I was divorced about 22 years ago. I have a 32 year old son, Jamie, who is now out on his own (please keep him in prayer). We had lived alone ever since the divorce. I also have a precious child in heaven, which I will speak more about later. Those of you who have been in similar situations, know that this road has not been an easy one to travel. But God has blessed me with twice as many treasures as He has seen me through the rough times. And, He has placed Angels at my side in times of need.
To begin with, He has given me wonderful parents, who have encouraged our family through Christ and are always an example of God's unconditional love. They have helped and supported me through all of my hard times, illnesses and many bad decisions. They have laughed with me, but cried as many tears with me over the years. They don't judge me, but only love me through. (Since I have created this site, Daddy went on to be with Jesus on November 5th of 2001. I know now he is doing what he loves best - singing praises to the King of Kings!!!)
I have three terrific kids, starting with Albi, who has always been just an "all around" good, level headed and respectful kid growing up. He still holds those attributes and many more as a handsome, successfull, 42 year old man who served his tour of duty as a Marine. God answered our prayers and blessed and sent angels to guard him, as he guarded in Desert Storm. God brought him home safely to attend a local university and now holds the possition of a very good position in a world wide company. He now has a beautiful family and has given me such a precious and beautiful little grandaughter who is now 3 years old and her name is Peyton.
My beautiful and 39 year old daughter, Lisa, who has so often been there for me - sometimes it's "who's the mother and who's the daughter"! She had been married and juggled her time between daily chores, the husband, her children and her job outside of the home and has the two cutest little kids I know. (Of course!) There's Joelle, turning 9(my litte life saver) and little 5 year old Joshie, (I call him Fritzie) who is already a comedian with his bright red hair.
O.K....that was then, when I created this page. Now she has become successful at her job and the kids are still with her, but now they are 17 and 19! Gotta' get some new pictures, but this is so cute :( .
(Told you they are cute!)
Jamie is my youngest, 32 and talk about handsome! Whew! Stand in line girls. The phone only stoped ringing when I wasn't on the net! Unfortunately he has had to go with me through all of the ups and downs for several years. I believe in part, due to this and other things, he does still have some problems, but in his heart he is good. He needs a lot of prayer (of course, who doesn't) and I know God sees that and will encourage him again as He has before. I know some day Jamie's Angel will be a reminder of what he has learned and he will turn his heart back to God. In fact I see it coming, in these past few months as he is suffering with a truly broken heart. But maybe he needed to be broken. He is still learning the hard way, but excepted the "bumps in the roads" and searches for the right road to take, and continue his life. He'll be just fine through Christ. They all will!!!! Amen!!! Thank God for the power of prayer!
There are my wonderful sisters. In fact if you have visited Pattie's Porch, then you have already met one. Without her help and encouragement this page would not have been possible. My oldest sister Judy, who is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Then there's terrific brother's in law and nieces and nephews and all of thier kids and their kids, which makes which makes my Mom a 'Grandma' of about 35 grandchildren!! ni (so far), ranging in age from 1 month to 49 years old and they are all absolutely wonderful! Speaking of nieces, another family site is Living in Victory with Jesus Christ, created by my niece Wendy, who has also helped me when I got "stuck" on my web page a few times.
I'm feeling better just seeing all of these blessings as I write, so I'm going to get to the rest of my testimony which follows in poetic form. But please don't stop there, there is more that I pray will help and bless that certain person visiting here, who has felt like me...... not good enough.
God bless your heart as you read this touching story.
A man had a daughter..an only & much beloved child. He lived only for
her, she was his life. So when she became ill and her illness resisted
the efforts of the physicians, he became like a man possessed, moving
heaven and earth to bring about her restoration to health. His best
efforts proved fruitless and unavailing and the child died. The father
was totally irreconsileable. He became a bitter recluse, shutting
himself away from his friends, refusing every activity that might
restore his poise and bring him back to his normal self. Then one night
he had a dream he was in heaven, and witnessing a Grand Pageant of all
the little child angels. They were marching in an apparently endless
line past the Great White Throne. Every white-robed angelic tot carried
a candle. He noticed however, that one childs candle was not lit, then
he saw that the child with the dark candle was his own little girl.
Rushing towards her, while the Pageant faltered, he seized her in his
arms, caressed her tenderly and asked, "How is it that your candle is the
only one that is not lit ?" "Father, they often relight it, but your
tears always put it out again." she said. Just then he awoke from his
dream. The lesson was crystal clear and its effect was immediate. From
that hour on he was no longer a recluse, but mingled freely and
cheerfully with his former friends and associates. No longer would his
little darlings candle be extinguished by his useless tears.