Grace Stickfort - Dunkerton, IA

Grace Stickfort - Dunkerton, IA

Shortly after we were married, I began to wonder if I had the same salvation as my dear husband, Harold. He would often say he was as sure of Heaven as if he were already there and I would think, how grand that must be to be so sure becuase I couldn't say that.

As time went on, we had our first beautiful baby girl, Carolyn. Of course, much of my time was taken up with her, but still God had a way of speaking to me. Quite often if I couldn't see Harold out in the farmyard or he didn't hear me when I called to him, I would go right to our baby's room to see if she was still in her crib. Then I knew the Lord hadn't come yet and at these times, I wanted to know for sure I would go if the Lord would come.

Then on a Sunday evening, February 11, 1951, after the Gospel meeting, on the way home, we were visiting about the meeting when Harold said,"When you got saved, what did you get?" That was it, what had I got? I don't know how I answered him but I thought he knows I'm not saved. I couldn't get to sleep that night, I thought - What will the Christians think of me? I had a sunday School Class prior to Carolyn and had been born and raised in a Christian home, until it came to me that none of these people would take my place in Hell. My sobbing woke Harold and he said "What is the matter?" I said, If I tell you, it will break your heart." However, when I told him that I wasn't saved, he was understanding and said "Lets go back to what you think you had." I had nothing and I was just plain lost. He quoted scriptures to me and we read some from the Bible but to no avail.

On Monday morning, I sat by the kitchen table reading familiar verses. Harold was in and out while he worked. He would speak a little word to me and then he asked if he should call someone or a servant of the Lord to speak with me. I said, "There is no use, I'm going to get this myself." After lunch, I opened my Bible to Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." These were verses that told how to be saved and that was my uttermost desire. I shut my Bible. There is no use, I can't see it and will just have to go on being lost but I opened the Bible again and there I read, Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Come to Jesus and rest, Why there it was. I came with all my burden of sin and guilt and Jesus said "I will give you rest." Oh, that was a happy day and one I will never forget.