About This Blog
I practically grew up in the church. My mom and dad took me and my siblings to church early on.
We grew up in a strict Pentecostal church which leaned heavily on the “Thou shall nots.” There were a lot of restrictions put on us in the early days but it hasn’t dampened my love for God. Over time, through a series of events, my love has grown deeper and deeper for God.
I was a shy kid, unlike my siblings, and preferred being shut up in my room reading a book while the others were outside playing, and probably getting into mischief. 🙂
My family migrated to the Midwest from the South when I was around 9 years old. Although I am a Midwestern girl, my parents instilled those down home southern roots into my siblings and I early on. Those roots have stuck, and along with my Christian foundation, have made me into the person I am today.
Again, like I said, I grew up in the church and became acquainted with God early on. I can remember being in church 4-5 times per week, and all day on Sunday. I still remember those all-night pray shut-ins, and the regular “fellowshiping” we did with other churches in the area.
Because of our strict Apostolic upbringing, women couldn’t wear pants, makeup, or jewelry. This was done I suppose to separate us from the world, and keep us looking saved and holy. Some of my peers had a hard time with these strict restrictions and some started to rebel. Imagine being a youngster and looking different from your peers, and being called out for it. But it didn’t bother me that much I just learned to roll with the flow.
I met and fell in love with the man who would become my husband in church. I never knew he would be my husband but others would comment that we would make a great couple. Well, they were right because Ahmed was perfect for me. I sought the Lord for Him, and trusted Him to send the perfect husband. And He did. It was well worth the wait.
A few years after Ahmed and I had happily settled into marriage, he was diagnosed with cancer – the dreaded cancer. And although we fought a good fight, he did succumb to this disease about a year and a half later. I was devastated. Never had I imagined that I would one day become a widow. But there I was, struggling to pick up the fragments of my broken life wondering if I would ever put them back together again. Well, I’m happy to report that I was able to put the pieces of my life together again and move on with my life – with the Lord’s help.
It was during this difficult time in my life that I came to know God more. I came to rely on Him, whereas before I had previously relied on my husband, and before him, my parents.
God helped me through that difficult time. Held my hand. Allowed my to cry on His shoulder. Brought be out from depression and shame (the shame of widowhood that society often puts on you).
And once the fog had lifted, and the dust had settled, I was able to see clearly, and it was then that I realized how much God had really carried me through that period. While going through it, I thought God had abandoned. But I later realized that God hadn’t abandoned me at all. He was there all the time, I just hadn’t recognized Him because I was so deep in my grief and sadness.
God brought me through. Lifted me up. And gave me strength to stand.
I write about this difficult period in my life (love, marriage, death, and widowhood) in my book Step Out of the Shadows (For Widows Only!!!) – released 2016. Read more here.
I also write about this journey in a blog series on this blog (OnOurWay2Heaven.com): My Journey – How a Shy Little Girl Fell in Love with a King. Read more here.
Inspiration for this Blog
I needed a personal space where I could share some of the sweet treasures I gleaned out of the time I spent alone with my Heavenly Father. These treasures were so rich and so life-transforming that I couldn’t keep them to myself.
I also wanted to document the love bubbling up in my heart out of a loving relationship with the Lord, and His great love shown to me. Hence, this blog was born. (formerly: Why Not Serve Him – now: On Our Way 2 Heaven.com)
I find joy in walking. And these walks are even more enjoyable when I can sneak in a conversation, or two, with the Father. It’s amazing how much your life can be enriched just by sharing a single conversation with the Lord. And my life is enriched immensely as I walk and talk with God.
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that bring us joy. I’ve found great joy in having a relationship with God.
The things I share on this blog are from my heart. I’ve personally experienced God’s great joy, and His amazing peace, and, thus, I desire to share these things with you, the reader.
The purpose of On Our Way 2 Heaven.com is to be a source of encouragement to the Christian community. The Bible reminds us that we are strangers and sojourners on this earth – we are just passing through (1 Peter 2:11; John 17:16). Our final destination is Heaven.
The focus of On Our Way 2 Heaven.com is centered in truth, holiness, and righteousness – the things every believer needs to make it to Heaven.
God’s word is truth. And God, being a holy God, expects His people to also be holy. And righteousness is a good conscious before God.
Allow God to take you on an amazing journey of discovery. There’s so much depth in God yet to be uncovered. Spend time in His presence. He desires to fill you up with more of Him.
Our journey to Heaven won’t always be pleasant, but when we get there and are able to walk the streets of gold, never shed another tear, worship with the angels, and live with God for eternity, it will all be worth it!
Yours in Christ, ♥
If you Believe it, you can Have it, Be it, and Achieve it! ™
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