The Lord Jesus Christ is my Savior. I praise Him for pulling me out of the depths of darkness.
As a young girl, my grandmother took me to little country churches. I remember singing the “old” songs by the Warm Morning coal heater. Church was the focal point of our life.
Thereafter, I moved away from God. For about 40 years I wandered out in the world from one crisis after another. I met a wonderful woman, Karen Sublett, who later became my best friend. She planted seeds of God’s goodness into my life for 10 years.
Then at the lowest point of my life, I had no hope, my son had died, I had survived a violent crime, suffered through broken relationships, heartache after heartache. The Lord woke me one morning at about 11:00 a.m. Another night had gone by with no sleep till after daylight. I looked at the clock. I thought, actually the Holy Spirit put the thought in me, “I could go the church at the end of the road I live on. By the time I get there they will already be started, but I can sneak in, sit in the back, and leave before anybody speaks to me. I did. But, what happened was, the preacher was just beginning to preach. He gently told us about the grace of God. From that point on, the Lord began healing my broken spirit. I accepted the salvation Jesus Christ bought for me at Calvary.
Now, after all those wasted years, the Lord has again ignited in me the love of singing gospel music. I want to sing of God’s goodness and mercy wherever I go. I welcome your invitation to lift up the name of Jesus Christ in word and song.
Betty Jean Shinn