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I grew up in a very conservative traditonal denominational church. I was 16 before I felt the true presence of God in a church service. I was so ignorant of who God was, that I didn't know what to expect when His Spirit showed up. At that young age, I realized that there was more to religion than what I had been taught. This will blow your mind...I WASN'T EVEN SAVED THEN! I was 22 years old before I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. In 1995 I was called to preach. I didn't truly realize what was happening, until I took my then pastor a copy of an expository serman that God had given me out of the Psalms. When he read it, his only response was..."It's going to be really hard for you, women preachers are not widely accepted."... Stunded as I was standing there holding that limp piece of note book paper, I did what any woman who had been raised that women were only allowed to teach children under a certain age, keep the nursery, play the piano and sing in the choir would do. I RAN, AND RAN AND RAN. Until 2001, when a near accident in a big rig which would have been fatal for the occupants of themini-van, had me praying "Lord you just get me home and I will do WHAT EVER! YOU WANT ME TO DO! God has given me the grace to face rejection head on, the stamina to keep pressing in and the OVER WHELMING desire to know Him and to allow HIm to make me more like HIm. He is my sustainer! He is my provider! He is my Father, and my Friend.
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