I was born and raised in Canada, and I have parents who were born into good Christian homes and had strong values and a strong relationship with Christ. I have a brother who is five years younger than me, and he serves the Lord through youth group and music ministry at my home church in Toronto.
I came to know the Lord when I was about 10 years old; however, I didn’t understand what it truly meant to have a relationship with Christ and struggled with spending time in His word daily. My faith was so on and off that during high school I felt like I was forcing my relationship with him. I was obsessed with making friends and doing what they wanted to do. I was good at volleyball, and it seemed to be the only thing that brought me fulfillment. However, I still felt that I was lacking something; there was an empty feeling growing inside of me that truly scared me.
My turning point was at church during a baptism service I was attending. My grandpa was mentioning to us that Christianity was not a religion, it’s a relationship with Christ — a relationship with the Lord who deeply loves us and made us beautiful in his image. He sacrificed so much for me, I could not fathom that kind of love. How could he love a sinner like me, a girl who poured out her heart to the world and still came out empty? Jesus is our true joy.
At the age of 18, I got baptized in my home church in Toronto and really committed my life to the Lord. I let the Holy Spirit take the lead in my life throughout University, but I still knew that I wasn’t perfect. However, through those instances, the Lord made me stronger and I grew more in tune with what Jesus had planned for my life. I was more involved with church, led Vacation Bible School every summer, and even went on a short-term mission trip to South America for two weeks to serve among villages there. South America is where I met the love of my life, Benjamin.
Ben and I currently live in Augusta GA, where he works as a quality manager for Textron. After receiving my green card, the Lord blessed me with a job as a fourth-grade teacher! When I was younger, all I would ever talk about is wanting to become a teacher, but I had to put that dream on hold. Now, years later, it is so humbling to me how our Lord listens to our every plea and cry; He granted a desire of my heart to be a teacher, and I love it!
Recently, my life has become a whirlwind as I have struggled with a pre-cancerous condition that has almost crushed our desires of starting a family. Dealing with the unknown is hard, but I know that only Jesus can fill my heart with peace.
It can be so easy to give in to worry, fear, and despair, but with God we can find strength, and look forward to wonderful things. He is the giver of Hope! If you are going through a difficult circumstance, I just want to encourage you! The Lord is always faithful to provide. His purpose for your life is greater than you can imagine, and it will be beautiful. Brokenness will come our way but it is only so we can draw near to Him and not lose faith.
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. | Isaiah 43:1-3
Lord, I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken
This is my mission: to proclaim God’s amazing love to this broken world.