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It has been said that it is good to get old, but it is just so inconvenient. Those words can be true, but I am thankful to God for sparing my life for so many great years so that I can share my story and my life with others in order for them to be encouraged.
Growing up in the country around Muskogee, Oklahoma, with my wonderful parents, Whit & Lottie Pouncil, and fifteen children (14 siblings), I learned at an early age what it means to work hard. We grew most of our food and raised farm animals. The large family was a means of survival in those times, and also a close-knit community of individuals was important as it actually did take a village to look out for all the children, ailing adults, seniors and those less fortunate.
After many years of life, seven wonderful children, I find myself not able to do what I used to do way back long ago when life was good. I remain in gratitude and thankfulness to God for allowing me to live almost 100 years. At this time I just want to serve the Lord, do what I can for my fellow man, and be an example for those who I interact with in my household, in my church family, and in my day-to-day activities.
My challenge in my lifetime has been keeping my brain chemical balanced. Several hospitalizations and extensive treatment including Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) has resulted in the predicted side-effects of loss of short-term memory.
Growing up in a time when racial tension in America was at an all-time high, and people, African Americans, were beginning the Great Migration out of the South, I encountered much that would leave anyone with severe depression, and a serious nervous condition. God still kept me through all the challenges of life I have experienced, and I am here as a living example that His word is true, and that He will guide and keep you too.