I am very laid back and easy to get along with. I'm always cheerful--the kind of person that has a smile on my face, no matter what. I am compassionate, caring, genuine, loyal, and loving. I have a good sense of humour and love to laugh. I am open minded, yet always ready to take a stand for my faith. I have big heart and am very generous. I'm an optimist yet also a realist. I can find enjoyment in just about every situation. I am even-tempered and very patient. I can be quiet (not shy) at first, but once I get to know you I start to open up. I'm a homebody--home being where my loved ones are. I put my all into my friendships expecting the same back. As a result, I've been disappointed many times, but will not change my viewpoint just because someone else thinks or acts differently.
I would classify myself as non-denominational or Berean Baptist and I'm looking for someone who has similar beliefs. Please check out thebereancall. org - it's a great ministry that God used to change my life. If you like what you see here, please drop me a line. What I'm looking for in a potential partner: It should go without saying that he should be a born again, practicing Christian. A man of God, strong in his faith, who is not afraid to stand for what he believes. A man who is considerate, compassionate, faithful, and diligent; a good communicator. Someone who searches the scriptures to know the truth. Someone who doesn't swallow what someone else says (even if it's a preacher) without filtering it through the Bible. I'm not looking for perfection, just someone who is seeking God with his whole heart. I want to marry my best friend. :) (I should mention, that I am striving to portray all the qualities that I have listed above as well. If I'm looking for them in someone else, then I should be practicing what I preach. )
God and my faith in Him mean the world to me. I grew up believing in God and going to church. There was never any doubt in my mind that He existed. I always tried to do the right thing (failing miserably, I might add. ) It wasn't until I was about 11 years old that I learned about being born again and what that meant. It was then that I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, realizing that nothing I could ever do could make me acceptable in God's sight. What a precious gift Jesus gave us--Salvation! Salvation from sin and death and eternal separation from God. Salvation from ourselves! Oh that we might all really realize just what He has done for us!! I believe that being born again is a daily decision--not just a one-time prayer. Saying the 'sinner's prayer' is the starting point, but each day we must surrender ourselves to God, trusting in Him with our all. To accept Christ as Saviour is to surrender our ways to Him. To believe, is to follow in His footsteps. You must die to be born again. We must die daily to self and all that it entails. That is not to say that we always *feel* saved. Salvation is not based on a feeling, it is based on what Jesus did and our acceptance and belief in Him. Our faith does not save us--Jesus does. Our faith and obedience are the outward expressions of accepting Him into our hearts. "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. . . . Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. . . . For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. " James 2:17-18, 24 & 26. A person who is truly saved should have a changed life. I'm not saying that it changes all at once--say a prayer and boom! a total transformation, overnight. No, I'm talking about a steady transition from fallen man to Christ-likeness. This is what should be apparent in our lives. Otherwise, what is the difference between the unsaved and the "Christian" who lives like the world? We are supposed to be set apart, a peculiar people: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. " 1 Peter 2:9 Growing up, I was the scapegoat in the class--the one everyone picked on and ostracized. Because of the constant teasing, I longed to just blend into the crowd and be accepted in hopes that the cruelty would cease. (I never did, mind you. ) Now that I'm an adult, I've been called "odd" and "different" on several occasions. In stark contrast to my reaction as a kid, I'm now SOOOO happy to receive such a wonderful compliment! My 3 best friends are not born again. My heart aches for their eternal well-being. They know the gospel, what I stand for and believe. I have tried to be a faithful witness and be an example by living my life as well as I can before them (by depending on Him every minute. ) The seeds have been planted, but only God can make them grow. To be honest, I'm not where I would like to be in my Christian walk. I think we could all say that if we were upfront and honest. I challenge myself daily to reach my goals. When I accomplish them, there are always others to take their place. I want to be challenged to grow in my faith and obedience to the Lord. Remaining neutral is not an option to me. I think when we become comfortable in our walk with the Lord we are in BIG trouble. "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth. " Rev. 3:15-16. I would estimate that I am well on my way to Christian maturity, but the farther I get the more I see just how far I have left to go. I think we all can relate to that! ;) It just proves how minute I am and how BIG God is. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. " Is. 55:8-9 Eternity is such a LONG time. How we live our lives here and now determines where we spend eternity. Worldly pleasures--no matter how innocent they may be--constantly threaten to replace our main focus in life: the Lord. We must keep first things first: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness. . . " Matt 6:33. "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works. . . " Rev. 2:4-5. I readily admit that I have fallen short of this very thing. But I am pressing forward. I think the following two verses perfectly sum it all up for me: "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. " Phil. 3:13-14.