Hi, there, and welcome to my little corner of the interwebs!
My name is Rebecca, and I’m so glad you stopped by. Allow me to introduce myself.
In order of importance, I am a Jesus-follower, wife to Mike, mom to Caitlyn and Nick, morning radio co-host on 90.9 KCBI in Dallas/Fort Worth, conference speaker, author, and seminary student. When people find out I’m in morning radio (we start at 5:30am), they usually ask three questions, in this order: When do I wake up, when do I go to bed, and how does one balance wife/mom/work/school? Here you go!
- I wake up at 3:30 am
- I try to go to bed at 8 pm. When I miss it, I shoot for 8:30. When I miss again, I aim for 9. After that, I resign myself to the fact that I will exist on coffee, chocolate, and chocolate-covered espresso beans the next day
- Quite honestly, I don’t believe in balance. It is impossible to give everything 100% at the same time because time is a limited resource. Sometimes I don’t study for a test as much as I’d like, or I tell people I can only teach through or speak on material I’ve taught or spoken on in the past. My social life consists of school, work, church, a few cherished friends, and my family. I am tired. All. The. Time. BUT God has somehow created the space and given the grace for it during this season. Plus, Mike is amazing. And I’m only on-air from 5:30-8:30 am CST, Monday through Friday. And Dallas Theological Seminary (my school) is only five minutes away from the radio station. I pick my kids up from school, and we sit and do our homework together. Seriously.
I come from a wonderful, loud, passionate, opinionated Italian family. Actually, we’re European mutts that claim the Italian portion of our blood as primary. We gesture when we talk—a lot. Like, don’t stand too close when one of us is on a soapbox. We also disagree on some big things, which is so good for us. It has taught me how to get along with people on the other side of the table, and sometimes the other side of the stratosphere. It has taught me to listen to understand, rather than impatiently waiting for my next chance to interject. I’ve learned that to interrupt is to say, “I don’t care what you say, I just want to win.” I’ve learned, the hard way, that you can win an argument only to lose a relationship. Most importantly, I’ve discovered that I can disagree vehemently and still love unconditionally, and that we tend to have more in common with and much to learn from them than we think we do.
I don’t hop on a soapbox very often, but when I do (my husband tells me) I get this squiggly vein on the side of my face that puffs up, my ears turn bright red, and I get a heat rash on my neck. Come see me speak—you’ll see it! My soapbox issues include, but are not limited to:
- Biblical inerrancy. I believe that every word of Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit and penned by men. I believe the parts that we memorize and put on coffee cups and I believe the parts that make us squirm. In fact, one of my favorite books to teach on is Leviticus, and one of my favorite lessons is called Making Sense of Scary Scripture. I also believe that the more time you spend with God in His Word, the more you will want to grow in holiness.
- A biblical worldview. I believe that Scripture should shape the way we approach culture; we must fight against allowing culture to shape the way we approach the Scriptures. When we embrace a biblical worldview, it should always lead to love and grace, forgiveness and generosity, humility and sacrifice. Marginalizing a people group for what they believe or how they behave is not okay because those are the people to whom Christ calls us to minister. If we are to lead people to Christ, we must love them first.
- Growing in our knowledge of the triune God. Bible study! Bible study! Bible study!
- Encouraging women to go deeper in their studies. You know what I said to my mentor when I was praying about whether or not I should apply to Dallas Theological Seminary? I told her that I thought, since I had a family, it would be selfish of me to pursue a seminary education. She looked me in the eye, leaned back in her chair, folded her arms across her chest and said, “Hmm. Well, you’ll just have to explain to me how growing in your giftedness and learning more about theology and Scripture are selfish. The way I see it, you are increasing your effectiveness for the Kingdom.” She won the argument, obviously and I want to champion women toward theological and Biblical training. There is room for us in the academic setting, and there is a need for us in the book stores and on the conference tours. But it doesn’t have to be a seminary. There are plenty of organizations that offer wonderful training without degrees, and many of my mentors chose those routes.
So that’s me in a nutshell. My favorite activities include sleeping in on the weekends and drinking coffee with my husband, playing Rummikub with our kids, long runs outside, passionate theological discussions with my professors and classmates, and long conversations over coffee or lunch with my besties. I am an outgoing introvert, so I also love to spend hours alone journaling, reading the Bible, and studying.