The pressure to please others was my constant companion. It weighed down my soul with endless demands until my heart seemed to burst at its seams. I depleted myself trying to meet their expectations, but I knew that I would never be “enough.” 

“If they really knew me, could they accept me?”

ever asked yourself

The pressure to please others was my constant companion. It weighed down my soul with endless demands until my heart seemed to burst at its seams. I depleted myself trying to meet their expectations, but I knew that I would never be “enough.” 

That’s when, by God’s grace, He rescued me from my toxic relationship with people-pleasing. When I abandoned my self-focus and trained my eyes on Jesus, I realized that He is the Only One who truly measures up to every perfect standard.

Because Jesus covers me with His perfection, 
I’ve found freedom from the shameful lies that bound me.


“If they really knew me, could they accept me?”

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In 2012, my cousin “tricked” me into started a blog. He asked for four inspirational messages and I emailed him weekly for a month. When he received the fourth one, he sent me a password to the website he purchased for me.

I was amazed that he--or anyone else wanted to read my words, but his push has meant the world to me.

I am grateful for his belief in me and although I have undergone many changes--in life and in this writing ministry since then-I am motivated to continue sharing messages based on God’s word and personal life experiences that will _____?____, encourage, and empower others. 

I am the host of Hidden Jewels podcast which launched in April 2020. I have released over 30 episodes, including a powerful series featuring adult adoptees. The series, This is My Adoption Story, highlights the power of grace, forgiveness, and the freedom found in using our voices.

I have created Adoptees in Arms to advocate for and encourage adult adoptees.

I am the youngest of 4 and the oldest of 3!

middle child syndrome

I taught high school English at my alma mater –in the same classroom in which I was a student.

each one, teach one

My love languages are: coffee in the morning, watching the sunrise at the beach, and Sunday afternoon drives.

my heart sings

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– Teresa H. 

“Your delivery and depth of the dynamic word were astounding. Thank you for being an authentic anointed vessel of God. Know that your labor is not in vain.” 

"An anointed speaker."

– Anitra W.

“Iris has been an inspiration to me and has inspired me to press forward.”

"Iris encourages your healing."

– Alice S.

“It is well worth the time and effort it takes to read everything she writes.”

"this ministry helps me."

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