What are some difficulties you’ve faced in your life that you have seen the Lord’s faithfulness in?
I feel like over the years, seeing God meet me in the difficult reality of my parents divorce was huge. They finalized their divorce in 2012. I had just moved to Tulsa and I’d been here for like three months. I’ve also really seen God show up with my former diagnoses of anxiety and depression. He taught me that I can always give those things over to Him. It’s not always about having an answer or even always feeling better, but just knowing that He’s good, He sees, and He cares. One of my favorite verses in the bible is the story in Genesis, where Abraham and Sarah send Hagar away and she’s sitting in the wilderness feeling like she’s going to die. She even sits her child far away so she won’t see her child die. In that moment, God speaks to her and identifies himself as a God of seeing. God saw her where she was at. God has always been faithful in my life to meet me in the struggles and the difficulties that I’m facing- even the ones that feel like they don’t start and end at a specific time, but have ongoing difficulties- I still see God’s faithfulness in all of it.
What is your go-to bible verse?
John 11:25, NIV
“Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even if they die.’”
You know, they’re just so much pain and suffering around us, but Jesus is the resurrection. He will bring life to everything in our lives that is dead, and restore what is broken. I could probably talk about bible verses and bible passages forever.
What are you most looking forward to when it comes to involvement with Life Launch?
I haven’t fully gotten to experience it yet, but I think my favorite part is going to be for mentees to begin to know and internalize their value and know that they are loved because of the way our mentors walk with them and care for them.
If you could pick anyone to be your mentor, who would it be?
Hmmm… Who’s the best Life Launch mentor? Kidding. I don’t think I have a specific person. Somebody who’s faithful, loves the church, and loves their family.
If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would you choose?
I would choose Saint Francis of Assisi, Harriet Tubman, and… I’ll go with A.R. Bernard. I’d pick Saint Francis of Assisi because he renounced wealth, prestige, and comfort to live his life serving the poor, and he really sought to follow Jesus very literally. Next, I’d pick Harriet Tubman because of her courage. The way she put her life on the line for the justice and dignity of others and the fact that she went back multiple times is amazing. To continue to do that for the liberation and dignity of others is incredible, and she was so strong with the Lord. A.R. Bernard is a pastor from NYC, and I’d pick him because he’s just really wise. He has a lot of wisdom about life and the Bible and he’s just one of those people that when he speaks, you turn your head. Plus he seems like a nice guy.