Who am I? That is a question every person on the planet should wrestle with at one time or another. Today is my day!
I am Wanda Hummel MacAvoy. I grew up in a middle class family in the beautiful mountains of north central Pennsylvania. My father was a part–time farmer (if such a thing exists) and a machinist, and my mother was a secretary. So, I grew up on a small farm where many lessons of life just happened as we lived.
Our home was a happy place–my life: normal; and when I later became a pastor’s wife, I realized what a rare treasure I had been given! How many fathers would build a camper on the back of a utility truck so his family could go on vacation? How many children receive a pony for Christmas or raise his or her own pig? How many kids today get to sit in between Mom and Dad every Sunday at church?
Although Christ was in our home and we were faithful to church, by the age of seventeen, I knew something was desperately wrong with the way I was living my life. I had a split personality: the good girl who most people knew me to be, and the bad girl who was involved in sinful secrets. When a young man attending Bob Jones University sent me a letter containing a Gospel tract, I saw my need for a personal Savior for the first time. I had always “known God” but that night alone in my room, I met Jesus face to face. (If you want to know more about salvation, please read What Is Salvation.)
Early on in life I came to realize that I excelled in one subject: music. That took me to Susquehanna University, where I double majored in church music and music education. That is also where I spied a handsome young man in the tenor section, who would later ask me to marry him! He is the love of my life, and I am so glad that we get to grow old together!
In the thirty-three years of marriage, we have moved several times, but in each place, we built a home and a strong family unity. After two children and seven years of wedded bliss, my husband, Tom was called into the ministry. Since that time, we have been involved in four ministries and our family has grown to include our three children and their families ( which now includes three grandsons!)
Five years ago, the Lord not only shook our nest, but dropped it out of the tree; and after twenty-six years away from my home area, we are once again living in north central Pa.
My life is full as I serve the Lord at our church, and substitute in our local school district; however, the Lord has opened another path to me as an author. The desire to write has consumed my free time. God continues to put ideas into my head for stories that not only entertain but encourage my readers to take a look at life and see if there’s not some changes that could be made to walk a better walk , talk a clearer talk , and live life with one all-consuming purpose: glorifying our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”