I don’t remember a time I didn’t believe in God or know that Jesus was His son and our savior, but I made my profession of faith and was baptized at about age 12. I’ll never forget the experience of understanding I was the Lord’s! The sun became ten times brighter and it was as if I could hear angels singing. It was a supremely joyful moment. And I can still “see” my immersion baptism in the small Baptist church as if I were looking on.
With certainty and gratitude, I can declare that God has never failed me, even though I have failed Him many times over. God has blessed me with family and friends, opportunities and health, freedom and education. He has been ever faithful and I look forward to the day when I can bow at the feet of Jesus and thank Him for His unconditional love that has made all the difference.
I have an undergraduate degree in Healthcare Consumer Relations and a master’s in Religious Studies.
I worked for 27 years in healthcare, first as an office nurse and then as a corporate director in a large healthcare system. In the healthcare sytem, my primary responsibilities were to patient concerns, patient rights, customer service, and medical ethics. I taught on these matters through writing and speaking from coast to coast. For several years, I authored a byline, Patient Perspective, for the Memphis Healthcare News. Other healthcare publications included Tennessee Hospital Association newsletter, Marketing Perspective, and nursing and pharmacy newsletters. I received a writing award from the American Hospital Association in 1990.
Most of my writings at present are similar to my blog, devotional or story-telling in nature. Devotional publications include Upper Room, the Methodist Reporter, and Presbyterian Daily.
I am delighted to be a by-distance member of the Canberra Christian Writers’ Group in Australia. I was published in the CCWG anthologies of 2020 and 2021 and will be published again in 2022. This group extended a great kindness to me and I am benefiting from it ongoingly.
One thing in my past I am especially grateful for was the six years I directed the ministry of the Exceptional Department at West Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson, TN. These beautiful physically and mentally challenged adults grew me in love and understanding beyond anything I could imagine.
I live in a suburb of Memphis and am active in my church, First Assembly Memphis. For nine years, I tutored second graders in reading at our school, FACS.
My daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Mark Hearn, live in Georgia and are the joy of my heart. Though many miles apart, we talk and share our lives daily.