He will hold me fast



Thank you Francine

It was 1985.  I worked with two women who loved Jesus and had a personal relationship with Him. Interestingly, both women had a Jewish heritage.  Anyway, they double teamed me for about a year talking to me about Jesus and asking me if I was saved.  One was particularly persistent, her name was Francine. "How do you know you are saved?!!" I didn't have an answer.   Even though I had grown up in a denomination I did not know Jesus.  I did not know He had died for MY sins.  I knew he was a historical figure, but he was not my personal savior. 

When I was leaving that job Francine gave me a Bible which I still own. The picture shows what she wrote to me.  At the time I wanted to throw it at her, but I accepted it as a gift and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia.  I was happy to be rid of the Christians only to find out that where there had been two there were now ten Christians.  The Lord chased me across state lines and sent an army of believers to love me into the Kingdom of God. I knew He was pursuing me.  I gave my life to Jesus Christ in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1985.    


We lived there for 5 years. We had our first child in Charlottesville, Virginia.  After we had our daughter I got the strong desire to call Francine and tell her I had given my life to Jesus Christ.  I wanted to thank her too for being so bold.  It had been 5 years which seemed like a long time. It was before the internet so most people from your past disappeared and were never heard from again.  I prayed to God to help me find her.  I called the place I had worked not knowing if she even worked there anymore and she answered the phone! She said she only worked a couple days a month and that it was a miracle she was there...and that she answered the phone!  She was excited to hear that I had given my life to Jesus and that she had been part of it.  She'll never know until she gets to heaven how she she changed the world by being obedient to God.

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My husband bought a boat and we have been enjoying some beautiful sunsets.

dogs and utility flags

Utility flags are irresistible to dogs. I remember past projects waiting to have the utility companies come and place their flags on our property so some project could begin. Within an hour of their placement I would see one of our dogs sprint across the yard with one in his mouth
(and ya know it's illegal to put them back!).
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These guys are no different...

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Don't worry, they found it and chewed it long after the expiration date...but still.