She honed her craft alongside her daughters as they worked their way through their homeschool elementary, middle, and high school years, serving as the support group leader of the 120 member Forest Acres Christian Educators for ten years. During her tenure she wrote monthly columns of encouragement for her homeschooling colleagues. These devotions form the basis for her book, Joy in the Journey, Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms available at Lulu and Amazon.
Lori is a popular teacher and women's ministry speaker. Encouraging and equipping, she challenges women to follow hard after God. With transparency and humor, Lori enjoys speaking at Ladies' Events and Women's Retreats. Lori relates well to women in all walks of life from her perspective as a devotional writer, healthcare professional, veteran homeschooling mother, and youth pastor's wife. You can reach her at loriahatcher (at) gmail.com.
To kick off her new stage of life as an empty nester, Lori recently assumed the position as the editor of South Carolina's Reach Out, Columbia magazine. She enjoys feature writing for magazines such as Homeschooling Today, The Mother's Heart, Proverbs 31, Columbia Metropolitan, and Inspired Women.
She loves to blog, and is a lead writer for the WOW (Writing on the Word) blog and is a featured blogger for Inspired Women and Mardel.com's homeschooling website. You'll often find her curled up with her laptop, a blanket, and her faithful furry friend Winston. She finds inspiration in the fusion of God's word and the everyday. Lori loves teaching the word of God and serves alongside her youth minister husband in a church in Columbia.
Listen to her heart:
"God has filled my life with good things. The greatest of these is a personal relationship with Him. He is my Creator, Defender, Best Friend, Constant Companion, Shepherd, Provider. . . the list could go on infinitely, because He is infinite. He is the Lover of my soul. It is out of this love relationship that I write. It is my prayer that out of the overflow of my own relationship with God, you will be invited into His presence. May I be a conduit that helps to link you to Him through the marvelous medium of words."
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1
Here's Lori's story:
Welcome to my journey!