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By Marian Nickelson

"What no eyes have seen, nor ear has heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him." (1st Corinthians 2:9)

As a child, I grew up in a Catholic home where we children went to church each Sunday, because it was an obligation. My father was an alcoholic, who believed and professed to us that he was never going to "make it to Heaven" because of the life he lived, but he wanted his kids to "make it". This really hurt me because I loved my dad, and I wanted him to be there in Heaven with me. My mother went home to the Lord when I was three months old. I always felt lonely and unloved and didn't even like myself.

At age eleven, I received my first Holy Communion with God. I recall that I felt Jesus very close to me each time I received Communion after that, but always there in my heart was the doubt that He never stayed more that 15 minutes or half an hour. I believed that He went back to Heaven to be busy with whatever He did there.

When I married, the Lord blessed us with a wonderful family. We had many memorable experiences as a family, and also the normal trials and heartaches, which led me to ponder about one day, in my early 40's, "Is this all there is to life? Is this all that God expected of me?" I could see our marriage failing, and our family was breaking up by marriages, death and just plain growing apart. I still felt that loneliness and lack of love. Then, Jesus Christ came into my life!

It was a beautiful experience of Him showing me that I was a sinner, and all I had to do was admit it, and then ask Him to be the Lord of my life. After reading His word each day and hearing Him tell me how much He loved me, just as I was, and the hearing the promises He had for me, I was just filled with "joy and peace"! After receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, my life was never the same. I started going to prayer meetings and became active in the Charismatic Renewal. "Every day with Jesus is better that the day before". The words in this Christian song sum up my life since I began following Jesus! May His Name be praised; NOW AND FOREVER!

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