I love it when I discover a used book that has hidden treasures of knowledge inside. I found a book called Miss Annie: God sent a 3-cent stamp and more…., by Annie Goertz. It is her autobiography. She was born in Canada, and ended up being a missionary in India and touching many lives. When I opened up the cover I found out it was autographed by her as well.
I have been reading about her childhood in Canada, her parents were German speaking Mennonites, and she had 7 brothers and 6 sisters. Life seemed to be hard for her, but her family was God fearing and they were very happy. She seemed very concerned that after confessing her sins and asking Jesus to be her savior that she didn’t feel saved, so she kept silent and kept praying, wanting some sort of strong sense of salvation. While attending a Bible camp she saw that it wasn’t feelings that meant salvation:
Page 31-33 “I know she (her mom) prayed hard. Lo and behold, the morning that Dad was going to take them all to camp in our truck I decided I would go too. It was the Holy Spirit for sure. It did not take me many minutes to put some clothes in a bag and off we went. If I remember correctly the camp was to last a week. Rev. Edwin Erickson was the main speaker again. I attended all the meetings but nothing seemed to touch my heart, no conviction as I had experienced before. But on July 27, 1940 I sat between two of my sisters during the final meeting on the last day of camp and it was different.
I am so looking forward to reading more of this book and I loved the illustration of Exodus, hadn’t visualized it from that point of view (those who take Beth Moore Bible studies could see that it might be a way she would look at the scripture). Boy can I sure relate. I remember how many times on my own I said the sinner’s prayer to TV but did not FEEL saved. Yet, once I was finally convicted of the depth of my sins, and my need for a savior I said the Sinner’s prayer, did not really “feel” anything, but was told by Pastor Don to trust that I was saved, that it was God’s true Word, not my feelings that mattered. And in retrospect, the footprints of God are so apparent in my life since that heart-felt prayer for salvation, when I was so broken, that now I know how true His words are. I still have to keep reminding myself that feelings are not facts. I find it so refreshing to find out that someone in the 1940’s also had those same sorts of doubts and fears about salvation. I think God is so awesome that He brings such encouragement by so many different paths.
I hope you have a blessed day. I want to sit down and do my Beth Moore homework, and may come back on and share some more from this autobiography. To think that so many times I visited the used book store, had my hands on this gem, put it back on the shelf, and finally on impulse purchased it. God surely knows what I need.
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