Personal stuff

Friday, September 29, 2006
I will put up Friday’s Bible study tomorrow (hopefully). It is a hectic weekend – guess any weekend with three teenagers can be hectic. I chose to spend time visiting other’s blogs today instead of writing on mine.

I am asking for prayer for my friend’s son – he just had emergency surgery for a burst appendix and has fever, I am praying that he quickly recovers. But also, am praying for salvation for the whole family. The child’s name is Patrick.

I wanted to share something with you. A friend from church, Maria,  and I accidentally (as if there are accidents in God’s Kingdom met at the mall). We were talking about Pastor Scales’ teachings, she had missed one night and I shared my notes from my notebook that I just happened to have with me. Somehow past abuse came up in the discussion and I told her about my mother and her notebooks – how she would get up every morning after my father’s incestuous visits to my bedroom and would inevitably say, “I heard him in your room last night, tell me what he did.” And I would have to stand in front of her and tell her exactly what my father did – at least until God gave me blessed amnesia about some of the things. She filled  up two notebooks, several entries per page about everything my earthly father did.

Anyway, Maria said that this was incredible. My earthly mother kept notebooks of all the bad things my earthly father did. Now I am keeping notebooks about all the good things my heavenly Father is doing!

You don’t know how much that blessed me. God is redeeming so many things from my past – things that I never thought possible. I know that I came to God in God’s timing, but there are times when I wish I hadn’t waited so long. God is soooo Good.

Have a blessed Saturday. I am taking Patrick’s sister and brother to the movies with my three kids, they can’t visit Patrick in the hospital and might enjoy the diversion.



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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