Elaine

Elaine Elaine KGF

I was raised in a home terrorized by an abusive father.  He was Baptist; my mother was a Jehovah’s Witness.  The things that were said and done in support of their beliefs (and despite their beliefs) left me with no respect for religion.  My parent’s arrangement for their kids to be one-week-at-his-church and one-week-at-her-church did provide me with a belief in God but I had no faith in God.  I cried out to Him in prayer and could not understand why a loving God wouldn’t intervene and stop the pain.

I left home at an early age and struggled with low self-esteem and anger.  In my mid 20’s - after a very self-destructive stage fuelled by a search for answers, acceptance and love - I turned a corner and determined to not allow myself to be defined by my upbringing.  I resolved to rise above my past and make something of myself.  I worked very hard to achieve what I thought would bring success and happiness.  By 1991, I was with a wonderful man and we were at the apex of what (by worldly standards) we thought should bring total satisfaction (great job, new home, world travel). But all the possessions and the power and the prestige didn’t satisfy, and we still had a sense that something was missing.  It was in a moment of pondering this, that Christ broke through.  When we opened our minds, hearts and souls to God, he was waiting.  He led us to a wonderful bible-teaching, Christ-centered church and a Pastor who became our teacher and friend.   After a few months of intense bible study with him, we were baptized and married.  God blessed us with a very special church family.  A place to feel connected and loved…as I never did in my earthly family.

Since that time, I would need a hundred more pages to describe all the ups and downs that have occurred, and how faithful God has been through it all.   2002 and 2003 were truly awful years.   My husband Frank passed away after a brave fight with brain cancer and I also lost my Mum, my Dad-in-Law, my Mum-in-Law and our home (in the Okanagan Mountain fire) within 9 months on either side of Frank’s death.  Through it all, I came to the realization that when you experience the depths of darkness, no one else but God can sustain you – or comfort you – or heal you.  There is no strength other than His capable of pulling you back into life.   I discovered an unshakable acceptance of the Lord’s will and timing.  And even though since coming to Christ, I have acknowledged and praised him for his hand on my life, it is only in these last years that I have fully surrendered to Him and fully trusted His mercy and grace.

Since that time, the Lord has also blessed me in a way I never imagined.  He brought an incredible man into my life who had also lost his spouse (Kathy) to cancer.   I married Don Embury May 15, 2005.   From the first time we had lunch together, I saw “the fruits of the spirit” (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) in him more than anyone else I have ever known.  I am richly blessed to be his wife and a Mum to his daughters.

My life verse is from Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight”.

The Lord has now led us both to KGF and we are so excited to be part of this wonderful church family, to learn and to serve alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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0 # Jacob Friesen 2010-08-04 12:26
"Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised! His ways are past finding out...! "
But oh! How good to to be walking in them.
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0 # carol 2011-12-01 09:37
The Lord never leaves us in our sorrows or a pit,
swcr6eph must have all but given up hope when he was imprisoned. but what a future lay ahead.
swcr6eph didnt see it but God knew, and He never leaves us in the pit.
Only after great suffering are we able to comfort others in theirs.
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