Stories & Testimonies from church folk where God has worked and been in their lives
I was 12 when I got saved. I saw a large bright white light in front of me when I asked Jesus to forgive me for all the things I had done wrong and asked Him to come and live in my heart. He has healed and delivered me from So much emotional pain over the years . I am so grateful for Jesus in my life.
I grew up in a Christian home, so I always knew about Jesus. It was at a weekend on a youth event that I truly gave my life to Jesus and began to know what it meant to follow Him. As a teenager I went to Soul Survivor evenings with my church, and went to our youth group on a Sunday evening, so this was how my faith grew and has sustained me.
His Gift becomes My Gift to Him
I have found these past weeks very difficult, concerns for family, some shielding, others working at the hospital, the loss of plans to mark significant anniversaries, have left me with a sense of battle fatigue and weariness. Add to that not having my usual activities, of coming to church and serve as an act of worship that routinely help my physical and mental wellbeing, and I have often questioned what is the point of it all. Feeling bereft of any sense of purpose, everyday life has become a struggle, even washing my hands can be painful, so although I haven’t given up longing to live well for my Lord, it has been a battle. We often speak of each new day being a gift from God, but I will be honest it hasn’t always felt like that, then I came across this from The Message, Psalm 61 verse 8
And my praises will fill the heavens forever, fulfilling my vow to make every day a love gift to you.
Finding this verse has helped to take some of the grind out of life and made the thought of a new day a little less daunting, even if it’s victories will be walking the dog and getting the ironing done. I believe, that as a loving Father, God understands my need to have something to give, so when income dries up, and opportunities to serve are removed, what is left, but the everyday tasks done unseen by others and yet with a heart’s desire to honour Him. They are often more costly than grand gestures for they are sacrifices and battles won through a heart’s desire to honour the one who gives us the strength to live each new day that He gives us, to give back to Him.
As you all know Shane was really ill at the beginning of the year with meningitis, the first 48 hours were super scary, not knowing what it was and then not knowing if would survive, but thanks to our Awesome Lord and the prayers of our friends, he is still here. During that time, I knew that even though it was one of the darkest times, my God was in control, and I was at peace. Just as in Psalm 23, I did at the time feel like I was walking through the valley of the shadow of death, I wasn’t afraid.