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How I Met The Savior

Updated on July 21, 2009

I set My rainbow in the cloud...

...and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. Genesis 9:13
...and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. Genesis 9:13

He Alone Is Worthy of Worship and Praise!


I was married in October of 1970 and by Dec. of 1980 had given birth to four children. Over the next ten years my marriage fell apart resulting in divorce. I then took up with a man who was 22 years older than me. Not wanting to remarry, I settled for us just living together. The relationship was not very promising. Resentment developed between my almost grown children and this person I lived with. There were so many arguments that just grew in number and intensity daily. Then his health started to decline; diabetes, kidney failure (resulting in the need for dialysis),high blood pressure, heart problems, cancer and numerous operations. On 12/23/04, he fell and broke his hip. Four days later, after two more operations, he passed away.

In the weeks that followed his death I had mixed emotions. Grieving...yes, but relieved that it was finally over. Now, for the first time ever, I was alone....totally alone. Words can’t describe the dread and gloom that overtook me. There was a darkness hanging over me that I just couldn’t escape. Never had I felt such loneliness, hopelessness and total despair. Something was terribly wrong. Life held no interest for me. I lost all desire to communicate with loved ones and friends.

No one knew how I felt. I didn’t care to tell anyone either. Just getting out of bed in the morning was an effort. I would struggle with that and just drag myself through the day. Night time was the worst. I was so exhausted, but I couldn’t sleep. I spent hours crying without really knowing why. I began to pray and cry out loud, "God, what is wrong with me? Why do I feel this way?" I pleaded with Him. " Please just make me feel better! Whatever it takes please just make me feel better!"

I didn’t know then what I know now. I didn’t know that sin separates one from God. I didn’t know that the separation was the cause for how bad I felt. I just knew there wasn’t anyone I could turn to for help except God!

Romans 10:13 "For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Praise God! He heard me and answered in a very special a way that only God could answer. I came home one day to a message on my answering machine. It was from my nephew, Ricky. Although I refer to him as my nephew, he is actually my brother’s step son from his second marriage. When I first met him, he was about 14 or 15 years old. We shared a common bond as we both enjoyed the music of the Beatles. He was learning how to play their songs on his guitar. He may have visited 5 or 6 times. But now I hadn’t heard from him in over 25 years!

I ignored his message as well as several others he left after that. Never once did I return his call. I just didn’t feel like talking to anyone. Then one day the phone rang and I answered it. It was Ricky. We talked for awhile catching up on things. He told me how he was then playing in a band called Beatlemania Now. He was a professional entertainer. Then he asked me, "Aunt Liz, what is going on in your life? I don’t know why now, but God has put it upon my heart to come see you." I didn’t make the connection at that time between my cries to God for help and Ricky’s desire to visit. At first I resisted his request. I just thought he had turned into some kind of a religious nut. Finally, after a couple of weeks, I gave in. On a snowy day in March, Ricky came to visit. He stayed for 4 days during which time he shared his testiomony with me and told me how God was working in his life. He shared Bible passages with me, played his guitar and sang songs. God spoke to my heart through one of those songs ( I'm Your Beloved ). As I listened to the words of the song something inside of me changed. I felt humble and unworthy of God’s love and yet somehow I knew He loved me. For the first time in weeks I felt a sense of relief. The burden had been lifted from me. I realized then what was wrong. I had been living my life without God in it!

Romans 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

On Ricky’s last night we stayed up late talking. I felt that something was missing. I asked him, "So what am I suppose to do now?" He responded, "What do you mean?" I answered, "Well you know that I believe in know I believe in His Son Jesus and that He died on the cross for my sins. So what do I do now? Where do I go from here?" He was thoughtful for a moment and then asked, "Have you ever prayed the sinner’s prayer?" I said. "No, I never heard of it." He questioned, "Would you like to?" Moments later Ricky was leading me in prayer. I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and committed my life to Him. I felt as though I had taken some kind of a vow. Indeed I had! I was the first person Ricky had ever led to the Lord.

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Have you met the Savior? If you are reading this and you have not yet met Him, please consider this. The same God that loves me, loves you too. The same God that heard my cry for help, waits to hear from you also. The same God that forgave me for all my sins will forgive yours too. Call on the name of the Lord. Come to Him and let the angels rejoice!

My nephew Ricky...

...performing as "Beatle Paul."
...performing as "Beatle Paul."

I'm Your Beloved

 Lord it was You who created the Heavens

Lord it was Your hand that put the stars in their place

Lord it was Your voice that commanded the morning

Even oceans and the waves bow at Your feet

Lord who am I compared to Your glory? Oh Lord!

Lord who am I compared to Your majesty?

I am Your beloved, Your creation

and You love me just as I am

and You call me chosen for your Kingdom

I'm ashamed to call me your own

I am Your beloved


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      As Bill 

      9 years ago

      Born Again , your testimony really gave me a look into your heart . God seeks us when you call to him , we just need to lessen and to ask God for forgiveness of our sins

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      Tony L Smith 

      10 years ago from Macon

      Awesome testimony. Thanks for being so honest. He truly is the answer

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      11 years ago

      Love hearing peoples personal testimonies.

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      James Cain 

      11 years ago from Dayton Texas

      Thanks for your wonderful testimony. God is so good and knows where we were at.In your case he used Ricky. It amazes me to see how Gow had his hand in everything, bringing it together.

