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Howdy Laura! Sounds like a wonderful family. Our youngest son, who will soon be 16, has some cognitive impairment, but he's high functioning and has even helped with some children with worse mental issues as well as some children with autism and downs. He's read books to them and helped them in various ways.

 

I was born again in 1981 (the reason for the 81 behind my name) while attending a night service at an Assembly of God church. The pastor there at the time was more conservative minded than some AoG pastors. I stayed with that church until he moved to another church and the pastor that replaced him turned out to be a VERY Charismatic pastor. It took awhile but the Lord finally brought a good Christian friend into my life and he introduced me to a fine IFB pastor and I became a member of his church.

 

It's good to have you with us, and thank you for the introduction!

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Hi Laura.  I didn't think you knew that you were supposed to introduce yourself.  I am glad that you did.  You sound like a very busy lady.  6 children?  Oy vey! 

I am glad that you are going to an IFB church.  I like my church very much.  During the winter months we don't have service in the evenings b/c of travel.  Our church is not close to home, and isn't accessible to many people.  After service, we have a fellowship lunch.  In fact, we do not have an actual church.  We meet in a civic center on Sunday mornings and Sunday nights in the Spring, Fall and Summer.  On Wednesday night, we meet in a nearby Lutheran church.  If weather permits we meet at our property in the Summer.  Those are my favorite services, b/c we meet outside.  Sometimes, the civic center is closed, so we meet at another civic center in my hometown on Christmas and Easter.  My point is, that no IFB church is the same.  That is the beauty of it.  We answer to the Lord Jesus Christ, with our pastor being the undershephard of the church.  When we make decisions, like purchasing property, our pastor and deacons meet then bring the ideas to the congregation.  I really like that, as I grew up in a church much different than that.  Fellowship is very important to IFB's.  I hope you are able to make some nice lady friends at your church.

I am glad you and your children like your new church.  I am sure you will grow there.  God bless you and yours.

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Welcome Laura.

I have a friend who has a high functioning autistic child. You wouldn't know it until someone says something that he takes literally when it is obviously not meant that way. Otherwise he just seems a little intense - like he is concentrating. Once it is pointed out you sort go "Oh that explains it".
The mother homeschools her two kids, against medical advice, but has done great by her kids.


I have four kids - proud of them all.

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Welcome aboard, Laura. We really are glad to have you with us.

My step-grandpa was a pentecostal preacher (not with the AoG, though). After he got to the point where he couldn't get about, he began really reading the Bible. Although he died a pentacostal, we used to tease him that he was sounding more like a Baptist every day. :-) And he was. We loved talking with him about the Bible. He joined my uncle in Glory a while back, then his wife went to Glory, with my dad joining them all almost two years ago. Looking forward to seeing them again!

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Welcome aboard, Laura. We really are glad to have you with us.

My step-grandpa was a pentecistal preacher (not with the AoG, though). After he got to the point where he couldn't get about, he began really reading the Bible. Although he died a pentacostal, we used to tease him that he was sounding more like a Baptist every day. :-) And he was. We loved talking with him about the Bible. He joined my uncle in Glory a while back, then his wife went to Glory, with my dad joining them all almost two years ago. Looking forward to seeing them again!

My parents passed recently from Alzheimer's.  7 months apart.  I think about that all the time...seeing them again.  Can't wait for that glorious reunion but still have work to do here.  Sometimes it's hard to see my residents at work because in the short time I've been there...I can already see the changes in their deterioration.  After the experience with taking care of my parents,  I feel I'm there for a reason.  It taught me to let go and completely rely on God.  There is no greater source.

 

My sister still goes to AOG.  They teach salvation correctly, I think, but the thought of losing it made me feel worse after the service was over than I how felt before it began.  I didn't like questioning my salvation.  It made me question my family's as well. My pastor now (IFB) conducted my parents' funeral in July.  He did a beautiful job in comforting all who came and preached assurance of salvation.

 

What made you go to a Baptist church considering your background? 

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Welcome Laura.

I have a friend who has a high functioning autistic child. You wouldn't know it until someone says something that he takes literally when it is obviously not meant that way. Otherwise he just seems a little intense - like he is concentrating. Once it is pointed out you sort go "Oh that explains it".
The mother homeschools her two kids, against medical advice, but has done great by her kids.


I have four kids - proud of them all.

By looking at my son, you can't tell either.  He gets obsessed with things (balloons and flags) and repeats himself a lot...kinda just gets stuck.  I sent him to school because one of the symptoms of autisim are social in nature.  He's very academically smart and very clever.  Yeah...they don't get sarcastic humor.  They take it literally.  I have to keep reminding my other kids so they don't get into arguments.

 

Nice to meet you.  :-)

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Howdy Laura! Sounds like a wonderful family. Our youngest son, who will soon be 16, has some cognitive impairment, but he's high functioning and has even helped with some children with worse mental issues as well as some children with autism and downs. He's read books to them and helped them in various ways.

 

I was born again in 1981 (the reason for the 81 behind my name) while attending a night service at an Assembly of God church. The pastor there at the time was more conservative minded than some AoG pastors. I stayed with that church until he moved to another church and the pastor that replaced him turned out to be a VERY Charismatic pastor. It took awhile but the Lord finally brought a good Christian friend into my life and he introduced me to a fine IFB pastor and I became a member of his church.

 

It's good to have you with us, and thank you for the introduction!

That's wonderful!  God uses your son to help others with similar issues.  There's always a reason for everything even if we may not understand or have all the puzzle pieces.

 

It's very nice to meet you!

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I do not know how socially correct it is to offer welcome to someone who has been here longer than I.  In the spirit of caution-throwing, welcome. 

 

 

Is that French?  I think I see some English and Spanish words too.  I'm part French but only speak a little.  Le bag...le car...Pepe Le Pue.  :-)

 

 

It's spam.

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My parents passed recently from Alzheimer's.  7 months apart.  I think about that all the time...seeing them again.  Can't wait for that glorious reunion but still have work to do here. So true!! Sometimes it's hard to see my residents at work because in the short time I've been there...I can already see the changes in their deterioration.  After the experience with taking care of my parents,  I feel I'm there for a reason.  It taught me to let go and completely rely on God.  There is no greater source.

 

My sister still goes to AOG.  They teach salvation correctly, I think, but the thought of losing it made me feel worse after the service was over than I how felt before it began.  I didn't like questioning my salvation.  It made me question my family's as well. My pastor now (IFB) conducted my parents' funeral in July.  He did a beautiful job in comforting all who came and preached assurance of salvation.

 

What made you go to a Baptist church considering your background? 

Oh, I agree - working at a home like that can really help us see how short life is!  We (my hubby and I) lead a Saturday morning service (well, he leads it...I just help with things like the music, stories, etc) at an area nursing home weekly.  We've been there for 12 years now and we've seen a lot of people pass on. Praise the Lord, the greater majority have been saved, some even through our ministry. What a blessing that is!  Kudos to you for being willing to spend time with them. I know it's a job, but I'm thinking that it's probably more than a job for you!

 

All of my Dad's family is still pentecostal (if they go to church at all).  The only one besides my Dad who left that is the uncle who is now in Heaven.  It's interesting - they are the only 2 (of 5 living) who joined the Navy and thus left the area.  They both got saved and became Baptist.  He is actually my step-Dad. I was 9 when he and my mother married.  We had gone to church some when we were younger, but I don't know what type (I only remember a little church at the end of our street. My sister and I had matching [other than the color] "granny dresses" - seriously, that's what they were called - and we wore them that day. LOL - the things we remember from our wee years!).

 

After they were married for a bit, a church bus captain came visiting the neighborhood (a different one from the one I mentioned above).  I was invited, said yes, and then promptly forgot about it.  The next Saturday I spent the night with a friend.  The bus captain came back; I felt really bad about missing the bus; I rode and really liked it.  The pastor then came to visit. It wasn't until years later that I found out that, for various reasons, my Mom had been praying that God would intervene in our lives.  And He did.  

 

The church was IFB (in fact, one of our members here, calvary, is a missionary sent out from that church) and less than 3 years old.  That was really our first experience with IFB (although in later years I found out that one of the first Baptist elders in America was my 11th generation back g-grandfather...he wasn't IFB [it didn't exist then], but he was Baptist...kinda neat, really!).  My Dad loved it, so did my Mom.  We moved from there (WA) to WVA, my Dad's home state.  We didn't live there for many years (we moved a lot when I was growing up), but were able to get to know family really well.  I think, had we lived near them before getting involved in Baptist circles, we likely would have become pentecostal simply because of the family.  I love my family dearly, but I do believe God protected us from that, knowing that we would be moving there.

 

My hubby's family isn't pentecostal, but there is some flavoring from it (his Grandma was, and his Mom never lost her belief that one could lose their salvation).  We have talked and prayed about it often.  It's so hard to know - are they saved?  Did they truly trust Christ?  Well, I'd have to say yes to many of them.  While they do believe they can lose it, when they were saved, they fully trusted Christ - and were later taught they could lose it.  It's a sad way to go through life.  I know we all have issues, but to not have peace in the heart about eternity - especially when we lose loved ones - would have to be miserable!

