I am pretty much the last person you would expect to have had a personal experience with God. It’s not like I’m a serial killer or anything, but I can think of a lot of people that deserve a personal experience with God more than I do.

In August of 2010, when I was diagnosed with cancer, a voice in my heart that belonged to God spoke to me and told me that things were going to be okay, and that we were going to do good with this.  Six months later my husband died unexpectedly.  (You can find the whole story on “The Beginning” page.) I was going to have to learn how to be a widow, and I swore I would learn how to be a survivor.  To do that, I would have to learn how to change my life completely, how to become better, how to become more.

God did not give me cancer, and he did not take my husband from me. He did give me the ability to make it through those events. The one thing I know for sure is that being a survivor has absolutely nothing to do with how long you live after whatever devastates you. It has everything to do with your attitude, with how you approach the journey.

I refuse to be the person who gives in to the problems in life. That is the person I used to be. The life I will have is not the life I planned, and not necessarily the life I would have chosen. But it can be a good life, and in some ways a better life. To me, the gift of grace, of God’s love, obligates me to be the best I can be.   And I am not anywhere close.  At 55, it is past time to change my life, become better, and become more.

This blog is that journey – to a deeper relationship with God, to learning how to change my life, my health, my finances, and my future. To responding to adversity by becoming more, not less.

I welcome you as you travel with me. We will talk about God, fear, love, family, friends, dogs, cooking, wellness, and more. I plan to be the best I can be, and hope you will too!


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