I am married to Jim Hughes . I have two teenagers Rebecca and Paul. They both love God and Rebecca wants to go to Bible College.
My life as a Christian is good and I still have a strong faith in God although recently Jim’s health has got bad which is difficult for us. However, it’s through these times that I have discovered that God’s timing is perfect and I must remember not to rush ahead of things.
Growing up I liked anything to do with Church, although I didn’t fully understand the work of Grace in my life until I was faced with challenges beyond my control. My first major challenge came when I left School and I wasn’t too sure what was going to happen. At this point of my life I remember praying to God and asking for help. It was in 1984 that I went to Floristry College and obtained a diploma in Floristry.
During my course I had to do a work placement and I decided to go to London. Whilst in London I shared a house with several girls and one of them asked me along to a Baptist Church. This was a great experience for me as I meet lovely young people and began to realise God’s great love for me.
Outside of Church I was not a bad person or would not do anybody any harm but however I went to dodgy nightclubs and bars looking for friendship. In particular, one night I remember very well getting into bad company and I felt out of place. However, I didn’t see any harm in this lifestyle so I continued to go to Church and join in with Christian fellowship on a Sunday. Though, my whole perspective of this situation changed when I went back to the Baptist Church and the Pastor began to talk about Jesus dying on the cross for my sins.
The Pastor that night made an appeal and immediately I put my hand up to accept Jesus as my saviour. I remember a great peace came into my spirit and soul afterwards. I was 23 years old when this happened and shortly afterwards I returned to Northern Ireland. I now know what a difference Jesus can make in my life .
I would like to encourage people to never give up on God because God always cares for you. He is almighty God and he can bring you through any situation. A favourite song of mine is Calvary by Hillsong as it speaks of how our sins have been covered by Jesus. Similarly, a lot of verses mean a lot to me but I suppose my favourite is Proverbs 3v5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths”