You can’t tell from looking at me today, but I avoided the Lord Jesus Christ for the first 34 years of my life, turning to a “Higher Power” only in times of dire emergency or extreme turbulence. Raised by a brilliant, but liberal single mom, I was taught to be responsible and moral, but not spiritual. It wasn’t until I was poised to marry my college sweetheart that I accepted Jesus as my Savior at a Christmas program. My husband’s immediate job relocation after the wedding derailed any urgency to be discipled or trained. A new husband, a new city, a new home, and a new job preoccupied my days leaving me saved, but spiritually and Biblically illiterate.
After 7 years of marriage, the first of two children was born to Jay and I and a host of questions about God was reignited. I joined a Bible study to accumulate information so I’d be prepared to answer questions my children might ask about God. What started as an educational quest ended with a life long commitment to God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus became not only my Savior, but LORD of my life. I have been leading other women to Jesus in weekly Bible studies and at women’s events ever since.
Widowed at 40 and left with two small children when my husband Jay died unexpectedly of a heart attack, I testify of God’s faithfulness in times of great tragedy and the power of his love and comfort by the Holy Spirit and through his Body, the church. I share my gift of faith and joy with women of all ages. A third generation teacher, I teach the Bible by topic or theme at retreats, holiday programs, and MOPS meetings.
I am a homebody by nature; my favorite pastimes are reading, baking, and watching videos (as long as I control the remote). I do like an occasional adventure. I acquired my pilot’s license at 42 so I can fly single engine airplanes and later, I obtained my motorcycle endorsement to ride with the men in my family.
I married Dave Dykstra in 2001. At 37, Dave, who had never been married or had children of his own, courageously took us on – - a woman at the precipice of menopause and two prepubescent boys. Jake who was 12 by then, and Eli who was 9, both welcomed Dave’s request to adopt them the following year.
These days, both young men are grown and doing well. Jake is a Mechanical Engineer, Eli is a fire fighter. After 13 years as a family man, Dave is grayer but successful at home and at work. We live and serve Jesus in Grand Rapids, MI.
Statement of Faith
I believe the Bible in its original writings to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God.
I believe that there is One God, eternally existent in Three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
I believe that man was created in the image of God, and that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God.
I believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His death as atonement for the sins of all who believe in Him, in His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven, and in His personal return to earth in power and glory.
I believe that the Holy Spirit indwells each believer at the moment of salvation and continues to empower and teach as the believer is yielded more and more completely to God. The Holy Spirit is evident in the believer’s life by the fruit He gives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control; by the varieties of gifts He gives to build up His body, the church, and by the power He gives to witness and make disciples.
I believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, and the commitment we share to spread His Word and to minister to the needs of one another.