Here’s the deal: I’m an introvert. Even when I’m with my closest friends, I don’t always talk. Yet I care deeply about others. I don’t often know what to say or do when those I love are hurting. Perhaps you can relate?
I’m discovering there are still ways I can encourage others–ways that are meaningful for them and authentic for me. I’d love to help you explore what that might look like for you.
I know the biggest encouragement I can give you comes from God and His Word.
So here at Love Does That, we’re going to engage with God and His Word so we can come alongside those who are hurting.
Let’s not let fear or awkwardness or guilt prevent us from reaching out to those we care about. Let’s commit to showing up and being present in their pain–just like God is present with us in ours–so they know they are not alone.
Let’s encourage one another,
More About Me
I’ve worked in writing, editing, and church communications; care teams and prayer teams; children’s ministry and youth ministry. I’m trained as a life coach and have taken classes in spiritual direction. I even spent almost a decade teaching in a college classroom.
While I have served in a number of positions and roles, it all comes back to one thing: teaching. I long to equip and train others in God’s Word and come alongside them during difficult times.
I especially love to help the Bible come alive for others–because it is! The Word is living and active. We just have to let God speak to us through it.
Incorporating Art into My Faith
So where does the art and creating come in?
Well, when I was little, I loved art. Mostly drawing. I took summer art classes. I filled my sketchbooks at home. We even started an art club at my school when I was in sixth grade.
But I also loved to write. And by the time I got to high school, I had to make a choice: art or writing?
I chose writing.
When we started Love Does That, it was really just a place for us to share the Imagine Bible study devotional. But then I started diving into art again and found that it was a great way to pray. Because sometimes, there are no words. Especially when someone is hurting. I often create a card, a Tear Bottle, or an art piece as an act of prayer.
And so, God has brought writing and art back together in my life. I’m so glad I don’t have to choose anymore.
My Family and Home
I couldn’t do any of this without the support of my family. My husband Mike was the one who urged me to pursue each invitation from God to dive deeper into each stage of Love Does That. He also helps create the wood pieces in our shop.
Our elementary-aged daughter likes to join me in art and crafting, often giving her creations away to friends, family, teachers. Anyone that she knows. And our toddler son… well, he mostly loves to run and play outside. 🙂
We enjoy living in a small little town near the countryside and lakes. I believe Mike and the kids would love being outside all day if they could. Me? I like being outside, but I definitely like to curl up with a good book, too…
Take a Listen…
Here are a few of my past teaching opportunities… You can also find some audio devotionals and meditations on our Resources page.
|LOVE DOES THAT – the start to all of this!||John 4:1-42||20 minutes|
|TABLE FOR TWO MORE||Luke 10:1-11||15 minutes|
|I AM BARABBAS||Luke 23:18-25||12.5 minutes|