A dear friend asked me recently, "What do you want to be remembered for?" I instantly pictured myself standing before Jesus, as He pointed to a group of people and said, "Each person here drew closer to me through what I called you to do." This made my eyes well with tears, and was in my mind, cause for dancing. It was then that I knew my passion: Inspiring others to live honestly and intimately with Jesus. As the story below unfolds, I believe it will reveal why your relationship with Him is my greatest charge.
When I write lyrics like, "Never once felt you were
good enough," or "I used to sing with an empty phrase," I am
writing from a well-known vantage point. It was in those
deep, broken places that I found my voice and purpose.
Born to a mother who was not ready to be a parent and then faced with unfortunate circumstances in my adoptive home, I became convinced that my life on earth was a mistake. Living with the lie that I was unloved and unwanted, I learned something about running away...escaping into drugs and alcohol...and making harmful, painfulchoices. I also know about living what you think is your dream, and still feeling unfulfilled.
Though classically trained, I initially pursued
a career in country music, performing in clubs and joining
the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Relishing the opportunity to hone my craft as a
singer and songwriter, in retrospect I admit that my efforts were all "very
At the invitation of two Christian co-workers, my children, fiance and I attended a play that shared the truth about sin and salvation, resulting in a life-changing night where we accepted Christ as a family. My daughter remembers it as the moment when we were "washed clean."
For the first time in my thirty-four years, it was clear. All the insecurities, addictions, choices and uncertainties converged with God's grace and mercy, giving me the assurance that had eluded me for so long. He would take my past and transform it into a beautiful platform to reach others; though the details were still fuzzy, I knew His plans would be the only plans that would fulfill me.
Realizing that my gifts were from and for God, my
advancement to public ministry began with serving as a
worship leader at The Rock Church in San Diego. God then
began to open numerous doors to serve in churches, at women's retreats and other
When a producer from my country music days reached out to me about recording a Christian album, I recognized the Lord's timing; He renewed my dreams as an artist and songwriter, but with a new focus: devotion to His work. Six CD's later, my efforts have progressed into full-time ministry using worship, original music, keynote messages and writing to point people directly to Jesus.
Since entering ministry in 2000, I have been honored to lead worship and share
music at events with leading Bible teachers such as
Dr. David Jeremiah, Kay Arthur,
Sheila Walsh, Jen Hatmaker, Dr. Voddie Bauchum, Greg Laurie
and many others. My work has been recognized on a national
level for both singing and songwriting, which include:
- 2014, 2013 & 2010 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Female Vocalist of the Year Awards
- 2015, 2014 & 2013 Inspirational Country Music Top 5 Music Evangelist of the Year Nominations
- 2014 Artist Music Guild Album of the Year for "Strong"
- 3 #1 Singles on the ICM Top 100 Chart for "Strong," "Come to the Well," and "Now That I Know Love."
- 2011 Christian Women in Media President's Award
Despite the achievements, I know who graciously provides each and every opportunity, recognizing that the big steps, little steps and even the missteps are critical. As I sing in Well Run Dry: "Lord, here I stand today by the well-spring of Your Love, it's stretching out as far as I can see. God please help to give someone the gift you've given to me."
Taking to heart the verse found in 1 Peter 2:9, "You have
been saved to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out
of darkness into His marvelous light," my first charge in
ministry is to share God's Gospel of grace and help others do
the same. It is the mission of my non-profit organization
and is, what I believe to be, the greatest act of love
offered by a Christ follower.
Yet because of my long journey toward healing and what I call "broken wholeness," I am passionate about inspiring others to pursue an honest and intimate relationship with Jesus. Through biblically-centered messages and the transparent sharing of my own journey, I hope to tear down walls and challenge audiences to invite Him into the most vulnerable, difficult to reach places of the heart. By doing so, His truth and revelation can then transform their personal stories into ones that reflect all that comes from the "abiding" life - a life that is cleansed, liberated from the past, strong in the present, abounding in love, replenished in hope, sufficient in grace, obedient, compassionate, joy-filled, glorifying to God and eternally influential. In the words of Jesus, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
hon-es-ty: fairness, straightforwardness of conduct, adherence to the facts
in-ti-ma-cy: closely aquainted, familiar (syn. cherished, faithful, devoted)
When not traveling and serving in ministry, my husband and I enjoy a life
filled with family, friends, our furry baby Isaiah, books, movies and as much laughter as possible. In terms of hobbies, I confess that I am a "wanna be" interior decorator, but only have a kitchen because it comes with the house.
Our compassion for the vulnerable has extended into an Artist Partnership with Compassion International, who is committed to rescuing children from poverty in Jesus' name. Information about the work of Compassion can be found at: Compassion. The jewelry found on this website and at my table helps support Magpie Madness who contributes a portion of all proceeds to aiding the homeless in East San Diego County. In addition, I enjoy working with Recovery and Healing Ministries, Pregnacy Care Centers, Foster Care programs or any Christian organization who advocates for the voiceless, at-risk and broken.
If you are planning an event, retreat or worship service and are looking for a singer, speaker or both, please visit the Booking Info page for a full list of topics or connect with me through the Contact page.
"He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5b).