Welcome to the online Bible study side of Discover One Thing! God has awakened me to His Spirit acting within me, and it’s just through this One Thing–spending time with Him daily in His Word. I’ve discovered that the journaling part of this is the key that unlocked my heart to Him. I want to see Him awaken you too!
Just a few things that will maybe help you know where I’m coming from. I was raised Catholic but first truly believed in Jesus after reading the Bible front to back, at the suggestion of my then-fiance, and then talking through accepting Christ as my Savior with a group of ladies. I married that man. He pointed me to Jesus; he’s a keeper! We have a teenager who’s my step-son and two little ones, ages 8 and 5. I work part-time as an Environmental Scientist, lead a gardening project for the local food pantry through the non-profit Keipos, and teach in kids ministry. I have seen God’s faithfulness and love first-hand time and time again in the last 17 years, since I first believed. But I have grown more in God since I started reading and journaling than I ever grew in Him previously.
God calls us to a relationship with Him and fellowship with other believers. Though this online thing is a little different kind of fellowship, I think it’s still possible for us to encourage one another daily, be real, hold one another accountable, and pray, pray, and pray some more for each other through media. Please join us in reading daily and growing closer to God, and please put what God’s laying on your heart in the comments so we can chat!
Hi! I, like a lot of people, struggled with having a real relationship with God, not knowing what a true relationship with Him was. I really found out what it is to truly know Jesus after I started journaling and reading the Bible each day.
About me…I grew up going to a Methodist church every Sunday. I was a candle lighter, in the youth choir and went to VBS each summer. In 4th grade I asked Jesus into my heart, and I was given my first Bible (but after a few weeks stopped reading it). In high school and college, I went to a couple of large evangelical churches where I met my husband. We’ve been married for 17 years. I was an infant teacher at a childcare for 10 years, now I am a stay-at-home mom to my two daughters ages 14 and 7. I have been going to a women’s Bible study for about 7 years, where I first learned about journaling and the SOAP method and started reading my Bible some. But it wasn’t until I started reading my Bible daily and journaling this past year that I truly have grown in my relationship with God!
I not only grew up in the church, but in Christian schools too. I felt like I knew everything and was perfectly invincible against the evils of the world…until I moved out and spent some time in the real world! While I never lost sight of my relationship with God, there was a definite period in my adult life where it wasn’t my highest priority.
Thankfully, while He wasn’t necessarily a high priority for me, I was a high priority for Him. He threw people in my path to keep me on track and eventually bring me back to that place where I wanted Him to be my highest priority again. I’m still a work in progress, but I find that the more I listen, the more I understand. And the more I understand, the more I want from Him! This journaling has been an eye opening experience for me, in the most wonderful way possible!
I was raised Lutheran and am proud of that “heritage” but am attending a fantastic, tiny little non-denominational church now. I’m an AZ native and only lived in warm climate states for the first 3 decades of my life. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 10 years, and I really must love that guy because he practically moved me to the North Pole and got me to say I like it here! We have one kiddo, an 8 year old, and I homeschool her. It was never my plan to homeschool, but now that we’re doing it, we love it and I can’t imagine doing it any other way!
Writing has always been one of my passions and I am excited to be on this team and share some (hopefully good) words with everyone!
My journey with Christ started with my mom’s journey with Christ. She rededicated her life to Jesus when I was 7 years old and then, from that point, ensured that her kids would be raised in a Bible-believing, faith-challenging church. I am so thankful to God for this. I hate to think of where I would be without His guidance and influence in my life. After graduating from a Christian college in Missouri, I moved back to Nebraska to begin my accounting career. Along the way, I eventually got married and had 3 children, who are currently 10, 8, and 6.
In 2015, I became involved in an intergenerational mentoring relationship, and my life hasn’t been the same since! God has used my friend to challenge and grow me in my faith through the books we’ve studied and conversations we’ve had. My eyes were opened to the passion I have for discipleship and seeing/helping people grow in their personal relationship with our Savior. I have attended and helped lead many small groups through the different churches I have attended in my life. The latest journey God has me on is leading a group called “The Healing Journey”, which provides an opportunity for people to heal from mental, emotional, or spiritual wounds.
I have been following this reading plan for the last couple years with my friends, and it has been a great way for God to speak to me, recharge me, encourage me, and challenge me through the time I spend reading, studying, and praying God’s Word.
My husband, Steve, and I make our home in Elkhorn, NE. We came here almost 2 years ago by way of Florida and Arizona. God has given us a beautiful blessing in our daughter, who lives in Gretna with her husband, and our most precious blessing, our granddaughter. It is such a joy to be living just a few miles up the road from them.
I am a sinner, saved by grace. Love came down and rescued me 50 years ago from a darkened pit filled with depression, oppression, rejection, despair, and suicide. By His grace, He lifted me up and put my feet on solid ground, His ground. Through God’s grace, the love of Jesus and the empowerment of His Holy Spirit, I have been serving in ministry to children, to those who need to know the saving grace of Jesus, to women who have been where I have been, and through prayer, which is my passion. Prayer is the fuel that drives everything. I will be praying until my hands are wrinkled and worn – all by God’s grace and His power!
God is still writing my story. I will hold on as there are things yet to see and there are people who still need to connect not only with Jesus, the living Word, but also with the Bible – the inerrant Word of God.
This is one of my favorite quotes on being a woman of God: The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman. (Elisabeth Elliott)