Texan by birth, Alabamian by marriage and God’s because He first loved me!
I was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and am the oldest of five children and the only girl. My parents raised us in church and taught us much about the Lord. I had never heard of the Holy Spirit, tongues, prophesy or anything of that sort. When my Mom was pregnant with me she went to hear Ira Stanphill, who wrote such songs as “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” and “Suppertime.” That night, he came off the platform and stood in front of my Mom and said, “That little girl you are carrying is going to do great things for the Lord’s kingdom! You have a great responsibility to nurture her and teach her the things of the Lord.” Until that night, only God knew I was a girl!
I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior the night before I turned 18. About a year later there was a lot going on in my life, both good and bad! I cried out to the Lord and said, “I need more of You Lord! There has to be more of You than what I am learning in church.” The next thing I knew there were beautiful sounds like words coming out of my mouth! I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit that day and began a quest for more of Him! I wish I could say that my life was great after that but it wasn’t! I made bad choices and experienced much pain! I know that God was with me every step of the way even when I was not letting Him lead. God has done much healing in my life physically and emotionally! Through God’s healing and because of my past experiences, I have more compassion, love and understanding for others than I ever thought possible.
In 1998, for many reasons, my parents and I made the decision to move to Alabama. Never imagining that this was where the Lord would divinely intervene and introduce me to my husband and soul mate Ken. God used a friend from South Carolina and a Christian chat room to orchestrate the church He wanted me to attend and the man He wanted me to marry! Ken and I agreed to meet at his home church on Easter Sunday. The service was amazing! Ken and I had lunch together and then went back to the evening service. During the “invitation” Ken reached over, took my hand and 3 months later we were married. The rest of our journey continues to unfold every day.
My greatest desire is to live my life pleasing to the Father and help others receive healing, encouragement and training to step into the destiny God intended for them to live! For me, last year’s conference was “coming out of the desert” and “entering the promised land!” As Bonnie said at the conference last year, “I fit in Firestorm!” Praise be to God that I am fearfully and wonderfully made!