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I am a blessed woman who has been redeemed by the blood of the lamb. Jesus Christ became The Lord of my life when I was a young lady in college. I have never, ever regretted that decision and I desire to grow closer to Him and develop a stronger relationship with Him with each passing day. My only regret is that I am a slow learner, but I thank the Lord for his unending patience with me.

As a little girl, growing up in the middle of a big city, I always dreamed of living out in the country on a farm. My dream came true over 30 years ago when my husband and love of my life, Tom and I moved out to a 30 acre farm.

Together we built our house ourselves (with the help of many friends), we raised and homeschooled our 5 children (4 of whom have graduated),

we built another home for my parents to have them close by and serve them, and we have enjoyed the blessings of watching sunrises and sunsets, listening to the chatter of farm animals, growing things in a garden, and spending time with family and friends. When we bought our property and built our home, it was always our hearts desire to use it for God’s glory and that is what we delight in doing.

Besides keeping up with gardens, animals, and home, I find enjoyment in having a morning cup of coffee with my Dad next door, laughing and conversing with my family around the dinner table, taking in a movie at home with friends and family (with loads of buttered popcorn!), jogging our country roads with my best friend and neighbor, and occasionally I get to squeeze in some sewing and knitting.

my testimony

I can’t even begin to imagine what life would have been like without Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I don’t even want to imagine it. Have things gone perfectly wonderful with no problems or trials? Of course, not. I’m still a miserable sinner, on a journey of sanctification, who realizes now more than ever that I need a Savior.

I grew up in a home where a relationship with Jesus Christ was not taught. We had a family Bible, but we never read from it though I occasionally enjoyed looking at the pictures. We went to church every Sunday, but only because we were taught that we had to. Life went on as I made plans to do what I wanted, thinking about what would give me the most fulfillment and hoping no one would get in my way.

In college, I began to wonder what in the world this life was all about. During that time, my then fiance, Tom, (now my husband of 33+ years), began working for the Austin Fire Department. There he met a Godly fellow firefighter who patiently taught him about the Lord and whose example of a Christlike life spurred Tom on to find out what this Christianity thing was all about. I have to mention that Tom has an older brother who found The Lord years before and had been diligently praying for his siblings for quite some time. Never under estimate the power of prayer! Tom’s eyes were opened and he submitted his life to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

The amazing changes in Tom’s life were enough for me to know that there was something powerful and miraculous going on. It was not long before I came to the realization that Jesus Christ actually laid down His life for me too and I needed Him.I could not be more thankful to be a child of God. I have been blessed abundantly more than I could have ever imagined and The Lord has faithfully been my Rock and Fortress through valleys and mountains in my life.

No, I can’t imagine what life would have been like without Jesus Christ, and I don’t even want to imagine it.

– Chat L

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