Thank you for Listening on the Journey with me! We’ve probably not met, but I hope we’re soon acquainted—perhaps, friends.
I can almost hear you ask, “So…who is this person who wants to be my friend?”
I’m someone, who, when I look in the mirror, sees the likeness of a most ordinary woman gazing back. No one remarkable.
To be honest, there have been times in my life journey when I could barely stand to look in the mirror. I didn’t like that image staring back at me.
But, today, when I look with spiritual rather than human vision, I realize that person in the mirror is a woman created in the image of God. A woman loved deeply, known intimately, by God. Her image reminds me of God’s goodness and grace. These realizations humble me, and yet, make me feel extraordinarily special.
It’s through those same eyes I see you, dear reader/potential friend.
I’m a wife. While I realize it’s a cliché, Ron, my husband of 30 plus years, is my best friend. He’s a trusted confidant and constant encourager. He’s seen me at my worst and still loves me. Our marriage is imperfect, like the husband and wife committed to it. But, we’ve worked hard, talked long and agree (at least most of the time) that together we are better.
I’m the mom of two adult daughters, Angie and Sarah, who are admirable women. I love sharing their journeys with them and their husbands, both good men who love my girls and value family.
I’m a grandma. Even saying those words produces a smile. Rationally, I know my grandkids are flawed, but I confess, it’s difficult being anything but delighted whenever Sydney, Mackenzie, Jackson or Emalynn come to mind.
I’m a retired government worker. The final years of my long career with the State of Washington were spent as a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, helping employees and managers navigate behavioral workplace issues.
After two years of retirement, restlessness set in. I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer as a pastoral counselor at Lake City Community Church, my home church in my hometown, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Volunteering led to an invitation to join staff. Since September 2014, my title at LCCC is Care Ministries Coordinator. “Going to work” has never been so much fun.
Working with a professional coach helped connect a lot of loose ends for me. I’ve benefited from the coaching experience and am now working on certification as a personal coach through Coach Approach Ministries.
Most importantly, I’m a Christ-follower. My greatest life ambition is to grow increasingly into a more accurate reflection of Jesus.
What I believe:
My faith tradition is non-liturgical, but without doubt, the words of creeds such as the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed resonate. The following statement of faith is not exhaustive, but capsulizes my belief.
- God’s love is unimaginable.
- God always wants my best.
- God desires relationship.
- Scripture is inspired and relevant.
- Jesus came to earth as Emmanuel (God with us) and is who he claimed to be.
- God’s ways and methods are often mysterious.
- Heaven is real; my earthly journey is temporary; and one day, my understanding will be complete, my pain erased, and joy will never end.
Finally, I believe an unseen, but very real, Divine Spirit speaks to the human spirits of us who dare to listen. Come along. Together, we’ll learn and grow, while Listening on the Journey.