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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

Two Gifts from God


I was born and raised Roman Catholic, and attended Catholic school for second grade through high school. Because of an unpleasant incident with a priest, I stopped being a practicing Catholic after high school. I have been inside a Catholic church only once or twice in twenty years, mostly for weddings and funerals, although I continued to consider myself a Christian.

Gradually, I fell away from the Lord, and found myself in a loveless marriage: the only good things which came out of it were my two wonderful sons. I've done a few things I'm not proud of, and went through a painful divorce about nine years ago. When I remarried to Teresa, we tried for four years to have a baby, but after Teresa went through three surgeries, we were finally told by the doctors that we would not be able to. It was a very difficult time, and both of us had our faith badly shaken.

When we began the process to adopt a child, we were very frustrated by our prospects. We met others in our situation, however, and we heard the stories of some of the children who were up for adoption. We began to realize that God had led us to this point, and that these children need us as much as we need them. When we went to see Nicholas, who we eventually adopted, we realized that God really had a plan for us; one that we couldn't easily see. This realization renewed our faith in his power and love.

Soon after we received Nicholas, I heard a midnight radio

commercial for a church that is "nothing like the church that you lost interest in years ago". I enjoyed the commercial, and not long after that, Teresa visited a church to see the sign language interpretation. When she came back, all excited, to tell me about it, I recognized it as the same church that was mentioned in the commercial. We had tried other churches, but were disappointed by them.

I feel that we have been brought back to the Lord by the people of this church. Now I don't blame the Lord for trouble in my life, but I respect the fact that when I don't receive everything that I desire, that only means it is not part of God's plan for me. God has a better, more beautiful plan for me than I could ever conceive of.


When I was growing up I was taught about God and his love for me. My faith was always strong, but I had never asked the Lord into my heart.

After marrying, Bryce and I tried unsuccessfully for several years to have children. I suffered with the agony of knowing I would never have children of my own. That is a loss that is very hard to express. It is the loss of a dream. At the same time it seemed as though everywhere I looked I saw children in pain. I would have done anything for them. During this time, I lost my faith in God's love and power, while my best friend kept telling me not to give up on my faith and dreams. She kept telling me to wait and see, and that she believed God had a special plan for me. That there must be something remarkable he will ask of me. And I was in awe of her faith, and the peace that faith seemed to give her.

After many years of waiting, on a wonderful January day we received a call from the adoption agency, to tell us that we had been matched with a baby. The first time I saw that angelic little face look up at me, I knew God did love me regardless of anything I did or didn't do in my life. I knew that there had been a plan. The trust and love God must have for us, to entrust this beautiful little boy in our life. The love and joy Nicholas has brought to my life is immeasurable.

I began searching for a church for us. After almost a year of looking, a dear friend of mine, Rachel, invited me to come to her new church. At first it was to watch the sign language interpretation, but that wasn't the only sign I saw that day in early October 1995. I felt happy. I felt comfortable. I felt at peace when I was here. Before October was over I had accepted Jesus Christ as my savior.

I won't say that since that day in October all of life's difficulties have stopped. But I will say that I feel much more capable of dealing with handling those difficulties. I feel stronger as a person, as a daughter, as a friend, as a wife, and as a mother. The people here at this church have helped me, and I am grateful to them. Most of all I am grateful to God for bringing me here. I can't wait to see the rest of God's plan for me and my family.

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