This blog reflects my yearning to increase my awareness of and connection to God every day. As a woman in the second half of life who never wants to stop learning and growing, I am committed to using the gifts God has given me to serve God and others.

Over 20 years ago I read about Deaconesses, laywomen (now also laymen called Home Missioners), who are called by God and serve in ministries of love, justice and service in relationship with the United Methodist Church. I felt this call but didn’t respond immediately. Instead, I continued raising my three wonderful children and working, and learning about missions and growing spiritually through my involvement with United Methodist Women. Following the end of my 25-year marriage in 1997, I began going on short-term mission trips and became part of a Three-Year Covenant Community for Spiritual Formation.

In 2003, my life took a dramatic change–I met and married the love of my life, resigned from my job and moved to a new city! In 2008 I signed up for National Novel Writing Month and “won” by completing a novel (rough draft) in 30 days. This, plus my husband’s encouragement and much prayer, gave me the confidence to return to the classroom. I entered Troy University in August 2009 and graduated December 12, 2012 with a B.S. degree in journalism and photojournalism.

In October 2012 I attended a discernment event to explore my call to lay ministry and submitted my application a year later. I am now an official Deaconess Candidate on the journey to consecration. I want to use my photography and writing to help marginalized people tell their stories. More to come in my blog posts!

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  1. Thank you, Laurel, for the post about John Wesley’s garden. He was an amazing man. If you interest in more about John Wesley, I would like to invite you to the website for the book series, The Asbury Triptych Series. The trilogy based on the life of Francis Asbury, the young protégé of John Wesley and George Whitefield, opens with the book, Black Country. The opening novel in this three-book series details the amazing movement of Wesley and Whitefield in England and Ireland as well as its life-changing effect on a Great Britain sadly in need of transformation. Black Country also details the Wesleyan movement’s effect on the future leader of Christianity in the American colonies, Francis Asbury. The website for the book series is http://www.francisasburytriptych.com. Please enjoy the numerous articles on the website.

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