** May we all see our reflection within the Love found in the Father's Eyes. **
Hi! My name is Eve and you have found my site ADaughtersJourney.net.
Have you ever watched a Ladybug? Always moving forward in the purpose for which she is sent. She doesn't realize how small she is, only that she has a plan to courageously step into.
Welcome to my page. Just like the ladybug, I too want to courageously step out into the purpose for which I have been designed as I encourage others do the same. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 says "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong, do everything in love." Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." What would it be like to live out these verses? Rejecting the fears, worries and stresses of this world and living the "Life to the Full" we have been promised? The ladybug doesn't seem to be afraid, even when the human giants are in her presence.
Consider this ladybug a work in progress, but aren't we all? As God continues to mold me I recognize everyday the beauty that He has placed all around me and that I am never alone.
As wife to Tony, mom to Lee and Lance, life group coach to some amazing young women, and beloved daughter of God who loves Jesus so much, I want to share the love and joy He has brought in my life with others.
So here I am, I hope you too are blessed by what The Lord has placed on my heart.
Singing, blogging, writing, spending time with my Heavenly Father and watching others find freedom in Christ as they realize just how much He loves them are some of my favorite things. My passion includes helping the next generation recognize the great value, purpose and strength they have been given. (And to find The Father's little gifts along the way.)
In my day job, I work as an IT Systems Administrator for a local Heating and Air Contractor.
"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."
Our Heavenly Father is so very good! Join me as I share in the daily beauty He blesses in my life.
At the age of 12, I would come to know Jesus, but only out of a fear of Hell and an unknown eternity. Riddled with fear, insecurity, guilt, shame, and doubt- I would allow these things to become a cocoon that wrapped me up for much of my teenage years. As the odd girl out, I yearned for approval and affirmation amidst bullying and self-induced rejection. At 18, I had a conversation with God in which I advised Him that I knew myself better than he and I could do life just fine on my own. Being the Gentleman that he is, my Abba Father politely stepped back and allowed me to try. During this season I learned the truth about free will and unconditional Grace.
Looking back on my season of revelation, I see the little blessings he placed in my life- my family who loved and taught me to do likewise. My best friend Lisa who loved me just as I was and never let me quit. My beautiful friends who encouraged me to be me. (You know who you are.) My youth pastor, Tawanna, who showed love in commitment. And of course, my amazing husband Tony, who would not allow 15-year-old me to get lost in the thoughts of fear and affliction.
Over the years to come, I would struggle with the challenges of being an unwed mother, a bankrupt 21-year-old, and a severely depressed daughter in great need of her Father. After being diagnosed with a rare brain tumor in 1994, I would find myself in a dark hole that I didn't know how to climb out of. It would be a little orange Bible that would encourage me to look up.
Luke 15:11-32 tells the story of “The Prodigal Son,” this parable would become my life. Little by little my Father unwrapped the cocoon from around me and gave me his hand while helping me step out of the self-imposed box I had placed myself. He rescued me from a life of fear and gave me faith. He healed me from the inside out and showed me how precious I am to him. In 2005, I re-dedicated my life to Him and began a journey of seeking my Father's heart. It was through the tragedy of my first child going to prison in 2012 that I would be forever changed. While my family was seemingly ripped in half, my Father would pour his love and Grace over us while encouraging that he is in control, we only have to trust. Being the Type A personality that I am, I struggled with letting go of control but finally gave everything to him at which point he replaced my worry with his peace. It was through this season of my life that he would draw our family closer together as he drew us closer to him, and a beautiful gift would be unwrapped in my desire to write as a result. I had never been interested in writing. You can ask my sweet editor, Lauren, I am not the best at putting words together. But I was pregnant with them. It was like I was the bottle that God was pouring the over-flowing stream of oil in and through. And while my words have not been perfect, I pray that they have touched even one. My greatest desire is that they always remain true to the One who is worthy of praise.
Recognizing the great faithfulness of my Father, a desire to help others to know Jesus and the grace that is freely ours was born. My husband invited me into a serving position with our local High School Ministry. I said no, I had been to high school and did not want a redo. But over the course of the year, God drew me closer and watered the seed that had been planted by my husband. The day I said yes to serving High School students was the day that my life changed once again. I am blessed to serve and walk alongside amazing men and women of God who choose to follow Jesus as we lock arms on mission to help every young woman know Jesus and know who she is in The Father’s Eyes.
My life hasn’t gotten easier, but it has gotten sweeter. Season after season of gentle encouragement has led me into a desire for pastoral counseling and mentoring. I don’t know where he is taking me in his beautiful story, but he has my yes.
So here I am, sharing the Love of my Father. My prayer is that you too will be blessed as our Father draws you near to Him.