Vera LeRay Warner is the daughter of a United States Navy veteran, the granddaughter of both United States Air Force and United States Coast Guard veterans and is married to a United States Army veteran. Having such a rich military ancestry instilled in her a sense of adventure at a very early age that caused her to develop an almost insatiable desire for reading. As a youngster she would take the city bus downtown to the public library and come home with an arm load of books and would have every one of them read before they were due to be turned back in. That sense of adventure would also lead her, upon graduation from high school, to enlist in the United States Air Force and it was during her tour, that lasted almost 12 years, that she first began to write poems and short stories. Her creative writing led her to enroll in the Community College of the Air Force, and the University of Maryland where she earned Associate degrees at both. Vera later attended Wayland Baptist University (Hawaii Campus) and eventually earned her Bachelors in Christian Education and later went back to school and earned her Master’s in Theology.
There were many twists and turns in her life but her greatest accomplishment was November 1984 when she surrendered her heart to the Lord Jesus Christ and became a Christian. It was also during 1984 that she was selected and listed in “Outstanding Young Women in America.” From that time onward she went back to her writing but it was not until 2000 that her first literary work was published: Creatively Reaping the Harvest: Using the Tea as an Outreach Ministry. Vera has since authored Embracing the Love of the Father, Cultivate My Heart and The Making. She was also a contributing author for Speak to Me Lord Inspirational Writings by Women for Women Volume 1. Her bible study books are currently being used for small group studies in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Vera currently serves as Founder and President of In His Image: Women of Excellence an international Spirit-led ministry whose mission is to encourage women to seek God as the primary source for healing and wholeness and to empower them to become so effective in “Kingdom” work that they will have an impact upon the world.
Of all the books that you have written which is your favorite and why?
I think it would be Cultivate My Heart because that one is written quite differently than the rest. Embracing the Love of the Father oozes with love. The Making is more in your face! But I wrote some of the chapters of Cultivate My Heart as if I was the main character or characters and it was so much fun imaging what they must have been thinking and going through at the time. It is as if I had to become someone else entirely.
n that book which is your favorite chapter ?
Oh, it has to be Chapter 4 Cultivate in Me... A Servant’s Heart. There were times that I wept as I was writing it. I allowed myself, in my mind, to actually be there when Jesus was with the disciples during that Passover Celebration. I would just feel the humility of my Lord as He washed their feet and He brought back to mind times when I had my feet washed and washed the feet of others. It was quite humbling!
Embracing the Love of the Father is a call to people everywhere, but especially to those who, for whatever reason, have not allowed themselves to be truly loved by the Father. This book is a reminder that He loves us so much and desires that we not just recognize His love for us but that we accept it as truth and embrace it with everything within us.
“Cultivate” is a word used a lot in farming or agriculture and it means to prepare the land or the ground for use. It means to loosen or break up the soil. It further means to improve by labor, care or study. The heart is that ground that initially needs to be prepared by God to receive the seed of His
Motivation is defined as the driving force by which we do a thing. It is that internal force that produces you to act. And it would be wise to remember that motivation always has a goal in mind. The reality is that everything that we do is not motivated by our love for God. God is love, and He loves us so much. So much so that he created us with the freedom to choose.