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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Reaching Towards Heaven in 2011: Thinking Back to the Beginning

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A few Sunday's ago our Preacher did a great job as usual on a topic about being rich. Not in money but in Godly Blessings.  At one point he asked us to think about the person who taught us about God.  For me there was more than just one (guess I was a hard nut to crack) it took a few people to plant the seeds, water and get me ready to be harvested into the work of God. I decided to tell you about them.

Cedric Parsons was the Preacher at  Fakenham Baptist Church in Fakenham, England. Hubby was in the Air Force and we were stationed over seas at RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk, England.   One time we had Cedric and his wife (who's name I cannot remember) over for dinner. She was VERY pregnant and our son had just learned about babies. He took one look at her, pointed at him and yelled "I know WHAT you did!"  Cedric continued to teach us about God anyway. He was truly a good godly man who loved us.

After England we were shipped to Alexandria, LA. We lived off base as did several other military families. We had a couple who lived behind us, Bob & Cindy Woodward. They invited us to their church several times.  It was at this church, the Jackson Street Church of Christ, where we met our next preacher, John Brasseaux. He brought us closer to God by his love, patience and example. John Brasseaux at one time was studying to become a priest but he was concerned that for all the schooling he was getting he had yet to read the Bible.  When he did read the Bible he became disenchanted with the Catholic church and became a preacher for the Church of Christ in Alexandria. John completed the job that Cedric had started. John's wife's name was Laura.

All new Christians need help to grow and this is where the most Godly woman who has ever walked the earth, Edna Johnson, came into our lives.  Edna J. embodied Titus 2:3,4 "Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children..." She has about 6 children of her own but she was very willing to take me and Hubby under wing to show us what a Christian family did on a daily basis.  She was truly a blessing.

These people where brought into our lives for a time. Each one to teach us, to be an example to us, to help us grow, and to allow us to make mistakes and to laugh at them with us.  They have all been a blessing to us and I do not know now where we would have been without all them in our lives.  When I think of how I became a Christian, these people come to mind and I have a grateful heart because of them.   I thank them all.  How did your journey play out so that you could become a Christian? How many people do you need to thank and be grateful to God for?  Are you on anyone else's list of people they would thank?

1 comment:

  1. This was a lovely post and you've got me thinking about my own influences. Are you in touch still with any of these folks?


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