I was raised in Flower Mound in a Christian home and was blessed with parents who loved the Lord and kept us involved in a local Bible church. From a very young age, I loved the Lord and wanted to have a relationship with Him. I had a childlike faith and understood that I was a sinner in desperate need of Jesus’s redemptive work on the cross to save me, cleanse me of my sin, and restore my relationship with the Lord. However, it did not take long for legalism to creep in, and I began working to try to earn God's approval. For the most part, I did all the things a “good Christian” should do, so I felt like I maintained God's favor. Coupled with a desire for the approval of people, this led to perfectionism, anxiety, and a fear of failure.
I married my husband, Joshua, while in college at Texas A&M University. After graduation, we headed back to the Dallas area where I started teaching elementary school, and we joined The Village Church. We were immediately drawn to The Village, as we had never so clearly heard the gospel and the love of God preached.
As a teacher, my approval and perfectionism issues truly collided for the first time, and I worked an extreme number of hours. It was the first time I had to truly stare failure in the face, as I just couldn't hold up under the weight of my own expectations. As a result, my marriage suffered and I cried weekly at church, as I felt like God was disappointed with me. After two years, I quit teaching and went through Steps at The Village. The Lord revealed how much I was finding my identity in people and began to teach me what it meant to find my identity in Him. It was as if a veil was lifted, and I finally understood that the cross not only saved me, but allowed me to no longer have to try to earn God’s favor. This brought so much freedom and an ability to run to God despite my failures.
We then had two amazing children, whom I stayed home with for the past eight years. It was during this season I was drawn to care for people walking through suffering, specifically difficult marriages. I have a heart to see people find hope, healing, comfort, and freedom in Jesus. I am so grateful for all the ways The Village has impacted my story and consider it a joy to be part of such a beautiful church family!
Hope for The Village Church
My hope is that we would be known as a vulnerable people who use the stories of God's grace in our lives to draw others to Him; that we would be a people who love the Lord with all of our hearts, empowering us to generously love and care for others.