Choose Jesus, Choose Victory!
Today an evangelist, licensed minister, and author... 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 now feel like I am 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. 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. I was not sure how to fully communicate these sacred 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 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 game changer for me was when I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t immediately speak in tongues, but I prayed fervently and asked God for this beautiful prayer language, soon afterword I received the heavenly language.
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.
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, 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.