Monday, February 06, 2012

Testimony of Faith Johnston

Hello, my name is Faith/“smiler”/“bubble“, this is my testimony.. so far! I was born into a God believing household. When I was 1 year old my dad ,a policeman, tragically died.. this left my mum alone with 3 little kids all under 5years old. I don’t remember much of that time as I was so young, but I do know that God was carefully watching over and protecting our wee family…He is a Father to the fatherless and a Husband and Comforter to the widow! Exodus 22v22”Thou shalt not afflict any widow, or fatherless child”. We where sent along to Sunday school in the Free Presbyterian church, I praise God for that time, and for the faithful Christian teachers we had there!! We also went to church there, and also a little Sabbath school on Sunday afternoons and then attended the CWU hall after church on a Sunday night.. our Sundays where very busy, but very happy times!! The Faith Mission used to have meetings in halls around where we lived aswell, and mum used to take us to them, at the end of one in particular, one of the pilgrims told mum about the Faith missions camps in portadown, and how good it would be for me to go.. so that Summer of 1993,as a wee timid 11 year old, I went to the camp…I had and still have a very strong bond with my mum, and as she left me there, I sat sadly on my sleeping bag ..I didn’t know anyone, then 3 girls came over, we made an instant friendship and indeed still have to this day(I actually ended up crying leaving them at the end of that week)!! On the Thursday night they had a “midnight feast”.. it was meant to be lots of goodies and a giggle…but some of the girls started talking about death…this brought back memories for me, I wanted to go to heaven when I eventually died too…I said that to one of the leaders and she took me to the doorstep of the wooden hut.. and there I prayed with tears steaming down my cheeks, that the LORD would save me, forgive me, make me His child and keep me all me days! that night about 15 other girls got saved in our dormitory too…it was totally amazing, we had a mini revival!! That Christmas, my mums boyfriend, and our new “dad-to-be” as he called himself, died of cancer, this again rocked our wee house, but I never remember ever doubting that God had a plan in it all.. All this had made me very cautious of men, a deep painful scar …that was only healed a few years ago.. through God speaking in a Free Presbyterian meeting, Job 29vrs12+13 “Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless.. the blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy”…and as the song says “YOU GIVE AND TAKE AWAY,STILL I WILL SAY,BLESSED IS THE NAME OF THE LORD” ,I praise God He gave and gives me the grace to do so, even now. High school, college and work was/is difficult at times, as it is for most Christians, but He has sustained me through it all. There are many many up’s and down’s in this life of serving Jesus, but I can truly say my God, my Father has never let me go, never abandoned me, never given up on me and will never ever leave me alone, for that I am, feel and know I’m fully truly Blessed!! I now go to the Whitewell metropolitan, and am a member of the choir, I have been so welcomed and loved right from the start, with an almost heavenly love from the family of Christ! Be Blessed!-1 peter 3 v15 “but sanctify(have)the LORD God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear(gentleness and respect)”. x:+}

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