about gratefulsue


  
        I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I had loving 
parents, who despite their divorce
when I was 13, both spent time with me, encouraged me and made me feel important.  To that end, my father bought a sailboat (much like the one in the photo on the right) soon after his divorce. On the weekends, he took my sisters and me sailing on Lake Erie. That's one of many fond memories from my youth. Although I attended a local church with my mother while growing up, sadly, the teachings about Christ and the Bible had little impact on me.

            In college, at The University of Texas in Austin, I met someone who knew way more about Christianity than I did, and who claimed to have a "personal relationship with Christ." As he shared that knowledge with me, I responded with faith in the facts he was sharing. As a result, my new relationship with Christ began to grow--influencing my major, my choice of schools and career, and later, my choice of a spouse. To read about my thoughts on what it means to be in love, click on God, Heaven and Being "In Love". To hear my story of coming to faith in Christ, in a 3-minute video, click on gratefulsue--How I gained a personal faith in Jesus. If you prefer to read about this, rather than watch the video, click on How do I know for sure God even exists? 

Later in my Sophomore year of college, I became involved in a non-denominational Christian group on campus, which gave me a vision for sharing the message of Christ's love and forgiveness with others. This vision influenced me to transfer to Miami University and share my newly found faith with people in my home state of Ohio. I graduated from Miami U. with a degree in Sociology. Soon after, I joined the staff of that Christian organization, working with college students at Boston College, for three years. Ever since my college days, I have always loved telling people about the free gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

            I met and married my husband, David, in 1985. We were married 29 years until he passed away in 2015.  Our marriage was a gift from God, but also had its share of bumps and bruises, which my poetry reflects. David and I were blessed to have wonderful 4 children--all now grown. We were in full or part-time Christian ministry the majority of our adult lives, beginning as singles and continuing after getting married--as staff members of para-church organizations and churches, in four different states. We also participated in several overseas summer missions projects, both as singles and while married.  David and I had the privilege of "doing ministry" together much of the time. We often met with individuals and couples to explain how they could know for sure they had eternal life, according to Jesus' teachings in the Bible. The main points we shared with people during those meetings can be found on the page titled, How Can I Become A Christian?   

            I have been writing poetry ever since I was a young girl. Plays and essays are a new thing, but I'm enjoying it! I try to be authentic and "real" in my writing because "sugar-coating" feelings and circumstances doesn't help anyone. We all have struggles, joys, and defeats. My hope is that you will be encouraged if you relate to any of the thoughts and emotions expressed on these pages. God loves you and you are not alone on this journey we call "life." 

            Please send any comments or questions about this website to gratefulsue@gmail.com.

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