Favorite Verse: "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love." 1 John 4:18
Why? I am drawn to this verse because my father passed away when I was seven. Growing up I was afraid to love because I might be hurt again. I was very careful not to get too close to people. I found myself living in fear. However, when Jesus came into my life, I had a whole new understanding of love. Love was not meant to held back, but meant to be given.
Hobbies: I love to write, study, go on mini vacations and watch the Pittsburgh Steelers, the greatest team ever!
Favorite Verse: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Why?: This verse has become a “go to” for me! It reminds me that in a moment's notice, God is able to take my brokenness and use me for His glory. God’s way will always be better than my way. I’m thankful for the transformation that comes with meeting Jesus!
Hobbies: My favorite hobbies include spending time with my wife and old man dog! I’m a self proclaimed coffee connoisseur (just not a very good one). I love to try a new coffee shop and find a good thrift store to spend my Saturdays.
Favorite Verse: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 28
Why? This verse is a comfort for me to know that if I stay on God’s path even the bad things that happen in my life can turn out good. My bad hand is an example. Although my disability has kept me from doing some things I would like to do I can truly say it has been one of the biggest blessing in my life in that it paid my way through college and gave me a career in engineering for 31 years.
Hobbies: Flying radio controlled model airplanes and ham radio. I have enjoyed both hobbies over the years and it has given me some great opportunities to minister to several people in those hobbies.
Favorite Verse: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Why? Actually, I love the whole chapter as it talks about how well God knows us and how precious we all are in His sight. I am secure in knowing that God, my creator, knows me deeply, (even better than I know myself) and He is always there for me, even when I mess up.
Hobbies: I love family time with my husband and two boys. I enjoy traveling to new places, as well as visiting my favorite places such as Santa Monica, Palm Springs and Cabo. I love visiting my family in Minnesota during the Christmas season. I also enjoy the sun, laying out at the pool or beach, thrift shopping, learning about other cultures, helping people, organizing and watching a good movie.
Favorite Verse: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Why?: This verse is about the importance of leaving home and spreading God’s word all over the world to people and places who haven’t heard and lived it. My mom grew up on the mission field so I grew up understanding the importance of spreading God’s word. I have always loved going on missions trips close or far and doing just that.
Hobbies: Some hobbies I enjoy include reading, going to Disneyland, taking pictures, spending time with my family, and teaching children!
Favorite Verse: "He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze." Psalm 18: 34
Why?: This verse reminds me of spiritual warfare and that our battle isn't again flesh and blood but against principalities. Armor up!
Hobbies: I love discovering new trails, taking a nice walk outdoors, visiting and touring the downtown cities whenever I have the chance. My newest and favorite joy is watching our child grow and marvel at the little things in life as well!