I was born and raised in a Christian home — that is where my story begins but that is only the beginning. I have been blessed in so many ways: Christian parents, sisters who love me, two grown children and five grandchildren. I have had my difficulties and disappointments in life: divorce, disease, depression, and the death of loved ones.
Through the ups and downs of life I have always known to seek God; I have done this better at some times than at others. But, a verse in the New Testament, James 4:17, especially speaks to me: “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” (NIV) This has meaning to me because I have not always done the good that I know I ought to do; I have veered off the straight and narrow path more times than I care to remember.
Thanks to many prayers and reminders that I am a child of God, I have made it through some rough times in life. I know that God has been and will continue to be there for me. One of my favorite scripture passages from the Old Testament is Psalms 121:1-2, “I lift my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and earth.” (NIV) I know God loves me and sent Jesus to suffer for my sins by dying on the cross.
Jesus wiped the slate clean for me once and for all; He came to show me how to live and how to treat others. I know that no matter what happens in my life I have a faith that will stand up to time and to evil. I know that I will spend eternity with the LORD.