Age: 73 // Favourite Food: Real curry yum! Pancakes mmmm! Wait there’s more…………. // Dream Job: Prima Ballerina, it’s now up to my granddaughters, either Lacey or Madeleine. // Current Season: Now where did I put my keys? Glasses? Park the car? And just loving God. // Met Jesus: At 30, through my Mum. // Favourite Verse: Numbers 23:19 – God Is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent, has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall he not make it good.
In the beginning of February 1972 (I know, it seems like centuries ago ) we arrived in Australia to begin a new life me, husband and two of the cutest little blond boys you have ever seen, one was nearly 3yrs the other 4yrs. I met my husband while we were both visiting South Africa, we married and settled there but when we had children we realized it wasn’t the best place to raise them, so decided Australia would be a great place to start a new life.
Little did we realize what “a new life” would mean for us?
Within three weeks of arriving as heathens, both of us met Jesus in a small Pentecostal church my Mother was attending.
Wow! What a way to start in a new country, born again Christians, surely life will be absolutely great from now on. We had Jesus and trust that our marriage would be restored, it hadn’t been in a good shape for quite a while, but with this new hope I really wanted to have a baby and fell pregnant quite quickly. However I miscarried at 11 weeks which was a time of great sadness but was helped through it my new church friends.
But the months went by and nothing happened and we prayed and prayed and the months went by.
Life doesn’t always turn out the way WE plan and we now faced a time of learning what overcoming and walking in faith and trust meant. I mentioned how my marriage wasn’t so great BC (before Christ), it was in such a state that when I discovered I was pregnant again shortly after my second child I was in despair. I was only just coping with life as it was, how was I going to manage with another person to love and care for? I didn’t want this baby and made a decision to terminate the pregnancy, let’s call it by its proper ugly name- abortion – and that’s what I did and was seriously ill because of it.
Now AD, (after Christ) as I was hoping to become pregnant again I was struggling with guilt and that maybe God was punishing me, but there was a chorus we used to sing that kept coming into my mind “Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua1: 9 so I would sing it over and over , I would also declare “Greater is He in me than he that is in the world ” 1 john 4:4 and so, I got through the condemnation knowing I was loved and forgiven.
As the months became a year, 2 years, I kept praying and praying and praying and then one day no different to any other day a prayer no different to the other prayers I just KNEW that my prayer was answered I had the desire of my heart, that I didn’t have to ask again but to TRUST.
And so the years went by and I trusted God after all I knew He didn’t lie ……”has He said and shall He not do it?” And then after 5 years of waiting I found I was going to have a baby at last, the joy, the elation to this fantastic news.
Of course in those ancient days there was no ultra sound technology if we wanted to find out the sex of the baby, but we knew it was a girl and that God would bless us abundantly with all our desire, and our desire was, we wanted a girl and Jessica was born in October 1977.
This was fairly early in my journey with Jesus. Through it I learned how much God cared for me, that despite my past mistakes, He loved me unconditionally, that I could trust God no matter what other challenges I may encounter. Through the years I have faced small, big and very big challenges and God has remained faithful and trustworthy every time.