BEDROOM (ABOUT MARY)

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My journey to sold-out faith in Jesus Christ was a somewhat long and very analytical trip. I've unlearned, learned, and re-learned many things I share through my books, blog, and teachings in the hopes that the path may be made a bit easier for others.

To back up a bit, I was raised in a wonderful family – our parents loved us dearly and we all knew that. My childhood was spent as part of a Catholic-church-going, middle-class family, living a "normal" life in the suburbs. Once I graduated from high school and moved out on my own, church attendance stopped except for the obligatory Easter and Christmas services. During the next 15 years I married and divorced twice (with no children from either marriage), developed a successful career in computer analysis and programming, and achieved a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration by attending night school. While I enjoyed my successful career, and even my personal life was moving along after my second divorce, I just knew something was missing. Inside I felt restless and empty, so I began searching for the proverbial "meaning of life."

Through a series of amazing natural and supernatural events (details in the first book, Intentional Fitness), I began a walk with Jesus in May, 1992 – the most important event in my life!!! I quickly realized that while I received my new life by faith, I had a responsibility to invest in my relationship with God if I wanted my faith to grow. I've learned, many times the hard way through failure, the more I obey and choose God's way the faster and more deeply He can change me. How much He changes me is directly related to my peace, joy, and contentment in life. More importantly, the more I'm changed the more loving I become with so much more to give to others. In fact, without being changed I have nothing of value to give; you cannot give what you don't possess. While I've come a long way, I also realize I have much yet to learn and lots of growing to do.

Speaking of growing, in January, 2000, I experienced the second most important event of my life: I met my husband!! Don is a wonderful, Godly man who is simply the perfect mate for me. God brought us together after I gave up hope I'd ever be married – that story is also in the book. We walked through many rough times as the Lord healed past hurts and transformed our selfish ways. Through God's grace and our continued choices to persevere, we now enjoy the best marriage on the planet. No kidding!

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Recently, Don and I moved in with my parents in Virginia to start a new season of life. Don retired from roofing, and I plan to look for a job as a Project Manager. And, of course, I'll continue writing whenever I can.

Writing has always been my passion, and I am totally energized by sharing my faith out loud in whatever venue the Lord provides. I believe part of what the Lord called me to do is write books for people who don't like to read – keep them short and to the point. That's my goal.

Whether writing or speaking, my desire is to encourage others about the awesome life God has planned for them, if only they are willing to choose wisely in their everyday lives. More importantly, the more they invest in their own unique relationship with Jesus, the more visible He is to a world that desperately needs Him. Then, and only then, can the Kingdom of God can be advanced so that many will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

And that is what life is all about.