I will be honest, writing an About Me page is a daunting task for me. I don’t see myself as extra special but I know that this is an important part of my blog. So I will try.
Early Life – I accepted Jesus as my Savior with I was four years old. Every night, my Mother would have family devotions with us and she would read from a daily children’s calendar as well as reading from the Bible. I felt God convicting me and one night before I went to bed, I told my Mother that I wanted to get saved. So she led me to the Lord.
I grew up in the country and we didn’t have TV. But I was richly supplied with books. I was (and still am) an avid reader. My summers were spent helping my father with the farm that he worked and reading books.
Most of my school years I went to a Christian school. This was before homeschooling was big and my Mother was, before she got married, a public school teacher. After I graduated, I had no direction and no help. This was before the Internet days of course. And I really thought I was too stupid to go to college. But because I felt I had to do SOMETHING, I found myself in LPN school.
After a year of torture, yes, it was torture and in nursing school classes I was totally bored. I think that I studied two times total. I got straight Cs.
But we had an option to take some of the required nursing courses at Bloomsburg University. So I did, thinking that if I liked being a LPN, that I would go for my BSN or even MD. What I found taking real college courses is that I did better with them, they were far more interesting, they made sense and I realized that I was not too stupid to actually go to college.
Finally, I graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse. And like the school I despised it! Nursing never made any sense to me. I worked at some nursing jobs but could not figure out what to do. I don’t want to put out in public how many nursing jobs I was fired from. But it was more than three. To my knowledge, I never killed anyone.
After graduation from nursing school, I went back to college at Bloomsburg and eventually graduated with a BA in Biology, and Honors in Anthropology. But still no direction as to what I was supposed to do with my degree. But as I look back to those years, one thing always stood out – I liked to write. And I liked to read.
A degree in straight Biology is rather worthless as I soon found out. I did not want to leave the area, and so I did some substitute teaching (since I didn’t have an education degree, I could not be a full fledged teacher but I could do some substitute teaching) and I got into sales. I was in direct sales of jewelry for ten years. I liked meeting and talking with people but after some time, I got tired of that gig.
Marriage – One day while I was helping out a friend in her antique shop one of the customers started talking to me and invited me to their church. It was a church that I was intending to visit, but was shy about going alone. Since he and his wife invited me, I felt that I had an “in” so I went the very next Sunday. After the service a man my age came up to me and said, “I know you”. To my knowledge, I had never met him, and I certainly did not know him. I wanted to tell him rudely to , “Go away” but since that was my first time at the church, and I do try to be polite, I didn’t.
That man went on to tell me about me, my parents, and his friend who had a serious crush on me. Then I got a bit scared. Remember, I had no idea who he was and he knew quite a bit about me. Actually he and his friend had, a few years earlier, visited the church where I was visiting with my parents. He clearly remembered both me and my parents.
I continued to go that that church and about a year and a half later Joe and I started dating. (His friend who had the crush on me was long gone.) But I was very much in love. Joe and I got married on December 12, 2003 at Victory Bible Church, Paxinos, PA. Our wedding was bittersweet in that my father suddenly went to be with the Lord earlier in September of that same year. My Mother walked me down the aisle. But my father really liked Joe and I knew that we did have his blessing on our marriage.
Writing – Joe and I because very active at Victory Bible Church. And in time I was asked to be a Sunday School teacher. Although I was teaching children, I had Verna helping me. She invited herself because she told me that she liked being in a child’s Sunday School class because she never learned the Bible stories which I was teaching the children. I encouraged the kids, to every day read a portion, I suggested a chapter, of the Bible every day. They all looked at me like I was crazy, even Verna. But then a strange thing happened. Verna started reading her Bible, starting with Genesis, a chapter every day. What she didn’t understand, she would write down questions and give them to me. After this went on for several months, I stated to keep her questions and her answers. Now this is where I share them with you.
In Sunday school since I did not follow a curriculum, I taught what I wanted. I taught about the life of David and I tried to apply the concepts to daily modern living. And then I got the idea for a devotional for 30 days. For women. And then I taught on Esther – because I love that book. And decided to turn my study into another 30 day devotional. Since there are 12 months of the year, I decided to develop a series of 12 books, each based on a different Bible character. I wanted my books to teach all of the Vernas of the world both about the Bible characters as well as help them to apply concepts learned to their every day modern lives.
Thank you for reading all about me. If you got to the end of this, I congratulate you! Thank you for visiting my site and I hope and pray that God will use my writing to be a blessing to you.
Sincerely, Mary Jane Humes