My name is Emily, and I am a 20 year old college senior studying Elementary Education at Arkansas Tech University. One day I hope to become a principal. My parents have pastored the Jesus Name Church in Plainview, AR for my entire life. I am actively involved in ministry at JNC. I serve on the worship team, media team, in the college ministry, and I teach the 1st-2nd grade Sunday school class….. Basically I try to be a part of everything going on at the church. I love Jesus and His people. For more about me, check out the section of this page called "All About Emily."
It is my hope that through this blog you will get to know me better, be encouraged, be uplifted, and be challenged. I didn’t start this blog with hopes that it would make it big… I simply wanted a place to write my thoughts and share them, as well as share what God has laid on my heart. My blog is named At the Heart of it all, one because I thought it was cute… and two because at the heart of everything I do is Jesus. It’s all for Him, It’s all about Him, It’s all because of Him. He is at the heart of it all.
"A happy family is
but an earlier heaven."
-George Bernard Shaw
but an earlier heaven."
-George Bernard Shaw
It is has been said that family is life's greatest blessing.... and I have found that to be true. When I count my blessings, I count these people over and over and over. So let me introduce you to my life's greatest blessings.
My Parents' story
My parents grew up in Sheridan, AR where they graduated as Yellow Jackets in 1987 (Dad) and 1991 (Mom). My dad met my mom when he started going to Junet Pentecostal Church (where my mom's parents pastored) in 8th grade. He was called to preach during his freshman year of college and spoke anytime Bro Al (my grandfather) would let him. They started dating in 1989, and they were married in November 1991. After 4 years of marriage, they had my brother Caleb in June of 1996. When my brother turned one, they began to preach at a little country church in Plainview, AR all while still living in Sheridan. They drove 2 hours every Sunday morning to preach. Three years later, they received their greatest gift from God on July 29.... ME. Two months into my life, they made the huge decision to move to Plainview full time. It was a tough move for both of them, but we are still reaping the harvest of their sacrifice and obedience today. The little country church grew from 14 people to running an average of 300 every Sunday in a town of 600. As of this year, they have been married 28 years. They are the perfect team and a great example of what a godly marriage should be.
Stacy is his name, and riding mechanical bulls is NOT his game. But being the greatest pastor, dad, and friend is. He is a Dr. Pepper addict. He also can't say no to Tuna Fish or Honey Buns. But above all of these, he loves people. As much as he loves all of these things, he would lay them all down at any point to see a soul saved. I have never met anyone with people skills like my dad. Maybe it is because he was voted "Biggest Flirt" in high school. Regardless, people love my dad. As a pastor, he is the greatest leader. What makes him a great leader to me is he is real. The person you see on Sunday morning is the person I live with every day of the week. He is faithful, genuine, true, and consistent.
Ain't no momma like the one I got. She is beauty, she is grace, she isn't Miss United States, but she could be. She knows every word to "Nacho Libre" and any Disney movie ever created. She's the person people want to know. She walks into a room and just her presence changes things. She is powerful, full of wisdom, patient, kind, and will most definitely use words you don't know. She is insanely intelligent. I asked her one time why she chose to teach when she could've become a doctor or something. She replied that teaching was where God wanted her and where she could make the biggest impact. And believe me when I say she has made a huge impact on every student she has taught. She can't control her facial expressions, which is something she passed on to me, or resist the urge to make sarcastic comments. Give her a good book, a hot bath, and a Reese's egg and she will be happy forever. My mom is my greatest supporter. I always say that the confidence I have in myself springs from the confidence my mom has in me. Huge shout out to her for being my own personal thesaurus and editor.
Well they call him the fireman, that's his name. Actually his name is Caleb and he is my older and only brother. Caleb graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2018 with a degree in Parks and Recreation. He now works at Yell County Special Services Center, a home and school for adults and children with developmental disabilities, as the assistant director. He is also a volunteer firefighter, a league bowler, an avid outdoors man, an amateur pickle ball prodigy, and a gifted musician. He can literally play any instrument he is handed. He is kind of like my dad in that people just love him. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard "I just love that Caleb" or "Caleb is just an amazing young man"... I'd be rich. Caleb is the life of the party, extremely creative, and as giving as they come. You have to watch him though because he is a bit of a trickster and always has jokes. He is about to marry his childhood sweetheart, Kelsey, who we adore and pray for often because putting up with Caleb is always an adventure.
You may have noticed a tall, slender boy in three of the pictures of my family.... that would be Samuel. I met Samuel at church in 2018. It was hard to miss him when singing on the stage at church since he stands a whooping 6'3". But his height isn't what caught my eye... it was his worship. Sam is so genuine, and it comes out in his worship. Even though his worship caught my eye, his heart is what stole mine. Sam has a true servant's heart and would give his right arm for anyone. He is studying at Arkansas Tech to be a CPA. He is crazy good at basketball and Yahtzee. He is such a sweetheart, but if you step on his white shoes you will see a different side of him. He can't speak a lick of Spanish. He likes to say things like "It's been a fat minute" and "Emily chill". He loves my mom's spaghetti, but will tell me my spaghetti is not the same (even though it is the same recipe) because mine is missing love.
ALl about emily
Like my daddyo, I am a Dr. Pepper addict... and like my momma I am a lover of all things Disney. Some say I am bossy, and those people would be right. I just know what you should be doing. I never stop singing. My laugh is either contagious or annoying depending on the person, but either way... it is loud. I am very creative. Unlike most, public speaking is one of my favorite things to do. I love to organize things. I bet you couldn't guess this... I love to make potholders, I have a rubber duck collection, and I collect smashed pennies. I consider myself the best gift giver. You can catch me watching The Office, Gilmore Girls, or Facebook Lives of churches any day. Some day I will have a farm with mini pigs, mini donkeys, ducks, chickens, and more. I can memorize anything and get this... I can say ALL 66 books of the Bible in under 20 seconds. In high school, I was on the softball team, cheer team, track team, and golf team. I was a huge FFA girl and showed livestock. In FFA, I judged land and placed 6th in the Nation. In college, I am involved in Student Government Association. I can play multiple instruments (not as well as my brother) such as the piano, guitar, ukulele, and harmonica. I have a soft spot for the elderly. Whether they need it or not, I try to help them in some way. Like my Geigo (grandmother) and my mom, I love to visit nursing homes and play and sing for the residents. I am extremely independent, and my life motto is "I do what I want"... which I do... if God and my parents approve. I love southern gospel music, especially Vestal Goodman. But sometimes I break out in "9 to 5" by my favorite girl, Dolly, whom I met in August 2017. My name, Emily, means industrious which is so fitting. I am always doing something.