I’ve discovered that stairways are great places to pray and make life-changing decisions. My decision for Christ and my decision to attend LCU were both made sitting on a stairway. Both completely transformed me.
When I was 15, a friend invited me to her church youth group because she didn’t want to go alone. I had been fatherless and nearly motherless since the age of 11, when my father died and my mom coped the only way she knew how—by drinking. As a teenager I’d walk to our family church on Saturday nights, looking for something, someone, to fill the hole in my heart. I’d stare at the statues, hoping in vain for some kind of connection.
When I went to church with my friend Pam (First Church of Christ in Whiting, Indiana, now New Life), the youth leaders and the moms and dads took me under their wings; they nurtured me, guided me, and loved me. Through them I came to know the best Father anyone could ever have. And the best family!
Sometimes life is hard, but God has been faithful. He has been my father and now my husband, my provider, and my strength. “Hard” includes a divorce after 30 years of marriage, but I am strong because God strengthens me. I have four wonderful children, all Bible college grads, working to bring Christ to a broken world and make it a better place. Two little grandsons are being nurtured to love God, and the family tree continues on the road to faith. I am eternally grateful, and “I see the evidence of His goodness all over my life.” No regrets, no turning back!