In looking back over my life and analyzing it, there have been physical changes ~ that’s for sure. Emotional experiences have brought happiness and sorrow. But life is not complete without thinking about how our self-worth is not in things or possessions or degrees or accolades but in loving God and loving people. So this is my personal life sketch.
My birthday is July 18, 1953. I was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. I am the youngest of five children. I have two older brothers, an older sister and a twin! Although my brothers and sisters and I live far from each other in distance, we enjoy using technology to keep in touch and we love being together.
My twin sister’s name is Kathy. We are very different. She is creative and spontaneous. I am cautious. She lives in Florida and I live in Oklahoma.
When I was in the first grade, my family moved to a small town in Oklahoma called Enid. My husband Bob and I met when we were in high school. Then Bob moved to Norman to attend the University of Oklahoma and I moved to Oklahoma City to work. Here are lessons I learned from my first job. Three years later we were married and we moved to Tulsa where Bob worked for an oil and gas company. I worked as a secretary until Sarah was born in 1980, then I became a “stay-at-home” mom. Taylor was born in 1984 so my life was filled with family, my church and volunteer activities. I also homeschooled our children for three years when they were in elementary school.
God has used many circumstances to shape my life. No doubt the event that first jarred my most wonderful world and made me re-evaluate my life was in 1996 when I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 43. From that point forward, nothing was the same. I changed my diet. I changed my activities. I even changed the way I thought! Well, I say I changed the way I thought. Actually it was God who changed my thinking, because I could not have changed my thinking without Him. He showed me that every day of my life is a gift from Him. He showed me how fragile my life is and how I really didn’t control it. He showed me how His love was showered on me each and every day. He showed me that it was not my job to worry about changing other people, but only to pay attention to how I should live my own life.
Bob and I lived in Tulsa for 28 years where he prospered in his career in oil and gas. However, after 9/11 Bob lost his job and was unemployed for a year and a half. Because of this seemingly terrible situation, we moved to Florida where Bob taught math in an inner city high school in Miami. That is where we lived before we moving to Norman.
Another life-changing event in my life has been the birth of our three grandchildren. Cooper and Avery are twins. They were born two months premature. Cooper weighed only 3 pounds 7 ounces and Avery weighed only 3 pounds. They were so small and we prayed earnestly for them. We trusted that God had a special plan and purpose for them. Many others also prayed for them. Now Cooper and Avery continue to grow healthy and strong. When Charlotte was born, she was one week overdue and weighed 9 pounds 11 ounces. Because of her size, her birth was very difficult. These grandchildren are very special blessings. We are very grateful and thankful for them.
On November 8, 1964 at the age of 11, I made the most important decision in my life. I became a Christian. This decision was made quite independent of my parents. By asking Jesus to be my personal Savior and the Lord of my life, I had real peace. This decision has given my life great purpose and meaning. From having cancer to surviving a very serious car accident several years ago to the birth of our grandchildren and many other circumstances, I have become aware of how much in life I do not control. That has made me understand more about how to trust God to take unplanned and sometimes painful circumstances and give us hope, because He has given me life. I want my life to count for something. I want my life to count for God. Each morning, I awaken with expectations and I appreciate each day. The Bible is my guide. I love my husband. I love my children. I love our grandchildren. I love people. I know that this is only possible because God showed me His grace and He transformed my bad attitude into thanksgiving. He showed me that the most important things in life are those things that you cannot see, but they are very real. I am thankful that Jesus saved me from my sins and that as I have trusted him as my Savior and Lord, He has given me joy and peace. He has not only given me a new life today and tomorrow, but forever.
This life is short and ever-changing. We need to build our life on a foundation that does not change. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and His love is great.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Jesus said, I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
From The Holy Bible