My college and my college town (1973-1977, 1979-1981):
Lee University, formerly Lee College,
my 1977 alma mater
Wm. G. Squires Library and Hal Bernard Dixon Jr. Research Center formerly
Lee College Library, where I worked 1975-1977 and 1979-1981.
Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee
Christian Colleges/Schools Where I've Worked:
Lee University (Church of God), Cleveland, Tennessee
Meredith College (Southern Baptist), Raleigh, North Carolina
St. Mary's School (Episcopal), Raleigh, North Carolina
Churches I've attended:
Bob White Boulevard Church of God, Pulaski, VA
Cary Church of God, Cary, NC, near Raleigh
Heflin Church of God, Heflin, AL
Indian River Presbyterian Church, Ft. Pierce, FL
Lion of Judah Family Worship Center, Madison, AL
North Cleveland Church of God, Cleveland, TN
Oleander Avenue Church of God, Ft. Pierce, FL
Palm Vista Church of God, Ft. Pierce, FL
Killearn United Methodist Church, Tallahassee, FL
Words of Life Church of God, Tallahassee, FL
St. Ann Catholic Church, Decatur, AL
Tallahassee Church of God, Tallahassee, AL
Coral Ridge Presbyterian, D. James Kennedy
Crystal Cathedral, Robert Schuller
EWTN, Mother Angelica
In Touch, Charles Stanley
TBN, Trinity Broadcasting Network
Worldnet Catholic Television, Father Manning
Zola Levitt Presents
Christian/Messianic music artists:
CC Music Christian Artists List
One In Messiah Radio
Stephen Curtis Chapman
WSTW-FM Messianic/Christian Music--Listen Live Online!
Christian/Messianic site directories:
Catholic Information Center on the Internet
ChurchSurf Directory of Christian Churches
Messianic Jewish Online
Messianic Judaism at Suite 101
New Advent Catholic Website
The OmniList of Christian Links
Other Christian/Messianic sites:
Rebecca at the Well Foundation
Prayers and devotional readings:
Daily Bible Reading
Common Catholic Prayers
Daily Inspirations from Guideposts
Quite Moments from Catholic Digest
Rebecca at the Well Devotions
Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua
Audio Bible Online
The Douay-Rheims Bible Home Page
The Hebraic Roots Version
King James Version
Messianic Version Bibles
Restored Name King James Version
Revised Standard Version
Virtual Christianity: Bibles
World English Bible, Messianic Edition
Bible Study Reference Tools:
Goshen's Bible Study Tools
Worldwide Study Bible
Christian Literature/Church History:
The Baltimore Catechism
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Early Church Fathers
Nazareth Master Catechism
My mother was Baptist, and my dad was Methodist. For dates, they
attended church services together. They also started attending pentecostal
meetings, and soon after they were married, they became charter members
of the little Church of God in town. They raised all four of us kids
there, in a little church where people with few worldly possessions
sung of a better world, with songs like "Heaven's Jubilee", "I'll
Fly Away", and "When We All Get to Heaven".
I chose to go to a church college. That was like heaven on earth for me.
Praise and worship choruses, "Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul", "He is Lord",
"God is So Good" and so many others from those days linger in my head and in my heart,
and they are my Song in the Night. While
there, I was fortunate be able to attend concerts of
Nancy Harmon and the Victory Voices,
Andre Crouch, and others.
I used to buy a lot of contemporary Christian tapes and to keep
up with all the artists. I've been to concerts of
Steven Curtis Chapman,
and others. I've loved the songs of Amy
Grant and have even used a couple of them on individual pages at my
site, I Will Remember You"
because they said just what I wanted to say on these pages: for my poem,
"Sights and Sounds"
and on this page of my Photo Album.
There have been so many years and so many changes, but recently I've
rediscovered my faith, and I've also developed a new appreciation for
my roots, along with an admiration I've acquired over the years for
Christians of all faiths, both protestant and Catholic.
In my second marriage, I married a Catholic and I learned
him and from my Catholic friends.
I have seen God's love in a people of all faiths, both protestant
and Catholic. Though experiences may vary and terminology may
be different, our God is the same, and we are bound together in
love for Him. Events, places, and people in my life have
brought me a long way, and I've learned so much all along the way,
but there is still so much more to learn.
Though I have not always lived as I should for Him, God has never left me,
has never forsaken me, so now I truthfully and gratefully can sing
"It is well, it is well, with my soul."
I pray that you will allow God to surround you with His love and peace,
wherever you are, whatever your background, He is not limited by your
circumstances, and His love is greater than anything you've ever
encountered. If you feel you've done too much, gone too far astray,
let me tell you the good news-- Jesus said "I will never leave you nor
forsake you"--Hebrews 13:5. He keeps that promise-- I know this personally.
Just one more thing-- I have to tell you about our First Sunday of Advent
Service this year at the Catholic Church that my husband and I attend.
I felt like I was back in some of the other churches I've attended through
the years. First, before the service began, a male trio sang "When We All
Get to Heaven"!!! Then there were several others familar songs during the
services-- even "Soon and Very Soon, We Are Going to See the King" was
among them, and there was "Fill My Cup, Lord" during communion, and an
instrumental of one of Andre Crouch's songs-- I think it was "To God be
the Glory"-- that we sung in my college church choir, and even the old
song "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" at the end of the service.
An Update: Sometimes it seems different churches are right for us at
different times in our lives. I guess that's what the Catholic church was
for me, 1999-2004, and perhaps was preparing the way in me for what came next.
In mid-2004 I found another faith, with even more ancient roots,
even more like the very first believers in Christ, who I now call Yahshua,
the Messiah, the promised Son of YHWH (Yahweh, God). I feel I have come full
circle in a way, back to worship more like what I grew up with, and yet,
it's not a more recently formed faith, Messianic Judaism has been around
from the beginning, is the true beginning, of what we all know as the Christian faith.
Now I need to start a page of Messianic music, the music I love so very much,
the music which attracted me, drew me like a magnet to my newfound faith!
Somehow I think my mother would like it too, would love it, and would be
very happy for me, as I sing praise to the One she loved so and praised throughout her life.
See also my Christian Music Links,
A Song in the Night, and
Take Comfort, and Favorite Catholic Links.