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About Me...

     Hello! :)  
           I have never been sure how to begin an introduction to… well… me. I guess I can start with first saying what I would say if you were a guest in my home. Welcome. I want you to feel at home. I hope a place that has become a resting place for my heart, will become one for yours. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a counselor, a driver, a confidant, a lover of music, books, and most things Jane Austen. But most of all, I love my God. My Heavenly Father. The only One worth giving our lives to. He really is my everything… my Passion. The reason I am here at all. My life is messy. It is cluttered. It is jumbled up so much some days that I can't find the beginning from the end. I am walking on this journey like so many of you, doing my best but often times knowing I could do better. I try hard but I often fail. At times my best doesn't feel good enough. And then…  I remember. I am not my own. I am His. And because I am His, I am constantly covered in His grace. He is pruning me, sometimes even cutting off the things that don't belong. In fact, He is doing that a lot. In my desire to constantly be growing, even I, not a master gardener by any means knows…  You have to be pruned to grow more fruit. That is definitely a great desire of mine. To grow fruit. A lot of fruit. Not just so I can eat it or even be proud of myself. That would be futile. And empty. I want to please my Heavenly Father more than anything else. I am His kid. To show Him that I am doing what He has called me to do. To be. That is where the real fruit comes from. I want to be a light. A voice calling in the midst of a crazy chaotic world and generation. I want to be a farmer of hearts. One who cultivates the very things that I long to see not just in myself but in the broken lives of those I see. I get tired. I get weary. It is here that I often share that. This is a part of my story. But I also want to share more. I want to not only share my journey that my dusty feet are walking… I want to give too. To share the fruit on my tree. To hopefully impart something and give hope for anyone who is needing it like I have. I hope to see you take notice of your own journey… your own tree… your fruit… your story… your gifts… your purpose. So you can share too. Isn't that what we are called to do? I am definitely not a hoarder. In fact I love to clear out and give away often. :) A good friend once told me that I was the most "real" person she had ever met. Real. And that truly is the only word that seems to come close. So what do I want more than anything to accomplish here? On these pages... and in my life? Authenticity and growth. Because one day I am going to be standing before my God…  before my King... and to be quite honest…  I don't want to have to pretend. It wouldn't matter, He sees it all anyway. If I can live my life for Him, honestly, authentically, REAL… and if I have grown and shown progress from where I used to be…  then I have accomplished what I have set out to do. This is a life worth living. He created us to live it. For Him. For His glory alone. 
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