"You can't really love others until you accept and love the person God made you to be." These words hit me square in the face as I sat in a singles Sunday School class when I was 24 years old. I had wonderful, loving and supportive Christian parents who had provided me with strong Biblical teaching and everything else I had needed all my life and I had a great protective brother, as well. What I realized as I sat there contemplating what I'd just heard is that I really didn't know who I was. Over the next few days I spent a lot of time examining why this was and what I needed to do about it.
What I concluded is that I had, from a very young age, compared myself to my brother who was 17 months older, had a very outgoing personality that drew people to him, was very confident, and made straight A's. I would look at him and I would decide I couldn't measure up to that standard, so I simply tried to be the person I thought people thought I should be. Understand that this was not at all my brother's fault. It was me dealing the only way I knew how with what I thought were deficiencies.
So when I heard the words above, God awakened my heart to what I had completely failed to see...that He had created me just as I was, that He had a plan and purpose for me and that I simply needed to accept myself as God made me to be and BE who He wanted me to be, fulfilling His purpose for me! This was the beginning of a new life for me. I decided that the only one I needed to please was God and that I would pour myself into my relationship with Him. Although I'd been a Christian since I was about seven years old, I had not experienced the depth of my relationship with Him that I should have.
I'm not perfect, but I know without a doubt that I am loved by the God of the universe and that the most important thing in life is to walk with Him and experience His love, grace and mercy, then extend these to others. I want to be the planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor as described in Isaiah 61:3.
I've been married to Tommy Myers since 1979 and we have two children: Brett, who is married to Kristin and they have four children--Eden, Karis, Lydia and Abigail--and Christie, who is married to Brandon Brown. We love this stage of life, seeing our adult children following God's plan for their lives and enjoying our granddaughters!
I grew up in Laurel, MS, and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BA in business education and an MA in secondary education. I was a budget analyst for the state of Mississippi for about 4 years, then taught college for 13 years, and then homeschooled Brett and Christie from 7th and 9th grades through high school, After they were in college, I began a real estate career, which I continue today. I enjoy serving clients as they either sell or buy a home. During most of my adult years, I have also enjoyed leading ladies' Bible study groups and in 1999 I started writing Bible studies, which has become a passion of mine,
To LIVE the life God has called me to live by doing these:
Love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and love others as He loves them
Inspire others to live in a way that brings a smile to the face of God
Value others as the people loved by God that they are
Encourage others to press on toward the prize God has placed before them.