My mom, Elaine, like women from all the ages, holds many titles. She is a wife, mom, mother-n-law, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, speaker, director, teacher, student, singer, actress, lunch mate and dog whisperer.
But no title is more significant or astounding than disciple of Jesus Christ. At a young age God called my mom to be His own and her life has been in His all-powerful and loving hands ever since.
My mom graduated from Valley Forge High School on Independence Blvd. in 1976; quite the coincidence. Her plan was to build her career, marry at 30, have two kids and eventually settle down. But God had a slightly different path in mind.
Eight years before her 30thbirthday, Mom married the love of her life, Bill, right before graduating from Cedarville College (now Cedarville University) with a BA in Communications and within six years had three children. (I am personally grateful she bore three children since I am the youngest!) In her words, “Life was anything but settled.” But even in all the glorious chaos of diapers, formula and the terrible twos back to back to back; my mom wrote and told stories for her kids, her kids friends and for her church family. In time, she developed a speaking and teaching ministry called, “Clementine Ministries” that lasted eight wonderful years!
I joined her on numerous occasions in the Clementine programs, and sang with my mom; I was only five, but have been singing ever since!
Multiple moves throughout the United States provided the family with many grand adventures and unique cultural experiences. Mom involved herself with homeschooling, community outreach and church life in each new location. And as always, she used story and a sound biblical foundation to encourage and teach biblical principles to children, teens and women.
Life ebbed and flowed, as life will do, giving my mom numerous and diversified opportunities in ministry and also professionally. Over the years she has been a nursery director, youth leader, children’s ministry leader and drama leader, missions trip coordinator, Awana director and regional teacher, women’s ministry director, and the executive director of a faith based medical crisis pregnancy center. With the move to Lincoln, NE my mom had the privilege to be the chief marketing officer for Back to the Bible, an international radio ministry. Subsequent moves to Spokane, WA and then to LaCrosse, WI provided the unique opportunity for her to serve as development director for The Salvation Army in two Corps.
Currently, my mom has concentrated on digging deeper into the craft of writing and is a novelist finishing the third book of a Christian Fantasy Series. She also continues her personal study and writing on the important principles of one another living found in the New Testament.
My mom is my best friend, my sounding board, my confident, my road trip partner, my shoulder to cry on and my sister in Christ! How amazing is that!
It is my privilege to be involved in ministry with her as we serve together as “one anothers”! May God always be glorified!
My mom’s life verse is Isaiah 40:31
“But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
You can contact Elaine through email: OneAnotherLiving@gmail.com