Judy has a heart for women and families. She travels nationally to share what she knows. She was married to her dear Richard for 42 plus years and knows one day she will see him again in heaven. She is the mother of 6 great kids and grandmother to 16 terrific grandkids! She’s been speaking for over twenty years and the last twelve of those years have included speaking for Stonecroft* where she tells how God changed her and gave her a life with meaning and purpose. For more information or to find an outreach group in your area go to: www.stonecroft.org In addition to speaking for Stonecroft, she is also a Stonecroft Regional Administrator for the San Diego and Orange Counties.
One of her favorite places to speak is for a Stonecroft Heart Event. These events are for military wives and active duty women that gives them a day of inspiring fun, with food, friendship, connections, gifts and encouraging words. Judy was a Navy brat and married to a sailor when she was younger. She will tell you, “When I looked out at all of those young, hopeful faces, I saw myself so many years ago; a 17-year-old girl married with a new baby. I should have been choosing the college I would attend, or buying my dress for the prom and looking forward to graduation.” You will hear answers to problems, solutions to troubles; no matter what the event is, with candid stories, humor and tears she offers hope and encouragement; joy too, even when life is tough.
Judy is an author and frequent speaker for womens events of all kinds including luncheons, brunches, dinners, workshops, retreats and conferences. She especially loves womens retreats. “At a retreat you build relationships. Friendships are made and you earn the right to share your life. You become credible and you’re listened to.” She was an elementary school librarian for fifteen years and many will tell you her storytelling techniques bring her messages to life. Some will tell you she’s the best speaker they’ve ever heard.
She has been published in numerous magazines and has written devotions for Tapestry and Turning Point Devotion magazines. She has stories in the books, Rest Stops for Busy Moms, Rest Stops for Teachers, Grace Givers; Amazing Stories of Grace in Action and now, her very own newly published book, Secure Families in a Shaky World. She also writes a column for a local newspaper.
She could eat a whole box of Cheez-its.
Judy is quick to tell you that she’s like you in many ways. She’s experienced the heartbreak of divorce, she’s been a single parent wondering how she will pay her bills, she’s answered the door and received a telegram with some really bad news, she’s lost a dear family member to a devastating illness; she was a caregiver for her husband for fifteen years and the list goes on. Judy has walked in your shoes. And still she will tell you adamantly, “A Joyful Heart Makes a Cheerful Face.”
* Stonecroft is a nondenominational, nonprofit Christian organization that provides global leadership in connecting people with God , each other and their communities through a variety of programs, resources and specialized training events. Their goal is to meet a woman, “where she is, as she is.” Tens of thousands of volunteers and a full-time staff work together to support their outreach ministries. www.stonecroft.org