I am a wife and mother to seven kids. Two of them by birth and five through marriage to my husband Daniel. They range in age from 10 to 21, attend a total of 4 different school districts in two states, and are very active in sports. To say they keep us busy would be an understatement! After God, my husband and kids are my life. It has taken me years to finally start understanding what it means to put God first, yes, even before my family. It’s amazing how much more effective I am as a wife and mother when I put God first.
I accepted Christ as my savior at a very young age at Vacation Bible School (VBS) at our local Baptist church. My parents did not regularly attend church but had a strong faith in God and sent us to VBS each year (perhaps this was also a break for our stay at home mom for at least one week of summer vacation?) Although I would have liked to have been a part of a church family growing up, I am incredibly grateful for that one week each summer.
I tried to study my Bible over the years but was mostly on my own to try to make sense of God and these stories that didn’t really make much sense to me. I repented constantly, asked for forgiveness, and accepted Christ as my savior repeatedly, mostly out of a deep fear of hell and the wrath of an angry God. I finally took the step of baptism at the age of 20, but still struggled with my on again off again relationship with God. I really struggled with guilt over some of the decisions I had made and things I had done as a Christian.