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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

About Me - Just Some Random Particulars

Just some random particulars about my life:

I've been in church from the time I was conceived.

Robert, my husband for 43 years, is still telling stories about his "pre-Sharon" days that I've never before heard (how can that be?).

Of the best gifts that the Lord has given me, four are my children, now grown with their own children (more gifts).

At the present time, my "grand-gifts" number 10.

And there are the "great-grand-gifts" - three darling little girls.

When it comes to doing laundry, I am an accomplished procrastinator.

This is what my husband and I would like to see accomplished in our marriage: May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Romans 15:5-7

For me, organic gardening is an avenue to observe - with my eyes, my ears, my sense of touch, my tastebuds, and my nose - the Creator's magnificent designs fashioned to delight me.

Amazingly, at 70 years of age, I am still kept in the love of God because of my Savior. Though I sin, His love rules our relationship and He continues to forgive and cleanse me daily (1 John 1:5-7).

The books I read convict me to get off my comfort zone to love and serve God more fervently. I need this!

"Garage sale-ing" and "thrift-store-hopping" are two of my favorite pastimes.

A serious goal for me is that my home will emulate the body of Christ - the church - in miniature. May Jesus be found here, welcoming, comforting, delivering and providing both physical and spiritual refreshment and sustenance, even when the house it is a bit or even a lot messy.

The Bible Project videos fascinate me and so effortlessly teach me about the Bible.

My little dog Tucker makes me laugh with his crazy-horse antics. I see in him God's wonderful sense of humor.

 A favorite pursuit is to share a meal around the table with whoever the Lord brings our way - our homeless neighbors, a friend that is ill or a daughter that God just snatched from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of His beloved Son.

Listening to John Piper consistently moves me to pursue a more surrendered life to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The YouVersion Bible provides Bible reading plans that put me at Jesus’ feet daily, gazing on His beauty.

About the time I was conceived, my great grandmother, Franziska, went to live with Jesus, leaving behind a legacy of love for her Savior. I discovered this treasure 17 years ago in a family history book. Read about this inspiring woman of God here!

Five years of my early Christian were lived as a legalist, yielding an “inside-out righteousness”, with my "legal lists" of dos and don'ts. Unmitigated pride was the fruit. BUT God delivered me and showered on me His love. A book, "A Legal Night" was born as I “unlearned” all I had erroneously believed and discovered again God’s amazing grace and Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith.

Jamin' is one way I preserve the fruit harvested here on our little farm, The Yarden of Feedin'. Find my recipes here on my food blog.

How encouraged I am by City Alight! The Lord used their song lyrics, rich with precious doctrinal truths, to transcend my physical pain while recuperating from a very tough surgery earlier this year.

How thankful I am that God loves and forgives sinners. I can get pretty messy at times. And here on "Grace, Greater than My Sin", you can read about my struggle to bring God glory.  

It's my hope that you will be encouraged through the truth of God's word, which includes the very relevant and soothing promise found in 1 John 1:9: "If we confess ours sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness". 

My, oh, my! Where would I be without His grace?!

Posted by Sharon Kaufman

About Me - Just Some Random Particulars