What you need to know about me most of all is that I’m a wife, mother, teacher, author, and podcaster. I strive to curl up close to God to hear what He has to teach me. It is that relationship that, hopefully, transforms all the others.
I grew up a little bit of everywhere. My dad was a preacher, so we moved around a lot from Texas to Pennsylvania to West Virginia and several places in between. Right before I went to college my parents moved to Oklahoma, and because I married an Okie, I now claim it as my home.
I have been married to my best friend, Jeremy, since 2001 and we have three sons. Yes, three boys. My days are full of energy, noise, sword fights, legos, hugs, and kisses.
In 2002 I received my BA in English from Freed-Hardeman University and then in 2008 my MA in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Central Oklahoma. Since 2007 I have been teaching freshman English and absolutely love it! Pre-kids I taught face-to-face at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) and Oklahoma State University-OKC (OSU-OKC). Post-kids I only taught online with SNU for several years, and I’m now back in the classroom and online with Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT). I love my students there and the way teaching allows me to be a better mom at home.
Along with teaching, my passion is helping women and their families abide in Jesus to build a foundation of faith for their lives. My books Sacred Pathways for Kids co-authored with Christie Thomas, Abide: 40 Ways to Focus on Jesus Daily, and Everyday Prayers for the School Year, and podcast Over A Cup help women and their families connect with Jesus throughout their day.
I hope to help women develop a personal relationship with Jesus through my writing and speaking because we can’t give our families something we don’t have. While growing up I learned the importance of a personal relationship with God, and I want to help women get past the rule giver we often perceive God as and discover the loving Father he really is. Walking in a relationship with God is the journey of a lifetime, and I hope you’ll join me.
Moms know all too well that God doesn’t promise an easy road for us—or our kids. As much as we’d love to protect them from heartaches, it just isn’t possible. This is especially true during the school year, when they are introduced to new teachers, new classmates, new concepts, and maybe even a new school that seems big and frightening.
Jesus tells us, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). With this reassurance, we try to reassure our children that no matter what, God is there and He’s on their side.
And we pray.
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This podcast is for moms, who feel too busy, distracted, and tired to spend time with Jesus, much less to help their kids do the same.
As Moms one of our biggest goals is to see our kids get to heaven, but we can’t introduce them to a God we don’t know ourselves. But between drop off and pick up lines, practices, and activities, when are we to find the time? There is hope!
This podcast will help you feel encouraged, inspired, and equipped to fight distractions and find the time as we learn to focus on Jesus together.