Personal stuff

Sunday, September 24, 2006
Thank you for your prayers. It was a fun evening. The mom who was going to have the girls do a bit of work on their silver project decided to make this a fun night, so we didn’t do the work. We have a whole year to complete it, so it is not such a bad thing. The girls spent a block of time playing tag, we ate tons of food, they also spent a block of time choreographing a dance. We sat back and watched and enjoyed. Some of us made friendship bracelets, and the moms and I talked. The girls watched Madagascar, then went downstairs for a bit, at 2 in the morning I went down and found them in the middle of a game, telling them it is late. They finally came upstairs wanting another movie which we vetoed, and finally settled down. They are now sleeping, so I thought I would take advantage of that for a bit of Bible study and Xanga (we are in a library).

God did answer my prayer and an opening came. My relationship with these women is friendship evangelism  for I see them quite often. We started talking about the Dali Lama who came in our area speaking of peace. One mom was very impressed with his Nobel Prize,  but I pointed out that for me, I couldn’t be impressed having come from a New Age background, that just didn’t work for me. She said that I had a much more interesting life before I became a Christian. I disagreed. They both know my past and testimony so I pointed out that in all my New Age experience and the 20 years of therapy that there was a lot that never got resolved. But in four years of being a Christian, God has done more than all the past to heal me and bring me joy. I then told them that I used to not like God very much, hated Him in fact, even when I was forced to attend Mass with my kids. It took Pastor Don years to help me find Jesus. But what I have now is better than any organized religion, I have a relationship with God. That was my seed for last night. Pray that it grows. And know that it was one of the moms who brought up the subject, not me.

Have a blessed Sunday.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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