Trez - 'God saved me'
By the time I was 15 I was drinking and partying every weekend. I had a child and was in an abusive relationship so asked God to get me out of it - and He did. But I still felt lost and started taking drugs. Then I met someone who talked about God as a friend...
I was brought up a Catholic and would go to church every Sunday with my family. When I was eight my parents broke up and my Mum stopped going to church. When I was thirteen I also decided to stop going because I didn’t feel that God was there.
When I was fifteen, I got into an abusive relationship that lasted until I was twenty-two. Throughout that time I felt lost and would go out drinking and partying most weekends. I thought it would solve my problems. When I was twenty I had a son, and thought this might fix our relationship but it didn’t. I started to pray at night and ask God to end the relationship because I didn’t want my son to be brought up in an abusive family. Shortly after that prayer, my partner found someone else and we broke up. But I still felt so lost and depressed, because that was all I had known since I was fifteen.
I remember telling my friends that I had no purpose or direction. They would party and take drugs so I started to do the same. One day I accidentally overdosed and all I could do was call out to God. I knew He was the only one who could help me. I remember saying, “Please help me! I promise I won’t take drugs or drink anymore!” God did help me that day, but I still had severe depression and anxiety. I kept asking God to show me His light and bring me closer to Him.
In 2015, my cousin and I decided to go to church so we could change our lives because we couldn’t do it ourselves. We went to a Pentecostal church but we still couldn’t find God. Then I met a guy in a shoe shop who told me he was a Christian. There was something different about him and he seemed to actually know God. I wanted what he had, but after we spoke in the shop I realised I didn’t know who he was or where he lived. I finally tracked him down on Facebook and we met up to talk about the Lord. I went to a Revival Fellowship meeting with him in Wollongong, and by the end of it, I wanted to be baptised. The following week, on 17April 2016, I got baptised and a couple of weeks later, on 29 April, I received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. I felt so much joy and happiness that day.
God has blessed me so much since then. I now have a purpose and to know God is amazing! God took away the drugs and alcohol and the desire to go out clubbing. He has brought me into a loving family of God that is kind and understanding.
After I was baptised and spirit-filled, I told my Mum, Dad, sister and friends about God and now they have all received the Holy Spirit too. One day I went to my ex-partner’s house to pick up my son, and his girlfriend answered the door. She started to tell me about their problems, and all I could do was get my bible out and tell them both what had happened to me. They listened and came to a meeting with me. My ex-partner’s girlfriend received the Holy Spirit that day.
Jesus has taken away my bitterness and replaced it with joy. I am so thankful for what the Lord has done and can’t wait to see what He has in store for my son.
‘Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ’ Mark 16 v 38