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Posted on 6 Hours Ago by thegoodnewsrecorder
Have you ever said to yourself in the hustle and hassle of today’s life if this is all that there is why am I here ? Have you ever come out of the city felt the fresh air and noticed the calmness of tranquil surroundings ? Have you lived a life of drug or alcohol addiction fueled by crime until you feel so numb you wonder if life is really worth the living.
If you can answer yes to any of the above then this blog is for you, when we feel broken when we feel loss of direction, when we are struggling and see no future the most amazing moments in our brokenness can transform us into positive productive living souls born of grace in Gods forgiveness to live a called life .
Psalm 18 v 6
In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
Yes I once asked myself is this for real these days I am happy to account for my life in my testimony feature of my blog surrounded in your grace.
There was a time in my life I was living the materialistic dream a rock DJ on community radio and various business interests foreign holidays , an endless steam of parties, women plentiful and then the crash yes my world came tumbling down around me and all as a result of reckless living I can assure you the party does not last forever.
I found myself hospitalized tubes in and out of me yes I had a medical condition known as Jaundice and people waiting to jump in my shoes and destroy what I had worked hard for.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jaundice is often seen in liver disease such as hepatitis or liver cancer. It may also indicate leptospirosis or obstruction of the biliary tract, for example by gallstones or pancreatic cancer, or less commonly be congenital in origin (e.g., biliary atresia).
My body was beginning to close down on me but our Lord had decided to save me. Yes from my rebellious existence God in his mercy had decided he had seen something in me that he could use and if your still reading this and identifying with my symptoms God can do the same for you all that is required is to learn to trust and it does take time to build a spiritual relationship for a start there is a lot of old thinking to get rid of and new principles to learn and apply. Once we have conquered the spiritual we can start on the motivational coaching but allow yourself a considerable length of recovery journey. There are enhancement tools that will help you along the journey. Walking in the path of an experienced mentor is the most reassuring path to take nothing is as valuable as experience from one who has already tread the recovery path.
It was at the time of my crash I was to have an encounter with a Methodist Superintendent Minister who was to become my mentor in rebuilding my new life . The world was beginning to take a rather disgusted view of me in my disgraced condition. My new friend was not prepared to listen to negative judgement passed upon me , He introduced me to self esteem and Gods Love in replacement of my egotistical life style and corrupt thinking. The months went by and my friend in faith one of Gods finest stood by my recovery along with other members of the Methodist Church with such love Gods Grace was beginning to call me so I studied and learnt new preaching skills. I was put to work in the local chapel and my life was beginning to take on true purpose and dimension but I knew deep down I would have to move from my remote surroundings God was calling me but I dint have a clue how it was going to happen. Sometimes after a crash the best thing a person can do is what is known as a geographical move but don’t for one minute plan on taking the old personality with you for the new person created in Gods love to prosper you must be prepared to mentally die to ones former self. God is the only one in the position to offer salvation by faith.
It was on a visit to London in October 2013 I was to have Gods plan revealed to me in a most unexpected manner . Staying in Hammersmith West London little did I know making my way into central London that morning I was about to encounter another life changing event. This is one of the things I love most about our God we may not always know all the detailed plans of our creator but he will reveal to us in his time the destiny for each of us not in our time but his. It is no good trying to map out our own thinking any longer it is surrender time we not only surrender to our former life we surrender to hates grudges and any plan of settling old scores the only one our desire needs to be for is that of our life sustain-er yes you might be thinking I cant do that if you seek true recovery you can and you will and unfortunately the accreditation of being the first was claimed a long time ago so no prizes apart from sanity.
I had originally set out to visit Westminster Abbey that morning like tens of thousands of other visitors who visit London each year but upon arrival I was informed that the Abbey was closed to the public that particular day and to come back Monday. Feeling somewhat rejected I looked across the square and there stood Westminster Central Hall so I felt the urge to investigate further or maybe an unrecognized guiding towards my as yet unknown future .
Upon entering I was greeted by a very polite visitor host by the name of Isobella who politely approached and asked would you like a tour my reply yes why not I have an hour to spare. The tour was very informative and concluded with an invite to return for worship the next morning that I happily accepted .
After worship at Westminster with Isobella I explained I wanted to visit Wesley Chapel in City Road . Let me show you the way said my wonderful host so being a visitor to the city I gladly accepted , Isobella accompanied me to where I needed to be and then we said our farewells.
I had a deep feeling of what a wonderful kind and considerate person and although I had exchanged my address out of spiritual esteem for my friend I felt I would never see Isobella again as I treated this encounter as being no more than a pleasant encounter God in his wisdom had other ideas. I am happy to say our friendship blossomed and by the Spring of the following year 2013 Isobella was to visit my local congregation. How could this be happening not so many years ago I was in hospital in a touch and go situation as a result of my over indulgence lifestyle yes my self indulgent life had almost killed me here I was just a few years later on the brink of becoming engaged to a Christian woman a couple of years earlier would have been off the agenda for me without question. The event was well attended by local friends and Isobella returned to London. Yes Three years later the lady I told I had an hour to spare is by my side as my wife and sharing in taking worship with me.
Well the summer of 2013 was a hard working summer and we were married in the October 2013. In Gods grace it was the minister who had mentored me out of addiction who joined us in marriage on that fine day the chapel echoing with traditional Wesley Love Divine and more modern Redman Bless my Soul well if ever my testimony had a defining moment it was that day after years of unhappiness then committing my life to God planing my own wedding under Gods guidance and having it delivered by my best friends my mentor conducting and blessing our marriage is something that will remain with me for the rest of my life and long after in whatever God has planned for me.
I moved to London in October 2013 feeling I had made my plans to cover my new life but wrong I was doing this under my old thinking for I was going to start a cleaning service as I had known in the old life. God had other plans OK God by now I’m beginning to get it its not so much about my thinking as what you have planned for me. I went out and worked very hard at establishing my cleaning service but it just wasn’t happening eventually I surrendered my self will mid summer 2014.
So what am I doing today well in the summer of 2014 I felt Gods guidance drawing me towards counselling I had life experience but no academic qualification from my school years, I was to find out to my deep joy it was not a stumbling block at the same time I volunteered for a major addiction rehabilitation non profit company here in London.
Today I am regularly delivering the message of hope from the good news across Methodist Chapels in London accompanying me in reading the scriptures is my wonderful Wife Isobella ,I have been blessed to become involved in one of the main Christian telephone helplines for the UK. Oh yes that old life that almost killed me at one point has come in useful after all today, I deliver a message of hope for addicted prisoners in HMPs in London and at the time of writing October 2015 I am a trainee counselor enrolled with CP CAB looking forward to next September when hopefully God willing I can commence my counselling diploma.
As a gratitude to my heavenly father who called me to grace I intend to write a regular blog The Good News Recorder posting current topics from a christian view point and featuring inspirational and motivational reading along the way to inspire recovery. I hope anyone who feels life could be better will join up with me in this blog and feel the warmth and presence of our Lord Jesus working in today’s world if you feel you would like to share your experience with me please feel free to do so I am here to encourage you in your daily walk God bless you for getting this far.
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