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Kim's Life Experiences
I was baptized a Catholic when I was born in 1962.
My mother was Catholic, and my father was Anglican. My education,
until I was 16 years of age, was at the Ursuline Convent.
During the time I was at the Convent, I had heard
about Jesus. When I was in Kindergarten, I was frequently asked
to fetch the Bible, as the Sister in charge always read us Bible
stories after lunch. I can always remember that being a special
time for me.
My family was not committed to attending church
services, even though I do remember my mother taking me to Catholic
Mass when I asked her to. However, I did find it boring. I think
it was because I was a child, and the services were geared to adults.
It was an hour-long ritual of kneeling, standing and sitting. A
far cry from the Bible Stories I had enjoyed at a younger age.
I can remember in my early teens watching a local
programme on television called "Outreach". Every day I
would watch that programme, which must have been quite unusual for
a teenager. I believe that God was reaching out to me at this early
age. However, there was no Holy Spirit-filled person in my family
to notice my interest in the things of God.
From the time I left the Ursuline Convent at 16
years of age, until I was 33 years old, I lived my life according
to my own desires. I became a party girl in my late teens –
partying all weekend, barely arriving home before sunrise the following
day. Life was fun!
I went to Art College at age 19. There I continued
to party for the first year, but settled down during the second
year. My time at Art College really changed me. I loved the art
environment, and the fact that everyone lived and breathed "art".
However, there were some negative experiences at that time, which
made me look at life differently… and I became more reserved
I came back home to work in Barbados. Several years
later, I married my husband at the age of 24. The marriage was short-lived,
as we were separated
3 years later. I lived for 18 months in England
during that time, and this brought a lot of pressure on the marriage
since I did not make the transition easily. I missed my home and
my family! God would later show me that I
had never included Him in my marriage, as I had been married before
a local Magistrate in Barbados. In my heart, I had thought it was
hypocritical to marry in a church as I did not believe in the Christian
Shortly after my divorce became final, a very good
friend of mine was murdered. My friend was also my employer. This
meant that both my home life and my work life came under immense
pressure at the same time. And my world fell apart.
I was very traumatised for a long time without realising
it. I felt like an iceberg. I was going through the motions of life
on the outside, but my heart was dead on the inside.
However, God had not forgotten me. I went into counselling
for many years trying to discover who I really was. I found that
I had lived my life as was expected of me, and not who I truly was.
At that time, God brought a little poodle into my
life called Chloe. She looked just like a curly, white lamb. I would
let her sleep in my bed, and she was like an incubator. Somehow
the warmth from her body, was slowly melting the iceberg around
me. God was using her to start the long, slow process of healing.
I always found it funny that God sent me a "lamb" –
just like Jesus, the Lamb of God.
It was 1993, and an ordained Minister and his family
had moved into our neighbourhood. He invited me to a Bible Study
at his house. I started to attend on a regular basis. Six months
later, I made a commitment to Jesus Christ, and was baptized. I
can remember thinking, "I am going to try this." What
did I have to lose? I had made a mess of my life already!
I had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, that
changed my life forever! I came to realise our true purpose in life,
and that is to be reconciled with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
And secondly, to live every day in fellowship with Him.
I would not go on another moment without Jesus in
my life. He has filled so many roles in my life – from Friend,
to Counsellor, Comforter, Provider, Healer…. He is my Inspiration.
I live and breathe, because He breathes His Breath in me. I spend
every day in His Presence… and I just enjoy knowing Him, and
being with Him.
It is my prayer that you would come to know Him