Ginny and her husband live in Woodstock, Georgia with their three daughters. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Education. After teaching for a decade in both public and private school settings she was blessed to be able to stay home with her girls. During that time, she embarked on her own personal journey in discipleship counseling, a life transforming experience! And today, she is still blown away by the plans God had for her. He combined her love of people and teaching with a curriculum she is fiercely passionate about. The real gospel. Christ is life! She received her training as a discipleship counselor through Life Ministries Today and completed their internship program in September of 2019. She has since served as a facilitator at the LMT women’s retreat in 2019. And she actively serves as a discipleship counselor at LMT, and as a facilitator for women’s small groups.
From a very early age I developed the world view, and it didn’t come from Shakespeare, that all the world’s a stage. And with that it would only follow that my role was to perform. My achievements only fueled me. And just like that success became my primary goal in life. I avoided failure at all costs. I needed to be recognized as completely competent. This was my belief system. I needed others, including God, to see me. And to be seen I had to be good. Really good. At all of it.
I guess you could say God let me try it my way. For three decades I figured out how to make life work for me. Until it didn’t. In 2010 my husband and I welcomed our first baby girl. A good and perfect gift. And along with this precious babe came circumstances I couldn’t even pretend to control.
The jig was up.
The facade I had spent a lifetime creating was chipped. And He lovingly let it chip some more. And some more. And then some more.
I was utterly broken. And I had questions. Big ones. Who am I? Who are you, God? Are you good? What’s the purpose of my life? And this is where He met me. Where He changed everything for me. Not only did He begin to reveal answers to these questions, but it was also like He was opening my eyes for the first time to ultimate reality. Suddenly, I started to understand the innermost workings of the universe He created. Everything I had believed, He flipped on its head. “Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.” (1 Cor 27-28) In an actual relationship with Him I was finally getting to know Him. His love for me. And if He loved me this much, I had to suppose it must be better His way. Guess what? It is. My vain attempts to control my life brought exhaustion, stress, anxiety and frustration. Trusting my life to My heavenly Father, who is actually in control and who adores me, ushers in a life full of lasting joy, peace, and rest. No matter the circumstances. No matter my performance. He’ll do it. Christ in me. It’s the best news ever.
Little did I know that when my life seemingly fell apart I would find myself in the middle of the greatest love story of all time. Where I would only begin to know my heavenly Father, and His pursuit of me. As Job put it, “my ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:5) That has been, and continues to be, my journey. This love story. It’s for every one of us. Not everyone is aware of the great love story they’re in. I wasn’t. But, oh, when He showed me. I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone I know. And I couldn’t be more humbled and honored to journey with others as they experience how much He loves them.