It always makes me laugh when people ask, “What do you do?” Often, I reply, “It depends on the week.”
I am a graphic designer by trade and an author by God’s call. I’m passionate about teaching God’s Word and helping people grow in their faith. (Here are two of my messages: "Come a Little Closer" and "I am a Christian...I still struggle with Renewal") I’ve taught college courses, published magazines, founded businesses, been on church staff, and stayed home with my kids. I very much believe in the spiritual maxim: to everything, there is a season.
My central aim is to live a faithful life, one day at a time. To go where God leads and invest in the people He places on my path.
What some call risk, I call faith, and that is where I thrive. Put me in a situation where God has to show up for it to work out; that is my sweet spot. I believe in the power, grace, and overwhelming goodness of God. I pray that through my life, you see Him.
HUXTER HOUSE ON A HILL
My husband Brad and I live in Asheville, NC, with our two children. Five years ago, we built our mountaintop dream home. We knew from the start that we were meant to share this generous gift from God!
Matthew 5:14-16 is our house handbook: “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.”
So we keep an open house! We host family and friends, small groups and worship nights, women’s retreats, and men’s camping nights. In March 2020, our living room turned into a sanctuary as our church filmed their Sunday services up here. People have gotten married here, grieved here, and danced here.
It is an extraordinary location, and we are grateful to share it with so many truly special people.
VISION FOR "THE CABIN"
If you’ve been around Brad and I for any amount of time, chances are you have heard us mention “the cabin.” This dream is eight years in the making and has not yet come to fruition.
We are passionate about serving pastors, their families, and people in leadership. These servant-hearted people constantly pour out their lives for others. God has given us the eagerness to serve them.
There is an Old Testament story about the prophet Elijah. He had been faithfully following God and serving people. In 1 Kings 19, we find Elijah discouraged and depressed (serving in ministry is not for the faint of heart), verses 4-7:
“I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”
God sent an angel to care for Elijah. What did the angel do? He said, “Here’s a snack. Now take a nap.” I love this so much. Sometimes it’s the simplest gestures that revive our spirits the most.
We want to create a space where people can unplug from the busy pace of life with their families, reconnect with their spouse, get away with God, catch their breath so they can proceed with the mission they have been called to accomplish.
While the central purpose for the cabin has remained the same, the location and details have changed. What started as a humble, realistic vision, has now morphed into something much larger. At the end of 2021 we purchased two additional acres adjoining our mountain. We now plan to build a Mid-century modern, mountain house rather than a quaint cabin.
Why the change? That is another book for another day.
In the meantime, do you want to see what we are imagining?
What is the timeline? We have absolutely no idea! It could be one, five, or ten years down the road.
So far, this journey has been a bit like playing Red Light, Green Light. We’ve felt God call us to start moving forward, only to hear Him say that was the piece of the puzzle needed for the moment. Now, wait for the next.
We are currently praying for financial provision, wisdom, and that we would be in-tune with the Lord's pace.
I used to be so impatient with dreams. I wanted them to happen immediately. But I came across a quote that describes how I feel now, “She’s not afraid of the wait anymore, for she knows He will open doors beautiful and perfect in their time.”
Remember, to everything, there is a season. What season are you in right now? What dreams are in your heart? How can you use what you already have to serve others? What seeds can you plant today that will reap a harvest tomorrow?
Along the way, remember this is the God we serve:
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21