Tell us about yourself:
I have been married to my husband Ryan for 5 years and we share a son together and are expecting our first daughter in April. I am a stay at home mom that has felt a strong calling to lead other women and set aside my own plans for my life for what God has for me. I also enjoy helping people to become healthy and confident with who God has created them to be and to live lives bearing the image of Christ.
- How did you come to FFC? My husband and I were looking for a church that preached through books of the bible, that wasn't scared to speak the truth of God’s word, that felt like a true family, where worship wasn’t a performance, and where we could grow and serve others. We actually ended up coming after 3 times of exploring the church online and eventually having another pastor suggest it during our search!
How has the Christ-centered, expositional teaching helped you grow?
This type of preaching puts the focus on the Lord and learning His heart, therefor allowing His truth to change me and drive me to true repentance and change. It makes my relationship with the Lord so much more intimate because it becomes all about Him and it gives such confidence to know the truth and knowledge of scripture and to stand firm in what the Bible says.
- What have you been reading recently?
I have been going through a study on 2 Corinthians by Kelly Minter, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul, What Did You Expect by Paul Tripp, and Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal.
- What are your passions when you aren’t doing your job as a stay at home mom?
I thoroughly enjoy going to yoga or cycling, or teaching people how to eat healthy or feel confident making fitness a part of their every day lifestyle. I find that my hobbies are always centered around other people, whether it is a group fitness class, a bible study, or even traveling to fun places and exploring with my family. Although, sometimes I do enjoy my quiet times on the road riding my road bike!
- What has God been teaching you lately?
God has really been teaching me that it is great to be a person who prepares for things in life, makes plans, and is responsible, but when it comes down to it, I am not in total control of my life. I have to seek Him and listen and trust Him in the moments where I don't understand the complete picture of the situations in my life, or the times where my plans go out the window.
- You put that you are going to “put God’s will above my own.” Tell us what that looks like for you…
For me, it looks like getting to know the heart of God and always striving to align my every day choices with what He wants for me. It is laying down the plans that I have for my money, life, future, hobbies, habits, time, behaviors, and surrendering to what God is calling me to, even if it doesn’t make sense or it isn’t what I have planned for myself. I will continue to learn and grow in what it means to choose to do what God wills for me versus what I am driven to in my nature. Life is a constant battle between what I want and what I am called to, and when it comes down to it, God’s will is ALWAYS better than mine and when I trust Him and submit to Him, it never ceases to amaze me the grace upon grace that He gives so freely to those who trust in Him.