I was born in Arizona, oldest of four to two wonderful parents. My dad was a dairyman, so we grew up “on the farm.” We attended church, so I knew about Jesus and always felt that deep longing to know Him. When I was 14, I remember feeling drawn by the love of Jesus. I gave my life to Christ. I was baptized shortly after and began walking with God. Although I started with gusto and great intentions, often I was not a very good picture of what a follower of Christ should be.
God would not let me go. His love that drew me to Him is what kept me. Through many ups and downs of my spiritual walk, He has shown Himself faithful. His best gift to me has been my family. Mark’s godliness has been my rock through the fiercest storms. God gifted me with three step-sons (I just call them my sons), and when I had resigned myself that I was unable to have children, He gave me two babies – Jared and Hannah were both adopted at birth. And then Jesus gave me grandchildren. Me…who never gave birth!
Isaiah 54:1-3 says this: Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.
He is faithful.
HOPE FOR EMC
My hope for EMC is that we love God with all that we are, that we love each other with the love of Jesus by caring, forgiving, growing and living life together. As we love God and love each other, we are making disciples for the Kingdom.