Good morning, Sharers of the Gospel.
Song for the Day (one of Laurie's favorites): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hm8jJYHCgM
Memory Verse for the Week: For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. I Samuel 16:7
Today we are blessed with Laurie's testimony:
I was born in Houston, Texas. Thirty-six hours later, I was adopted by a godly couple who came to the hospital and took me home to be their daughter in their family. They took me to church (my dad was the pastor) where I was taught to have a personal relationship with Jesus like they had.
On June 5, 1966, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I was nine years old with a solid foundation of who Jesus was. I grew up a blessed child in a Christ-centered home, one of six adopted children in the Allman family. God had His hand on me the day I was born, and still does at the age of 62.
I have always felt God’s presence with me through the bad times (an abusive marriage, a divorce, stage IV cancer in 2007, death of my eldest son in October of 2017) and the good times (two sons who always called me their best friend, a blessed 19-year marriage to Ray, three wonderful step-daughters, eight active grandkids, a rewarding teaching career, an ideal retirement here in scenic Union). God has never left me nor forsaken me.
The Bible, God’s Living Word, is true and I use it to guide me through life. My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” My mom chose this verse for me when I was just a little girl. Whenever I received a birthday card from my parents, this life verse was written in it. Whenever I received a book from them, this verse was written in it. I'll never forget the NASB Bible my parents gave me with this verse written in the front cover. Each of my siblings also had their own life verse chosen by Mom.
As an adult, I have grown spiritually in two churches. I attended Beaverton Foursquare Church in Beaverton, Oregon (where I met Ray), for 40 years. For the past four years I have been at the New Community Church of Union. There have been four shepherds in my lifetime that stand out to me: my dad, Pastor Ron Mehl, Pastor Randy Remington, and Pastor Michael Wedman.
Note: There is still time for your testimony to be shared with others. Please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. It can be as short or as long as you desire. Thanks!
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