What is your story?

I have not posted my story for a while so I thought it was time again how I gave my life to Christ.I went up for the rebound and two of us had our hands on the ball. Unfortunately, the other guy was much bigger and slammed the ball into my two fingers and the pointer finger knuckle on my left hand. This was very early in my second semester, senior year at Villanova University, 1975. Off I went to the emergency room and exited with a cast on my left hand and covering my wrist.  I do love the game of basketball and also enjoy playing the game. However, playing was out for about six weeks. Also, band was done for six weeks since I play the drums. Two activities I enjoyed ended for a short time. I had plenty of time to read and study.

I met my future wife, Patti, over the previous summer, and she asked me to give her a list of the priorities in my life. God, at that time, did not make the top ten. I grew up Catholic but stopped going to church when I moved away to college. When I went back to school my second semester Senior year in 1975, Patti sent along a book by Josh McDowell, titled “Evidence that demands a Verdict”. He started writing the book to disprove the existence of God and through the proofs and establishing the evidence there is a Jesus Christ and there is a God, he ended up becoming a Christian. Being influenced by Patti, McDowell’s book and a few guys in Campus Crusade for Christ (who are no longer on the Villanova campus), I gave my life to the Lord as the forgiver and leader of my life. I admitted I am a sinner and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins. I committed to following God. I believe God wanted and got my attention in February, 1975. This was the beginning of my journey with God. I have had awesome seasons and hard seasons. By knowing God better each day, I strive to keep my grounded and growing curve mostly on an upward trend. Many of these verses in this book has strengthened and encouraged Patti and I as He has guided us through our joys and struggles in over 45 years together. We try to continue to move forward. because that is the standard I use to challenge myself. Also, with the cast, I was limited for a short time and received a standing ovation at the college dorm cafeteria when I finally could cut my own steak!  The cast was removed almost to the day six weeks later.

Published by groundedandgrowingweekly

About the Author Dale Hansen is retired and spends his time reading, running, mentoring others and watching his grandkids. He enjoys leading small Bible study groups which he has done for over 30 years. During his marriage of over 40 years, there have been numerous God workings through their lives. These include infertility, adoption, cancer, kidney stones and Parkinson’s. He has two awesome married daughters, 2 great sons-in-law and four wonderful grandsons. He lives in Plainfield, IL

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