by: Erin Keller
Heather went through a season of rebellion as a teen, but she realized she was going down the wrong path and with the help of family and new friends, she turned back to the Lord. She married Matt when she was 20, and they started their family shortly thereafter. Now she is a Mom to six wonderful children.
Heather lived for many years with anxiety and depression to the point that she wouldn’t leave the house without Matt. She homeschooled the kids and had very little outside connection besides her immediate family. But as her kids grew older, they were lonely, so she started searching for homeschool co-ops. She couldn’t afford the tuition for the co-op that seemed right for the family, but when she found out the co-op needed a director, she applied and was given the job. She says, “I had no idea what I was signing up for, and I knew I was in over my head, but that’s how God works with me. He stretches me to do uncomfortable things. Little by little that broke me out of my shell.”
Cooks were invited to Community Church by friends from the co-op, and almost
right away Heather started working in the kids’ ministry prepping curriculum
for Sundays. When the position to lead the kids’ ministry opened up, Heather
stepped into that role. “These days God is pushing me beyond my comfort zone, asking
me to speak and reach out to people.” Heather and Matt recently led a marriage
class, and Heather is leading a once-a-month Bible study on the book of James.
“To be vulnerable with people is really hard for me. And so just to share my
heart is a big deal, and what’s what He’s asking me to do.”
Heather’s advice: “Find your tribe, find your community. I did life alone for so long, and even Matt did, without friends and without people to call on. Having that circle of friends to do life with, to pray for you and be there for you makes life so much sweeter, so plug in and find your spot. There is a spot for you.”