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In June 1980, while I was working as a barmaid in a local hotel, my partner had a very serious accident. He was hit by an 80 ton truck. Whilst in hospital the minister of his family's church visited. He had something about him; something that I liked and wanted for myself. He never mentioned the fact that we were living together even though we were not married or the fact that I was working as a barmaid.

He married us in October of 1980. As he visited he would read a portion Henderson, Marion & Rev. Charles Andersonof the bible and pray with us. He also left bible study notes from time to time. Through this dear man's quiet witness I became a Christian.

A Christian is simply someone who believes that Christ died to save them from their sins and has asked Him into their lives to be Lord and master. It does not mean that suddenly all your problems are gone or that you become a saint overnight. After all, we're still human!                                                 

I had gone through a marriage breakdown and divorce. I had been on antidepressants for ten years and I could see absolutely no point to life at all.

Soon I was off the antidepressants and teaching in Sunday School. I resigned from my job as a barmaid even though we really needed the money but "My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus" [Philippians 4:19] and He does in the most remarkable ways.

Being a Christian doesn't make me exempt from trouble or health problems but I have God beside me all the time helping me in times of trouble. Indeed, it is in these times that I feel closer to God. Perhaps this is because I rely on Him more. I also know that He still performs miracles. I was very ill and the doctors believed the prognosis was not good but after being prayed for the surgeon did not find what he had expected. The relief on the faces of the medical staff when they got my biopsy results spoke volumes. I believe God Healed me.

Becoming a Christian is a life -changing experience. "I once was lost but now I'm found; Was blind but now I see" as John Newton put it in his hymn 'Amazing Grace'. I don't have all the answers to life's problems. I don't know what the future holds but I know who's in control of it. Like Paul, "I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord". [Romans 8:38]

If you'd like to read these passages for yourself you'll find them at BibleGateway.com. If you are looking for more help try RBC or maybe you should just go along to your local church or perhaps join an "Alpha Course".

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