Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Week 18: Vickie Collins

When I was asked to write this blog my first reaction was fear. Then I thought, really? My story is boring! Plain.
I was born into what most would think of as a Christian family, we went to church, ALOT. We were there every single time the doors were open. My siblings and I would tease my dad and ask if he needed to let the janitor in. I grew up without much drama. Had both sets of grandparents until about 2 years ago. My parents are still married (52 years and counting) I have a great relationship with my brother and sisters and thier families. I met my husband of nearly 33 years in English class our 9th grade year of high school. We have raised 4 boys, have 3 amazing daughters-inlaws and 5 much loved grandchildren. See. Plain. Boring. Right?
My God and my husband have ever so gently reminded me that I've been blessed. Protected even. God has walked with me my whole life! He has NEVER left me. No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses.
I will not fail you or abandon you. Joshua 1:5.
As I think back on my life, God takes me on a journey through my Blessings....
My husband and I have raised 4 healthy boys that have grown into fine Godly men. He (God) reminds me of all of the "near" misses with these same boys. The "I'm in jail" phone calls. The ER visits, car wrecks, girl trouble and so on..... He walked right beside me.
My husband is self-employed in the construction industry. I think that statement says it all. We've seen some highs and some really low, lows but my God has met and continues to meet our needs. He's even thrown in a few "wants". God carried me through my dad's colan cancer, never failing to comfort me. He was even with me in my car when my then 15 year old son proceeds to tell me that he is about to become a father. This blessing has not been an easy one but I've never not felt His hand all over it. My God has been with me even through life's stuff that I have not even thought to include Him in.
So I'm praising my God for my plain, boring testimony.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11.

1 comment:

  1. I used to think like that too! What did I have to offer. I was never so far from God that I had to do a complete 180. I finally realized that was a good thing. God protected me from a lot! I thought how can He use me? I don't have a story to tell. I finally figured out God could use me any way He chooses dramatic story or not. And He showed me that lots of people that have grown up in church and with Christ but they still need an example to follow. They need to know there others like them and also there are lots of folks who grew up in church and either never made a decision for themselves and are living on their family's faith and not their own or they decided to completely turn away from God and need to be drawn back in. I don't think we have met. My husband and I are fairly new at Crosspoint but I wanted to say thank you for sharing your thoughts and your story.
    Ginger Snodgrass