 

The tongues thing bothered me before I ever became Baptist. In fact, the friend I spent the night with the weekend I was supposed to ride the bus was pentecostal.  We attended her church the next morning. Quite a fancy church it was, too. And there were tongues.  Scared me, that's for sure!  :icon_smile:

 

It sounds like you are one busy lady!  We only have one son. He's married now and living about 3 1/2 hours away.  We don't get to see them very often, but love it when we can.  They haven't been married for a year yet, so no grandkids in the picture (just a granddogger).  But soon, we are hoping (they really want kids, too, so it isn't just us  :ROFL: ).

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Oh, I agree - working at a home like that can really help us see how short life is!  We (my hubby and I) lead a Saturday morning service (well, he leads it...I just help with things like the music, stories, etc) at an area nursing home weekly.  We've been there for 12 years now and we've seen a lot of people pass on. Praise the Lord, the greater majority have been saved, some even through our ministry. What a blessing that is!  Kudos to you for being willing to spend time with them. I know it's a job, but I'm thinking that it's probably more than a job for you!

 

All of my Dad's family is still pentecostal (if they go to church at all).  The only one besides my Dad who left that is the uncle who is now in Heaven.  It's interesting - they are the only 2 (of 5 living) who joined the Navy and thus left the area.  They both got saved and became Baptist.  He is actually my step-Dad. I was 9 when he and my mother married.  We had gone to church some when we were younger, but I don't know what type (I only remember a little church at the end of our street. My sister and I had matching [other than the color] "granny dresses" - seriously, that's what they were called - and we wore them that day. LOL - the things we remember from our wee years!).

 

After they were married for a bit, a church bus captain came visiting the neighborhood (a different one from the one I mentioned above).  I was invited, said yes, and then promptly forgot about it.  The next Saturday I spent the night with a friend.  The bus captain came back; I felt really bad about missing the bus; I rode and really liked it.  The pastor then came to visit. It wasn't until years later that I found out that, for various reasons, my Mom had been praying that God would intervene in our lives.  And He did.  

 

The church was IFB (in fact, one of our members here, calvary, is a missionary sent out from that church) and less than 3 years old.  That was really our first experience with IFB (although in later years I found out that one of the first Baptist elders in America was my 11th generation back g-grandfather...he wasn't IFB [it didn't exist then], but he was Baptist...kinda neat, really!).  My Dad loved it, so did my Mom.  We moved from there (WA) to WVA, my Dad's home state.  We didn't live there for many years (we moved a lot when I was growing up), but were able to get to know family really well.  I think, had we lived near them before getting involved in Baptist circles, we likely would have become pentecostal simply because of the family.  I love my family dearly, but I do believe God protected us from that, knowing that we would be moving there.

 

My hubby's family isn't pentecostal, but there is some flavoring from it (his Grandma was, and his Mom never lost her belief that one could lose their salvation).  We have talked and prayed about it often.  It's so hard to know - are they saved?  Did they truly trust Christ?  Well, I'd have to say yes to many of them.  While they do believe they can lose it, when they were saved, they fully trusted Christ - and were later taught they could lose it.  It's a sad way to go through life.  I know we all have issues, but to not have peace in the heart about eternity - especially when we lose loved ones - would have to be miserable!

 

The tongues thing bothered me before I ever became Baptist. In fact, the friend I spent the night with the weekend I was supposed to ride the bus was pentecostal.  We attended her church the next morning. Quite a fancy church it was, too. And there were tongues.  Scared me, that's for sure!  :icon_smile:

 

It sounds like you are one busy lady!  We only have one son. He's married now and living about 3 1/2 hours away.  We don't get to see them very often, but love it when we can.  They haven't been married for a year yet, so no grandkids in the picture (just a granddogger).  But soon, we are hoping (they really want kids, too, so it isn't just us  :ROFL: ).

HappyChristian...are there two responding on the same profile name?   I see the pic of husband and wife (assuming) and always thought HappyChristian was the male in the pic responding to the posts.  I see LuAnn at the end of each post.  I just want to know who I am talking to.  Silly me.

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HappyChristian...are there two responding on the same profile name?   I see the pic of husband and wife (assuming) and always thought HappyChristian was the male in the pic responding to the posts.  I see LuAnn at the end of each post.  I just want to know who I am talking to.  Silly me.

