I was fortunate to grow up in a Christian home. My parents, Larry & Lisa Glasgow, did an awesome job raising me and my sisters, Natalie & Nicole, and I can’t thank them enough for that precious gift! I was born and raised in Marine City, Michigan. All throughout my life I have been a part of church, playing piano for worship, participating in youth group, etc. However, after graduating from high school, I decided to rebel against God. I decided I was going to go to a state school and get my degree in k-12 music education. God let me go for two years to that state school. I honestly believe it was so I would “learn my lesson” and eventually surrender complete control to Him.
While at that school I did everything I could think of to stay away from church. I dated a guy I knew I shouldn’t have been with. I partied with my friends almost every weekend. I avoided my parents, my sisters, and my friends from church because I was ashamed. Well, God started shutting doors at the end of my sophomore year of college and lead me to Indiana Wesleyan University. By Thanksgiving of my junior year I had almost done a complete 180. The only thing still holding me back was that guy I was with that I knew I wasn’t supposed to be with. God took care of him too! We broke up Thanksgiving that year and thank the LORD we did! The rest of that school year I was still adjusting to this idea of complete surrender.
The following summer I was a camp counselor at Lake Ann Camp in northern Michigan and that’s when God got a hold of my heart. While there, God helped me figure things out and I rededicated my life to Christ. It was one of the best summers of my life!
When I returned to IWU that following Fall, I fell in love with the love of my life, Wesley Ball! Wes was a saxophone player in the IWU Wind Ensemble and I was an oboe player who sat right in front of him. We had been friends since the previous year but I never really looked at him differently until then. Needless to say, one thing lead to another and Wes and I were married on July 9, 2010.
We now live in Marion, Indiana and Wesley pastors the Swayzee Church of the Nazarene, where I am very active in the children’s ministries and am the Worship Director. I am the Office Manager for the NEI District Church of the Nazarene Office. We have two fur babies (dogs) Bella and Ruby and love spending time with them!
The verse that has stuck with me throughout these years is Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” The summer I worked at Lake Ann Camp I had to truly die to my ways and begin living for Christ. I mean sure, I was a Christian all those years but it wasn’t until that summer that I understood what this verse was saying. When you give up your ways and “die to yourself” you gain a life with Christ that can get you through anything! You get to live a life that is filled with joy! It doesn’t mean that everything will be perfect and you won’t mess up either. It means that you have Christ with you to walk with you through anything! What a comforting thought!
By Tiffany Ball, Swayzee Church of the Nazarene