Michelle Schonken – Editor

(Photo by Maylin Rowe)

I was born in South Africa and moved to the United States with my family when I was four. I graduated from Vanguard University in 2013 with a BA in English, minoring in Religion and Anthropology. I work full time at Vanguard University Library as the Library Associate and am currently in the MLIS Grad program.

During rare snatches of free time, there is nothing that I love more than spending time beside a lake on a breezy, sunny day with a good book and my prayer journal.

When I reflect on all the rapid changes I have navigated in simply the last eight months, I am reminded of how far along God has brought me over the past twelve years. I never imagined that He could use my trials and pain in such amazing ways. Through them, He has enabled me to empathize, council, and encourage others who are going through the same hardships.

As I write these devotional posts in the coming months, I pray that readers see my heart. My intention is never to preach, but rather to share the things of God that melt my heart and fill my mind with wonder.