Erica is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in working with children and their families for over a decade. She considers her biggest accomplishments in life to be her sons, Jack and Dylan. Erica believes God gave her the idea for A Bed for the King out of the desire in her heart as a parent to find a way to create treasured memories with her children about the real meaning of Christmas. As a clinical psychologist and author she loves empowering other parents to build lasting connections with their children, too.
Ben is an ordained Presbyterian Minister with over 15 years experience working with children and their families. With A Bed for the King, he wanted to be able to help families practice their faith by doing good things in preparation for Christmas. He and his wife Erica live in Tennessee with their two boys.
Kelly has had a strong interest in art her entire life. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Cumberland University. Kelly is an award winning artist in both the fine art and photographer categories. She shares her love and knowledge of art with her students as an elementary school art teacher in middle Tennessee. She also works with the video production company, Think Squared Media, as a part-time Art Director, Prop Designer, and Set Designer. Kelly lives with her husband in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
We actually came up with the name for On Purpose Press after writing our first book, A Bed for the King. We kept coming back to why we wrote the book in the first place. Yes, we wanted families to have a faith-building alternative to some of the Christmas options out there. Yes, we wanted to provide some relief from the chaos and busyness of the holidays. Yes, we wanted girls and boys to begin doing kindness as the prelude to a lifestyle of kindness. Yes, we wanted to change the world.
All of those are completely true statements, but they all dance around the heart of the issue.
What are we hoping to accomplish?
I’d say “simply this,” but there’s no simple about it: We want your family to celebrate Christmas on purpose.
It is so easy to get swept up in life and kick on the autopilot and coast along. We’ve all done it. I’m as guilty as anyone. At some point, however, there comes a moment when we have to grab the wheel, say “This is important!” and decide on our destination.
Life has enough struggles that we often find ourselves putting our head down, doing the work, and trudging to the next task at hand. Is that really living the life our Creator intends for us? To just go through the motions hoping to run out the clock?
This isn’t Friday afternoon and the boss has already left for the day! This is your life! Your life is important! Your life matters! Your life makes a difference! Every minute, every hour, every day! Who we are, what we do, what we think, what we say, it all matters.
A Bed for the King is designed to help you and your family realize the potential impact you can have on our world for good (and for God!) through simple acts of kindness done for others. Taking the reins of your own life can seem pretty daunting. You might not know where to start. You might even be scared of screwing something up.
Let me tell you a secret: Our job is to show God’s love and kindness. Make that your focus. Don’t worry about details beyond your control. Show up, do what you’re supposed to, and trust with the results.
We’ve written several articles about the impact doing kindness has on the doer as well as the recipient. We don’t need more science to back this up. What we need is encouragement. We need a shot in the arm. We need to know that we’re doing this together. With God’s help and your willingness, we are!
So, my friends, this Christmas, let’s do this! Together we will make a difference! Together we will begin to make the world a better place.
Together we are living On Purpose!
-Ben & Erica