Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by my site! I suspect you’re here because you have a desire to grow in your faith — I do too!
About This Ministry
Our faith is meant to be fruitful. Like the ancient pomegranate, life might bump and bruise us on the outside, but once our outer layers are peeled back, seeds of hope, joy, and life pour forth, offering the world and those around us the fruit of abiding faith in Jesus.
But what if we feel dried up? Used up? Shriveled and lifeless? Rather than wasting away in disappointment or discouragement, we break up our fallowed hearts. We look to Jesus to see how to do the hard work of sowing seeds of faith, nurturing them with the Living Water. We let our roots anchor us in God’s love and allow ourselves to break-forth in the Son, growing stronger with each passing season.
Friend, please know it’s my sincerest hope to cultivate your curiosity about all facets of faith so, together, we can root deeper in Jesus and flourish for Him in the world.
My husband of 30+ years and I recently re-planted ourselves in Texas, the state we spent our growing-up years, after living the last 20 years in Oklahoma where we raised our three sons. Navigating life as a parent of adult children has been full of joy and challenges — I’m never quite sure what’s mine to do. 😉 So I pray. A lot. I also chat with friends in the same stage of life. There’s so much grace to be had in community.
I started life as a teacher, but as my family grew, I stayed home with the boys, discovering how ill-equipped I was for parenting. So much to learn! Always. Somewhere along the way, my volunteering at church turned into a career. My 16 years on staff at New Covenant in Edmond, OK taught me much about faith and making this relationship with Jesus a priority.
About My Writing
Taking advantage of my new season of life, I’m now writing full-time. I post weekly on this site all that I’m learning as a follower of Jesus. I dig into His Word and draw nearer to His presence, seeking more of Him so I can better live for Him and His kingdom. The lessons He teaches me often uncover areas of my life that need pruning and refining, processes that can feel painful and confusing. But as I learn to lean into them–rather than resisting them–I’m discovering a grace and love that’s deeper and wider than I imagined. All He does is for my good and for the good of others. All this I try to share in my writing because His hope for us is eternal life AND life abundant now. How fun to uncover with you what that abundant life looks like!
I also serve on the Writing Team at The Devoted Collective, which publishes devotional books that take readers through a book of the Bible–about four times a year. Our first book, Reading Through Genesis can be found at Amazon. Our heart at Devoted is to bring believers into community to study the Word together, so be sure to check out our website and find all the ways you can be part!
Thank you for being here. I’m so honored to have you alongside me on this adventure!
In Him, Shelley