What amazes you most about Jesus?
I am constantly amazed by Jesus’ deep love for those who the world has deemed unlovable. Over and over in the gospels, Jesus reaches out to talk, to fellowship, and even to touch those who everyone else ignores. He calls them by name, looks into their hearts, and calls them to follow him. Because of his deep love, every one of us can open up the parts of our lives that are unlovable and watch them change as we follow him.
What scripture has had a major impact on your spiritual development and how has it formed you?
Romans 8:38-39: And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I cannot imagine a more encouraging promise. As someone who always tried to be perfect on my own and feared mistakes above all else, this scripture lifted such a burden for me. When I finally came face to face with my sinful heart, and understood my complete inability to please God apart from Jesus, I was able to fall into the loving and powerful arms of a Savior that will never let me go.
Besides the Bible, what book do you love to re-read and why?
The only books I tend to re-read are the children’s books that my kids pull out again and again—and I love to read with them. Currently some of their favorites are Zoozical, The Curious Garden, Iggy Peck Architect, and anything about princesses.
What is the most adventurous thing you have done as an adult?
You won’t find me jumping out of airplanes or anything like that, but the most adventurous thing I have ever done was to move overseas. Right after finishing grad school, my husband and I moved to Germany to work with youth and play basketball. We taught English in German pre-schools to make money (which was an adventure in and of itself!), but we spent the majority of our time working in a youth café, working with a German youth group, coaching, and playing basketball. In the summers we traveled around Europe doing basketball camps and supporting a Christian sports ministry. We loved living in Germany, but it definitely stretched our comfort zones and forced us to trust in God.