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I've known the Lord Jesus as my Savior since January of 1974. I was 37 at the time. Shortly before came to know Jesus as my personal Savior, my father showed me a poem he had written.

At the end of his poem my Dad wrote something similar to, 'Oh God, where is your salvation'? After I read his poem I said, Jesus is God's salvation for us daddy. When I said this to him, I was also reminding myself of the fact that Jesus is our salvation!!

On January 4th of 1974, I heard a very small voice saying, "In the beginning God", "In the beginning God". Then I heard the still small voice say, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" and that too was repeated. Then I heard the voice again, saying, "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

By this time in my life I realized I was a sinner and I needed Jesus in my life so I went into our bedroom, layed down on our bed, closed my eyes and said, "Father, please send Jesus into my life to help me with it".

I knew something had happened right then but I didn't know what or why until I found a little booklet titled "The Reason Why". Inside one of the pages of this tiny book, it tells about someone who had received Jesus Christ as their Savior.

I remember so well reading "I am part of this world yet part of another, I long for my family and friends salvation." When I read the word "salvation" I knew I had been saved. I knew this because God assured me through His spirit as I read those words.

I wrote a poem shortly after I got saved. I call it "faith".

By faith through desperation many find the way.
The peace He brings is wonderful.
Accept it, it's yours. Accept Him, He'll stay.
If you think you can make it on your own, try if you must.
He will be near to light the way, if in Him you'll trust.
His arms outstretched, His shoulder ready, for a weary head.
An absolute truth to know, nothing more to dread.

God is very much alive!!! I am terribly concerned about the people in the world who don't Jesus as their Savior. Our God is a holy God. He will not allow sin in heaven. He is also a God of extreme love. His love is beyond any love I've ever experienced before. His love is beyond my capability to understand. His love for each and every one of us brought Him here to be born in a manger, live and then die on that cruel cross. BUT that wasn't the end for Jesus. He rose on the third day!

Jesus died on the cross for our sins...yours and mine. God, the creator of heaven, earth and each one of us laid down His life for our sins!!!

Let's say...that I was able (somehow) to create two teeny tiny creatures.

Let's say...that I told these two they could have an entire garden to live in and eat the fruit from all the trees in the garden...except for one tree. I made sure to tell them they could not eat the fruit from this particular tree.

Let's say...that these two creatures were tempted and ignored what I told them and went ahead and ate the fruit of the one tree I had told them not to eat from.

Let's say...I absolutely adored these two creatures I had made.

There is still no way that I would become one of them by birth, and then go to a cruel cross to die for their sins so they could live in heaven with me forever.

That's exactly what Jesus did.

Member Since: 4/28/2007

Fitness Minutes: 35

My Goals:
I have two goals. One is writing my story. The other is writing some of the good things I've learned over the years. I may combine the two.

I hope to leave this behind for our kids and their kids.
I hope my story will be finished when the Lord wants it finished, no sooner and no later.

My Program:

I'm not looking forward to the colder weather!
I am going to be drinking more water! I will put a little juice in water to help me get it down!
Once a week I am planning on walking with a Leslie Sansone video.

Personal Information:

My husband and I have four "kids", (three daughters and a son).
We have eight grand kids and three step grandkids. We have two great grandsons, three great granddaughters, and we have many step great grandchildren.

Other Information:
I wrote this poem many years ago shortly after I read Genesis 1:16.

Genisis 1:16

He made the sun to rule the day and the moom to rule the night

He made the stars also

So unpretentious..
almost an aferthought

He made the stars also

Fitting isn't it...that a star
would guide the wise men to the Christ child?

He made the stars also

When was trhe last time you looked up into a clear dark night and noticed...

He made the stars also.

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    May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.
    Romans 15:5 (NLT)

    Have a blessed weekend.

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    Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.
    Philippians 4:11-12 (NLT)

    Have a blessed weekend.

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    But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
    Jude 20-21 (NLT)

    Have a blessed weekend.

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    413 days ago
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    Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.
    2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NLT)

    Have a blessed weekend.

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