(by Heather Marshall)
Heather Marshall is a monthly writer for Living Loved Today and a speaker for Woman to Woman. In addition, she’s an occupational therapist who has also had specialized training to be able to instruct others about stretching, breathwork, and Biblical meditation: all very important practices for connecting to our body, soul and spirit. She particularly enjoys writing about the integration of all aspects of our being as we move towards wholeness and closeness with God.
One of her first childhood memories is of coming face-to-face with the love of God and feeling so overwhelmed and blessed by His love that she had to accept it.
She vividly remembers being a little girl and quietly singing to herself the song “Jesus Loves Me.” In her childlike way, she stopped momentarily and thought, “Wow, Jesus loves ME!” She had learned in Sunday School that Jesus wanted to come and live in her heart and so that is what she asked Him to do right at that very moment.
As she grew and developed, her caring and faithful Christian parents poured the gospel into her. She came to understand more deeply the great love that Jesus had for her when He took her sins in His own body on the cross (1 Peter 2:24).
She is so thankful to have been raised in a home where God was honored. She was particularly close with her godly grandmother who left a huge impression on her life.
In recent years, she has been blessed to share her life with her loving husband, Curtis, and their three sons, Ethan, Jaxon, and Zachary.
When Ethan was 9 months old, they were shocked to learn that she was having twins. The Lord was gracious and provided them with the strength and help they needed! She truly learned the truth of Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything, through Christ who gives me strength.” The Lord has used being a boy-mom to teach her many things, especially enjoying a good adventure and laughing!
From a young age, the Lord gave her an interest in helping others and led her to her career as an occupational therapist in the area of stroke rehab. She has a true passion for seeing those that she works with meet their goals and reclaim their lives after a severe illness and injury.
The Lord has also done a work in her own heart as it relates to wholeness in body, soul, and spirit. In His tender and gracious way, He revealed errors in her thinking regarding body image, and He lifted the cloud of guilt and shame she had been living under.
She is now passionate about helping other women see themselves the way God sees them and live in the truth that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
She is so thankful for Living Loved Today; the devotionals on this website have been a personal blessing to her in her walk with the Lord. She is also thankful and humbled for the opportunity to write once a month for the website.
Her post Breath Prayer (March 19 2022) was impactful to her as she learned about this important discipline and how breath prayer has benefits for us now and eternally as it nourishes our bodies and links us to our God and to His amazing love.
She’ll never regret the choice she made as a child of five to trust Christ as her personal Savior. She has been amazed at His love and His preserving hand in her life as she grew and developed. Her love for Him has ebbed and flowed, but His love for her has remained constant, and He continually draws her back to Himself even when she strays. For this she is truly thankful!