Who is Darlene?

IMG_1859First of all, I’m a child of the most high God. For many years of my life, I didn’t know how to appreciate who I was because I tried to be what I thought others wanted me to be or what society expected me to be. Now, I know that God created me for a unique purpose and only I can run the race that God has laid before me. It may have taken me 40 years  (I’m now 58) to come to this realization but I am now trying to walk each day under the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The tagline on this blog is my motto: Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly. This is from Micah 6:8, which says, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” I feel that this is what God has called me to do…. to act justly in all my interactions, that is to treat others fairly and justly, just as I want to be treated…. to love mercy and to extend mercy to others just as God has extended mercy to me…. and to walk through this life humbly with my God.

Second, I am a wife, which is also part of who God has called me to be. God has joined me with the man that He chose for me and together we serve the Lord as He has called us to do. There is much more to tell about how we found each other and how God called us into the mission field but I will save that for future post on this blog. I will say this, God brought us together later in life after we both tried doing things our own way rather than allowing God to guide our path but even though we traveled a broken road to get there, God allowed us to find one another and He has blessed our marriage.

Third, I am a mother. Although, the children are grown now, I’m still their momma and they will always be my babies. My oldest daughter  has two daughters of her own. My middle child, a daughter has four boys. My son has a little boy, they are expecting another baby in July. I made many mistakes while raising my children and times were hard during the years when I was a single mom, but I am so proud of the adults that they have become, in spite of my mistakes. I’m also a step-mom. My husband has a step-daughter from his previous marriage and although, she’s not his biological daughter, his love for her could not be any stronger… she is his child. I love her also and consider her mine as well, even though she was born to another mother and she has a little girl… and expecting another baby in October.

As I said, my children, each have children of their own, so I’m also a grandmother. Our grandchildren call us “Pop and Meme”. I love being “Meme”. I don’t know how to describe how it feels to have grandchildren. It’s almost like going back to the days when my own children were born and watching them grow up. I look at my grandchildren and I try to see if there is little bit of me in them and when I see how much in many ways they remind me of my daughters, then I know that there is a little of me in each of them.

I too am a daughter, although my momma went to be with the Lord in 2008. I miss her so much and I think of her daily. My dad is still with me and I’m thankful for that and I have a wonderful step-mom who loves me. I’m also a sister, a big sister for that matter. I’m the oldest of four. I have two sisters and a brother and I love them all dearly. My sisters actually look to me for advice at times and that’s always nice. I’m glad that I’m a big sister that they can look up to…. but they also provide love and support for me as well. I don’t know what I would do without them.

Next, I’ll tell who I have become through my education and experience. I went back to school at the age of 30 to get my BS degree in Psychology/Sociology. After graduation, I worked as a social worker in child protective services. I love the field of psychology and social work because I love finding out what makes people do the things they do and I enjoy helping others and trying to make a positive difference in their lives. I was able to earn a Masters degree in Human Services at  Liberty University while serving on the mission field.

For over eight years,  I served along side my husband as a Baptist missionary in Belize, Central America. We left the mission field in March 2013. We both currently have secular jobs, but my husband also serves as pastor of a wonderful church in Clanton, Alabama.



    1. Oh my! I’m caught completely off guard and as you know I’m such an Introvert that words don’t come quickly so all that I know to say is THANK YOU! I’ve only been blogging for 2 weeks so I’m not sure of the protocols here but I’ll read the “rules” and pass this on. I love Chuckles by the way… I think my pup, “Bama” (we are from Alabama) would love his own Blog but I don’t want to be upstaged 🙂

  1. My husband and I just visited Belize during our winter cruise. We stopped a couple other places, as any cruise does, but Belize has to be my favorite. The folks sharing the country with us were beautiful and I shall remember them always, especially Mel.
    As to your blog, you sound very much like me. I am infinitely better at expressing anything with the written word rather than speaking it.
    Thanks for being there.

    1. Belize is a beautiful place. The cruise ships come into Belize City but we live in the Southern area of Belize, about a 3 hour drive from Belize City. The areas outside of the city are truly beautiful. Thank you for visiting my blog and thanks for your comments.

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