~Saint In Training~
I was filled with the Holy Ghost July 1989; I was 13 years old. I am now an adult who has come to realize that God loves me, I am blessed beyond measure, God forgave me for all my sins and He wants nothing but the absolute best for me.
You see, I was very young when the Lord filled me with his spirit. My natural father was absent from my life much of the time and when he was present, he was a negative force. He tried, in his own inadequate way, to foster a fear of God in us (me and my sibling) at a young age. But his view of God was convoluted, much like the mirrors in a fun house. He had, what I term, a “can’t” salvation. You can’t wear pants, makeup, dance, listen to worldly music, celebrate Christmas or any holiday, except Easter, and on and on. His vision of God was couched in “can’t” instead of “can”, fear instead of love. As a result, my vision of God became distorted, stretched and misshapen.
It took years of ups and downs, favor and disfavor, bondage and freedom before I finally came to know God for myself, with my eyes, with my heart. And brothers and sisters, my God is good! He is filled with love, forgiveness, righteousness, favor, good-will, CAN! He is all I want, all I ever wanted and didn’t know I needed. My God is my father in ways that my natural father could never be.
This is just a little glimpse into how my past shaped the current me – but there’s no telling who I’ll be by the time my God is through molding the new me. I’m looking forward to meeting her!
I’d like to introduce you to my mother, Christine. People always think we’re sisters but nope, she’s my mom! I’ve convinced her to let me add her picture to the site although she’s been sharing the authorship for a while. Here’s a little about her…
~Saved to the Utmost~ aka ~Mom~
I was born in 1954 and grew up during the turbulent 60s and free-loving 70s, little did I know the great things God had in-store for me. I was married at a very young age and as a result I experienced good as well as bad. The two good things I received during my marriage was my beautiful daughters, Tammara (my oldest) and Rebecca (my youngest – who is also the author of this site). I was nineteen years old when I received the gift of the Holy Ghost; I am fifty-eight years old now and I can truly say that God is real. He has seen me through two bouts of cancer and brought me out victoriously – who wouldn’t serve a God like this?! I am ever striving toward that mark, for the prize of the High Calling in Christ Jesus and I pray that as I journey along this upward way that I can encourage others to press towards that mark as well.
Each post I write is approached with prayer and is based on my own experiences with God – they are in fact my written testimonies. I pray that each word is an encouragement to all who may read them. God Bless you and keep you and may we meet in Heaven on that great day!