I am “A Woman Trusting God” and God told me to write. Although God gave me the idea to write, I felt I did not have the time – until a long flight without my ever-present Kindle when I suddenly had plenty of time and paper.
Reading this title, perhaps you are thinking that I am going to tell you a story of trusting God though some terrible divorce, or horrific disaster, or at least a life-threatening event or disease; nope to all. I am just an average woman with normal struggles who has always been aware of God. After experiencing a major personal crisis, many people say they had no choice but to trust God. My experience is different: I have choices and chose to trust Him.
God told me to write what I learn. I believe everything God does is for His Glory. I hope to see Him shine through this blog. Watch for weekly blog posts please comment and share anything that speaks to you.
The fact that God has always given me the desires of my heart is not so surprising: He is the one who put those desires in my heart in the first place.
I grew up in Texas as Jayna Allgood. My childhood revolved around a small congregation, Memorial Baptist Church, Lubbock Texas. It was in that church I accepted Jesus as my Savior at age 6, and there at the age of 16 I understood God wanted me to serve in the ministry. I had never heard of a “children’s minister,” the role I eventually filled for 24 years, but knew that pleasing God was the priority of my life.
At the age of 20, I married Steve Coppedge. I believed that God gave us each other. We immediately we moved 500 miles from all that was familiar, both jumping without parachutes, trusting God to protect our landing — and He did.
Our children Laura and Tyler were born in Oklahoma City. The biggest surprises I experienced raising children were how much I enjoyed it, how quickly the time passed, and how my love for them continues to grow.
Now “empty nesters”, Steve and I are reaping wonderful fruit from our marriage. From the soil of mutual love and respect, no decision is tainted by manipulation or selfishness. We are beginning new ministries and friendships.
My first job was at my brother’s store, Children’s Shoe World in Lubbock, Texas when I was 14. Watching family interactions in the store influenced my decision to study both Psychology and Family Dynamics getting by BS degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.
From 1989-2014 my life revolved around the families of First Baptist Church in Tahlequah, OK. Being part of church staff is not a job, it is a lifestyle. My responsibilities varied, but my heart has always been to disciple people to depend on God. I am still mentoring individuals, leading small groups, and teaching Bible Studies, and parenting classes.
In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s I wrote Discipleship Curriculum for LifeWay (the company used by most Southern Baptist Churches) and teacher training articles for their periodicals. I would love the opportunity to write for more periodicals and curriculum.
Since retiring, I have made significant progress in my writing, but must remind myself to gauge success from where I began, instead of where I want to be. God is in the journey, not just the destination. I thought I was taking a writing course, when I joined Tribe Writers, but it changed my life. I continue to gain knowledge, but also I have gained relationships. In addition to writing here, I write for Mr. Mark’s Classroom , a blog for church workers in children’s education.
I published “Parenting With the End In Mind: Practical Guidance with Biblical Principles“ in March of 2016. I am considering writing other books: “Transforming Your Life by Renewing Your Mind: how thoughts affect emotions, physical, and spiritual health,” “Parenting with Your Child’s Spiritual Development in Mind, and “Examining Elijah and Elisha: a devotional Bible Study”. I may also publish my children’s book “I Can Do Hard Things.” I would love to get your feedback as to what you would most want to read.
Speaking at retreats and conferences is also a passion. I present original material on a variety of topics: parenting; Bible studies; training for teachers of preschoolers, children and adults; brain research; and mindfulness. Having spent over six weeks in the Middle East doing various ministry projects, I love getting to show pictures and tell stories. I believe God will continue to use my testimony and knowledge.