is a delight to introduce you to my beautiful friend "Norma Jean."
and I attended the same church for years.
She lives about two miles down the road, but we became close friends,
only after we met online! hehe! The ‘power of the Web!’ but… shame on us!
is a remarkable woman of God! There is nothing that she can't do; nothing she won’t
figure out; and nothing, will stop her from doing the things that God has
called her to do.
Norma's testimony explains to me how the Lord grew the great faith she has! He
surly has shown Himself powerful in her life!
and be blessed by my friend, Norma Jean: A New Creature in Christ Jesus!
"I have instilled in
all men a knowledge of ME." This is a "scripture" that I always heard
in my heart as I was growing up. Always thinking that it was from the bible, I
felt everyone knew of Jesus, as I did.
However, when I finally, one day, not so very long
ago, looked for this passage in the Bible, I could not find it. That is when I
realized He had instilled in ME the knowledge of HIM. This was His way to get
me to hear HIM. I also realized how much God loved me. This was a message He
had given to me.
I grew up knowing about God, but never really
knowing God; until 1983 when I lost my best friend. Then I found my very, very,
best friend… JESUS.
My 'best' friend Marlene was killed tragically in a
car accident on January 31st, 1983; Super Bowl Sunday.
We had been living a very wild life for some time;
we partied a lot, and didn't concern ourselves with the consequences. I lost a
very close friend to drowning 6 months earlier. My daughter and I were both
overcome with grief. We started searching for a better life, and for answers.
With the help of her aunt and uncle, Jack and Lori, Tamara found Jesus.
When Tamara began going to church, she asked me to
go with her. I said "no
way!" Finally I said, "You go ahead, and if God can help you,
then maybe I will give Him a try."
My daughter had been on heroin, alcohol, and
cigarettes. Within a few days she was on nothing but Jesus. She was on a high
that none of the drugs could ever have put her on. I could not believe the
change in her. That is when I knew Jesus was in the miracle business.
The change I saw in her was no less than a miracle;
and I knew I would have to have a miracle, if I was to stop the ride I was on.
However, I had to be picked up and shaken before I would hear the Lord. That is
exactly what happened.
My daughter Tamara had been trying to talk to me
about the Lord. I heard her, but I was not listening. I was not taking it
seriously. God had to finally shake some sense into me.
One night I had driven a friend home. We were
sitting in my van talking, about 3 am. All of a sudden my van began to shake!
It was gentle, but firm. We looked at each other, not with fear, but with
shock. I looked out the window at a row of tall birch trees, expecting to see
them bent over from the wind. The trees were perfectly still, and the van was
still shaking. There was no wind! I knew it was the Lord! I just knew. I drove
over to Tamara's house, and told her what had happened. She also knew it was
the Lord. Tamara had been praying for me constantly.
The next day I called a reverend that I knew and
made an appointment to meet with him. When I got into my van, to go meet with
him, it wouldn't start. It was totally dead! I went back into the house, and at
that moment the phone rang. It was Tamara, wanting me to go to a Christian
friend’s house for prayer. Since I had time before the meeting with the
Reverend, I said ok.
Totally forgetting that my van was dead, I turned
the key, and it started on the first try. I drove to the address she gave me
and met the lady she told me about. She lived in another state, and just
happened to be in town that day.
I won't even try to describe what happened when this
lady laid hands on me and prayed. All I can say is - The Lord touched me.
For years I had been a semi-invalid, hardly able to
walk at all. When I tried to walk - I
was in excruciating pain. Suddenly I could do all the things I could not do for
I did not even know what had happened, but when I
went out to the bars, I could not drink. The bars were the only place I had
felt at home for three years, and suddenly, I was not comfortable, and felt out
of place there. However, I am stubborn! I kept trying, and was soon able to
drink again. With a vengeance!
I know now that there was a battle going on deep
within me; A spiritual battle. The voice of darkness that I had been obeying
for years was not willing to let me go. The Lord now had a claim on me, and I
was being torn apart.
Tamara kept telling me, "someone is trying
to tell you something mom.” I just said: "I am not listening!"
-"Go away!" But Praise God, He does not let His own alone. He
does not ‘go away.’
I did not know it would cost me my best friend,
before I started listening to the "right voice." The Voice of light;
Things just went from bad to worse in my life. My
health suffered, my finances vanished. I had a van I could not drive; I didn't
have a valid drivers license; I did not have license plates on the van. So I
The night my best friend died, I was supposed to be
in the car, and in the seat that she was in; as I had the night before. For
some reason I had a drink in front of me, then I had two and both were full. I
could not drink. As the party wore on I sat and looked around... thinking: 'what
am I doing here?'
