I am Heather Carty and I'm so glad you have joined me here. I look forward to sharing a bit my heart with you in this space. God has done a mighty work in me, and still has oh so much to do. I'm looking forward to sharing some of it with you.
A little back ground...
I am a Houstonian, born and raised, and lived there until my family and I moved to Costa Rica as full-time foreign missionaries (but that's another story for another time). I attended the University of Houston where I met husband and also graduated with a Bachelor of Music with a minor in education. I spent 6 years teaching public middle school band, and 13 years as a private bassoon teacher.
In Costa Rica, where I lived the las 10 years, I taught English classes, children's Sunday School classes, led worship for a couple of year, played flute with the worship band, and taught various Bible Studies. I also honed my skills as a cook and a baker and can make almost anything we want to eat, as long as I can find the ingredients, from scratch.
As missionaries in Costa Rica, we ministered primarily to an indigenous group called the Ngäbe, or Guaymi. You can read more about that here (www.cartyfamily.org). I served along side my husband of almost 19 years, Bart, and our 12 year old daughter, Eden.
In December of 2018 my family and I returned to Texas. We have settled in Denton and I'm now trying to figure out what life looks like again. Our time in Costa Rica taught me many thing and I am thankful to be who I am on the other side of that part of my journey.
The life I am now living looks nothing like I ever planned, and you see, I'm a planner... I thought I had it all worked out and God was supposed to just let it happen because I was a good girl... But, I've since learned, life doesn't work that way and God has some teaching and pruning and discipline He still needs to exercise in my life. I've learned that because He is God, He has that right, and He is good. He made me, so He can give me the life He sees fit. But, I now wouldn't change where I have ended up. In getting to this point, God has done so much in me. When we arrived in Costa Rica in 2009, I thought we were coming to share Jesus with others. Little did I know what God had planned for me.
In the most gentle way, He broke me, He cut away the ugly parts (and continues to do so as He needs to) and is in the process of remaking me. I, thankfully, am not who I was, but am on my way to being who He created me to be.
My life, and my family's life, has recently changed. As I begin this new season, I am trying to remember that who God has been in my life is a testimony to who He is now, and who He always will be. I'm learning life is often messier than I usually like, but the messy parts end up being the most beautiful memories.
And I'll leave you with these words, spoke first by the prophet Isaiah more than 600 years before Christ, and then by Jesus Christ himself as he began his earthly ministry.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3
My prayer is that you would hear the good news He wants to proclaim in your life, understand the healing He wants to bring to old wounds, and see Him tear down the prison walls. I hope you can experience the beauty He wants to make from your ashes, the joy He wants to give you in place of your mourning, and the praise He wants to put on your heart and lips instead of the words of despair that you so often speak and feel. He desires to do all of this so you can be called an oak of righteousness and reflect His glory and His beauty alone. Even though it is all about Him, it is the most satisfying place you can be.