Knowing me is to know that I love everything represented on this website! I love to read. I get inspired when I write. Teaching God’s Word is the greatest gift I’ve been given or have to give. And painting is the keeps-me-out-of-my-comfort-zone hobby.
My roots go back to Nashville, Tennessee where I grew up at Burton Elementary, Hillsboro High School, and Belmont Methodist Church. My spiritual roots took hold at Auburn University where, during my junior year, I became a Christian. After college, I married my high school sweetheart, Ben Matthews, and our four children – Houston, Nate, Sarah and Molly – their spouses and our seven grandchildren – are the most fun and greatest blessings of our lives.
More than 20 years ago, I found myself at loose ends and searching. My search ended the day I walked in the door at Bible Study Fellowship. I fell in love with expository, applicable Bible study. I taught the BSF Huntsville Evening Women’s Class for 14 years. Since then I have written Crossings: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua, and now have finished and published my second study, Unlocking Belief: Answering Questions Jesus Asks and the companion journal, Unlocking Belief: The Journal. My heart is all about spiritual growth and I enjoy leading women’s retreats and small group accountability.
About my painting – after only a few months as Director of Development (my career) at the Huntsville Museum of Art, I signed up for my first oil painting class. I was immediately captivated! Since then I’ve been in workshops taught by some great artists – Angela Kuprion, Roger Dale Brown, Lorraine Christie, and Gary Bodner. All my paintings have a story, a name, and a Bible verse that speaks to me hidden in the paint and written in full on the back of the painting. I hope I am still painting when I am 90!
Most of all, I want to love God more each day. I am continually thankful for this incredible journey, the places where He has led, and especially the people with whom I share my life. Check in from time to time and journey with me!