Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Years Difference

One year and one month ago I was baptised. I consider that day the day I was truly saved.
I am amazed how fast a year, almost two since I started attending church, has come and went.
Time flies when Jesus is by your side.

I see things differently.

There's a SMILE, YOUR MOM CHOSE LIFE sign posted on 69 Hwy that I pass, and have passed, for over two years now. When I was lost, and I clearly was lost, I looked at that sign and did one of two things: laughed or wanted to post a PRO-CHOICE sign right next to it. My liberal, yankee ways were shinning through and thought the folks (surely they were "folks") that posted that sign were bleeding red and were just judgemental church-goers.
Boy am I wrong - and I don't even know the folks that posted that sign.
I am meant to read that sign every week. I am meant to read it ALOUD every week and really think about what it reads: SMILE, YOUR MOM CHOSE LIFE.

I don't think many people know this but my mom almost didn't choose my life. I was an unplanned, unwanted fifth child of a failing marriage. [Just now I am having a moment, if you will. Who tells a child they were almost aborted anyway? My aunt Kelley, that's who.] My mom went as far as having her legs in the stirrups when she opted not to abort me. Putting this into text is HARD...really hard. Putting this into writing someone eases the pain of it all.

The mocking of that sign no longer takes place. I actually smile a big cheesy smile when reading that sign now. My mom chose life. I am in Kansas reading that sign because of her choice. Really, because of His choice. When I think of the grand scheme of things and how great God is, I am filled with cheesy ear-to-ear smiles inside and out.

A year ago I was saved. Two years ago I had never attended a church more than once for anything other than a life event. One year from now I hope I am more and more broken of barriers, bitterness and un-Godly ways.

KLB

10 comments:

Kerri said...

Pardon the type-o's. Like I said, I was having a hard time getting that one out.

Ugo said...

Is this a good time to say we missed you at church today? Maybe...One thing is for sure, I am glad your mom chose life and I am doubly glad you answered yes to Jesus after he called your name!!!

Joe said...

"I don't think many people know this but my mom almost didn't chose my life..."

Hey mine too. Nice.

Here's to life!

Kerri said...

I meant to say didn't choose. Wow, that's wild Joe. Yay for our lives.

Michelle said...

That's a very sobering thought. Wow. I am so glad you are here and are serving God with us. You are a delight, Kerri.

Joe said...

Choose... chose... whatever... thankfully we are here and get to at least watch life streaming by...

Amy said...

You are a truly amazing woman. The more I get to know you the more I think that statement is true. God will change you over this year in amazing ways that you didn't even know were possible. You will look back and be able to see marked differences in your life. I love you. Never stop being exactly who God made you to be.

Shelden said...

I'm glad your serving God now. I still can't believe you were baptized that long ago. It seems like yesterday............. Lots of love,


-Shelden

Patti said...

yeah...so i'm just really getting around to reading everyone's stuff and all i can say about this is...
I'M GLAD YOU'RE MOM CHOSE LIFE, TOO!!!!

love you kiddo

Andrea said...

Thank you for sharing, Kerri. Sometimes I need a reminder that Jesus' miracle-working days didn't end with the 5 loaves and 2 fish. Your life speaks over and over of God's miraculous grace poured out on helpless humanity.