SHATTERING LINES • Time To Move Forward Into A New Chapter


“Not everyone’s in here, but we’re going to go ahead and get started.” 

Brother Jeff, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, says this almost every Sunday morning before service begins. Although this saying makes me laugh, it also has inspired me.

It’s time to start something new, even if not everyone is with me at the moment.  I am learning that not everyone is meant to go where I am going, but it’s time for me to transition. For God knows the plans He has for me (Jeremiah 29:11). 

On Tuesday, June 22, I gave my notice at The Journal-News. I am nervous and scared, but I’m also looking forward to moving into full-time writing. I know this is where God is moving me. I have no idea at the moment what is going to happen or how it will happen, but I know that it’s time to take a leap of faith into the unknown. 

Don’t get me wrong, I will miss seeing my work family on a regular basis. They have taught me so much. And, in the last four years that I have worked here, we have been through a lot as a family. But, we have gotten through situations together by praying for one another and supporting each other because that’s what families do.

I have also met a lot of people through stories and interviews while working for the paper. In fact, I am now involved in so many things, including helping with teams at Calvary (youth, women’s ministry and the missions team) as well as Imagine Hillsboro.

But, as I transition into a new adventure, I am reminded that God is with me. He has brought me this far, and I know He won’t leave me to fend for myself. 

God always tells me that He is with me; that He’ll never leave me, nor forsake me. It took a long time for me to finally believe that He’s holding my hand, while also holding me. He’s not going to let me fall, but will help me to do more for Him as I learn to trust His plans for my life.

So, here I go. It has been a wonderful journey and I have enjoyed working for The Journal-News. Thank you all for allowing me to tell my story the last four years. I appreciate each and every one of you.


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