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Mandee 2015

Hi! I’m Mandee! Thank you so much for your interest in my blog! Allow me to introduce myself by telling you a little bit about me.

I was born in Portland, Oregon. I was raised in small coastal towns such as Waldport, Newport and Yachets. I also spent a

number of summers days along the beautiful Alsea River, which in my opinion is one of the most beautiful places in the

Pacific North West.

When I was just 17 years old I left my parents home. From there I ventured into adulthood two hours away from the nearest member of my family.

I was young, driven, independent and very hardworking. I at times would work 2 to 3 jobs in order to support myself financially.

By the time I turned 18 years old I

had rented my very own apartment,  I finished high school, and I felt pretty good

about my solo dive into adulthood. However, my loneliness, drunkenness, impurities, idolatry and insecurities ebbed away at my

innocence.

I thought I was a pretty good person, and yet I had so many secrets.

There were so many skeletons that crowded my closet.  From the outside looking in my life looked great. However, I was struggling to keep my head above water.

The appearance of having things together was nothing more than an empty, and painful facade.

I searched for comfort in the long hours I worked.

I searched for security, and feelings of worth in my failed relations with men.

I searched for beauty and acceptance at the hair, nail, and tanning salons.

I constantly searched for identity, and feelings of worth.

At 18 years old I had no real idea of who I was,  and I was unsure of who I wanted to become.

I was living alone, and emptiness and fear filled my days.

 I was worn out from all the hours I had worked.

Truth is I was lost.

However there was a silver lining to be discovered.

While out shopping one day I picked up a bible, and in my little apartment I began my search.

I had spent years praying but this was a turning point for me as my eyes darted across the

pages of this book.

I wanted to listen.

There was so much I wanted to know.

God saw me searching that night.

He saw my desperation.

He saw my desire to know him.

He also saw my frustration as I read the pages of a book that on my own I could not seem to understand.

He saw the tears fill my eyes, and stream down my face.

He cared.

He listened to my desperate prayers.

Over and over again he listened.

So often I felt so alone.

However, he was there.

He heard me,

and

he guided my steps.

May 2006 I was invited to study the bible.

These women whom I sat with in a bustling coffee shop were different.

They wanted to know who I was.

They wanted to know what I had been through.

Most importantly they wanted to help me to develop a biblical relationship with God.

God wanted to change my life.

Over a span of about 5 weeks they taught me.

They consistently held me accountable to the word of God.

They loved me with a love that could have only come from God.

Then on a chilly midsummer evening in the crisp waters of salvation….

they baptized me.

God called me his daughter that day, and he has continued to claim me as his own ever since.

He warmly welcomed me into his Kingdom

and

he completely forgave me the evening of July 10th 2006.

Since then he has molded me, and he has rescued me from far more then I have time to write about. I have found the comfort, security and love I earnestly sought after as I have continued to live under the shelter of his wing.

In Christ I have been able to experience so much.

With God’s guidance, and the love of the International Christian Church I have been able to experience a close walk with God.

I have traveled much, and I have traveled far.

I have married young, and with the help of others, I have learned to love deeply.

The sound of little footsteps, laughter, and motherhood fill my heart.

God has truly poured into my life immeasurably more then I could have asked for or ever imagined.

My life is full of love, lessons, passion, victories, and dreams.

I like most women also know sadness, heartache, pain and tears.

However on the days that tears fall from my eyes,

I know that I am never ever alone.

I know God is with me, and my good days far outweigh the bad.

By his incredible grace, I have been married for over six years.

Coltin is everything I could have ever dreamed of in a husband.

He is an outstanding disciple of Jesus.

He is soooo darn handsome.

He made me the mother of two precious little girls,

to whom which

he is a loving Father.

Together Coltin and I serve in the ministry at the Boston International Christian Church.

 I love to have women over to study the bible, I love cooking, and as of recently I have begun to

love the work I put into my paintings.

My days, my hands, and my heart are full.

I am so grateful.

“….my cup overflows….” Psalm 23:5

I hope you enjoy my blog!

Much Love & God Bless

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