Points: pink crayon (109) (?)
I am divorced
I am a male
I am 57 years old.
My birthday is: November 22nd.
I live in Oklahoma City Oklahoma USA
Hi everyone. My name is Ben. I grew up in California and moved to Oklahoma in 1979; living here ever since. My favorite things to do: Studying The Scriptures; they are my source of spiritual nourishment. Playing with my cat, Galahad. Cooking. Seafood is my favorite; especially shrimp dishes. Christian music. "The Song Is Alive" by Point of Grace is my favorite 'wake up' song. Talk radio. Volunteer work. Our local Food Bank... .I'll be doing some at our local Ronald McDonald House. That's about it for now... .will add later...
As a child I knew very little about God. I lived in a home where my parents spoke very little about anything to us, much less God or going to church. It would have been called a 'disfunctional' family if the word had been used back then. Living in an abusive home I became quite an introvert; shy and fearful of all around me.
My graduation from high school was followed by the retirement of my father and our soon moving to a new city. The change was devastating for me. I became depressed and more shy than ever. Noticing this my mother, to my great surprise, suggested I visit a church to give me a chance to meet and make friends. They even took me!
The church we visited was a small baptist church; but it had a strong youth group which included young people up to my age. Their wednesday night service involved the youth group having their own singing and sharing time. As I sat singing the songs and listening to others I eventually realized they had something that I did not. They had a joy and happiness about life. The contrast between them and myself made the emptiness inside me even more unbearable. I soon learned that the difference was that they had Jesus Christ in their lives as Lord and Savior. Yet, it was this unbearable emptiness that God was using to draw me to Him. One Sunday night the answer became clear to me I needed Jesus. It was during an altar call that I went forward and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.
I soon found myself jumping into The Word; reading for hours. It was during these hours that I learned what it meant to be a true disciple of Christ. I developed a love for God's Word. That was 35 years ago. I have many ups and downs since then, including a long period of recent years where I had gotten away from God. But the whole time I could sense at various moments that He had never left me. Being patient and kind with me God has now brought me back to a place of fellowship with Him and I have joy restored once again.