Posted - 22 Jan 2006 : 21:32:42
| My life before Jesus---
I grew up in a great home, my parents were catholic, we went to church every Sunday and my parents were good people. We weren't heaps well off but Mum and Dad made a life for us in the bush and managed to send me to boarding school in year 7.
I rebelled and got kicked out of the catholic school and entered a public high school in the second half of year 8. here I met sex, drugs and lies. I rebelled further against my parents and wanted to leave home. The only way I could do that was get a job so at 16 I joined the Navy. I was one of 27 females in the Naval apprentices college, which housed 450 apprentices and a total of over 1200 personnel. for 2.5 years I was at the college, completed an electronics diploma and was successfully integrated into the naval way of life, including drinking, swearing like a sailor and partying hard. I met a 'civilian' that I moved in with and took drugs, partied harder and lived life like there was no tomorrow. I was transferred to Darwin and my boyfriend came with me with his two children, whom had come for a weekend visit and didn't go back. In Darwin I still partied, and gave birth to my daughter. I still was in the Navy, established as a leading hand, and still partied.
How I met Jesus---
I was looking for a way to get out of the navy as my time was almost due(9 years) and I wanted a change. With my skills and knowledge I knew I wouldn't have a hard time finding a job, and I thought I would have loved to work in commercial radio. One morning, as I was on duty, I was walking to put up the flag at sunrise. As I was on a remote base near Darwin, there was no one else around and it was my responsibility for the running and cleanliness of the base. I found a piece of paper on the flag ground and picked it up as I would have been in trouble if an officer saw rubbish around the flag pole. I read the paper and it was a newsletter for some Christian group and on the bottom was an add for anyone to help with the establishment of a Christian radio station. - cool, I thought, I can spend some time with a radio station on the ground level and that would look sooo good on my resume.
After I finished my shift, I rang the number on the ad and a guy answered the phone. I told him where I worked and that I wanted to help because I wanted to get into commercial radio. He said, 'you know it is a Christian radio station' and I replied ' yeah, I don't have a problem with that, my parents are Catholics. Thinking to myself, who cares as long as it goes on my resume. Then Gaff asked me to go to a concert in town later that week, he also told me about church and bible studies before church. I went to the concert, but really it was only to be nice to him because of the radio station and he mentioned the bible studies again. I wasn't interested in church but I did go to the bible study for a few weeks before going to church. Every week I walked past the front door of the church to go to the car park and one day I saw a man open the door for his wife. This small thing really spoke to me, I had never had anyone do anything for me like that. I was in a mans Job, partied like a man and was treated like a man, no favours, no open doors.
I thought that if I was ever going to be involved with people, these are the people I would like to know. I went to church that morning and went home as usual. I didn't get saved, I didn't even know what getting saved was, I thought I was a Christian, I was baptised when I was little. But the church seemed fun and I went again the next Sunday. As the bible studies were helping me work out all this Christianity stuff in my head, God was working on my hardened heart and one day, the 11th of March 1994, I answered an alter call and got saved. I didn't have any awesome experience but I knew it was right, I knew God was real, Jesus died for me and I needed to follow him.
My life After Jesus---
After I was saved, everything changed. My partner left me and threatened to kill me because I didn't want to smoke pot, drink or take speed with him anymore. I found I was a single mother with one child of 1 1/2. I had a supernatural experience where my ex was threatening to kill me, he was outside lurking around and shouting obscenities. I rang my pastor and he told me to pray, to plead the blood of Jesus over me and my daughter and our house. A supernatural peace come over me and the ex never stepped in the house again.- Since then Jesus has guided me and helped me and I know, I am assured of eternal life in heaven. I left the Navy in July 1994, they offered my a prime post with promotion but it would have taken me away from church, I left and have never regretted it, I have never been without a job when I wanted it and God has always provided for my needs. I got married in 1997 to a great potters house man, and now have 3 children. I know have friends that are true friends, not drug buddies or drinking mates, but true, honest heart to heart friends.
Sometimes I think how My life would have been had I not got saved, I think about my now 13 year old daughter, how God has saved her from the life I would have led her to. I am not proud of the haughty life I lived, I am so very thankful to Jesus. People dispute doctrine and teachings, but NOBODY can dispute my changed life.
Praise God for His salvation, Praise Jesus for His redemption.