my name is becca harris. i am the st. john campus minister at the austin stone community church in austin, tx, a diabetic, friend to all, the one who will do anything for a laugh, and also known for occasionally being mischievious.
before coming to austin, i worked at pine cove camps for four years teaching outdoor education and leading and investing in college summer staff in the summer. i graduated from oklahoma baptist university in 2003 with a degree in children's minstry and some of the best memories and friends ever! i went to high school in aurora, co, but spent my earlier years between dallas, san antonio and katy, tx.
i am a follower of jesus christ and am continuing to learn that he is the only one who truly satisfies. i have grown up in church, but for most of my life, i saw christianity, or following jesus, as a set of rules - dos and don'ts - and i was pretty good at them. but it wasn't too long into my adult life that i began to feel how oppressive that was and i just kept failing. i could not afford to fail because i was working in christian organizations, people had expectations. i sought relief in finding love and affirmation in people. if they though i was okay or accepted me, i was okay. this only led to more misery, because i lost who i was and was just living for who i thought people wanted me to be. through a series of events, heartaches, anxiety and just plain misery, god began to gently teach me that he was the only one who could satisfy, if i would just trust him. to trust him meant that i had to let go of control and i was not quite ready to do that. what if he failed me to. the last few years have been a process of letting go and trusting, and let me tell you, what he says is true! i have never felt freer and more loved!
in this blog, you will probably find a variety of posts that talk about the things i love: friends, outdoors, sports, kids, books, music and adoption. i also write about things i am learning in hopes that perhaps you can learn the lesson easier than i have.
did i just say i love adoption? yes i did. in august of 2009, i felt god laying adoption on my heart. i began praying about it. after all, i am single how would this work. in october 2009 at the together for adoption conference, i could not escape that this is what god has called me to do. after prayer and research on different kinds of adoption and ways to be involved in caring for the orphan, i got my foster care license and am currently serving as a foster parent. as i am sure you can tell from my posts, this has been quite the journey. but following jesus always brings the adventure we did not expect.
so that is about it. i hope you enjoy reading...