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Monday, April 09, 2007 updated(jan 22, 2009) MY TESTIMONY Current mood: BLESSED Category: BLESSED Life My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13(I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.) Labor Day in 1977, My mother was killed by a so called friend. For 20 years on that day and from then on until June 1997, I had an empty heart. It was as if life didn't exist. I had this wall built up around me and suppressed all emotions, I didn't care about the holidays or birthdays, I went through the motions to survive. In November of 1988, I married this wonderful man, Jay. It was as if GOD had crossed our paths again,(we were neighbors when we were growing up, our parents were good friends.) He PRAYED me out of my shell, PRAYED for me to go to church with him and become active in the church, so in June 1997, I accepted THE LORD JESUS CHRIST as my personal SAVIOR, with Brother Morris in the Seekers classroom. From then on the emotions came flushing and gushing. I really didn't know at the time how to handle all of this. So in September of 2000, I went on an EMMAUS WALK, (&#035;854 BEST WALK EVER),but I know now it had to be in GOD'S time. I have forgiven the man who killed my mother and laid it at the foot of the cross and have never taken any of it back. GOD IS GOOD!!!!! Jay and I have an exciting, fruitful life and have had the dreaded alien teenagers during our 20 years of marriage. We have 3 children and seven grandchildren. Each day I PRAISE AND THANK GOD FOR MY HUSBAND nurturing my faith and keeping me on the right track. Without GOD working through my husband I don't want to think about where I would be today. December 17, 2003, My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. Exactly one month from the day he was diagnosed he went to be with the LORD. He had 3 different types of cancer in 4 different parts of his body. My dad was from the old school, he never complained about pain, never gossiped about anyone and always told the truth, he would give you the shirt off of his back. He seemed to get the last word in. After he had passed, my stepmom told me that he got the last word in and I asked her what he said, he told her that he loved her and it wouldn't be long now. My prayer for him during this time was not to be in pain or suffering and I had asked for healing for him if it was to be GOD"S WILL. We received healing, but it wasn't his physical body, it was the healing of our family. When our mother died we never got to prepare or say our good-byes, but by the grace of GOD, HE gave us time to prepare and spend time with our dad. Our dad is in heaven with our FATHER, our dad has been reunited with his parents, a sister, our mother and a grandson that he and we never got to hold. I want to read a poem that my husband wrote Jan 10,2004 in the wee hours of the morning at the hospital. TOUCHED BY THE KING He stood tall as the mountains, His broad shoulders stretched from sea to sea. His eyes shown blue as the sky above. The only thing bigger than him was his heart. He never knew a stranger. His best friends were the ones who stood by his side. As he fished, as he hunted, as he worked, as he died, his family was his life, not only the flesh and blood, but all he knew and all he loved. The nights were long as we gathered there, to stand by his side and say a prayer, we asked the LORD to join us here, and there was no doubt HE was very near. We asked HIM please to heal this son, and if this isn't possible HIS will be done. What a wonderful man to all who knew him. He came into this world without a thing and left this world TOUCHED BY THE KING. My heart is by no means empty, I have JESUS CHRIST living in me. IN CHRIST Hello, I'm Jolene. I am very happily married of twenty years to Jay, we have 3 beautiful children and seven grandchildren. It is such a BLESSING to be able to share with my christian brothers and sisters. I pray this touches someone in a special way. THANKS BE TO GOD.