Someone has suggested to me that it would be a good idea to tell you a little more about myself. I don’t really feel comfortable doing that, because I want this blog to be about my Savior. However, I understand my friend’s point. She made some very good arguments.
I’m a 72-year-old wife of 50 years, mother of four, grandmother of nine. I was born- again when I was five, through the loving and clear teaching of my Sunday school teacher. I was baptized at age eight by Dr. Richard Clearwaters at the Fourth Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
My dad was a pastor from the time I was about 10 until he died when I was 46. I still miss him. He was one of the best Bible teachers I ever had, able to take the difficult concepts of God’s Word and make them understandable. You can read a little bit about him in my post on Father’s Day.
My husband and I married the week after I graduated from Bible college in 1969. In 1974 we moved from northern Michigan to Pennsylvania to work for Bethel Baptist Church in Sellersville, PA. Dr. Richard Harris has been a huge influence in our lives; he is another pastor who is gifted with the ability to make clear the hard things of scripture.
Since my marriage, I’ve had three careers: Full-time wife and mother; English and history teacher in Christian schools; and finally psychotherapist in a Christian counseling office from which I am now retired after 18 years in the same office. During all these changes, I’ve always taught the Bible in some capacity, including Sunday school at all ages including adult women’s classes. Occasionally, I’m privileged to be invited to speak at women’s conferences and seminars, which is one of my very favorite things to do.
Often, as I study, I hear my dad’s words in my memory as well as those of other great men and women of the Word that it has been my privilege to hear over the years. God has gifted me with the opportunity to hear many outstanding Bible preachers and teachers, and I feel very strongly that I have the responsibility to pass on what I have learned over the years. As long as I have life, breath, and a sound mind I want to share the Lord with those in my life.
This blog is an opportunity to continue to teach and study. I am thankful.