I’m chef wanna-be, a sometimes tri-athlete (note emphasis on sometimes), an on again off again gardener and a passionate follower of Jesus. I’m in love with my husband and kids and am zealous about writing and speaking. (I promised my family I wouldn’t talk about my nose ring.) But they’re pretty crazy too, as you can see below!

My deepest dream is to see stories—mine and others—change lives as they’ve changed mine.

Although I write both non-fiction and fiction, I’m especially fond of the latter because of the power of story. Stories saved me. From the parables of Jesus, to novels like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Book of the Dun Cow, stories swept me away into a world of hope and possibilities.

My own story is a bit messy (as I’m sure yours is too.) I didn’t grow up in a stable home, and the scars from that time are with me today. You’ll understand more if you click the video below.

But wait. Yes, wait-wait-wait. There is more. Far more. I’m no longer defined by those awful boys who did those awful things. I met Jesus, and He dared to rescue me, heal me, and set me free. My story isn’t a tragedy to be mourned, but a hope to be applauded. Jesus has let me out of my cage of fear. Now I fly! I am learning the art of impossible joy.

I’ve spent my adult life sharing the message that Jesus wants to be our everything. When we dare to give up control and surrender everything to Him (even our hurts), we find the everything He provides. I share more about it here:

So that’s me. How about you? Do you want to live a life uncaged? Do you dare to believe that you can experience impossible joy? I believe on your behalf. And to that end, mind if I pray for you?

Jesus, I pray for my  new friend reading this silly page about me. I pray my small story would help us all understand that You are big when we feel small. Take the broken pieces, the discarded pieces, the places of shame, and do something new and beautiful with them. Help us to trust You for healing. Please bring impossible joy. Please set us free from the memories of the past, the words spoken over us, the fear we faced. Bring a settled peace, a holy confidence, a true experience of Your presence. We trust You Jesus, even if you seem far away. Come near. Oh please, come near. Amen.

P.S. Here’s a picture of me and my better half, Patrick. Folks say he looks like George Clooney.

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