Instantly I knew God personally
When I was a child, I always believed God existed. But to me he lived up in the heavens somewhere and had no impact on my life. I grew up in an unhappy blended family and this affected the way I viewed the world and myself.
When I was a young teenager my whole family was told about Acts 2:38 how people received the Holy Spirit and they knew because they spoke in a new language.
My family was baptised by full immersion the same as Jesus had been. Three days after I was baptised I was asking God quietly in my prayers to give me the Holy Spirit. I felt a sensation rising from my stomach up towards my mouth and I started praying in an unknown language.
Instantly I knew God personally and could feel that he dwelt in my heart.
That was 24 years ago and has never left me. God has blessed me with a lovely spirit filled husband and our two children. What a privilege and a help having the Holy Spirit has been. I have had problems and struggles like anybody else but I know I can pray and God is there to carry me through them.
‘If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret... Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. ’ 1 Corinthians 14:27-29