"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well." (Psalms 139:14)
I'm one of those classic 80's girls. I was raised in a Christian home filled with the love & grace of Jesus. Like any home, things weren't perfect, but over all I had a fairly normal childhood. I had a brother, sister and a mom and dad who loved each other. We didn't have much monetarily, but there was a lot of love.
When I was thirteen the unthinkable happened: my dad passed away and my life as I knew it was turned upside down. There's a long story that coincides with that, but suffice it to say, my life would never be the same again. It was 1985 (need I say more?).
I was thrust into the "real world." I spent the next 6 years spiraling out of control. You see, having grown up in that Christian home, I never knew Christ. Not really, not personally. I thought I was fine. I had the knowledge of Christ but I was seeking to do things unconventionally now. I was using my teenage years to find out what it was that the world had to offer me.
In my search I found a lot of things. I found I did have problems but so did everyone. The most important thing I found was the love of my life. On Main Street. He was in a band and we all know band guys are really cool--right! No I mean it, really they are. To this day he's still my right on band guy. I was (and still am) his biggest fan. His groupie, if you'll allow me the term. I followed him everywhere. (You know, God knew something I didn't!) It was the best thing I did--following Jeff around. God took his life and changed it. Jeff got saved but the rocker in him would not change. Now he was in a Christian band and having Christian concerts. I still followed him around. Why wouldn't I? I was fine with God. I would certainly never get in His way. I grew up in a Christian home, went to church my whole life. I didn't have a problem with Christians, I was one--right?
Little did I know, as I was standing backstage at one of those Christian concerts preparing to receive "new believers" and pray with them, I became one of them!!! God grabbed ahold of my heart that day in a way that I had never felt before. My God became My Savior that day. Jeff and I have been serving Him together ever since. We've been serving the body of Christ at CCJ since 1993. We have 5 beautiful children, 2 boys and 3 girls, a wonderful daughter-in-love, a sweet grandson and a beautiful granddaughter. It's been a wild ride, but I wouldn't change a thing because Jesus changed everything!