How did you hear about Women Doing Well’s Inspiring Generous Joy (now WDW Signature Event) and why did you decide to help bring the experience to Denver?
Last fall, I did a Journey of Generosity (JOG) with my friend Idella Kercher and Pam Pugh (director of Women Doing Well Initiatives) was there. When Idella and I heard about IGJ from Pam, we looked at each other and said, “We need to have a Denver event!”
The following week I shared the Women Doing Well web site with Paul Eldridge, V.P. of Development at Colorado Christian University, and he was on board immediately to have the event at the new building under construction on campus. He saw it as a natural fit and we were off and running!
Idella and I love working with and connecting women in service for God’s kingdom. There was never any doubt that we could do this event to help refine the hearts of Denver women. I also sensed a need for women in Colorado to be empowered to bring about a spiritual renewal in our community by tapping into their natural affinity for generosity.
What do you think keeps women from spiritual renewal, giving and living freely?
They need to be reminded what God says about women and about His people all throughout His Word: His love and the transforming power of His Holy Spirit that takes away all fear. I think women lack confidence in themselves to speak up or to learn about causes that they care about and, so, they very often defer to their husbands to make the decision about giving. Women also worry about money, specifically about money running out.
How do you inspire generosity in your own life? What has helped you?
If I feel a connection to the “story” of an institution, I am ready to give. “Story” is very critical to my heart impulse. If I feel pressed to give, that usually doesn’t work with me. I feel resentful and uncheerful. I always tried to model generosity openly in front of my children by helping family, friends, and charitable organizations. They got to hear the story and they got to see the result.
The most impactful behavior that I have personally experienced was the decision this past year to give up personal shopping for one year. It transformed my heart in amazing ways. It made “giving” so much fun because the focus was no longer about what I wanted and I realized how much extra money I could give each month guilt-free. I made it through my self-imposed year in July.
What does a life of generosity look like for you?
I know God is pleased. I never have to worry about running out of money. I feel exceedingly happy when I write a check. I can choose what I want to give to with no outside pressure. I get to see what my giving does for others.