You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11 NKJV)
I was introduced to the Lord and accepted Him at an early age but as a teenager I turned my back on Him. However at age twenty when my grandmother died and my boyfriend left me the same day, the day after I finished teaching practice in my final year at college, I turned to the Lord for comfort and He welcomed me back with wide open arms. I later learnt that my aunt, whose home I spent all my holidays and called home, had been praying for me constantly. This confirmed for me the power of prayer. Since then He has been my companion and guide even during those times when I was less than a true friend.
I met my husband at Church. We were members of a number of auxiliaries together. When we got married in 1985, we decided that God would be the foundation of our marriage. Our trust in God has helped us weather a number of storms. Our first child was born with Down’s Syndrome. At about two years and two months later she died of leukaemia after about a month of excruciating pain. This happened while I was working fulltime and studying part time for a Bachelor of Education degree. I was able to hold it together through prayer, worship, and fellowship with my Christian family.
When I got married, I had been teaching Home Economics for six years with a teachers’ diploma. I went on to getting a Master of Education in Family Life Education. I was living my dream of lecturing at a university when I had my second daughter who was diagnosed with autism two and a half years later. By then I had my third child, a son, who was one year old. Their sister who had Down’s Syndrome had died eight years earlier.
Having two young children, including a super-hyperactive non-verbal child, coupled with the early mornings, late evenings, and the rigours of lecturing at a university, was draining to say the least. I was barely holding it together with the help of God. My prayer life, worship and fellowship with other believers was not where it should have been. I was due eight months’ vacation leave, and I took it. On my leave I became more disciplined in my spiritual life, I got into the Word, fasted, had quiet time with the Lord and really listened to God. It was then that He told me I would have an online non-denominational ministry and I should patiently await the details. Shortly after a sister at church was asked to pray for me and she confirmed in her prayer that I would be teaching many people about God internationally. At the end of the leave I could not face the overwhelm again which led me to make one of the toughest decisions of my life, to leave my then dream job.
I spent subsequent years in service to the major love of my life, the Most High God, as a Christian Educator with my denomination. While I enjoy most aspects of this ministry, I constantly felt that there was much more I could do in the Kingdom. I wrote a few books and offered them for sale on Amazon. They were not doing well.
In October 2019 during my morning devotion I was reminded by the Holy Spirit about the online ministry. I asked God to provide a coach as I could not do it on my own. When I was finished praying, I took up a new Kindle tablet I had recently received. When I turned it on there was a 2019 planner by Crystal Daye. When I looked up who Crystal Daye was, I realised she was a Christian coach and the same nationality I was. To get the planner you needed to opt in. There were no emails in my inbox to suggest I had done so and forgotten. It was therefore God’s immediate answer to my prayer.
I started working with Crystal and put some plans in place focusing on parenting, but I just was not able to give it the focus it deserved. At an online workshop for transformational authors the Holy Spirit said: “Veronica you are running away from your calling”. I responded that I would stop running.
I have therefore heeded the call, from God, to utilize my gifts and experience to minister to busy Christian women by helping them to grow their faith by practising the spiritual disciplines. This I am doing through writing books, online courses, speaking, coaching, and blogging. I get to pursue my passions of teaching, writing, encouraging, and serving Jesus Christ all at the same time.
My family and I have been refreshed, transformed, rejuvenated, supported, provided for and guided through the practise of the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, Bible Study, worship, giving, service, and rest.