ONE MORE STEP . . .
My love affair with words began when I was young. I wrote my first story when I was in third grade. In high school I wrote feature articles for newspapers. I had an article published in a national magazine when I was in my twenties, and began writing devotionals for my church. After a long career as a legal assistant, chronic illness caused me to retire early, giving me the time and strength I needed to work on my first book, Practicing a Worry-less Life: Learning to Replace Worry with Trust, which is now available on Amazon. (See link below.)
A difficult childhood caused me to turn inward and trust no one. I developed Binge Eating Disorder and struggled with morbid obesity throughout my life. After seeing the scale read 427 pounds when I was 42 years old, I knew I needed more than a diet. I am in recovery and have released 150 pounds so far. I am still working on getting to a healthy weight. God is using this life-long “thorn in my flesh,” (See II Corinthians 12:7-10 NIV) to show Himself as a Healer of damaged emotions and painful memories, as well as a Healer of physical pain.
When I was seventeen years old, I gave my life to Jesus Christ. I did not fully understand that life transformation is a process that continues throughout life. I attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska for three years. I learned to pray and ask God for help. I got to know God through His Word, the Bible.
Knowing God and trusting Him were contrasting experiences in my life. In spite of understanding intellectually what God was like, it has taken a lifetime to learn to trust God with my whole life – past, present, and future. God is teaching me to trust Him one step at a time. I am learning that the troubles of everyday life are the best opportunities to practice trusting God more. I learned to value the hardships of everyday life for what God could teach me through them.
As I experience God’s work in my life, I identify with David, who said in Psalm 30:11-12 (NIV) You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. O Lord my God I will praise you forever.
My first book, Practicing a Worry-Less Life: Learning to Replace Worry with Trust, is available on Amazon. Visit my blog, One More Step, or send me an email at [email protected]. I would enjoy hearing from you.