WHO AM I: “Not because of who I am, But because of what You’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done, But because of who You are…” this line in a song, written by John Mark Hall of Casting Crowns, called Who Am I, fits my thoughts about myself and my life in Jesus!
A Turning Point: About two weeks before my 22nd birthday (Nov. 15, 1981), I experienced a heavenly transaction in my soul! The Bible, in John 3:3, calls it being born-again. I entered into the Kingdom of God to become His child and I have lived in His Kingdom ever since.
Shortly after this spiritual exchange took place in my life, I attended a rock concert with my friends. I didn’t really want to go, but I did as my friends were counting on me for the tickets I had, so I went. God had His purpose in my going, He wanted me to see clearly that I had truly been changed! Not some event I had imagined or been talked into, but I realized in the middle of that concert that I had a new Spirit in me! I saw into the spiritual realm in a vivid way and knew that I truly had become a new creature in Christ, just as the Bible says. Wow!
My salvation experience, The Cross & My Journey to It, is a chapter in the book I am writing; a memoir, covering a two-year period leading up to and including the adoption of our four children. It includes the year (in 2000) that I spent living alone, with our children, in Romania. In looking back, I see how God has used everything in my life, even some of the most difficult times, to work into me His purpose and plan.
My Call: I have lived an interesting life in God’s Kingdom and thank Him for the many ways He has changed me, loved me, and cared for me. I have known the heights of joy and the depths of pain, shame, rejection, abandonment, and sorrow, as many of you have. God has always been there with me, standing in the shadows at times, waiting for me to see that through it all He was faithful to me. He truly is the lover of my soul, and I love Him dearly. I’m enjoying this season of my life and I believe some of my best years are ahead!
In April of 1986, on a Friday night during a special conference at our church, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me a call to serve Him completely, fully, asking if I was willing to give up everything of this world to follow Him. I said, “yes.” From that day, I have had a deep heart of care for people. My heart has been especially drawn to those in need of HOPE that is found in Christ alone. This call has taken me to many places both here and abroad.
I can say today that I do not regret any portion of my journey. God uses all of our experiences, the good and bad, to mold us for His use.
My theme for my life is: Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the woman that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. 2 But her delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law she meditates day and night. 3 And she shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth her fruit in its season; her leaf shall not wither, and whatsoever she does shall prosper.