Thank you for visiting my website. I’ve put it together for two simple reasons. Not to promote myself as a speaker or author. Not to list my accomplishments. And not to sell books. I’ve created this website for two reasons: to be obedient to God and lead others to Him
You see, if you had known me years ago, you might be surprised to discover that I am speaking to women around the country and writing books. I was the weird one who would have rather gone to the dentist than speak in front of a group. I surely didn’t see myself in this position. But apparently God had other plans.
It all started in 1998 when I submitted to my husband’s desire to move across the country. I didn’t want to go, and my “submission” involved more gritting of teeth than true love and humility. I arrived in the South a bitter, resentful woman who thought my husband had moved us so far out of God’s will that I was going to suffer in darkness for the two years we were planning on being there. Little did I know then God had orchestrated that move to connect me with Proverbs 31 Ministries, a Christian women’s organization that teaches women to respect their husbands, among other things. Hmmm …. Do you think God was up to something? He was.
It didn’t take long for God to direct us to a church where I met Lysa TerKeurst, the president of Proverbs 31. After hearing her on the radio, I clearly heard God tell me to call her. I was nervous, and rattled off something about myself like “I’ve just moved here, I saw you at church, heard you on the radio, then God told me to call and volunteer. I’ve got a degree in journalism, do you need any help?”
There was a pause on the other end of the line and Lysa said, “We’ve been praying for someone with a degree in journalism.” Within a month I was editing their 2nd book and a year later I was hired as the editor of the magazine, which I still oversee. We did return home to Phoenix, but not until God could connect my heart with Proverbs 31 Ministries, and rearrange all my priorities.
After returning to Phoenix, I told God I would do whatever He wanted me to do, and here I am. I’m still listening for God’s direction, still getting pushed/pulled out of my comfort zone, still dealing with occasional fear, and yet boldly and joyfully going where I have never gone before – and that’s wherever Jesus is going!
I’ve been married to Tod since 1983 and we have five wonderful children. I have a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Arizona State University. Before joining the staff of Proverbs 31 Ministries, I worked in public relations and marketing for developers of retirement and assisted living communities.
My husband and I run two home-based businesses, selling cottage-style home accent pieces online and Allwyn Environmental, an engineering consulting firm. If we can ever help you decorate your home with cottage-style accents, or clean up an old gas station, give us a call.
Some of my favorite things:
Gardens of any kind
Beatrix Potter figurines
Ruffles and gingham
Tea & scones
Office products of every kind
Gold Canyon Candles