“When you build a strong family identity on the rock of Christ, your family can withstand whatever storms may come” (Jim Burns)
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, 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. 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. The quotation by Jim Burns above aptly describes the family we have built together. 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.
When I got married, I had been teaching Home Economics for six years with a teachers’ diploma. I embody Home Economics as it is a practical way of empowering individuals to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, manage their resources well, have healthy relationships and build strong families. 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 was draining to say the least. I made one of the toughest decisions of my life to leave my then dream job when she was six plus years old.
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 have therefore heeded the call, from God, to utilize my gifts and experience to minister to families by helping mothers to build strong purposeful families enjoying good health, strong faith in God, rich relationships, and good communication. This I am doing through writing books, online courses, speaking, coaching, and blogging. I get to pursue my passions of teaching, writing, Family Education and serving Jesus Christ all at the same time.
My family is not perfect we have our ups and downs but the Lord has kept us together and we have learnt that faith in God and a strong family bond can take us through any trial.