Monday, March 16, 2015

Testimony of Noreen Hughes

My name is Noreen Hughes.
 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”
God bless
Noreen Hughes

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