What do you enjoy most about being a mother?
Snuggling with my kids! I love reading together on the couch, playing out back, laughing at their many antics and funny sayings. I love watching them grow and seeing little bits of fruit being produced in their lives through much prayer, teaching and training. The days feel long sometimes, but the months and years seem to be flying off the page. I want to take a deep breath and savor these sweet moments with everything that is in me.
Who is a godly older woman who has influenced you and what is the most important thing she has taught you?
My friend and mentor Debra Shaddix, whom I mentioned earlier, has influenced me in profound ways. If there is one thing that she has modeled and taught me over the years, it is to love my husband. Love, respect and honor him in front of my kids and in front of others. I also have several friends who have modeled this, even in some very difficult situations and circumstances. I respect them for their courage to love their husbands, even when their husbands have acted pretty unlovable. I am so grateful for the grace of God in their lives.
Your husband is well-known for his passion for global missions: in what ways are you able to support and share in this burden for all people in every nation to hear the gospel?
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that what I do at home enables my husband to do what he does all over the world. We talk about this often and David encourages me constantly in this. He is quick to remind me that we are a team, and that although I might not be with him on many of these trips, the Lord is using both of us for His glory in the roles He has called us to. At home, we constantly pray as a family for missionaries around the world and various people groups. We learn about different cultures and have even had the opportunity to travel overseas with our children on several occasions. Although it is difficult and requires much planning and an army of help, I believe it’s important for me and for my family to see me traveling overseas with David and sharing the gospel with those who have not heard. But just as important, they need to see David and I sharing the gospel right here in our neighborhood as we serve others and teach the word where we live. As the children get older, we look forward to taking family mission trips together and serving in various contexts around the world.
What are you currently studying in your times with the Lord? What is one aspect of God’s character and the gospel you’ve learned about this past year?
Currently, I am studying about “taking every thought captive to Christ.” I am doing a study by Jennifer Rothschild called “Me, Myself and Lies”. I have a tendency to be a worrier. I feel it even heightened now that I am pregnant with our 4th child! So many “what ifs” surround each day. The Lord is teaching me to think on things that are excellent and praiseworthy, not all the endless possibilities of “what ifs.” I am so thankful for a gracious God who meets me where I am and takes me into a deeper love relationship with Him. HE is my everything…
Heather, your passion for Christ shines through in everything you’ve shared with us. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your life and walk with the Lord. And congratulations on your pregnancy! May God continue to richly bless your growing family and your ministry to others. We look forward to meeting you in person some day soon!