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A NEW BEGINNING
By Valerie Johnson

Many times during my life, the Lord called me, and many times, I turned my back and ignored Him. He always was watching over me, and caring for me, but I'm quite stubborn. I have to do things my way. All the while, God was trying to help me, I was standing back saying, "Don't worry, I can take care of myself." Was I ever wrong!

I lived a live full of drugs, alcohol and adultery. My way of life, taking care of myself, led me to overdose of drugs and attempts at suicide. When I got pregnant and aborted my child, I was confronted by irate wives. I kept wondering why I even existed? During all this time, my father also made me go to church on Sundays. It was something I didn't really want to do. Even when I moved out of our house, my father was banging on my door every Sunday morning, making me go to church with him. My parents were always good to me and spent a lot of time praying for me and for my life to change for the good. Little by little, my life did change. I gave up old habits and got a decent job. I got married and had children. But I still didn't need God; - - - I could take care of myself!

Then, one day my father was killed. He was shot several times during a robbery at the liquor store our family owned. My father died instantly. He was too young to die, and there was no time for preparation for what was going to happen. There was no time to say how sorry I was for the way I treated him. I didn't have a chance to say "good-bye." Everything in my life seemed to be falling apart. I could no longer take care of myself. I was desperate. I had to do something. I had to turn to the Lord for the help and strength I needed.

When I turned to Jesus, I felt a new strength and courage, and peace like I've never felt before. I realized that I really couldn't take care of myself; that needed and wanted God to take care of me. I finally knew that all the good things in my life were gifts from God, and that I had made a mess out of those gifts. It was time to let Jesus into my life.

I praise Him and thank Him for taking good care of me, and for giving me a New Life and a new beginning. I hope it doesn't take a tragedy to get you to let Jesus be the Lord in your life. Let your defenses down and admit you can't do it on your own. "Then God's own peace, which is beyond all understanding, will stand guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!" (Philippians 4:7)

HEAR THE VOICE OF THE LORD!

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