Precious, Blond Haired, Blue Eyed Grand-Daughter
Although I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as
my savior at the age of 10, as I became an adult I wandered
farther and farther away from God and the church. I never forgot
the basic Christian doctrines that I had learned as a young
person, but I did not always put them into practice. When life was
not the greatest, I especially remembered how much God loved me
and that all things happened for a purpose and for the good of His
children. This knowledge got me through some stressful times and
enabled me to overcome grief at the death of my parents and other
While God did not want me to stray from the protection of
his arms, He was always faithful and kind to me in not letting
anything disastrous happen. I realize now that He had a plan all
along. He knew that He would use all of the experiences that I had
in life (whether good or bad) to benefit others for the good of
About two and a half years ago God spoke to me and told me
that it was time that I returned to Him. He led me to a church
that had a new pastor. Having met the greatest pastor I had ever
known, and feeling the presence of God and the love among this
congregation of believers, I knew that this was absolutely where
God intended for me to be. He has allowed me to use my
organizational and administrative skills to serve, and has used my
knowledge of adverse situations to help others. My spiritual
growth under this pastor far exceeds all of the growth that I
experienced previously in my life. Praise God for my pastor!
I knew that Jesus was the Son of God and had died so that
my sins could be forgiven and forgotten. However, I didnít realize
that He also died so that by believing in Him, I could have direct
access to the Father. As a young person I knew the power of
prayer. However, I believed that because I had sinned after my
salvation, that God probably had prayers of more righteous people
to listen to and answer. I thought that my prayers were probably
way down on His list of priorities, since that was where I had put
Him for so many years.
Was I ever wrong. I had to come to the realization that
ďthere is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repentĒ
(John 15:7). God wants all of His children to approach Him with
confidence, knowing that he hears and answers every prayer.
God has been so faithful to answer ALL of my prayers. The
most miraculous of all is the next part of my story:
About 13 years ago my step-daughter, who had been living
in east Texas, was pregnant and came to us for help. She was 17
years old, scared, not wanting to be an adult yet and actually
wanting an abortion. She did not want to marry the father of the
baby because he was ďtoo niceĒ. While the father was ready to
settle down and start this family, that was not what she wanted.
She would not even tell us who he was for fear that we would make
her marry him.
We talked her out of having an abortion and helped her
financially until after the baby was born. Thank God that there
was no abortion. We had a precious, blond haired, blue eyed grand-
daughter named Kelli.
When Kelli was six months old, she and her mother moved
back to east Texas. Her mother made a lot of bad choices in her
life, and when Kelli was 3 years old she came to live with us. She
has always been a blessing to us. She is a wonderful child whom
people are drawn to because of her loving nature and outgoing
When Kelli started elementary school and saw the other
typical two-parent families, she started to get curious about her
father. She wanted to find out who he was and meet him. Her mother
finally told us who he was, but by this time no one could find
When I returned to a close relationship with God we
started praying for the desires of Kelliís heart (1) that her
mother would change her life for the better, (2) that her mother
would move back to Katy so she could be with her and still be near
us and, (3) that she could find her dad
In the last two years, Kelliís mom did a complete turn
around in her life, all for the better. Kelli is now 12 years old
and at the start of school this year, we decided it was time for
Kelli to be living with her mother again. Her mother did not want
to move to Katy, so Kelli moved to east Texas. Everyone was
adjusting to the change and things were going smoothly.
One Saturday, Kelli and her mom stopped at a garage sale
and saw an old friend of Kelliís dad. (You find the neatest things
at garage sales!) The friend knew where her dad was and they were
able to get in touch with him. He was absolutely thrilled. He had
tried numerous times to find them, to no avail. He said that he
had been waiting for that phone call for years. He immediately
went to see her and start a relationship with her. He told Kelli
that he had always loved her and her mother.
Kelli and I then asked God to bring her mother and dad
together, that they would get married and Kelli could be raised by
both of her parents. Within two weeks Kelliís mom called to tell
me that she now realizes what she had run away from 13 years
Seeing what a loving, caring and forgiving person that
this man is, she has fallen completely in love with him and they
are planning to be married. They plan on moving to Katy to start
their new life together.
Kelli had great faith and all of her prayers were
answered. She has no doubt that God made all of this happen.
We know that this was Godís plan all along and that in all
things (good or bad), He has worked for our good.
God is so loving, good, kind and compassionate. There is
no end to the positive adjectives to describe our wonderful Father
in Heaven. He wants only what is good for his people; He is
faithful to answer EVERY prayer.