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William

William

At primary school a Catholic priest taught us the Catechism. I did well in these classes and was soon baptised. However, as I grew up, through secondary school and as I started working I found I was not committed to God. I lost what I thought was a good job and this started me thinking about my life. My Parents, even though they were not Christians, had given me a name that means “I put my trust in God”. I thought to myself, “Why can’t I do what my name means”. I started searching for God and at a good Christian church I gave my life to him and was baptised the Bible way – I’ve not looked back.


Mike

My dad was a great bloke but not much of a father.

Throughout my life I have battled the twin challenges of Asthma and Eczema, using running and singing to try and improve my fitness.

I earned a degree from a top university but felt that my life lacked focus when I was growing up. It was not until I gave my life to Jesus in my room at the YMCA in Cheltenham that things started to take shape.

In my forties I learned to play Bass Guitar having dabbled with Guitars for many years.

The young people around me at One Church and their “can-do” attitude inspire me. I am gradually finding out what I am good at.

Lately I have been thinking about how young eagles leave the nest and flap their wings in order to soar. That’s how I’m seeing my life with Jesus now.


Amy

Amy

My name is Amy and I am 20 years old. I have some of the best parents and I have been bought up in a Christian family my whole life. I have always known about God and about church, but one day I had to make a decision to make God the centre of my life.

When I was about 13 I woke up one morning after having a dream. In my dream I remember being stood in front of two doors, one door was really colourful and looked really inviting and it said ‘Heaven’, the next door looked really unwelcoming and quite frightening and had in massive letters ‘Hell’. I was stood in front and I had to pick which one I wanted to go in, which one I wanted my life to reflect.

When I woke up I was left with this choice, I decided to pick the one that said ‘Heaven’ on it, this was the start of my personal relationship with Jesus and I have never looked back since.


Merv

I am 48 years old and I was born into a Christian home. I went to church as a child because I had to. I became a Christian and got baptised in water in my early teens. It wasn’t long after I gave up church and turned my back on God, after all, God wasn’t real was he!?

Then one night in September 2006, I was channel hopping and came across the God channel which I started to watch then God called me in a very real way. I responded by saying I’m not looking for you and I don’t want you but I hear you calling me and if you’re for real and you will use me then, I will follow you, no turning back!

I am still walking with God by His grace. Try Him and prove Him for yourself.

 

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Louise

LouiseI was bought up in a Catholic home going to church every Sunday.

When I was 15 I lost interest in going to church and started going to clubs and getting drunk a lot with friends. By the age of 17 I was completely off the rails sleeping around and going out drinking most nights.

At 18 I knew my life was going nowhere, my dad was an alcoholic and I decided I didn’t want to end up like that.

A friend told me I needed to go back to church. So I went back to the Catholic church but felt just the same when I left as when I went in.

I eventually found myself in a Pentecostal church and realised it wasn’t church that was going to change my life but a relationship with Jesus!


Kye

Kye

I am 18 and have grown up in church.

For a long time all that mattered to me was having a girlfriend and my reputation.

A year ago I made a big mistake which could have led me down the wrong path. However, God opened my eyes to the bad attitude that I had, and helped me to turn my life around.

Since that point in my life, God has blessed me with a fantastic job, a boss who not only helps me with my career but also with my faith, and a long term relationship.

I no longer feel that I need to live up to a reputation, and can therefore be the man that God has called me to be. I’m certainly not perfect, but I know that God loves me even when I make mistakes.


Alan

Alan

I was 33 years old before I let God into my life. I had turned my back on Christianity. It had no meaning and I hated religion. Then one day, whilst my wife was pregnant for the first time, God broke into my life. My mother-in-law was a Christian and suddenly spoke to me in a ‘foreign’ language, but I knew she did not speak anything other than English. She then interpreted what she had just said: “If you want to know if I exist, seek me before your child is born!”

 

Out of curiosity I visited Robinswood church, where I felt the presence of God and realised for the first time that God was indeed real!

