Monday, February 06, 2012

Testimony of Anne Irvine

Hello my name is Anne and thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ I have a testimony.
I was brought up in Belfast and my Mum and Dad were not saved, but they still sent me to Sunday school. I used to go with a friend. I can't really remember much about Sunday school, only that at harvest time the church was lovely with lots off flowers and fruit. From an early age I knew there was a God but I didn't know Him personnally. As a teenager growing up in the 70's it was a scarey place. I used to follow the crowd, drinking and going wild. I believe Gods hand was on me even then, because many times I could have been in danger but He delivered me. I was married at 19 and by the age of 30 I had three children. I worked in a bar as a waitress and also had a cleaning job. I was busy with life, but very lonely. I had friends, family a good husband and three lovely children but I was so lonely inside. One day a couple of Christian neighbours called to my door and they witnessed to me about the Lord. I listened to them but couldn't get the door closed quickly enough. For the next few weeks I was so miserable, (I know now I was under conviction off sin). One Sunday I went to a Church around the corner, I spoke to my neighbour who was there and asked her to call round to my home. We agreed to meet on Tuesday morning. Well from Sunday to Monday night I thought I was going mad! I couldn't sleep or eat properly, I thought my head was going crazy. Tuesday came and my neighbour called. We sat in my living room and I explained to her the way I was feeling and she asked me if I wanted to come to the Lord. I immediately broke down with tears, the struggle was over and I said YES. I literally felt a heavy weight lift from my shoulders. The Lord knew my loneliness and He told me there and then that He would never leave me nor forsake me. That was 23 years ago (1987) and He has kept His promise. A lady who worked with me when I was a cleaner, brought me to Whitewell Church. It was a bible study night. The instant I heard the Pastor preach I knew that Whitewell was the church I was meant to be. I asked the Lord into my heart in March 1987. God is good. He has been my shield, my strong tower, and He has carried me many times. He has supplied all my needs and indeed all my children's needs. He has led me to be part of a prayer ministry in the Church where I am still learning and hopefully, growing. I have let Him down many times but He still loves me. I have fallen, but by His grace I get up again and go on. He is just so lovely and kind, so full of wisdom and strength, He hears and answers prayer. He has blessed me so much and given me so many brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, He has given me His own precious Word to guide me. Life may throw many things at me but I will always be the victor when Christ is with me. He has never lost a case. Corrie Ten Boom said "There is nothing to big that GOD cannot handle, and there is nothing to small for GOD's love." I love Him and I want to serve Him to the best of my ability. My prayer is that whoever reads this testimony would think seriously about the Lord Jesus Christ and come to Him. He is only a prayer away, He loves you so much and wants to live with you forever. No more loneliness in your heart, just a peace that passes all understanding.

GOD bless

Anne Irvine

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