Photo credit: Michelle Walls, Italian Lane Photography

There's not a whole lot to include in this section apart from the fact that my life has no meaning or value apart from the saving grace and mercy of God, which has been poured into it with no conservation.  I have no other explanation for why He would choose this broken one to be His, except that His desire is to receive glory through it, and so I attempt to live a life that simply says, "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!"  I am so incredibly grateful for Jesus and the fact that His perfect life, and death, and resurrection ALONE are what give me the right to be called a child of God and stand before Him as if I'd never sinned.  That kind of grace and forgiveness is absolutely incomprehensible, but I live simply grateful that it has been offered to me.

If you ask me where home is, I can’t give you a straight answer.  I’m from the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, USA; but live in Germany.  Both places are home to me for different reasons.  In Germany, I get to participate in the slow, but exciting; daunting, but surprising; difficult, but rewarding work of church planting.  It is a privilege for me, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to live in another culture and learn another language for the purpose of building relationships and talk about how Jesus changes lives.

Also in addition to everything that God already allows me to experience, He gives me the gift of writing songs and singing them for others.  Whenever I pluck out chords on a guitar, bang out notes on a piano, or craft lyrics of a song to sing, I am keenly aware of the fact that these are gifts entrusted to me for His glory.

I also enjoy jogging, cycling, kayaking, backpacking, making stained-glass, taking walks, and exploring new places.  When the night sky is clear, I love finding an open field where I can spread out a blanket and stare at the stars or search for planets and galaxies with my telescope.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
— Ephesians 3:20-21, The Message