My friends were all getting drunk. It was my friends
fiancé’s birthday, and Super bowl Sunday. When they got ready to leave, I tried
to stop him from driving. I pleaded with everyone to please not let him drive.
I didn't have a license, but even if I had he would not have let me drive. I
know. I felt like I was invisible, no one was hearing me.
In those days Tamara was writing down her prayers.
On that date she prayed: "God please let my mom know he is going the
wrong way, and have her go the other way. Your way."
I did not get in the car that crashed on the way to
Longview, as was planned. Instead I walked in the other direction... to Kelso.
The Car my friends were in hit a parked flatbed
truck. My best friend was killed, setting in the seat I had been in the night
before, and was supposed to be in that night!
I quit drinking that night. I have not had a drink
since. My friend is gone but I have Jesus and a new life.
I had a settlement coming to me for three years. I
was supposed to receive it, way before that night, but the Lord in His wisdom
kept me from getting it, Until the day after I quit drinking; After I asked the
Lord to help me, and turned my life and my future over to Him.
I had been on a death wish since the end of my
marriage. I was not suicidal; I just lived life like a roller coaster ride, and
waited to die. The night my friend died, I died too, and was born again.
I know I was born again, because I was a new person!
All my old feelings were gone, and I had a new hope. My hope was, and still is
in Jesus. He will never let me down and He will never leave me nor forsake me.
Then and only then, I got a call from my lawyer, who
said "I have a check here, for you for $14,500.00." I know if I had
received the check before I stopped drinking I would have spent it on all the
wrong things, and in all the wrong places.
In the following years, after I turned my life over
to Jesus, my back continued to improve.
The Doctors had told me in the 1970s that I would be
totally crippled and in a wheel chair in less than five years. It has at this
time been over twenty-five years, and I am still going strong. My "wheel
chair" is a 1994 Oldsmobile; that I have personally put one hundred and
seventy-seven thousand miles on.
I now spend my days, doing volunteer driving
Medicaid transportation; doing the Lords will. I drive some people that no one
else would want to be around. I drive some people that are a blessing to be
around. I tell them about Jesus. I lead them to Jesus if I can. I know that is
the very best thing that I can for anyone! And in blessing people by telling
them about Jesus, I am also being blessed.
I meet wonderful people every day. And almost every
day Jesus performs miracles in my life; miracles that are noticed by my clients
has stopped my car in an instant, when it was skidding headlong into a fatal
accident that had just happened in my path. I was suddenly sitting still only
feet from the crash; the four other people in my car knew it was a miracle too.
We did not even feel it stop. It just was not moving anymore.
another occasion I had my radio on and heard of accidents that closed the
freeway, right after I had passed the spot where they had to close it.
one trip there were two incidents like that in one trip back from Portland.
Many times, when I don't know how to find a place, God will show me the way. I
just ASK and then drive.
I spend hours waiting for clients in Vancouver,
Portland, Olympia, and Seattle, while I am waiting, I walk, and I pray for the
people. I know I don't pray enough, but while I walk, I talk to the Lord, and
thank Him that I am able to Walk. I have driven three hundred thousand miles in
the last eight years, and probably walked hundreds. My car is my only wheel
My Doctor is amazed at the energy and ability that I
possess. He knows I trust the Lord for my health. He also knows that the
hardest thing on my back is sitting; only exceeded by sitting and driving. But
he does not scold me for doing the volunteer transportation, because he knows
that I serve the Lord, and trust Him for my well-being. He is a believer too.
Jesus is the beginning of my life, the center of my
life, and He will be my all in all, until the end of this life. When the life I
have is over, and the one He has for me is come, I’ll spend eternity with my Redeemer.
While I am here I enjoy and occupy.
I have a Beautiful Himalayan Persian kitty, and a
brand new poodle puppy. I sometimes wonder, especially at 5:AM when puppy
wakes) if I should have taken this on this eight week old puppy. But I had to
say goodbye to my other little toy poodle last month. He was Thirteen and a
half, and was all done here on earth. So I sent him on ahead. )':
I knew that I needed to fill a little of the spot in
my heart that Pepi left.
It helps a little.
My Himalayan is named Mocha and my puppy is named
killer Caramel, a.k.a. KC, his registered name is Casey. He is caramel colored.
I have my hands full with my driving and my critters, but I love it.
Some of my clients have told me they like to ride
with me because they know Jesus is in my car. They do not worry when I drive
Most of my trips are personal requests for me. I am
praying and believing that The Lord will keep my car on the road; as He kept
the children of Israel - when He kept their clothes from wearing out for forty
years. And I know that He will, as long as He wants me to continue what I am
What ever it is that YOU need… Look to Jesus, He loves