I am Lesley Sturm — a wife, mother, speaker, author and teacher. I love taking adventures with my family, listening to music, and watching my daughters dance and play sports. I would be delighted if Autumn lasted 365 days a year, I think shoes should be equally comfortable and attractive, and I believe all of life should be accompanied by theme-appropriate background music to alert us to what is just around the corner. I love words, the color red and salty popcorn.
When I was just three years old, I tragically lost the lower 2/3 of my right foot and leg in a lawn mower accident. I underwent dozens of reconstructive surgeries during the 35 years following the accident. My spirit, soul and body have been dramatically impacted by the journey I have walked with this physical challenge. Today, I can say my life is not only beautiful in spite of these challenges but is beautiful because of these challenges. I have lived my life determined to not be held back by hard things. I knew something had to change as I experienced increasingly unbearable chronic pain, dangerously compromised circulation and so many physical limitations I found myself alone on the couch more than anywhere else. So, after much prayer and feedback from a multitude of counsel, I made the difficult decision in the Fall of 2016 to follow the recommendation of my medical team by having my leg amputated below the knee in exchange for a more vibrant life with a prosthetic leg. On both my best and worst days, God has been with me. He has lifted me up and graced me to keep moving forward. I have found strength and profound peace in the pages of my Bible. I love reading God’s Word and helping others discover freedom and joy through a life surrendered to Christ. Nothing is too big or too bad for God to redeem.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Education Administration. I taught in public education for 10 years — several in elementary, a couple at the college level and my favorite few in middle school. I was a children’s pastor and children’s ministry director for several years before having my own children. I love people. I love looking deep in the heart and finding giftings and callings to draw out. I love to help others, young and old, discover who God created them to be and fueling them with the confidence to take steps toward their calling.