I received 70 comments and 139 Likes on the Facebook post. on May 24, 2013 so thought I would include it in my blog.
Seventy years ago May 24 my mother gave birth to a son at the age of 42. She prayed for me in the womb sensing that God had a call on my life. I was the first of 8 children to be born in a hospital–in Alberta Lea, Minnesota. Mom had a girl’s name she had chosen for me, “Priscilla Margarite”. My Dad picked a name while driving to the hospital, Joseph James. My mother lived to be 101 years old. Her best years were the last 30. Mom and Dad brought me to Salem Lutheran Curch, Lake Mills, Iowa to be baptized into the reality and presence of Jesus, Holy Spirit and Father when I was six weeks old, July 4, 1943. In 1962 I received the baptism of Holy Spirit which overwhlemed me with God’s manifest love, power, and presence. Dad was a very successful Watkins salesman. with an 8th grade education. He moved the family to Canton, South Dakota when I was 3 so all 8 children could attend Augustana Academy, a Lutheran High School and he became the business manager. I attended a Lutheran High School, Concorda College, Lutheran Bible School, Lutheran Seminary and was intern pastor for 2 years in Oslo, Norway(Lutheran Holy Land). When I met John Wimber studying for the Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Seminary I embraced my identiy as a disciple of Jesus living in the kingdom of the heavens. My dissertation was, “Making Disciples who do Jesus’ Ministry”. This photo of Mom was taken at her 100th birthday party. She really loved Jesus and pastors. A week before she died she told me, “Joey, be sure to take one day off a week and don’t think once about the church.” During the last fifteen years of her life I would call her every Wednesday and she would pray over me in tongues and then give the interpretation as a prophecy. I believe the next 30+ years will be the best years of my life.