Marcia, would you tell us a little about yourself
Well, let’s see, first of all, I am a born-again Christian. And, under that umbrella I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, teacher, trainer, speaker and writer.
I grew up in Western North Carolina, the 2nd of 4 children. My mom and dad are Jim and Bonnie Lawrence, and my siblings include my older brother JR, and my younger sisters, Donna and Betty. Dad entered glory in June of 2013, and we miss him terribly, but celebrate that he is sitting at the feet of Jesus, worshiping and praising Him.
How long have you been married and to whom? I have been married to Brian Furrow since July, 1979. We met as freshmen in 1975, at Judson College, now known as Judson University. After a couple of years, we transferred to Eastern Illinois University and after we graduated, we were married.
We currently live in Cedar Park, TX, but during our married life, we have lived in Charleston, IL; Bowling Green, OH; Perrysburg, OH; Champaign, IL; Melrose, MN; Beaver Dam, WI; Fort Wayne, IN; Springfield, MO and Grayslake, IL.
We have two sons, Daniel and Robert.
Dan is married to Nicole and they have two sons, Jacob and Matthew, and a daughter, Stella Claire. Dan and Nikki live in the northern part of England, in Prestbury, a little village near Manchester.
Bob is married to Jennifer and they live in Round Rock, Texas. They are the parents of our first generation Texans, Cal and Johanna.
You attended two colleges. Why? And what degree do you have? Actually, I attended three colleges. I started at Judson and was a Communications major before transferring to EIU and obtaining a Journalism Degree. A few years later, when the boys were in school, I enrolled in Indiana University. I thought I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up, but after a couple of semesters, I changed my mind and didn’t finish that degree.
How ironic, that even though I thought Teaching was not for me, God called me to teach. And, I love teaching! I’ve taught the Bible to both women and children for most of my adult life.
Where do you teach? For over fourteen years I taught in Bible Study Fellowship International. I taught the Libertyville, IL Day Women’s class for five years and then moved to the Winnetka Evening Women’s class where I taught from the fall of 2004 until the fall of 2013. Currently my favorite teaching venue is women’s retreats and conferences.
What have you taught in BSF? I’ve taught all of their studies (except Revelation) at least once: Genesis, Life of Moses, History of Israel and the Minor Prophets, Isaiah, Matthew, John, Acts of the Apostles, and Romans.
What do you enjoy about teaching the Bible? I simply love teaching the Bible, and I love preparing to teach the Bible. There is something quite satisfying about taking a ‘deep dive’ with the Lord each day to study His Word in order to teach it.
But, the part I enjoy most is that the Bible changes lives. Whether you are the teacher (and we all know, the one who teaches learns the most) or a student, when you study God’s Word, your life will be changed. God uses the Bible to accomplish His purposes in the world. What a privilege to teach the Word of God, and to have a front row seat to watch God at work in the lives of his people.
Now that you are no longer teaching for BSF, what do you plan to do? God has used BSF to train me for many years. I feel like I’ve been given a most wonderful gift and now it is time to use that gift in other areas.
I am enjoying speaking engagements and retreats, and look forward to building that part of my career. As God directs, I will prepare for and speak at more and more women’s retreats and conferences.
And, I’m writing. As a teacher, it is almost impossible to not communicate what I am learning, so I’ve begun a blog on this site. Hopefully, this will serve to encourage others in the application of the truths found in the Bible.
In addition to the blog, I recently published a 365 Day Devotional, “365 Days of Grace: Experiencing God’s Grace from Genesis to Revelation“, which is available at most on-line book sellers.