INSPIRING A LIFE OF GENEROSITY

 

MEET DENAE

Hello & Welcome

I am so happy that you stopped by!  I wish we could share some of my favorite things, like a cuppa tea and walk on the beach, but I’m thrilled to have this space for us to connect.  I enjoy processing life through writing and find purpose in sharing what God’s Spirit reveals, while learning to live a life of trusting in Him. My expectation is for you to discover truth that brings greater trust, hope, and freedom as you read the narratives shared here.

 

I love how our pastor explains that we all have something to give.  He says, “As the family of God, we're all singing the same song of our Redeemer, but our stories are unique. Our stories are what we have to give to make a difference in the lives of others!”  A Lavishing Life is a safe place of purpose for creatively expressing and sharing life. You have a place here too, both to receive and to give. Feel free to share your thoughts on the narratives to which you connect. Because we need to hear your story too!

My Story

My story begins with my mama wanting to have another baby and not giving up until she was pregnant with me, fifteen years after my brother was born. Mom says I was given a 50/50 chance to live and I've received prophesy that confirmed that the enemy came against me in the womb. But my parents loved and trusted Jesus and prayed, and I'm thankful that they did, and that he chose to give me life! My parents followed God's leading to missions in Asia and that’s where I was born, in a Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, a healthy little blondie in Singapore!

On our way back to the States, I celebrated my fourth birthday and we soon settled in Panama City, Florida. My parents pastored there and I spent my growing up years playing around the pews of the church. Many of the narratives here hold my experiences and the healing and truth that God has been faithful to provide along the way. My story, like yours, is made up of pain and promise, and part of my calling is to minister through the written word. I hope you'll find healing as you read and fresh hope for so much more. 

 

A Little Deeper

Because of my foundation of faith, I’ve known Jesus since I was a little girl.  I wish I could say that I've stayed close to him my whole life, but there were times when I went my own way.  I lived for myself and lacked a real relationship with him. I’m left with some scars, but they remind me of the gift of redemption that I've been given. I’m so thankful for God’s mercy and forgiveness and for drawing me back.  He's the source of true life and I long to hear his voice, know him more, and follow where he leads.

 

When I finally had enough of my own way and grew hungry for more of Jesus, the Lord began to lead me in a very different direction. I  felt a stirring, not only spiritually, but also in my line of work. This restlessness enabled me to let go of teaching in the classroom and step into something new, without knowing what it would be. Although I was afraid to let go because my identity was so tied to my trade, the Lord helped me to release the lie that my worth was found in my work. (That’s a good story too!)

On a warm summer day after I stopped teaching my little Honeybees, I was walking over the Hathaway Bridge and I began to ask the Lord what was next. I was filled with anticipation and truly believed that he had something in mind, just for me. As I walked, the Lord greatly stretched my faith as he showed me a picture of an antique school desk in my room, and he began to inspire me to fully commit to studying, writing, and honestly opening my life like a book for others to read. God had led me to step out in faith and he was faithful in every detail to show me what to do each step of the way.  

 

That was the beginning of A Lavishing Life and the Lord continues to lead me to do things that requires me to step out in faith and stick close to him. In this open-book kind of life, I'm learning and growing and finding that living in full surrender is a beautifully exciting and fulfilling place to be!

These Days

Many years have passed since John and I met in youth group at my parents' church in Panama City and had our first date at seventeen. Now we have three beautiful grown children, and a son in law, and love when they fill the house with laughter and fun. We live at the beach, where John and his family run Laguna Beach Christian Retreat. My days are filled with searching for the Lord and studying his Word, connecting with friends and family, and learning to open my heart and write as he leads me. Although I left the classroom four years ago, I'm still a teacher at heart and when a revelation knocks my socks off, I have to pass it on! 

Together, John and I serve on the prayer team at our local church and especially enjoy opening our home to family and friends and mentoring the next generation around our living room. We're excited and hopeful for the future and look forward to being a part of all that God has planned! Stay tuned for more exciting news about upcoming projects too!

"Let me tell you why you are here.  You’re here to be salt-seasoning

that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness,

how will people taste the godliness? 

You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out

the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.

We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers,

you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?

I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop,

on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives.

By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God,

this generous Father in heaven."

~Matthew 5:13-16 (MSG)

Here I am in front of our church, Downtown Panama City, in my favorite spinning dress!

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