I know God because I know Jesus.
When I was in kindergarten, my teacher told our whole class that we needed to ask Jesus into our hearts if we wanted to go to Heaven. There was no fear of any kind, no hell – fire – and brimstone tactic to scare me away from Hell. No walking down the aisle, or raising my hand, or anything. I just prayed for Jesus to come into my heart. I needed Him because I was separated from God, I needed Him as the one who died on the cross instead of me, I needed Him to raise me from being dead in my sins, I needed Him to live in me and make me a new creation.
1 John 5:11-13 gives me assurance of my salvation:
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
So my eternal life started 45 years ago! (Thank You Jesus!)
If you’re still reading, I’ll share with you that I grew up attending First United Methodist Church (Montgomery,AL) was baptized in First Baptist Church (Nashville,TN) and now attend Colonial Baptist Church (Cary, NC). I have been married to Wade since December 27, 1986, our son, Will, was born in 1990 and our daughter, Emily, was born in 1993. A new family member – my sweet daughter-in-law Sarah – was added in 2013, and we gained a “second son” in 2015 when Emily married Chris Nelsen.
And of course, I must mention our newest precious addition – our first grandchild! Baby Claire Ficken, born to Will and Sarah in 2017!
I have a degree in Economics from Auburn University (War Eagle!), and I have a Masters Degree in Biblical Literature from Shepherds Theological Seminary. My favorite classes in seminary were Hebrew and Theology. (I think my exposure to economic theories prepared me to process doctrinal truths!)
I have served at my church as the coordinator of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), as a student ministries leader, and as the coordinator of Women’s Bible Studies. I have been studying the Bible since high school, and have been teaching the Bible in one way or another for the past 25 years.
And yes, I go by “Elizabeth”… no nicknames!