    • ladyeagle_cdc profile image


      11 years ago from San Juan City, Philippines

      Praise God! wonderful hub. Keep posting Born Again 05.

    • bayareagreatthing profile image


      11 years ago from Bay Area California

      Beautiful heartwarming testimony! It is so wonderful to walk with God!

    • sororityhousemom profile image


      11 years ago from Southeast US

      I loved reading your testimony. May we all be like Ricky so that everyone has the opportunity to know Christ.

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      11 years ago

      Today has been filled with the Lord; He led me to a Priest; He led to me to a pawn shop where I got a needed $100 but I was also given a testimony by a very large, beautiful 77 year old man, and now here I was led to open a Hub account and found you and your amazing story (and Ricky is the spitting image of Paul).

      Somewhere stuck in my mind is a phrase I'm reminded about "only through the eyes of a child." Maybe only through the heart of a child as with you and Ricky.

      It's so great that God never gives up on us no matter how many times we give up on Him. As long as we have a breath, He awaits our confession and prayer for salvation and then through His Grace, we are delivered.

      No longer by deeds as the Old Testament espouses but by the blood of the sacrifice of God's only begotten Son, Christ Jesus.

      I believe the moment Jesus doubted that His Father would live up to His promise by questioning Him, Why hast Thou forsaken me?" Jesus became more like man, human in our most desperate state, so He too knew our worst dilemma, separation from God through Sin.

      Is there a greater Sin than to doubt God's promise?

      And as Christ received the answered by His resurrection, we too may be resurrected in Christ, and through no other person.

      Soon I will relate my story and how I came to know Christ personally at age nine: CHRIST SHOWED HIMSELF TO ME, BUT WHY?

      Until then, please let me share my most famous and

      successful poem, revised here for the first time from FOR ALL KIDS' SAKE to FOR ALL GOD'S KIDS' SAKE, a change I've been contemplating for a very long time.

      The time is now right!


      Seek and We shall Find,

      The Mirror of our Mind.

      Hidden there to See,

      Ev'rything we Dream to be,

      To Do, to Say, to Think.

      In a Matter of a Wink,

      Life is Come & Gone

      Though Children think life long.

      Maturity isn't Growing old,

      But (too often) the Loss of Wonder's hold

      On ALL we Touch, Smell, and Taste.

      Discrimination's such a Waste

      Of the Wonderment there Is

      In Simply being God's Kids.

      Patrick George Harrison

      (Anyone and everyone has my permission to

      share my poem, exactly as written,

      for only personal, not commercial,

      reasons since it is now Copyrighted

      under the Copyright laws off the USA.

      God Bless Us All!


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      12 years ago

      Born Again Yes its true you can come home again it is the way Jesus told the story of the lost son. I love to read it and think about how he waited on me that way I once was lost but now I'm found it's just amazing yes we know that Amen Praise God thank you for your testimony. GOD BLESS YOU

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      Elisabeth Van Valkenburgh 

      12 years ago from Honesdale

      Thank you Pastor Walt. And isn't it great that as believers we all have a common bond through Christ and belong to the same family?

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      12 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

      Isn't the salvation of Jesus a wonderful life! These words are engouraging. Thumbs up from a new fan!

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      12 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Praise and thank the Lord for His calling. He knows the depth of your heart and answers you.

      Your nephew looks a bit like Paul. Take care and hold on to your faith. God loves you.

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      Elisabeth Van Valkenburgh 

      12 years ago from Honesdale

      Titan559...Thank you for your most encouraging words. I was saved four years ago on 3/11/05. I've been holding onto the Lord ever since. I never cease to be amazed at what HE has done and is doing in my life. Hope to share more of it on HP.

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      12 years ago from Florida

      Born Again 05... Thank you for sharing this with us. It has given me a window to see who you were and who you are now. I am so glad Christ came to lift you out of the loneliness. You have come far. Now He will fill all the empty places. Hold on to Christ and He will place a crown on your head and I pray that it will be filled with precious gems.

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      Elisabeth Van Valkenburgh 

      12 years ago from Honesdale

      Love you to sis!

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      Carrie Bradshaw 

      12 years ago from Manhattan

      Hi Born Again! Oh, for the release of shame that comes with complete forgiveness and healing ~ most of us have a place we may or may not be reserved to share, but the power of our testimony when we do! I'm so joyful that He saved a wretch like me and for others that have the courage to share and praise God for the beautiful change that happens with one little prayer. I love you, sister!

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      Elisabeth Van Valkenburgh 

      12 years ago from Honesdale

      Thank you HOOWANTSTONO! I do my best to follow His leading. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs and writing some of my own.


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      12 years ago

      Hi BA

      There is nothing more pleasing to hear how the HS moved you.


    • Born Again 05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Van Valkenburgh 

      12 years ago from Honesdale

      Thank you Wehzo. My nephew will always hold a special place in my heart. He was and still is obedient to God's calling. If you have an opportunity, please read my first hub (psalm). It expresses how I felt after my first year of walking with the Lord. God is awesome!

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      12 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Hi Born Again 05, that is a wonderful testimony. My heart was touched by the sincerity of your words. My hat is off to your nephew Ricky. Please let him know that I too, personally, thank him. After all, we are all family.

      God Bless


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