 

Since then my life has been transformed. I cannot understand how I lived without Jesus. Even in the most difficult circumstances (and there have been a few), he has never let me down.


Grace

GraceI was born in 1934 in South Wales into a Pentecostal family.

By the time I was 9 I was already smoking and swearing.  A converted Jewess came to our church and told her story! I knew I had to make a life changing decision and surrender my life to Jesus.

I was married the day before my 18th birthday.  Six months into my first pregnancy I developed Peritonitis; this was the start of 5 months in hospital and 5 major operations in 9 weeks.  At one time I was given 20 minutes to live.  My husband and Pastor were called and they began to pray and a miracle happened, I was healed and able to leave the hospital.  I had to go back for another operation to repair a hole in my bowel. When I went for an x-ray the surgeon couldn’t believe it, I was completely healed.  They also said that I would never be able to have children but I went on to have 4 healthy babies.  God is as relevant to me today as he was all those years ago.


Jacqui

Jacqui

As a child I had no real knowledge of God. A few lessons at school and that was it. I was given a Bible at 11 but hardly looked at it. God was remote. I wasn’t even sure He was real. I had the usual opinions of Christianity. I thought it was just going to church and I didn’t want that.

 

After stubbornly saying no to God so many times, I finally gave up the fight at 31 and said yes. For a long time I found it hard to accept why God would want to know me. It’s not until I look back on my life and all the things I’ve done that I can see He was there all the time anyway, even when I gave Him no thought at all.

 

But I found God has a plan and I’m part of it. How amazing is that?


Joyce

Joyce

On 20th July 1987, I started a new life.  I was 57.  My husband, John, and I had been searching.  Nothing really fulfilled us.  We both knew there was more to life.

 

On the previous day John was suddenly touched by God.  So great was the transformation, I knew for certain Jesus was the answer, and quietly asked Him to come in to my heart.

 

The difference in my life was striking.  It took me through major heart surgery shortly afterwards.  Peace instead of fear.  God planning each step, but my life has been so exciting since then.

 

A couple of years ago John died after suffering with Alzheimer’s.

What a difference it made knowing he is with the Lord Jesus.

 

Whatever we face, how reassuring to know God’s love never fails.

As His Word says He is with you always, even unto the end of the age.


Jenny

Jenny

I always believed there was a God but never thought much about it until aged 46, I accepted an invitation from my nephew to go hear a visiting minister at his church. With absolutely no previous intention of doing so, I made a commitment to follow Jesus and learn all about him, including why he had to die for us. I used to think that reading the bible and going to church was boring, but now I find church exciting and the bible fascinating. One of the things I’ve discovered is that Jesus wants a loving relationship with us and he says that if we go his way, believing what he says is true, it will miraculously change our lives completely and forever. Result…. I changed so much that my daughter gave it a go and the same thing happened to her. God is awesome.


Steve

Steve.

When I was about 7 years old, my home was not a happy place.


My parents had frequent arguments and their marriage was in a bad way.  When they got to rock bottom, they found Jesus, (or rather, He found them) and He helped them put their lives back together. I was impressed, and asked Jesus to be my friend, just as they had. As I got into my late teens, I wanted to make sure that what I believed had a foundation to it, so I did a lot of research and reading.  This confirmed to me that I had put my faith in someone who really did walk this earth 2000 years ago. I have also experienced the reality of Jesus in my life through the years, especially when my wife was seriously ill a couple of years ago. I had a strong sense that Jesus was with us through it all, and my wife is now well again.


Phil

PhilI was brought up in a Christian family although church was really just a ‘social’ thing for me when I was young. In my later teens I was trying to make sense of who I was and where I fitted into the whole wider scheme of things and discovered the role that God played and could play in my life – adding him into the equation meant that lots of other questions were answered and now made a lot more sense and my faith in God went on to become the foundation for my life.

