I was raised in a very strict church. I remember being “forced” to go to church even when I was sick. Turned out it would have been an embarrassment to my Dad if I didn’t go. Got confirmed, sung in Junior and Senior choir. When I went off to college I felt such “freedom” from religion and I have to be honest and say I really “enjoyed” myself my first 2 years. Spent a lot of time in bars. Ended up on probation due to poor grades.

God was the last thought on my mind those years. Then I got hit with a “whammie.” I call it a “wakeup” call. I can’t say what it was but it really got me to thinking about what I was doing.

Started going to several college style church services with contemporary music. LOVE IT! Felt for the first time in my life I was praising God with a true, faithful song of praise. Met the love of my life. Got married in 1975. He never left me and there are so many ways I know He protected me over and over.

Went on to teach in urban schools for 20 where I had the opportunity to share God’s Word with k4 and K5 children. loved it when parents said “Now we can’t eat or go to bed without praying!” Praise God for that. I’m 68 years old now. Continuing to see how God works in our lives.

So, if you feel God has deserted you HE HAS NOT. He is with you every breath you take. Guarding you within His loving arms. He cares, he knows how you feel. Promises to listen to every prayer, even when you don’t know the words. 24 hours a day. Won’t put you “on hold” or say “Leave a message and I’ll get back to you when I can.” And, He answers in the best way for you at that time in your life. God bless you always.

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