The cursor screams silently on the empty page as I ponder a catchy introduction of myself. I am so not good at this sort of thing. There are the usual things I could say. I am a wife and the mother of two of the most adorable kids you’ve ever seen. I’ve been blessed to have two careers doing what I love most — arguing and teaching. I spent more than a decade as an appellate prosecutor before I got my current gig teaching criminal justice at a small, private university in the greatest place in the world to live. (That would be Austin, Texas in case you’re curious.) This gives you some perspective on where I am coming from, but it doesn’t tell you who I am. What I long to say — what I really want people to know “about me” is not something I often share…
My name is Dolathala. It means “one who proclaims God’s word with passion and compassion.” It is not the name that was given to me by my parents, but the one spoken over me by my God in perhaps the most profound spiritual experience of my life. It came at the end of a season where I wrestled intensely with God, and lost spectacularly. When it was over, I finally understood what it meant to be a “new creation” in Christ, despite the fact that I was more than 20 years into my Christian journey. In His infinite and amazing grace, God gave me the new name I had irreverently told Him was due me during one of my not-so-shining moments in what I knew even then was a life-altering, transformative encounter.
And it changed everything.
I adore my husband and children, find joy in my job, and am blessed by family and friends, but I am head-over-heals, crazy in love with my God. My heart is to inspire people to seek a fuller understanding of God’s love and grace, and to ignite in them a passion for His Kingdom. It is my earnest prayer that God uses this blog to do just that.