Anne, from Grace Community Church in Stevenage, gave her life to Jesus during the Summer 2016. She went along to an Alpha course where she met the Holy Spirit and was baptised earlier this year. Anne shares the reality of what this was like for her and the change it’s made in her life.
‘When I was a little girl, I was interested in God. I went to Sunday School, but my parents weren’t interested. Eventually I turned my back on faith and God and walked away from it all. Sometimes life felt hard. Sadly there were even a couple of times where I even tried to take my own life, but God was there, though I never knew it.
I became a volunteer at the YMCA drop-in and went to a group where we could find out about Jesus. The Holy Spirit helped me to begin to understand.
Then I started coming to Grace Community Church. I did an Alpha Course there and began to understand it more. There was a day called the Holy Spirit Saturday where we learnt a lot more about the Holy Spirit and it was such a great day! I knew then that God had forgiven me, that Jesus died for my sins and I’ve been born again. I cried a lot! I heard the Holy Spirit say ‘Everything’s going to be fine.’ I knew God was there and whatever I did he would be there.
It was then that I decided I wanted to be baptised to publically show that I’ve given myself to God and it’s made a huge difference to me. A big difference is that I have more confidence to share my faith with people, and I’m not ashamed to say His name. When I don’t know what to do and people are difficult, God helps me. When I’ve had a bad week or my family are ill, I ask people to pray and God breaks in. I even started to see Him help my children get better.
Last week, the Holy Spirit came to me and he was holding me very tight. It was lovely. It was beautiful, knowing that whatever I’ve done he forgives me and still wants to know me. He loves me unconditionally and there’s no words to describe it.
The Holy Spirit has given me pictures. When I was struggling he showed me a path going ahead with no obstacles. And God said ‘It’s clear to go ahead – I’ll show you where.’
I am learning to pray about everything. I pray the Lord’s Prayer, but I use my own words too. Talking to God is like talking to my Dad.
It’s just lovely knowing God – it’s really good.’