Dee's Testimony, continued...
I was 10 when I got saved. I had been to church camp and some mighty good preachers had preached wonderful sermons.
Kids lined the altars and cried and gave their hearts to God, but I was not one. I did not feel moved at all when the invitation came. Months later one of the ministers came to our church in Memphis, Tennessee. He preached a sermon about the Good Shepherd, and the lost lamb.
Suddenly it was personal. It really connected to me that Jesus loved ME, that he was the Good Shepherd and I was that poor little lost sheep, and that even if I was the only one in the whole world He would have come to save me.
He loved me that much.
I knew that I was lost, and when the Pastor asked people to come and be save, I knew that I needed to go. I knew that, but my sister went up to the altar.
The devil told me then that I couldn't go. "Everyone will think that you are copying your sister" he seemed to say.
But God is patient, and kept encouraging me to come. I gripped the back of the pew as I fought with myself, but God seemed to continue to call me, and finally I went up to the altar and prayed. I cried and asked God to forgive me of my sins, and I told Him that I wanted him to be my Master, my Shepherd. I felt so clean, so happy!
I wish I could say that I stayed close to Him, and have lived for Him ever since, but I didn't. When I was a teen, I fell away. I did many things to break God's heart.
Thinking of them today still breaks mine.
But God is faithful, when we are faithless, and patient, and merciful.
I met my husband when I was 15. He was raised in a Godly home, too, a Pentecostal home. We married when I was 16 and he was 18.
It has been about 40 years now, and we have been blessed with a wonderful daughter, and son, and now a daughter-in-law and two super-special amazing GRANDchildren!
Robert does the sound for the Liberty Belles, and has been a wonderful support and encouragement. He loves Southern Gospel as much as I do, and we talk about being "Gospel Groupies" when we retire. Of course, we hope to travel and sing as long as our health and strength hold out!
I praise God that He is mighty enough to use ANYONE in His service, even me!