Current address, United States, Oklahoma
History of a believing family: my Grandmother lived with us and when we would go to her room she would be in her rocker with her Bible and often would read passages to us. “Psalm 92:14-15 they still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” This made a lasting impression on me and certainly set the direction of my life.
Living in the United States, the church my family went to, taught the historical stories about Jesus, I remember the flannel graphs from over 60 years ago portraying His life. Yet going to church does not equal a salvation commitment and in later years I strayed into a myriad of trials and trouble. At age 30, due to a family friend’s witness about what Jesus did for me on the cross, I accepted the call and committed my life to Jesus.
Subsequently, a mission church from Toronto Canada was planted in my home town where a husband and wife team pastored. The elder Pastor knocked on our door inviting us to come. I took the children and at that church was lovingly and gently mentored by Pastor Beth, who still preached on her 100 birthday. Attending Bible studies continued to anchor me in the Word. Over the ensuing years most of my family came to the Lord including my husband and children.
My Father was a church member all his life yet at age 92 and dying had not accepted the Lord. He said he had been so sinful that God could not forgive him. The family had been praying for his salvation for years. It has been said that after a certain age, salvation is unlikely, but three weeks before his death he succumbed to the Holy Spirit’s persistent purpose. His countenance changed and he went home in peace to join our Mother who preceded him to her heavenly home. At his funeral I gave the salvation message. Acts16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Strong’s concordance for word study had become my habit, but CLI coursework helped me learn to watch for and search out the connected flow of scripture. “2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. NRSV”
Married 42 years I was widowed in 2007. A few years later I met a widower who also had been married 42 years, as we talked we found we had so much in common, including our faith in Jesus Christ then we married. His son is a pastor. We travel often and as we go witness and giving tracts to people as God opens the door. 1 Peter 2:9 “—-that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…”
My commitment is to God, my husband, who encourages me, then others. I pray that the Holy Spirit will gently lead me to what He has in mind at this time of life. Goals that come to mind are to teach Bible studies possibly in nursing homes or hospice, witness and encourage others. Proverbs 16:9 “The mind of a man plans his way (convoluted), but the LORD directs his steps (straightens God’s way to go).”