|In my playpen on the porch in PNG |
where I broke my leg on my 1st birthday
|Teaching my first lesson|
or preaching a sermon?
The first ten years were carefree and fun, running around in the village of Kaisenik and the mission town of Ukarumpa in Papua New Guinea. Playing in the creek. Sorting rocks. Sewing an elaborate wardrobe for my "Chrissy" doll. Eating fresh papaya, coconut and sugarcane. Letting substitute "children's home" parents become my extended family. Learning Bible stories and verses through songs that played on my tiny toy record player. During these years, I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and give me eternal life (Luke 17:3).
|High School Buddies - also strong |
& smart women who challenged me
My teens years were filled with more growth and discovery of who I am. I played saxophone in two bands and sang in every choir or musical I could. I made good grades and had opportunities to exercise leadership in school and youth group. I ran with a large group of really smart leaders who stretched me. I realized that I wanted to live my life in such a way that if I died, others would want to believe in my Lord. I committed to trying to become like Jesus. My theme verse at this time was "And not because we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success comes from God" (II Corinthians 3:5).
|October 1, 1988|
Many fun and challenging adventures began that day!
|My Family then...|
So as I face 50, why am I afraid? Can I continue to do the things I am good at and love to do? Can I and my husband find greater oneness? Will our health remain good? Will these aches and pains increase? Can we take the best of who we are and the experience we have gained and truly move mountains for God? Can we believe and see the glory of God (John 11:40)? I really do want to make this next decade the best ever.
The words of a song currently playing in my car CD answer my questions. "Through the rain, through the clouds, through the tests and the trials, You hold me. In the highs and the lows, in the midst of the storm, Your hands won't let you. You won't let go. I will not be afraid for I know who holds my tomorrow and I will not be afraid for I know He'll make a way. My rock, my shield, my help, my strength, my hope, my God will make a way" (Josh Lopez).
Thank you Lord for a truly blessed and satisfying life so far. I choose to believe in faith that whatever you take me through in the next years will contain the same blessing, faithfulness and love, for I am following the same God and You never change.