Today a minister, evangelist, speaker, author, and a retired race car driver... but a lot happened before this became a reality. Praise God for His goodness and faithfulness!
Do I have it all figured out? Nope, but I feel like I am on the right track in my life and also in getting to know Jesus intimately. Here are some milestones about me that have been transformative in a rich and glorious way. - Leslie
As a small child of 9, my mom (a.k.a. prayer warrior for me) gave me a little red bible. Mom penned a prayer for me inside the cover 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 became an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer.
In the summer of 2001 at a friend's birthday party, I met a tall, muscular handsome man, now my husband (not my 1st). He was an alcoholic - there is a lot 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.
After fully giving my life to Jesus, as an adult, 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.
I 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 God's glory shone in what looked like a bright ball of light as it 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. What happened were beautiful physical healing miracles, but the most amazing part was that it opened wide my spiritual eyes and created a strong desire to seek Jesus intently.
Another life changing event happened when I saw an audition call for a theatre show called, “Hard for the Money: Stories of Women, Work & Satisfaction.” I shared my story in this production and it opened a door so I could begin to heal from what I had been trying to bury within me.
Top glorious life shift for me was when I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, God's Spirit. I didn’t immediately speak in tongues, but I prayed fervently and asked God for this beautiful prayer language and soon afterword I received this heavenly language.
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.
A bible college was near my mother's home, and I had often imagined I would attend and become a leader for God in His earthly kingdom. A while back 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 enrolled in college. By the grace of God, I graduated and am now a licensed minister.
During the seven years of car racing, twice I reached the checkered flag 1st and I was in the top 5 many times. Now retired from this sport, I enjoy motorcycling in the country on beautiful days. I also have gone skydiving a few times and it was fun. I was always searching for fulfillment from the world, but not fully understanding what I was searching for. But then I met Jesus and fell in love with Him and now I am filled to overflowing.
"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1Corinthians 15:57)
I used to race to the checkered flag, but now I have victory through Jesus!
In this video: Leslie Jackson has 1st place victory in car racing. Praise God!