Oh, no - I'm LuAnne.  The man in the pic is my son, Joshua. Handsome fella, isn't he?  hehehe

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Oh, no - I'm LuAnne.  The man in the pic is my son, Joshua. Handsome fella, isn't he?  hehehe

Awesome!  Ok...that makes a difference in how I read and respond because men and women relate differently in how we speak. Okay...nice to meet you officially, LuAnne.  Ha ha!  Handsome son...yes.  You must be very proud.

 

I used to volunteer at a nursing home with the IFB church I attend now.  They went on Saturdays and preached and sang to the residents.  I stopped because I started having some health issues (I'm ok now) but now I get to work at one.  They also have people come in and do services.  One is nondenominational and the other is Catholic.  I encourage people to go to the nondenominational one.  Those are the only two choices.  

 

I can't imagine being a grandmother yet because my youngest is 5.  I'm 47 but I'm not ready yet!  Ha ha.  I want my girls to finish school and mature and I pray to God they find the kind of spouse that is Christian and supportive.  Sadly, it took me a second time to find that.  I don't want them to go through that.

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Awesome!  Ok...that makes a difference in how I read and respond because men and women relate differently in how we speak. So true! Okay...nice to meet you officially, LuAnne.  You, too.  :th_tiphat:  Ha ha!  Handsome son...yes.  You must be very proud. I am.  I love him dearly. Just a wee bit more about us - he was in the National Guard, also.  Military service runs deep in our blood, and he served for a while. He's in the last year of his two year IRR and has a feeling he'll be called back up because of what's going on internationally....

 

I used to volunteer at a nursing home with the IFB church I attend now.  They went on Saturdays and preached and sang to the residents.  I stopped because I started having some health issues (I'm ok now) but now I get to work at one.  They also have people come in and do services.  One is nondenominational and the other is Catholic.  I encourage people to go to the nondenominational one.  Those are the only two choices.  I hear you. The home we minister in has JW services, Catholic, sometimes Mormon, nondenom, and pentecostal, plus one evening a week with "Pastor Deborah." It's a Bible Therapy class. The class premise is actually a good idea, but...

 

I can't imagine being a grandmother yet because my youngest is 5.  I'm 47 but I'm not ready yet!  Ha ha.  I want my girls to finish school and mature and I pray to God they find the kind of spouse that is Christian and supportive.  Sadly, it took me a second time to find that.  I don't want them to go through that. I don't blame you in the least bit.  Who our kids marry affect us in many ways.  And you are wise to encourage your girls to finish school and mature.

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My oldest daughter was going to join National Guard but now wants to be a veterinarian.  She loves animals.  More like obsessed with them.  She lives in FL so is unfortunate I can't see her much.  My other daughter is going to school for nursing.  It doesn't matter how old they get.  They're still your babies.  :-)

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My oldest daughter was going to join National Guard but now wants to be a veterinarian.  She loves animals.  More like obsessed with them.  She lives in FL so is unfortunate I can't see her much.  My other daughter is going to school for nursing.  It doesn't matter how old they get.  They're still your babies.  :-) Man, that's true!

A veterinarian and a nurse - nice! It's hard when our family lives so far away.  We don't have any family that live here, and our son is 3 1/2 hours away.  Close, but still not close enough.  My family is all on the west coast, and my hubby's is all in OH.  So, distance to travel whichever way we go, and it's not easy to get off work for my hubby. 

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A veterinarian and a nurse - nice! It's hard when our family lives so far away.  We don't have any family that live here, and our son is 3 1/2 hours away.  Close, but still not close enough.  My family is all on the west coast, and my hubby's is all in OH.  So, distance to travel whichever way we go, and it's not easy to get off work for my hubby. 

Most of my family is in MI.  I met some family from CO on facebook.  We made arrangements to meet in summer and they came to WI (where I live).  That was awesome meeting them for the first time even though their mother was my dad's sister.  I don't always care for facebook because of negativity on it but used to connect with some amazing people.

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Most of my family is in MI.  I met some family from CO on facebook.  We made arrangements to meet in summer and they came to WI (where I live).  That was awesome meeting them for the first time even though their mother was my dad's sister.  I don't always care for facebook because of negativity on it but used to connect with some amazing people.

That is really neat!  I've been able to meet distant relatives that way, too.  We live in NW Indiana.

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Do you like it there?  My husband and I talk about moving when we retire out of state (somewhere warmer) but that's too far away to think about for me.  

 

It was nice getting to know you.  Would like to talk to you more.  I am going to clean my house.

 

Do you work?  

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