"My Salvation Testimony"
I pray that you will be blessed, and God will be glorified, by this recounting of my journey out of the world and into salvation.
I was born to an alcoholic, womanizing father, and a co-dependent mother, on Aug. 30, 1958. During my youngest years of life, I was beaten up physically, emotionally, and sexually.
My mother decided that she had enough, and she left St. Louis, Mo. for a new life in Southern California, where her bother and sisters could help support our family of 6 (mother, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters). We headed to California with only our suitcases via Santa Fe, and we never looked back. I was 12 years old at this time.
The rebellious teens set in strong for me. I was very, very angry, and I let the world know that I was no longer a victim (little did I know). I hung with the wrong crowd, and I experimented with alcohol and drugs. I did, however; graduate from high school in 1977 (I guess I had some goals).
I became pregnant with my first son, William, in 1977, and for the first time in my life I felt the sweetness of God's love through my precious baby boy.
I married my son's father in 1979, and we had another son, Adam, in 1981. Things were rough in our marriage. My young husband had a drinking problem, and I strayed from our marriage.
We broke up for 2 years. During those 2 years, all I did was party, party, party, while the children were at their father's on the weekends.
I hit rock bottom with a life full of emptiness. I longed for forgiveness and love in my life, and I was trying in my own strength to attain happiness, but I was getting nowhere. It was just by the grace of God that I enrolled my children that summer in a Christian elementary school. One of my goals that summer was to read the Bible, because I didn't want my children to know more about it than me. In my room every night, after I put my babes to bed, I read. After about a week, in my own little prayer closet, I asked my sweet Jesus into my heart.
I continued growing in His word, and he healed the past, and the present wounds of a child's broken heart. The Lord also completely restored my marriage, and He healed my husband (he has been sober for 13 years, now!)
God also gave us a new son, Justin, in 1992 (the doctors didn't think I could have another child, and God proved them all wrong).
The Lord continues to bestow His love and grace on my life each day, as I grow for His kingdom.
Many blessings of Christ's love and salvation to all who read my humble message, Patty Moore