"Do I have it all figured out? Nope, but I finally feel like I am now at least on the right track in my life, faith, and getting to know Jesus. Here are a few milestones about me that have been transformative in a rich and glorious way as I pursue to know Jesus intimately." - Leslie
As a small child of 9, my mom (a.k.a. prayer warrior for me) gave me a little red bible. Now its pages are stained and wrinkled from countless page turning. Inside its worn cover there are penciled words like “Love”, “Jesus”, and “Psalm 23:4” with fancy decorations in a childlike handwriting. There, just inside the cover, mom penned a prayer for me that I have taken comfort in and repeated many times. I think back to those childhood days of just beginning to grasp the love of Jesus. If only it had continued to bloom along those lines, instead I got myself into many ditches.
As a Senior in High School and age 17 I became pregnant with my 1st child. I was able to graduate with my class, get married, and give birth to a healthy daughter at age 18. We lived just barely above poverty.
At the age of 20 I began working at a manufacturing company in the Assembly Department. Soon after starting I was promoted into the position of Quality Control Inspector. I later switched companies to make more money and was hired as a Quality Technician and began to live a life with some extra money after paying the bills. This new opportunity ultimately lead to a successful work life in the Quality field. I took classes and learned skills on the job and at the of age 42 I took an ASQ (American Society for Quality) exam, passed, and became an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer. I was then blessed by working as a Quality Engineer and Manager at a few manufacturing companies.
In the summer of 2001 at a friends birthday party I met a tall, muscular handsome man, now my husband (not my 1st). He was an alcoholic. We dated, broke up, he got sober, we dated, and then got married 3 years later. Of course, there is a lot more to this story. What I like to say about our journey together is, we help each other stop swerving on the road and now make our paths straight by love and supporting each other.
In 2006 my current husband and I decided to start a commercial roofing company. This company is still thriving today thanks to an amazing team of people we are surrounded with.
Since water baptism is the act of cleansing me from sins and my declaration of repentance I felt the need to be baptized again (was also baptized as an infant). August 2021 I was baptized in the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wisconsin. I felt renewed knowing my sins were washed away never to be seen again because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Down into the water burying my old nature and up out of the water, free from my sins as a new creation in my savior Jesus Christ.
I now know without a doubt, miracles do happen. One frigid winter night in our home in Wisconsin in my early 50's I thought I was having a heart attack because of massive hemorrhaging. From across the room a heavenly bright ball of light came towards me, enveloped me and I was instantly healed. Two weeks later, another brilliant ball of light healed me of severe cold and flu like symptoms. I was not sure how to fully communicate these miracles at first, but now I boldly share these amazing testimonies to demonstrate how awesome and loving our God is.
Another life changing event happened in 2018 when I saw on Facebook an audition call for a theatre show called, “Hard for the Money: Stories of Women, Work & Satisfaction.” I felt like it was calling out to me to submit my life’s story. I did submit my story and was selected to be a part of the production. Long story... but in short, I shared my story and it opened a door so I could begin to heal from what I had been trying to bury within me.
In February of 2021 when my pastor prayed over me for the baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues, an unknown prayer language as the Spirit gives utterance... I didn’t immediately speak in tongues, I went home, prayed and earnestly asked God for this beautiful prayer language. I started to move my mouth and tried speaking in tongues and then it happened, the words started to flow out of me like rivers of water. Halleluiah, I now love speaking in tongues because it truly is a lifeline to God when I speak and pour out my heart's desire to Him. It fills me up with confidence and assurance knowing God has heard my cries of desperation and also of worship.
Next I felt God calling me to share my life's story in an even bigger way. Releasing shame, pain, regret and guilt was what I worked through during the process of penning my books. This became another mile marker on my journey. With the help of God, and others, I have successfully published multiple books (see site navigation tabs) giving more substance to the above life changing events.
Charis Bible College was near my mother's home and I had often imagined I would attend and then become a leader for God in His earthly kingdom. A few years ago I said to my mom, "I have thought about becoming a minister, but I doubt that will ever happen." Her response was, "You never know." After she went to be with Jesus, I was again driving past Charis and felt with my extra time after mom's passing I needed to enroll in this bible college. I did, and now I am a graduate and a licensed minister by the grace of God!
During the seven years of car racing I had fun on the dirt track. I was in the top 5 many times and twice successfully reached the checkered flag 1st. Now retired from this sport, I enjoy motorcycling in the country on beautiful days. I even have gone skydiving a few times and it was fun, but not totally fulfilling in the true sense of the word. I was always searching, but not fully understanding what I was searching for. I read in the bible we are made in God's image (Genesis 1:26) and now I realize there is a place in my heart that only a right relationship with God can fill to overflowing.
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