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By: Pastor Lyn Roesler

I was still at Trinity College in Deerfield Illinois. Hi, it is Lyn Roesler again with the story of my life. With my dyslexia, the prospect of trying to read and learn from a book was an impossible task. But the rest of college life was Great. The friends, practical Jokes, and the Fun, Fun, Fun were great. Just to name a few of the antics: We had our own FM radio station in our dorm, to play music and tricks on the most gullible. We filled the dinning room with once a year with cars. Opening day, we all cut classes to go to the Cubs Game.
My Sophomore year was the first time I ever went on a date. I had always wanted to get to know girls but was to shy to do so. The 25-cent movie theater in Des Plains was a great place to go and it usually was a double feature. Me and my friends double, and triple dated.

When summer arrived, I went home to work for my dad. We were building the Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont MN. There I met the most beautiful girl in the world. She was 5 ft. 11in. a thin model and a Sr. in High School. I thought I had found my dream girl. But there were problems. She was about to drop out of school, because of drugs, and alcohol.
There is only one savior of the world. Isaiah 43:11 “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.” I cannot save anyone, but Elaine’s mom said that God had brought me to Fairmont to save her daughter. We dated all summer long. Never, never get into any relationship that you need to change someone. It does not work!
When I got back to college for my Jr. year, we wrote letters every day and our relationship grew. I had a sister and two cousins just north near Milwaukee at New Tribes Bible School. In the second semester Elaine enrolled in the school as well, so we were close enough to go out.

In my Sr. year I was ready to graduate with a Major in Bible, and a Minor in Christian Education. I still to this day, don’t know how I could possibly graduate from college. I had tried to major in something that would help me with a career in Construction. (My lifelong dream) But God put a roadblock down every road I tried to travel. Lamentations 3:9 “He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked.” God works in mysterious ways: He blocks the path sometimes. He opens the door sometime. Why?
1 Peter 1:7 “so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold, which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”

Why did I use those verses? Because Elaine and I would be married right after graduation.
(I know I am getting ahead of my story) Was this the biggest mistake of my life? Or was I being tested by fire to prove me? For me to be found faithful.
Have you been there done that? God loves to take our mistakes and make beauty out of the ashes. Isaiah 61:3 “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty 
for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”
Let me tell you, my three beautiful sons are no mistake, and I would not trade them for the world. I Bless God for giving me Elaine, and for the three sons she gave me.

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