Why Compassionate and Gracious?
When I decided to create a blog, the first question I had to answer was: What should I write about? It didn’t take long for me to realize that my favorite things to write about are faith and the nature of God.
With that in mind, a name for my blog quickly came to mind, a phrase frequently used in the Bible to describe God: Compassionate and Gracious.
If your heart, like mine, is drawn to the heart of God, I invite you to journey with me, exploring faith and the unsearchable riches of God’s nature.
Every one of us has a story. Every journey of faith is unique.
As a child, I gained a foundation for faith as I regularly attended a Lutheran church with my family. As a teenager, my faith became more personal when I asked God to take an active part in developing me into a person who was kind, gentle, loving and patient.
During my college years, I had the privilege of participating in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship’s leadership training camp and began leading Bible studies with my peers. After graduating college in 1979, God continued to use me to lead Bible studies in my neighborhood and church. For over thirty-five years, I have continued teaching, speaking and leading others in the study of God’s Word.
In 2005, God called me to take a new step of faith and pursue ordination. Since 2009, I have been serving as a bi-vocational Associate Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene.
You may be at the very beginning of your journey of faith, probing the possibility of the existence of God and the reality of the life of Jesus Christ.
You may be firmly established in your faith, having walked with God for many years.
You may have begun your journey and discovered that you have questions. You may be unsure of yourself or uncertain of what it means to have faith in the midst of your day to day circumstances.
Or, you may simply want to know more…
Wherever you are on your journey, I invite you to come walk with me for a while. I will share with you some of the insights I have gained and lessons I have learned.
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More About Me
My husband, Scott, and I have been married for thirty-eight years. We had a few rough times in the past, and, to be honest, I have not always exhibited the kind, gentle, loving and patient nature I aspire to. But God has been faithful at every turn and continues to help me grow.
Today, Scott and I are firmly entrenched in the grand-parenting stage of life. We enjoy being empty nesters, but equally enjoy having our three grown children and five grandchildren living nearby where family meals and sleepovers at Grandma’s house occur often.
As an adjunct instructor at a local community college, I teach computer programming. When not working with students, getting together with friends for coffee and Bible study, or writing for my blog, I can often be found at home with my husband or playing with my grandchildren in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
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