|But when I leave I want to go out Like Elijah
With a whirlwind to fuel my chariot of fire
And when I look back on the stars
It'll be like a candlelight in Central Park
And it won't break my heart to say goodbye
My testimony centers around Romans 8:28 which says: "And we know that all
things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are
called according to His purpose." God has done some mighty things in my life
- not because I deserved them but because He can do whatever He wants. I am
always so amazed at His love for me because I've not been the best daughter He
deserves. Nathan & I met after we had both completed our Bachelor's degrees. I
was a Home Economics teacher and he was soon to be a Social Worker. Neither
one of us were saved though we had a life long relationship with the church. Being
good members of a Baptist church we attended a revival being preached by a
former Southern Baptist Convention President. I had always heard of the word
"conviction" though it had never personally applied to me. This night CONVICTION
walked all over me & I understood that I wasn't the perfect person I thought I was.
The night that I realized that I didn't have a home in glory - I can't even remember
leaving my pew to get to the front. I knew without a doubt that I needed HIM as my
Lord & Savior. Nathan will tell you about his salvation experience, but a few
months later he surrendered to the ministry. I was going to be a preacher's wife, in
fact for the next 20 years I would be.
It went against every example I had of preacher's wives. I was the daughter who
wore purple toe nail polish, laughed from her gut and enjoyed life to it's fullest. My
Grandmother Bowman always had talks with me about talking quietly, not bringing
attention to myself and behaving like a lady. I think those are good qualities - I just
thought that being a lady could also include being happy all the time, talking to
everyone, bringing in folks who felt left out and having a good sense of humor.
When serving as a County 4-H Educator I was sent to Georgia for a meeting. A
co-worker and I had someone sitting between us and she told her to go to sleep
quick before I made her my best friend. What's wrong with that?
I went through a lot in the beginning trying to be the perfect preacher's wife. My
idea was that perhaps I should walk around quoting scripture to all the ladies and
that my clothes should be fully accessorized -after all I was the Preacher's Wife
AND a Home Economics teacher. As every good preacher's wife should do - I was
capable of playing the piano - but only if they gave me a week's notice so I could
practice and be perfect. As always God brought Matthew 25:25 to me: So I was
afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. Like the man given
the coin, he hid his money, and I, hid my piano playing, waiting for it to
grow. I learned a valuable lesson when at our first church Doris, who could play
the piano with two fingers was more willing to serve God than I was. God taught
me then and there to use the talents He gave me to play all the time and I did for
the next 20 years. I found out that if you make a mistake all you had to do was
look at the congregation and smile and all was forgiven.
|HOW WE CAME TO THIS DECISION...
...it's an amazing adventure...so let me just tell you about it.
June of 2003 Nathan parents gave him the dollars to travel to Harlingen, TX
(with our son Matt) to join a mission team for the week. When he came
back home all I can say is that he was ON FIRE FOR THE LORD. Now he's
always been one to share Jesus but he was almost giddy about it. He made
me promise that I would go back at Christmas time, along with our 4 kids. I
gave up my fake fingernails to even help pay my way - what a generous
offer from me.
Meanwhile, the job that I have loved & went to college for (4-H Extension
Educator) was being shut down because of budget cuts from the
legislature. I was offered a similar position but would have 2 counties
(instead of 1) & would travel 2 hours each way. Though difficult I would do
it as I love Extension & had awards to prove it.
We went as a family to the Big Feed & enjoyed the experience. I remember
a friend saying that someday our family would become missionaries...& I
LAUGHED! After we arrived back home, that night I had a dream (& this is
not characteristic of me to interpret dreams) that when the Holdenville H.S.
Home Economics teaching position came open I should ask for it. I told
Nathan about this (remember it's Jan.) & we figured come the next school
year, we'll see. 2 days later the position was in the paper & I knew it was
mine. Furthermore, the school superintendent was on the same mission
trip as we were & I had already met him. I went in for an interview & got it. I
do love teaching my subject area but I'm happier doing it in Extension
rather than the school system. When things get tough is when we tend to
draw nearer to the Lord & through daily prayer & bible study I felt the Lord
giving me much food for thought.
Around March I went to Nathan & told him..."you know, I just keep feeling
that the Lord wants us to become missionaries." Well......Nathan started
smiling & praising the Lord because he had been praying since June that
the Lord would put it upon my heart to do this. Nathan knew I would go
anywhere he went (as a pastor's wife) but knew this would be such a
change in our lifestyle that he wanted it verified by the Lord. We turned in
our job notices for the end of the school year, sold everything, packed &
moved to Beverly (actually Harlingen). Not long after the move I received a
call from my former Extension boss who said the legislature had put back
the money into the Extension budget. I'm guessing the Lord knew I would
never had given up the job I loved & removed it from me knowing that.
We've not looked back (well...I keep looking back for my grandkids) & love
how the Lord has changed WHO WE ARE BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS!
How we came up with Like Elijah Ministry - Nathan & I had both decided that
we didn't want to sit back & wait for things to happen, God wise. We wanted
to be Like Elijah - working to the end - going out in a chariot of fire.
WHAT A WAY TO GO!
I believe that God is at work in and around us even before we become
place and time. For me He used many people to speak to me about
the need to be a believer and turn my life over to the Lord Jesus.
He used my folks, my pastor, church members, other Christians, and
even people I never saw before that asked me if I were a Christian.
Most of all He used His word and the Holy Spirit to speak to my heart
and say that I needed to be saved. At the age of 27, I committed my
life to Christ and began an incredible journey with Him that has
never ended and will culminate by spending eternity with Him. If you
can’t tell I am very sure of my salvation but it has nothing to do with
me or what I’ve done but what Jesus did for me on the cross of
Calvary. It was there that He shed His own blood for the forgiveness
of my sins and for everyone who would believe.
If my testimony ended right here it would be a glorious thing. I want
you to know before you go any farther that the first thing everyone
needs is their sins forgiven through the Lord Jesus Christ. Outside
of that happening to you other things pale in comparison. When you
receive salvation through Jesus other things start to make sense.
Shortly after being saved the Lord began to speak to my heart about
being a preacher of His Word. He allowed me to do this through the
local church as a pastor. I have been blessed through the years to
be the pastor of several churches. Scipio Baptist, Richville Baptist,
interim at Calvary Baptist, Wilburton and Panola Baptist, then
Fittstown Baptist, Penn West Baptist Holdenville, and we were
allowed to start the CrossWay Church.
WHO NEEDS TO BE SAVED?
People tend to divide themselves into groups - good people and bad
people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner,
and that any sin separates us from God. No matter how we might
classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with
Him in glory.
"For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
To become a CHILD OF GOD you must...
"Confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart
that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with
your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth
that you confess and are saved."
TO DO THIS....JUST PRAY FROM YOUR HEART...
(These ARE NOT magic words, you have to mean them from your heart!)
"Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal
life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new
creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus,
come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me.
I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept
your free gift of eternal life."
If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us know.
We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life!
|SHE'S IN THE JAILHOUSE NOW!
Or at least I was...January 2, 2013. FOR THE
REST OF THE STORY...click below. I'm still
waiting to go to court, they rescheduled my
date since we were either 'out of the country'
or 'out of state.'
|I'M FREE I'M FREE
January 15, 2014... FOR THE REST
OF THAT STORY...click below!
REST OF THE STORY!