 

I believe this has given me the peace and guidance that I needed and was looking for together with the hope and certainty about the future that I wanted. Looking back I can see how he has guided me through the various life stages (although I was sometimes not always aware of this during some of those times).


Tina

Tina

I hated being in a Christian family.  It just wasn’t fair…this God my parents believed in was out to ruin my fun. I felt that being a Christian was just a list of rules – of do’s and don’ts. 

Then one day (30 years ago!) I heard these words from the bible:

 ”You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  James Ch 4 v 14 

Even then (at 17 years of age) I realised that my life was just a moment in time and I didn’t want to spend an eternity (that’s the time we have left once we are dead!) without God.  I knew that Jesus had made a way for me to have a relationship with Him.

 

What have I learned? God loves me so much he wants the very best for me!

He doesn’t want to spoil my fun; he wants to protect me from the things that will destroy my life. And with Jesus in my life – it’s amazing!


Jill

Jill

When I was growing up I never gave much thought to God but lived a reasonably good life. When I was 18 something happened that was to change me. Three days after my 18th birthday I was in a car crash and my boyfriend was killed. Six months later I was in another serious car crash but I was alive and all my injuries healed. I thought why has God saved my life? Sometime later I befriended some Christians and they told me that Jesus loves us so much that he died that we might have life, life to the full. I had felt empty and directionless but then knew that God would forgive me of my sins and offer me new life if I came to Him. I gave my life to Christ on 29th June 1981 and felt an overwhelming sense of being loved by God. I had found peace and my life had purpose.


Kev

Kev6 years ago I wasn’t bothered with God. I didn’t need him to achieve what I wanted in life. Family, prosperity and promotion – I was very good at getting it myself. It started with an Alpha Course, an introduction to Christianity. What did I have to lose? I thought it would be a laugh and I would never give in to the people trying to convert or brainwash me. Over the weeks my views changed. I thought I would become a Christian – just to see what it was like. But it was hard being two different people at the same time. I knew I had to make a choice. I believe in retrospect that God helped me with that after my submarine accident in 2002. I know that God didn’t cause it but surviving it and being here today is totally down to God.


Yemi

Yemi

I followed my parents to Church every Sunday as tradition, and just only had an understanding that you are to do good and not bad things. As much as I tried, I always ended up letting God down. I found Church very boring. My life was always about earthly achievements, which gave me temporary satisfaction. Whenever I was in need of a breakthrough, I have always depended on someone else (mostly my parents) to pray me through. I came to a point in my life when I knew I wanted more and started seeking God for myself. Today, the Word of God is like a compass to me, giving me directions in every area of my life. Life has meaning now, and I am so enjoying it.


Dee

DeeHi, my name is Dee.

My journey of life finds me on the values course (at One Church) where we have been talking about an arrow!!!

My life has been filled with many arrows.

When struck by an arrow, I was able to seek more life in my days, than more days in my life, I can forget quantity, and pursue quality, I can look beyond the pain, and find incredible perspective. In my weakness I have found strength.

Life’s arrows did not change my direction, they merely deepened my character, they have helped me rediscover certain values before achieving greater things.

An arrow pierced my heart at the age of 12, this has been my constant:
COMPANION
STRENGTH
ROCK
COMFORTER
Which gives me daily grace, and love, his name is JESUS.


Joy

JoyI was brought up in a very loving, caring but strict Christian home. I asked God into my life at the age of 8 and followed him faithfully until I hit 30. Mid life crisis came early I think, I thought I’d missed out on so much in my teens I wanted to make up for it, drinking and clubbing etc. Well two broken marriages later you can see where that got me! The only good things that came out of that time away from God are my 3 wonderful kids.

I realised I couldn’t do ‘life’ on my own; God couldn’t wave a magic wand and make everything better; but together we could begin to put my life back together. My life has dramatically turned around in the last 2 years. I am now healthy and happy in the knowledge that God is at ‘My’ centre and I am looking forward to all the challenges that lie ahead, whatever they might be.