Encouragement from the Word

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth"
III John 1:4


My Purpose

The purpose of this blog is to encourage believers with insights and inspiration from scripture, and to share some of the lessons I have learned in traveling my own spiritual walk for nearly 40 years. My perspective is that of a wife, homeschool mom, sister, daughter and former public and private school educator. I pray that God will use my blog not only to encourage you, but to challenge and inspire you to live a life more fully yielded to Christ.

My Testimony

 I was raised in a Christian home in a small town in the south and had an idyllic, although in no way affluent, childhood. My parents took my two brothers and I to church at every opportunity where we were involved in children's choir, missions programs, Sunday school, youth group and just about anything else that was offered. Our church friends were our best friends and we loved spending time there. My father was a deacon and taught Sunday school for many years and my Mom taught children and sang in the choir. They were an example of Christian service, love and faithfulness to us and I  have definitely drawn from that example as I have raised my own children.

I came to know Christ after a revival service at my church when I was 8 years old. I remember our beloved Pastor coming to visit in our home just to make sure that I understood the decision I was making and to reaffirm my commitment and pray with me. I believe that it is a beautiful thing when parents who love the Lord and walk out their faith in front of their children are able to see them come to know the Lord at an early age. This was the case with my parents and my salvation experience.
 I continued to walk with the Lord, for the most part, through high school and college, (not that I was perfect, by any means), seeking out Christian friends and participating in Bible studies, F.C.A. and local church life. I wish I could say that I continued to walk in obedience and faith unwaveringly for all of my days thereafter, but unfortunately, that is not the case. I married right after college and that marriage ended in divorce 5 years later. My divorce was largely a result of my own self-centeredness, immaturity and pride...the realization of which did not come until many years later.

 But, thank the Lord, he forgives and redeems, and has allowed me to use my experience to minister to others in similar situations. After that, I did spend some time away from the Lord. I still refer to that period of time as my "pigpen" days, as in the biblical story of the prodigal son. Soon the Lord began to deal with me about living out of his will, and began to draw me back to himself. I felt convicted of my sin and longed to return to fellowship with my Savior. I began to pray for God to bring a godly man into my life who would walk beside me with all my faults to raise a family of faith. God heard my prayer and brought my wonderful husband into my life. We have been married for 19 years.

 God has used my life experience and my human frailty to make me into the person I am today. I believe that my failures have made me a more compassionate and merciful person than I would have been otherwise. I cannot help but extend grace to others when I think about God’s mercy and grace to me. I believe we can still be used by God regardless of our past, our faults, or our insecurities. God uses imperfect people to do his work in the world.

 My desire today is: to be a supportive and loving wife to my husband; to use my gifts and talents to glorify God with my life; to share the gospel with others; to serve my fellow man; and to raise children who will love the Lord with all of their heart and pass on the legacy of faith.