Israel. Called “Barkan” (briar) in Hebrew. Photo courtesy of

    Why Thorns and Thickets?

    Rescued from a thorny thicket!
    Rescued from a thorny thicket!

    I feel as if my walk with God has been riddled with thorns and thickets. He puts them on the paths to guide the traveler’s way, but I seem to have a penchant for jumping off the groomed paths right into the brambles. One of my daily prayers is that God will help me walk in the steps of His Son, but I surely find myself wandering off the straight and narrow. Fighting my way through the thorns and thickets has caused a great deal of pain, but it has also given me ample opportunity to rely on God.

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