I am from Southern California and was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. I learned about Jesus at a very young age and I asked Christ to be my Savior when I was five years old. When I was fifteen, I went to a Dave Boyer concert and it impacted me like nothing ever had. I had loved the Lord from a young age, but I felt God move in me that night in a life changing way. I fully dedicated my life to God after that concert, just wanting to be used to tell others about Jesus.
I had started playing instruments when I was five and began writing songs when I was fourteen. I knew first hand what a strong influence music could be and I wanted to share Jesus with people through my own music. What I lacked in experience because of my age, I made up for with passion and enthusiasm. God opened doors and used this willing vessel, despite my inexperience... so, at the age of fifteen, I began ministering in prisons, churches, Christian coffee houses and at fairs. I continued in Christian music and ministry into my mid-twenties. In 1989, I recorded a country/pop album. While recording the album, I fell in love and was married. My album was beginning to get radio airplay and I was performing regularly, when I was forced to abandon everything after I contracted a staph infection after having a miscarriage. The infection decimated my immune system and I developed the first of multiple auto-immune diseases that I have dealt with ever since. In 1993, we welcomed a miracle baby... and when he was around 2 1/2, he was diagnosed with multiple disabilities, including Autism. My life's mission became working with him, doing therapy and home schooling.
In 2004, our life was turned upside down when my husband left. My son and I went through some really dark times while trying to re-gain our footing and re-establish ourselves after this life altering experience. The Lord is always so faithful and because of our trials, we grew to know God in ways that we had never known before. I learned that there is a huge difference between faith and trust in God and our God is faithful to His promises. He is near to the brokenhearted and He does bind our wounds! As I healed from my pain, I began to feel a real calling to help others who were hurting and broken. The first step I took to that end, was to be certified in Grief Recovery in the summer of 2007....but God wasn't through preparing me for the ministry He had in store for me. Just a few months later, I became bedridden with severe health problems. I had to have three surgeries and I remained bed bound/little more than bed bound for 2008 and most of 2009, During this time, I read, "Prayer of Jabez.” I began praying that prayer which is from 1 Chronicles 4:10. It says: And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border (according to the book, this means sphere of influence), that thy hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it be not to my sorrow! And God granted him that which he requested. (Basically, my prayer became, “bless me Lord, so I can bless others and expand my territory”)
During this same time period, my nephew put the album I had recorded 20 years earlier up on MySpace. I truly thought nothing would come from it. But out of the blue, there was a renewed interest in my music. I told everyone who contacted me that I was no longer singing or in ministry...but a few months later, after I received repeated requests from multiple places, I took it as a sign that I was to go through these open doors that God Himself was opening. Radio stations in different parts of the world started playing songs from my twenty year old album and I shared my testimony in a live 20 minute radio interview in Scotland. We have an amazing God that is so full of surprises!
In 2010, I was asked to become a Ministry Associate of Joni and Friends, I became a credentialed Minister through United Evangelical Churches and I studied to become a Life Coach.
In 2012, I discovered that God was not through answering my prayer to expand my territory. In February 2012, I had about 1200 followers on my Facebook Ministry page and I reached about 200 people per week there. In what could only be called a movement of God, people suddenly started flocking to my page. At the peak of this movement, they were coming at the rate of 1000 an hour. Within a week, there were 100,000 fans on my page from 86 countries. The ministry has continued to grow and now as of December 2014, the ministry reaches people in 169 countries and we have at this writing over 750,000 followers on Facebook. Not including other forms of social media, on Facebook alone, we have reached over 36,000,000 people in a single week. I never could have imagined when I prayed that simple prayer, what God would do...this has been beyond anything, I could think, dream or imagine. I give all the credit and the glory to God for what He has done...it is obvious, that only the Lord could do such miracles! I remain humbled and blessed to be used to touch hurting hearts with the good news and hope that Jesus offers. He wastes nothing in our lives. All of the trials and struggles I have faced in my life have been used to help others. God continually shows His strength in my weakness and constantly shows how He works all things for good and redeems what the enemy has meant for harm.
In 2012, I became an author and I have several more books in the works.