The Walk

Sandy Malsom:  I’ve known this lovely lady  for 29 years.  Wow, I can’t believe that……. 29 years.  She has seen my babies grow up to men and helped me grow in my walk with the Lord.  I’m the daughter from another mother, that she has loved, nurtured and guided through some pretty tough stuff.  We can never have too many people to love or love us and I’m thankful that the Lord placed her in my life.  I’m sure that you will see in Sandy’s story that life hasn’t been full of fluffy clouds and cotton candy yet she found her way back to the Lord and He never let go of her.

14333848_1223781427663773_8911108674556470601_nTHE WALK   
“Be faithful until death and you will receive a crown of life.”  Be faithful.  When does it start?  For me, a life long “church goer” it began with Sunday school at age four.  “Jesus loves me this I know.”  My walk continued through youth because of Godly parents until I reached a “time of decision” at age twelve.  I loved Jesus, I knew I had sinned, and I wanted to go to heaven.  I was baptized on June 6, 1958.  The walk continued on a relatively smooth path.

Gradually the smooth path turned to one filled with boulders.  You may ask why?  I chose to sin.  It’s a long story but the results were I was sixteen and pregnant.  There is not enough time or space to go into all the details of a painful, horrible four-year period for me and my family. My son’s biological father was in and out of our lives.  Satan brought all the wrath of hell upon me, my son and my family for five years all because I chose to walk away from Jesus.  But, never was there a time when He left me alone. Jesus took the clay of which I am made and slowly, using my wrong choices and life’s experiences, set about making me into what He wanted me to be, His child.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I wish that I could say I never again made wrong decisions.  Not so.  But through each experience, I grew in my love for God.  It was wonderment to me.  He protected me.  He never left me alone.

When I was twenty-two I married a wonderful man whom I had known since I was in the third grade.    Dean and I have now been married for forty-eight years.  We lost our precious son ten years ago to cancer.  Half of my heart was gone.  However, Dean and I survived by staying close to God during a long mourning period.   We wanted to cocoon, and we did for a while, but we never left God and God was faithful.

As our marriage has ebbed and flowed we have been through joyous times, painful times, challenges and resolutions.  During the forty-eight years we have stayed in the Word and continue to make God the Center of our lives.  Never once have we ever walked alone.

James 1:12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Yes, Jesus loves me.  As another great Christian song says, “I will rise up and lay my crown at His wounded feet.”  I started my walk with God at age four.  I am now seventy years of age.  “Be faithful until death.”  Keep running the race.      Sandy Malsom

Thank you Lord for sending Sandy into my life 29 years ago and thank you for giving her to me today.  Be with the ladies/men that read this story and help their hearts be open to hear the good news about You. Amen!

Always His, Rhonda


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