I so enjoyed sharing with you about my amazing journey into this world! But I feel that I need to go even further back to share with you some things that God orchestrated even before I was born. One of these things came to light this past weekend, and I knew I had to share this with you!
About 5 years before I was born, my parents were unbelievers, and my mother was battling depression and my father was holding down two jobs trying to make ends meet. They had neighbors next door that through their testimony and witness, my mother found salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. For the next several years my mother learned of Jesus and His forgiveness and restoration. She learned that God was the giver of life, and that He was in control of her life and doing all things for her good. She was able to overcome most of her depression through claiming the promises of her Savior.
She prayed faithfully that my father would come to know Christ as his Savior too, but it seemed to not be His will yet. While my mom was carrying me, my father was secretly meeting with the pastor of the church in order to profess his faith and join the church. One the day I was baptized, my father surprised my mother by also professing his faith in Jesus Christ before the congregation that day. Isn't God amazing? God used these precious saints to bring both my parents to salvation by the time I was born, so I was blessed with attending a faithful church with believing parents all my life. This also meant that I would attend a Christian school, and come to a saving knowledge of Christ at an early age, and although I have had many ups and downs in my spiritual journey, I can say that I have been loving the Lord since I was just 8 years old, having given my heart to Christ during chapel in 3rd grade.
But I need to tell you more about these neighbors that shared the gospel with my parents. This godly man and his wife were Ted and Willy Triezenburg. I grew up knowing them as Uncle Ted and Aunt Willy. They were a wonderful example to our family, an example of godly parents and a close knit family. And they loved me and my siblings as their own. They took my mother, and later my father, under their wings and they became great friends. They discipled my parents through they years and were always there for them. They were even bowling team mates for the church league. I will always remember the times I biked over to Uncle Ted's jewelry shop in Ballard and stopped in to say "hi" - he would welcome me as though I were the most precious little girl in the world. He'd take time out of his busy day to listen to my prattle, and introduce me to some of his workers and let me ooh and aahhh over the pretty jewelry behind the glass. Aunty Willy was always ready with a sincere hug and wanting to know how I was doing. My parents even asked them to be my godparents, and I knew this. So in some ways I had a special bond with them through out my life. Earlier this month Uncle Ted went to be with His Saviour, and is now singing before His throne and it is good. I had the privilege this past weekend to attend his memorial and remember all the wonderful things about this man of God - his peppermints, his wink and a click of his tongue, the twinkle in his eye that told me that he loved me. I was also pleased to be able to thank Auntie Willy, probably for the first time, for sharing the gospel with my mother, which allowed me to grow up in a home with believing parents, giving me a heritage that was a foundation for serving my Lord and Saviour through my life.
Thank you, Father, for Uncle Ted and Aunt Willie and for their lives.