About Marybeth Wuenschel
Author, Speaker, Bible Study leader, Retreat leader, & Prayer Group leader.
I have been serving the Catholic Community full-time for over 30 years as an author and speaker, leading and directing prayer groups, retreats, conferences and bible studies.
When I was 28 years old, I had an encounter with God that changed my life. At the time I was miserable and knew there was more to life and it was out there somewhere, but I was unable and unwilling to do anything about it. I was in a rut and rotting. I was searching desperately for love and even more for a sense of purpose. I wanted my life to be meaningful,I wanted to change the world, I thought I could make a difference and should be making a difference. I expected so much more from my life than merely existing and accumulating wealth. I was racked with guilt and shame. I thought I should be in the Peace Corps or on the mission field instead of making money and spending it on myself.
One night God apprehended me and spoke to me. I don’t remember how He got my attention, but His voice was loud and crystal clear. I knew it was Him immediately. He said one sentence “Come to me first and then you will have the Power.”
It was as if all of a sudden the lights went on. Those amazing words from God opened my eyes to his awesome greatness and love for me for the first time. I had grown up Catholic went to Catholic schools and received all the sacraments with knowledge and enthusiasm and genuinely loved God. But that day I surrendered my life to him. All my life I was trying to do good and earn his love, but all He wanted was me. The reality of that is still being revealed to me to this day. He wanted ME, and He wanted me just the way I was a sinner, used, defiled and ugly. I didn’t deserve him; I didn’t deserve His mercy, I had an affair with a married man, an abortion, and much more. I didn’t deserve his mercy yet he extended to me not only mercy and forgiveness but a job in His KINGDOM, a seat with him, partnership, and a place at his table. He was giving me His name, choosing me as His child!
He didn’t expect me to come to him all clean and pretty; He wanted me just the way I was ( THIS IS MIND BLOWING). He didn’t say first go to confession, and then I’ll take you. No! He wanted me right then and there just as I was, dirt and all; sin and all.
That night He stood at the door of my heart and knocked, and I opened it. He made it so clear to me; your itty bitty way or MINE. I realized in that instant what I was trying to accomplish on my own was possible only with Him. And what a partnership He was offering me. That night the God of the universe, the omnipotent, all-powerful God was standing at the door of my heart waiting for my response (little ole’ me). God considered me worthy of His time and attention. My response was a resounding YES. I have been actively following Him ever since.
I eventually quit my Job. I was running my own company at the time and went to work full-time as a mother and volunteer. I began as a CCD Teacher at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Katy Texas where I served for ten years as a teacher and prayer group leader leading as many as three different weekly prayer meetings and bi-annual Life in the Spirit Seminars to our community. I remember getting up one, two, sometimes three hours before the kids just to spend time in personal prayer. Wow was God growing me up.
My husband Mark and I moved to McKinney, Texas in 1999 with our three children, Faith, Peter, and David and joined The St. Gabriel Catholic Community where my husband I led youth group, VBS, and CCE. In 2004 I became Spiritual Director of Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP 2) and afterward began a Women’s Bible Study with a couple of CRHP sisters, which is still thriving today with well over 100 participants each year for the past 14 years. I am still leading that weekly Women’s Bible Study where I serve as an organizer, co-director, and lead lecturer as well as a weekly prayer group meeting, annual retreats, and conferences.
That night in 1989 I was forever changed because I said yes. God chose to invest in me because He knew I was worth it. I matter to Him, and though it may take a lifetime to do it, He is molding me into His image. He is calling you too. He is standing at the door of your heart right now. Don’t wait another minute. Jesus loves you so much He died for you. Don’t wait till you hear his voice. You are hearing it now. Say YES and then follow after him.
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