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But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty things, and the base things of the world, and the things which are despised hath God chosen, yea and the things which are not, to bring to naught the things that are, (1 Cor1:27-28).
During my mother's pregnancy with me, she was planning to attend the remembrance Sunday service at Enniskillen, at the time of the bomb in 1987. Praise God; she decided not to go. I was born into a gentile home on the 14th of July 1988. Mum was 42, Dad was 43 and a half, and my only brother was 11 and a half years old at that time.
As I started growing up, I was very rebellious. I would run away and also throw some of my belongings away. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. Romans3:11; that was well fulfilled in my life. I became a wild child for most of my life.
I started school at the age of 5 years in 1993. I went to the Erns special school outside Enniskillen, where I was falsely accused of flooding the girl's bathroom, and so much more.
During the winter in 1993, we moved to Maguiresbridge, where I tried to make friends with the neighbor children. But they humiliated and called me names. Some of them spat on me and stoned me.
That the scripture would be fulfilled, which says, I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them because they are not of the world even as I am not of the world, John17:14.
Even though my father was not saved, he told me about a hell that would come after death, so even though I didn't read the bible, I knew in my heart that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
I would not pray because of my deep sense of guilt. During RE class at school, I heard the gospel faithfully preached. Alas, all that faithful preaching fell by the wayside and snatched up by the devil.
But what think ye? A certain man had two sons, and he came to the first and said. Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not. But afterward, he repented and went, Matthew 21:28-29.
It was many years later before I repented and went. During my childhood, I spent a week each summer at the share centre. During that time, I had two awful experiences. One of them was when I was with a group on a banana boat when it suddenly capsized, and we all landed in the lake
The other one was at the share centre swimming pool when another lad threw water in my face and said he would drown me. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, even through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee, Isaiah 43:2.
On the 13th of July 1997, we moved to a house just across the street from our last one. Then things started going downhill.
I was a very greedy, corrupted idolater. The television deceived me into thinking that human-made items and machines were living beings; hence, the foolish things of the world; this went on for years.
In September 2000, I started the secondary section of that school; by that time, I had been rejected by most. Many of them would not sit beside me.
From 2001-2005, I received bitter hatred and persecution from one of my classmates. In August 2001, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Shortly before his death, on the 26th of April 2003, he was revived from a cardiac arrest. He told the people with him about the happy land he had seen. Hallelujah, he was led to my Lord shortly before his death.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be kings and priests of God and Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years. Rev 20:6.
In October 2003, I was sent to Tyrone and Fermanagh. Due to the bullying, I became so paranoid that I didn't want to be left on my own at school; I could not even walk the corridors alone, so I tried to stop going to school. A woman was appointed to come to our house to see me up and out for school.
She tried to control my life and shouted at me at the top of her voice. So I ended up not wanting to speak to anyone.
After I left school in 2005, I had some mental and emotional issues. During those dark times, the devil would lie to me; he told me that if I walked in front of cars, I wouldn't get hurt. Thank God, I was spared.
In the year 2011, I met Alan Beattie for the second time. Sadly, Alan and I went to a fortune teller that summer, who told us about our marriage, etc. So we foolishly went along with what she said. We got married on the 8th of December 2011.
One day in 2012, I was casually looking through the newspaper, when an invitation to a gospel mission slipped out and landed on my knee. Alan and I began to go there, and on our second visit, I gave my heart to Jesus Christ and was filled with tremendous joy.
The date was the 16th of April 2012.
The people which sat in darkness saw a great light, and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up, Matt 4:16.
That summer, we went to England, and God started me off as a gospel tract distributor because I am a woman, and the people thought God doesn't want women to preach.
From then to the present, not even one of my unsaved loved ones have had any desire to come to my Lord, so I became extremely angry with the devil. But God gave me a writing ministry that I call Royal service through Royal Mail, RSRM.
Hence, the things which are not, to bring to naught things that are; that no flesh should glory in his presence, Amen.
Scriptures fulfilled in my life: Rom 3:11, Isa 43:2, Jn 17:14,
1 Jn 2:27, 2 Cor 5:17, and 1Cor 1:27-28.
Edith: United Kingdom