Co-Founder of Living Our Priorities
What makes you 'cool' ;) any awards or accolades?
3rd place winner in our Family Sing Off for 2 years! What you say?
Tell us more about what you enjoy doing - Your passions besides work.
I am passionate about being creative with what I have; whether I’m making a gift, decorating my home, or bargain shopping. All I need is a little alone time to let my creative juices flow.
What is the name of your program?
Living Our Priorities.
Are you going to be leading the FaceBook group on your topic?
What is your 'story' & your 'Why'?
Living a life within God’s priorities became a way of life for my husband and I after we got sick and tired of being sick and tired!
In our early years, we had successful careers with over 10+ years in the financial industry. As our family grew, we decided to become self-employed in the real estate and mortgage industry.
We thought becoming self-employed would help free up our time allowing more time to spend with our children, and serve in our church.
Our life was starting to look good until we experienced challenges most marriages face, and so we sought help. Not just any help, Godly counsel; and it was through that Godly counsel; we learned about God’s priorities and why they were in their respective order.
Was our marriage perfect right after counseling and the enlightenment of God’s order? No! Honestly, it seemed to have gotten worse rather quickly.
After being self-employed in the real estate industry for over 12 years, the market took a dive, and so did our finances. We lost everything, and not just material possessions. We experienced challenges with our health; and André lost his brother and sister within a year of each other.
At the same time, God called us to help our Pastors start a church as their men and women’s ministry directors. Seemingly, with all that was taking place in our personal life, it was enough for anyone to say, “we support you, but we have too much going on.”
After walking through so many life challenges, we learned to rely on God in a way we never had before. You see, learning God’s priorities to save our marriage did more than just that. It became a way of life for us.
We became so accustomed to living within God’s priorities, they became our priorities! We learned to trust God, and keep His priorities by living a balanced life; despite life’s challenges, whether it be financial, physical or anything else.
Not too long after making the decision to help our Pastors start a church; we were hit with another devastating loss. Both our Pastors went home to be with the Lord within three years apart of each other.
They were not just our Pastors; they were our mentors and our spiritual parents. With their loss, we were now faced with the decision of where do we go from here with our church?
Honestly, we were ready to call it quits. But we heard that still small voice. God was calling us to serve as Pastors. Notice the keyword, here “serve”.
We “serve” as Senior Pastors while working full-time jobs, parenting a college student and a teenager, while walking through health challenges, and sharing our journey through this blog.
In our own strength, it seems impossible. But, since we’ve made “living our priorities” a lifestyle, saying yes to God despite our circumstances, makes our life possible.
Over the years, in ministry, we’ve encouraged others to identify God’s priorities and purpose to live by them. And it was while we were encouraging others that we discovered our passion to help others embrace a lifestyle of living within God’s priorities.
It was that passion that birthed our blog, giving us the opportunity to reach more people than we could do with individual counseling.
Give us a brief summary of your topic.
I am excited to teach you about making time for what matters most while sharing biblical and practical resources that have helped me.
Last words of wisdom?
Say NO to the GOOD for the sake of the BETTER!