I was an over-educated hippie girl, wondering what life was all about. I had fulfilled all my educational goals, married, owned a new home, had a Corvette in the garage, two pedigreed dogs, and was accepted to law school, but I knew something was missing. At the age of 23, every time I attained a new educational level or obtained some new material possession, I found that I still felt unfulfilled.
My sister Pat, the fourth oldest of my eight siblings, came to know the Lord first. She began sending me pamphlets about the Bible and articles from Moody Monthly magazine. One was an article about a cultish Bible study I had dabbled with in college called The Way International. It had a bibliography at the end, where I saw an interesting book title called The Mindbenders. I went to the only Christian bookstore I knew of to see if they had the book. The owner, Pastor Greg Estep, must have wondered about me that day. I had faded shredded jeans and long straight blonde hair. After finding the book, I turned and saw a book called, The Bible Believers Commentary on the Book of Revelation by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman. I grabbed that book too, knowing that Mike (my first husband who is now in Heaven) was occasionally interested in prophecy.
We both began reading that book in shifts. I knew the answer was there, and I would lie on my side of our bed and cry that Mike would keep reading that book. We passed it back and forth for about a week. One day, Mike called me into the bedroom and said, “I’ve just asked Jesus Christ to be my Saviour, why don’t you ask Him too?” I knelt down right then and prayed. (Romans 10:8-11 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.) I know when I got up from my knees that I was different. I had acquired a cursing problem since I left home at 18, and all those filthy words evaporated out of my vocabulary. I had been reading some trashy romance novels, and I became ashamed of even having them in the house. The world seemed to turn from black and white to vivid color. I had been gloriously saved!!