I am not from a Christian family. My mum and dad are not Christians and I was raised with no specific beliefs. I was a typical teenager and got into trouble like most do! I went to university and enjoyed many of the aspects of that lifestyle. There are things I am just not proud of doing at all but I am too embarrassed to share here. Things that seem acceptable when you don't believe in Jesus. But when I gave my life to Him, I felt so ashamed of my past.
When I met Colin, everything changed. After a few months of going out together, Colin became ill. He became very anxious and depressed. I began to wonder if he was like this all the time as we had only been together for a short while. It was clear he was very ill and he had to take quite some time off work. Something told me to stick with him and see it through.
It was around this time that Colin gave his life to Jesus. He was baptised not long after this. I ashamedly didn't go to his Baptism. I was quite scared of it all. I accepted what he believed in but was not interested for myself.
Colin and the younger people of our Church had been praying for me during this time. I was feeling increasingly discontented with myself and Colin had given me The Word for Today devotional to read. I had also been to a few Church services with Colin and some very good friends of his. I was really amazed by the friendliness of everyone there. I felt love and acceptance like never before. People were unconditionally friendly and it was just the most beautiful atmosphere. This intrigued me and felt quite strange as well.
With hindsight God had been softening my heart towards him and breaking me into pieces. I was thinking of my life and what was wrong. I was now in love with Colin and we were talking about a future together. So I read the back of the Word for Today. This is a believers prayer of forgiveness. My heart broke as I done this and confessed all my past sin to God.
Colin and I married a while after that as a Christian couple in the Church we still attend. It is such a special place to me. I was such a shiny new Christian and took a while to get baptised. I still can't think why I delayed it. I just knew one day that hey I need to do that! I was so nervous and my mum and dad were there. I hate swimming and having my head under water but God gave me the courage to go ahead and be baptised in the pool that evening. I am so so thankful that he did. The joy I felt was immense and overpowering.
When I look at myself as a brand new baby Christian and now, I am amazed at the work God has done in my life and Colin's. I would be lost without God, I was! I have had so so many blessings in my life since coming to Jesus. I have had suffering and trials as well. God has been there to hold my hand every step of the way. He has blessed me with two beautiful children and called me to be a mother. The hardest job I have ever done! He has blessed me with a son who confessed his sin and accepted Jesus as his Lord and saviour just last week!
How can words even begin to describe my thankfulness to the God of heaven and earth. The creator of the world we live in.
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