When I was about 8 and attending the Church of Ireland, the Curate told us that our journey through life was like navigating the seas in a small rowing boat. Jesus would always be with us as our lighthouse, keeping us safe. Although we couldn’t see over the horizon, Jesus had gone before us and would take us to eternal life with God. It was then that I asked Jesus to come into my life as my personal Saviour, to forgive me for my sins and to help me as I grew up.
After university I moved to Peterborough where my husband and I became involved in the music ministry of Park Road Baptist Church.
However, although I was doing a lot for God, I was rarely just being with Him in prayer and Bible reading. I made some very poor decisions then as I wasn’t in tune with God’s will. Then everything changed when my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour. In those last years of our marriage we drew very close to one another. I also threw myself at God’s feet and let Him lead me through those difficult times. I spent a lot of time in prayer and reading my Bible. Towards the end, God was no longer leading me by the hand; He was carrying me. When my husband died, I knew for certain that he’d gone to heaven and was now free from his suffering. I did find it lonely, but I have learnt to rely on God to guide me and care for me as my Lord and Saviour, and also as my father, husband, and closest friend.
A couple of years later I made a new start at St Andrew’s, Alwalton, where I made wonderful friends and had excellent teaching. However, music wasn’t a priority there and I missed it. After attending the North York Temple Band concert at Peterborough Citadel this year, I decided to ‘try out’ a few services and was made very welcome. I was invited to Songsters practices which I really enjoyed. By the end of the summer I decided to make the Salvation Army my spiritual home and was enrolled on 3 November. It was a very special day for me and I’m now looking forward to what God has planned for me as I serve and worship in Peterborough Citadel.