God Has Changed My Life!
I am a Born Again Christian, and have been baptised in the Holy Spirit. It's nice to see a Forum such as this, where people from all walks of life are welcome! Praise God!
I have come to know Jesus as my Saviour and friend, and have experienced the love of God directly in my life. He has turned my life around in ways that would astonish even the most sincere believer. Every area of my life has been touched by Him, and I have been guided around many obstacles in order that I may come out on top! I have seen many miracles and blessings come to pass, and the Lord really does provide for all my needs - even some of my 'wants too! He has been very gracious!!!
I think we all have to go through certain troubles and trials before we can come to know the true meaning of surrender in our lives. I find that when I ask Jesus to live through me, instead of me making all the decisions, then He is able to work miracles in my life, and achieve things that I could not possibly do on my own. I even ask Him to give me the right words for a person or situation and when I let Him speak, amazing things come out of it. Someone ends up getting blessed! Of course, I asked for Him to give me the words for this story for you. I had no idea what I was going to say, and still don't! LOL!
I takes commitment to walk this path of truth - sometimes it's not for the faint-hearted that's for sure. You have to stand on your faith sometimes, believing for that miracle, even when things around you seem as though there is no way out of your current difficulties. That's when the turn around comes - after you have remained solid in your faith during adversity, and believed in the promises in the Bible. That's my experience anyhow.
I grew up believing in God, like alot of people. I knew who Jesus was, and that we were all sinners, but that was about my limit of understanding. I went to several different churches at various times, I guess trying to fit in somewhere, with it never feeling quite right. My parents both loved me, however it was a difficult childhood, with my mother being diagnosed with Schizophrenia, and me being an only child (or should I say lonely), and of course my Dad working many hours to try to make ends meet. I had to fend for myself alot, cooking, cleaning and of course the chores that Mum couldn't do. The place was always messy and dirty with me in charge! LOL. I used to pray all the time to God 'please heal my mother - pleeeeeeeaaase!' She never got better and has passed away now. God bless her.
These experiences either make us or break us don't they? They affect who you become as adults. But rest assured, they are all part of God's plan for you - they make you into a better person and can even cause you to turn to God whereas if you have it too good, you may have no reason to ask Him for help in the first place! His thoughts and ways are higher than ours and we will never come to understand them in this life, which is why it is important to place all your trust in Him, the way a child trusts their mother to feed and clothe them. Don't you think?
I turned away from God in my early twenties - I couldn't understand why all my prayers never seemed to get answered. I looked into the New Age practices to try to find answers for myself. Things that I have since found out are an abomination to God, such as Tarot cards, going to Psychics, Crystals, Astrology, Numerology, and the like. One thing led to another and I got deeper into it all, thinking all the while that I was on the right path and that I may even be able to help people one day through all this stuff, would you believe. What a joke - and the joke was on me.
My marriage almost disintegrated before my eyes, and I had many a trouble in areas such as finance, and even the kind of people that were in my life. They all seemed to just take from me with me being the 'giver'. Very draining to say the least. They are no longer in my life now! Again, praise God.
One day, the Lord sent me a person who is very dedicated to His service, and she is absolutely filled to the brim with the Holy Spirit! Anyway, to cut a long story short, we agreed to disagree on things, and became friends anyway. Boy oh boy, she was like a hammer! Here I was thinking that I was right, and she was crazy (but I loved her anyway!), little did I know that God was working through her to make me see the error of my ways. (I thought I was in her life so she would wake up - how funny!)
I had sin in just about every area of my life back then, not necessarily what we would consider big sin, but sin is still sin in God's eyes - no wonder God couldn't give me His blessings! And yet, little by little, as my understanding began to open up, I asked for Jesus to come back into my life, and my friend baptised me in the Holy Spirit. I did not know what I was in for! How amazing! I was led on a journey back to recovery - and I mean recovery in every sense of the word. Things have been recovered for me to their full potential - just the way God wants them for me!
All things in my life improved and I am now living life how God intended for me. I have a happy marriage which is improving all the time, a beautiful family, and loving friends that do not take advantage of me. It's wonderful! Once I began repenting and asking for direction, that's when all the problems seemed to settle down. The Lord was carrying me and guiding me to safety.
The Lord certainly does work in strange ways sometimes, and although life is not without it's difficulties, I can honestly say that without Jesus in my heart and by my side, I would not be where I am today. Praise God!
The more I committed to this walk, the more I would be able to hear His guidance in my life. I would get concepts coming to me that I could not have known by myself. I would sometimes even get 'words' come into my head - thoughts that were obviously not my own, and I started writing them down. Last October, I started recording all this in a journal, and the advice I would get actually transformed some of my situations, and also for my friends too! Then around July I started to 'receive' Spiritual writings about all-sorts of topics, and the Lord led me (I believe) to open up a blog and post them on the Internet. I had never even heard of a blog before! He led me, nonetheless. The writings are all inspired by the Holy Spirit, (again, I believe), and all help the reader to understand and experience God's eternal love and blessings.
The Website is called Our Shepherds Voice. The address is below. Please feel free to drop by to take a look. I am sure that you will be pleasantly surprised. Go on, what have you got to lose? See how God transformed my life - I believe He will do it for you too...
Thank you for reading my story - I am so excited to have had the opportunity to share it with you! It is my prayer for whoever is reading this, that they too will come to experience God's love, grace, miracles and blessings the way that I have. So be it. Amen.
God bless you
Our Shepherds Voice