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Joshua's Choice


I was raised in a Christian home and so I cannot remember a time when I did not know that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of the world, that he was crucified on the cross and rose again. So I do not have a story about the exact moment I was saved,

but throughout my life, certain events and circumstances have brought me to a deeper understanding of my salvation. 

Jesus is my personal Lord and Savior.
I heard a sermon about Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.  The minister highlighted the fact that Jesus was not only God (I already knew that) but also human (I knew it, but never really thought about it).  As a human being knowing the agony and torture he faced the next day, he must have been terrified!  He was so stressed out, he sweat blood - a known medical condition called hematidrosis.  He prayed, "Father, take this cup away from me!"  He could have run away - he had slipped away from his enemies may times before.  But he did not run away.  He said, "Not my will, but your will be done," and submitted to the soldiers.  And through the entire ordeal, as Michael W. Smith wrote, he thought of me, above all.  I finally understood what it means that Jesus is my personal Savior - he faced ridicule, torture, agony, death and hell FOR ME.

I know I'm a sinner in need of forgiveness.

I have been married for eleven years to my best friend in the world.  Randy is my true love, my strength and my joy.  But like the Christian journey, getting married does not mean life will always be easy.  Marriage has taught me the true meaning of repentance and forgiveness.

I commit my life to following Jesus.

Romans 12:1 says, "offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spirirual act of worship."  As the lead singer for Joshua's Choice, I have learned what it means to commit my life to Christ.  That commitment goes beyond singing praise and worship tunes.  I live for Christ in everything I do - at work, at home, at play.  I am always on the lookout for opportunities to share my beliefs, to be a role model, to be a friend.  On May 4, 2003, I had the priviedge of full-immersion baptism and recommitted my life to Christ - what an awesome experience! 

The biggest lesson I have learned is that I am a work-in-progress.  While my salvation is a complete and finished work, the Lord's work in me will continue for the rest of my life on earth:
He who began a good work in [me] will be faithful to complete it.
Php 1:6.