Usersname: kreynolds +
Points: purple quill (11933) (?)
I am married
I am a female
I am 52 years old.
My birthday is: November 28th.
I live in Minnesota USA
I've been a Christian since I was seven years old. I met my husband when we were both freshmen in college. It was definitely not love at first sight. It was more of hate at first sight. Well, maybe not exactly hate but you get the idea. However, we had mutual friends and therefore couldn't (or wouldn't) avoid seeing each other. It's funny how our initial reaction changed within two months and we became best friends. We ended up getting married right before our senior year and managed to both graduate together and on time. Although these 31 years haven't always been easy, God has blessed us abundantly in that they have always been very happy. I have one son who is married.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2007. I stand amazed at how God has turned my darkness into light, even as I traveled that dark path and He walks with me as I face the ever looming possibility of recurrence. More recently, shortly before midnight on December 10, 2009, a small brain aneurysm ruptured while I was sleeping and I spent 12 days in the hospital. The prayers and support from this community were amazing!
One of those splashes of light God has give me on this path is the forming of very dear friendships right here at CB. I stand amazed at the beautiful brothers and sisters who have stood in the gap for me and have been willing to "do life with me as we do life with God together." God has provided the means for me to minister to others who walk on the dark path of chronic illness as well.
"You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light." Psalm 18:28
And... He does!
I became a Christian at the age of 7. There are people who question whether children are aware of what they're doing. I can't speak for all child converts. I can only speak for myself. Prior to my conversion, I vividly recall a growing sense that there was something more. I began asking my mom a lot of questions like how would I know if I was saved. Looking back now, I can see how the Holy Spirit was drawing me and opening up my understanding. Remember, God can make the simple wise!
One Sunday morning, there was a special prayer for Sunday School children whose parents were not Christians. There wasn't an altar call or anything, just a prayer. I suddenly felt a great desire to go to the altar and pray. However, I was somewhat shy and didn't want to do anything I wasn't supposed to do. After all, even though my Dad wasn't a Christian, my mom was. In fact, she brought most of the children they were praying for to church! They had not called my name. In my mind, I wasn't supposed to go forward. This time was for someone else.
Fortunately, I have a mom who is sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit and responds accordingly. She turned suddenly and looked at me. Something she normally did not do when people were praying unless I was acting up! She quietly asked me if I wanted to go up and pray. I remember saying, "I want to but I can't go up there." and explained why. My mom gently told me that I most certainly could if I wanted to. I put my hand in hers and together we walked up to the altar.
I became reconciled with God that morning. Over 40 years later, I remember sobbing because I sensed there was something between me and God. I can't explain it, I just knew there was and that He didn't want that barrier to be there. The next moment I was overwhelmed as I felt His incredible love pour over me and great joy flow up within me. I belonged to Him! I have never looked back.