I’m Tina and I love words. My sweet Mama would happily proclaim, “She could talk before she could walk!” Growing up as an Air Force brat, I’d pour my feelings into writing, calling myself THE GIRL. Then, life happened and my writing took a back seat to a successful career in financial services marketing, where I spent over 20 years doing creative work and speaking gigs.
But, a few years ago, after Mama died unexpectedly with cancer, I began writing again to heal my broken heart. In the midst of my sorrow, I found comfort… Jesus comfort. Jesus and I first met at Vacation Bible School in the summer of my 3rd grade year. Yet, from that day and throughout my life, I often allowed my fear to be bigger than my faith. In other words, I didn’t truly live free.
“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 a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I finally decided to let go and let God, whatever that looked like. And, in the quiet of the night, my Heavenly Father nudged me to take a leap of faith and step into the unknown of ministry. Ministry? I don’t even know where to start. Ministry? I’m not good enough for that. Ministry? I’m afraid, God.
He led me to an incredible women’s conference through Proverbs 31 Ministries for aspiring writers and speakers called She Speaks. That experience transformed my life. My calling was confirmed loud and clear.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Beloved, when we step out from behind that curtain of fear and surrender to God’s love, He gives us courage beyond our understanding. He is making this faithfully fearful girl brave! Now, I’m blogging and speaking about Him. THE GIRL is back and working on her first book.
And, I’m honored to serve on the Community Leadership Team with Living Free Together, a ministry founded by Proverbs 31 author, speaker, and Bible teacher Suzie Eller. Living Free Together is women standing shoulder to shoulder as we live free in our family, feelings, and faith. Find out more at http://www.tsuzanneeller.com.
Friend, my heart’s desire is to shine and share Jesus, to encourage another soul to live free by choosing faith over fear, joy over junk, and Love over all.
Love that is eternal.
A couple personal Tina things…
I’m the only child of Alta and Dominic, who taught me by their beautiful examples to be kind, root for the underdog, and love big. I rejoice in the promise that I’ll see them again someday in heaven!
I married my Frank almost 27 years ago after he pursued me for eight (count ‘em) years! We are beach bums and Buckeye fans. He’s the calm to my crazy and has an amazing contagious laugh that breaks through even my toughest pout. He is quite simply the love of my life.
I’m so tickled that you stopped by! My heart is full.
Spread your joy, XO