At twenty-eight years old I was transformed by grace. During the twenty-two years since, I have enjoyed learning and growing through the writing and teaching of wonderful mentors who have encouraged and inspired me to write with transparency.  I write openly, sharing my heart as God leads and, more importantly, to point others to Jesus Christ.  My prayer is that anything you read will encourage you in the faith and spur you on to finish well for the Glory of God.  Writing is a passion I am fortunate to pursue but I also enjoy drawing, reading, going to the beach, very bad golf with girlfriends who don’t keep score and like to have golf cart races and having long talks with good friends.

My husband Marty and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in September of 2017.  Marty is a wonderful, loving husband and entrepreneur who owns Ephesians 5:25. Our married journey began in the dark cave of unbelief, lasting for five years. Finally, after severe heartbreak, I was saved and we journeyed on the Way, unequally yoked, for fourteen more years. This was a treacherous path that eventually led to the “promised land” of unity in Christ. We are now a very blessed, Christ-centered couple who love each other deeply.  1 Peter 3 was a pivotal chapter throughout our walk together and now Ephesians 5 is our Ebenezer stone, a constant reminder of how we can please God through our marriage.  Reflecting on our journey gives me an overwhelming sense of God’s grace and I am so grateful He helped us persevere through the very difficult terrain we were able to traverse successfully by His power.

We also have two amazing sons. Sean is a thoughtful, kind and considerate young man and a graduate of Wheaton College (IL).  He is currently earning his MBA at the University of Florida and has fulfilled his lifelong dream of living somewhere warm.   Ryan, is also compassionate and joyful. God has blessed him athletically and he is currently playing AA baseball for the Baltimore Orioles in Bowie, Maryland. Ryan balances his time between Florida in the spring and Maryland during the regular Minor League season.

God’s grace overwhelms me as I reflect on the way He has protected and strengthened these two young men throughout the years.  It has not been an easy road for them but, because of this, they know Philippians 4:13 is real; “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”

This blog is dedicated to my family. By God’s grace they have learned to love, forgive and grow where they are planted.

Marlene McKenna