God is Forever Faithful

 
Ilene faithfully serves the Lord each week at Covenant Church.

Ilene faithfully serves the Lord each week at Covenant Church.

Ilene’s Testimony

Psalm 57:10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.

I grew up in a Christian home and was baptized by my Southern Baptist preacher grandfather at the age of 7. I would not be telling the truth if I said that I had been as faithful to my Savior as He has been to me.

As a teenager I began to rebel and made some very unwise choices which has reverberated throughout my life but God, my Father, has never turned his back on me. He has shown me His love, grace and mercy. I don’t deserve all He has done for me. That is why I can never say thank you enough.

God has seen me through a marriage & divorce that left some scars. I was very angry for a long time, mostly at myself. It is the hardest thing to get over anger at yourself. You see, I knew better than to marry someone who was unequally yoked. I did it anyway. Rebellion is a very bad and you end up hurting yourself more than anyone else. It also caused me to move further away from God. You see when you do things that you know He would not approve of, you end up running away. It does not help since God sees & knows all. During this time, God was always faithful, even though I was not living the life that He had for me.

...God, my Father, has never turned his back on me. He has shown me His love, grace and mercy.

In 1995, I was still living in NJ alone (my children were now grown). Someone broke into my residence one night and I had a knife at my throat for a couple of hours. I called on the Lord and He was there to protect me. I could have been killed that night, but he kept me. I cried out to him for comfort and strength and He provided it.

In 2010, I had my gall bladder removed and after the surgery I was in recovery and stopped breathing. The anesthesiologist came and found me not breathing. He told me later that he never goes into the recovery room after surgeries and does not know why he went there that day. I told him that God sent him to save me.

In 2015, I was diagnosed with Renal cancer and It was God that caused the doctors to find it since they were looking for something else. If I had not had the last test which was a CT scan, I may not have known about it before it spread outside of the kidney.

I could go on and on about what He has done in my life but just know that He is ever present and faithful.

Psalm 68:35 Awesome is God from His sanctuary; the God of Israel – He is the one who gives power and strength to His people. Blessed be God.


 
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