Family Jewels


For those of you that haven’t heard, Skip and I are going to be grandparents again! Our son, Nate, and daughter-in-law, Janae, are expecting their second baby in late May. I am thrilled with anticipation. Watching sweet Seth grow in the past two years has been such a treasured time for us. Seeing him learn to walk and learn about the world around him has been fun and challenging. But this second baby holds even more anticipation for us because it’s a girl!

Kaydence Joy will be the first Heitzig girl born in over 100 years. We are up to our necks in tutu’s, lace, ruffles and bows. It’s been very different from when Seth arrived with jeans, Vans, and baseball caps.

Recently, some dear friends gathered with us to celebrate the arrival of Kaydence. These ladies didn’t waste the opportunity to find every cute outfit between here and California. Each outfit was as girly as they come. The parade of styles and colors from soft pinks to neon floral patterns, headbands, and shoes evoked ooh’s and aah’s from all of us. Some had delicate lace or lovely flowers that just left us breathless. Little girls are so much fun!

As I saw each outfit, I was giddy with delight at their beauty, and I remembered “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isa. 61:10).

With a background in fashion merchandising, I love clothes. I like everything from fashion forward looks to classic vintage. I love to find the perfect outfit for the perfect occasion and over the years there have been many outfits I have loved. But the outfit I always love the most is the clothing of Jesus as He covers my sins. He takes me to Him as His bride and adorns me with many jewels of His kingdom. I am decked out like royalty under His care. But this adornment isn’t outward, it’s inward.

1 Peter 3:3-4 is the familiar verse that tells us, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” Jesus decorates my spirit, my heart, and my soul.

So while I am excited at the prospect of passing on my fashion ideas and tips to Kaydence as she grows more than that I hope to pass on the “family jewels” of faith: the gentle and quiet spirit which is precious to the Lord.

Bible Study and Teaching

The Bright Lights of Las Vegas…New Mexico


Last weekend I traveled to Las Vegas (New Mexico, not Nevada), to speak at a women’s retreat at Calvary Chapel Las Vegas for my friend Jeneane Herrera. While smaller in nature (the city’s population is around the same size as our church congregation), Las Vegas has a history rich with famous names and places.

Established in 1835, 70 years before the more popular Las Vegas, NV, the town was originally laid out in the traditional Spanish colonial style with a central plaza, home to the “Belle of the Southwest,” Plaza Hotel, and surrounded by buildings which would serve as defense if they were under attack from enemies. The arrival of the railroad in 1879 brought with it some notorious characters like Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Wyatt Earp, and dentist Doc Holliday.

While I didn’t meet any outlaws in my short time there, I was welcomed by a loving group of about 100 women who participated in “Women Under Construction.” Their mascot was Rosie the Riveter–who I love (just ask to see my Rosie iPhone cover)–and their goal was to teach women how to build their lives to support their friends and families around them, and to learn to walk with God even in the tough times. I taught on trials and temptations, both from James 1.

I also taught these lessons in 2010–right after my recovery from cancer. Teaching them again this weekend brought back memories: the difficulty in a season of trials and temptations and learning how to tell the difference between the two, but persevering through both. All of which I could see in the faces of the ladies at the retreat.

They were attentive to the messages, craving to learn the same secrets I had learned about making it through the trials and temptations. By the end of the day, there was a different light about them, and their faces shone with their desire to seek Christ in the hard times. Ladies were saved and some rededicated their lives. It’s always a work of the Spirit when your own experience can encourage someone else to “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil.3:14).

So while I didn’t have a run-in with an outlaw or get to see the bright lights of Nevada, I got to see a light show of my own, in the hearts and lives of the women of the historic town of Las Vegas, New Mexico.