Today I am overwhelmed to have been able to share some of my story, and the ways that God has been so faithful, over at my good friend Cheryl’s site: Homespun Devotions for her “Inner Views” series. If you haven’t read her blog, you are in for a blessing when you visit her site. Cheryl has been such a sweet encouragement to me as we have shared prayer requests back and forth. I was drawn into her blog as I read her story of following God’s guidance for their family to begin a journey of Biblical minimalism.
Her “Inner Views” series has shared interviews of so many beautiful and amazing Christ followers! You could easily get lost for a whole day in reading all of the fascinating stories of people who have given their lives over to walking with Jesus.
Here is a taste of today’s interview:
Cheryl: Please tell us about yourself.
Bettie: Hi! I am really so humbled and honored to share some of my story here. I grew up in a small town in Northern Indiana, the baby of the family, with three older brothers. Our 60’s ranch house sat on a small cul-de-sac surrounded by woods. Needless to say, I was a bit of a “tom-boy” playing in those woods, and our family’s garden! Our family attended the Assembly of God church in the city that was about 20 minutes away from our small town, and we were there for almost every service, 3 times a week.
Bettie’s “tom-boy” days, while visiting her grandparents
Cheryl: Will you tell us about your journey with Jesus? Where and when did it begin? Who introduced you to Him?
Bettie: My Mom told me that at the age of 4 I asked Jesus to come into my heart while I was at home. However, I had no memory of that, so when I was 9 years old, during a Sunday School prayer time, my favorite teacher gave an “altar call” and I raised my hand to say that I wanted to ask Jesus to forgive me of my sins, and to come live in my heart.
Cheryl: As you look back over your Christian walk, what would you consider to be one of your biggest “mountaintop experiences”…a time when God’s glory flooded your soul more than usual?
Bettie: My 2 older brothers were 13 and 15 years older than I was, so during my teenage years, I would spend several weeks at their homes, and attend the churches where they were pastoring. The summer I was almost 12 years old, while I was staying at my brother’s house, his church had a children’s crusade with “Cowboy Smiley.” At the end of one of his services, he asked if we wanted to pray for anyone to come to Jesus, then to come forward and pray together. While I was praying, I received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and had a beautiful vision of the loved one I was praying for, as he came to know Jesus. I am still praying for that loved one to be fully in love with Jesus, more than 40 years later!
Cheryl: In the same way, what would you identify as being one of your lowest valleys? How did you experience God’s presence during this time? Were there specific ways He ministered to you and let you know that you were not alone?
Bettie: When my husband and I were young parents, and he was a Children’s Pastor, we obeyed God’s call to move across the country. After we were there for several months, it was apparent that things were not working out as we had planned. We were staying with people from the church there, and our whole world seemed to be collapsing, with no way to support ourselves, and a new baby on the way. My husband went through a deep depression as we laid down so many of our notions of what we thought Christianity should look like. It was the beginning of a process that God used to show us that He goes so much deeper than any of our own efforts and striving. . . .
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