Just can’t recommend these enough! We have been spending our morning study time with a podcast from BEMA Discipleship. We HIGHLY recommend this! Start at the beginning - yes, all the way back in Genesis 1. This podcast really helps you study and understand the scriptures and their original culture and context. We listen and follow along in our bibles, take notes, highlight, etc. And, if you’re anything like me, you will want to study even more between podcasts! Do it on your own, or better yet, as a couple, with a friend, or in a small group or a class. Y’all… don’t miss this!
Another highly recommended study tool… The Bible Project puts out some really great video overviews for each book of the Bible. You can view them on your You Version bible app on your phone, or on the computer. Our team is studying Colossians right now and we watched the video overview last week. So good!
In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a soccer mom, a horsewoman, and the neighborhood hospitality queen. I did "Joanna Gaines farmhouse style" before Chip and JoJo were even a thing - we restored an 1884 Victorian farmhouse in small town Texas and did shiplap walls until I thought I'd go crazy. I taught at NASA, scuba dived with astronauts in training, and studied animals at Sea World for educational purposes. I've tried just about everything, because I have an insatiable need to know if I can do it! Never underestimate a Texas girl in cowboy boots!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers via teaching and training and care, and helping displaced people to navigate their new reality in Europe.
I'm passionate about fostering personal growth, growth in community, and growth in The Kingdom. Walking alongside others and helping them to use their unique design, their gifts and strengths and maximize their abilities to fulfill their God-given purpose - that's what makes my heart sing!