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A Touch By The Holy Spirit

 

Not sure why I feel the need to write this out much less share so openly. After all, my experience happened over twelve years ago. I have shared this experience with only a few people who have been close to me or people who I thought needed words of hope where I could not find logical advice to help them in their time of need.

I was 26 years old and had been living in NYC for about a year. Having been born and raised in a small Midwest - blue-collar town, NYC was the potential opportunity to making my claim in life.

On the onset, life was good! The company I worked for put my coworkers and I up in a midtown apartment in NYC. It was like a kid living in Disneyland! I had friends/acquaintances from day one. In such a lonely city of people who long to have friendships, I was good to go. We worked hard and played hard and took the whole city by storm.

The startup business operation was slow, but that was O.K. Why? Simply stated, I met a woman who I believed to be my soul mate. As all relationships begin, I believed she could be the one. I fell hard... She did not!

After a year of living with people you work with and realizing this was unhealthy for business (we were at each others throats) on top of the fact that the girl I was dating moved on... I was lost!

I guess if you can't make it here you can't make it anywhere!

I was at an all time low. In my depression, I pushed everyone away and kept to myself. I was miserable but at the time didn't realize how down I was on life.

One day I didn't know what to do with myself. No one around to talk with and no where to go, I decided to go to church... Every day!

I was raised Catholic and although not a bible thumper, I respected its values and never found hatred or directed anger towards the church as some people recently have found.

I went to St Patrick's Cathedral, which was only a few blocks from the apartment we were living. I would walk around admiring this tranquil masterpiece in the middle of New York Cities pulsating spirit. I would go to the head of the church (behind the main alter) where I would pray with others at the shrine of Mary.

On the fourth or fifth consecutive day of going to St Patrick's, I entered one of the pews on the north side of the church. While mass was going on I knelt down and began to pray.

After I finished my initial prayers, I began to talk to God. No not one of those two way conversations that some people would certify me as psychologically "nuts" just those kind of thoughts about things we need help with or hope for in order to make ourselves and the world a better place.

At one point in this prayer/meditation, I simply said, "God, I can't do this anymore. I can't make any more decisions. I give up! I put my life in your hands."

I wish I could explain this in better detail. Over the last twelve years I've never been able to find the words to communicate the physical and mental experience, which happened after I let go.

Upon letting go, there was a bolt of energy, which began at my toes and rifled upward throughout my body. It exploded out the top of my head like a bolt of lighting. As this "energy" traveled upward it was like every cell in my body was energized. The best I can explain it was like the pins and needles one gets, but this was far from being uncomfortable. The experience lasted probably only a second or two, but after it left my body I was left with this euphoria. Almost feeling like I was floating.

Every pain, every frustration, every mental disparity I had been carrying with me, had been ripped from my being at the singular moment. As I left the church, I had a feeling of clarity, focus, and comfort. All my hate, all my anger, all my desperation was replaced with happiness, love, and sense of hope.

Within two years of this moment, my life had been given the love of my wife and a year later the first of three children. As for the work, the business turned around and all those in the initial startup have done well for themselves.

My prayers were answered!

I wonder has anyone experienced what I felt that day? I'm sure some in the medical community have some neuro/psycho/chemical thing that happened that day... Maybe so/Maybe Not! Regardless... It was amazing! Faith and hope are wonderful virtues.

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OF (guest)
 
10 hours ago (2019-07-22)
Here is my testimony. I never went to church when I was young, I was having too much empty fun being a sinner. God forgive me, for I started going to church because I wanted my girlfriend to get off my case. It turned out that I actually learned a lot, repented of my sins and learned to pray. One day while I was praying I felt like going towards the front of the church and continued praying. I felt a mild electrical shock, sort of a static shock that you receive when you rub a balloon on your hair or when you drag your feet on the carpet and touch something afterwards. I looked down to my feet and saw there was carpet so I thought that must have been it. I continued praying and I felt it again, but this time it was a bit more intense, not really hurting me, but I could feel as if sparks of electricity were arching around and bouncing from the carpet to my feet and pass right through my boots. This was all invisible, I think it was because my eyes were closed and frankly I was too scared to open them, but in my mind I could see this electrical storm display around my feet. Suddenly the sparks ceased and I hope I can explain this correctly, I felt as if I was made out of glass and a warm pure liquid was being poured into me, but the liquid was not coming from above as you would normally fill a glass with lemonade, Rather this liquid of warmth and peace was filling me from the bottom up. I liked the sensation, so I just kept my eyes closed and allowed it to happen. Slowly the sensation filled my feet, up to my ankles, my knees, my thighs and it kept going up to my navel. I wanted to get completely filled, but it stopped right at navel height. I don't remember it coming out of my head like other people describe it here. I don't know why I didn't get completely filled, but it felt great. I've also only shared this with close family, but I wanted to share it here so more people know that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are real. Peace be with you.
Barry Stephen Whitmore (guest)
 
4 weeks ago (2019-06-23)
My Mother and me were at a Service in Tallahassee and the Preacher called on the Holy Spirit to come into the and heal the congregation.
When he did my Mother began speaking in tounges a d I felt like warm water was being poured over my head. Ever since that Sunday the Holy Spirit is always with Me in my life.
I too was raised Catholic and was an Alter boy. I now go to a Church here where I live that is non Denominal and can feel the Holy Spirit in the Church when Dr. Larry Linkious is preaching the Holy Gospel.
alvinjadamsjr (guest)
 
1 month ago (2019-06-18)
I just read you experience with the holy spirit... I believe it is a great source of energy... And now me... Help me understand... Sleeping on the sofa... I felt something touching me on my forehead... Eyes open... And hands were me on my forehead and I ask who are you and what do want... And looked and the person touching me was a man... In a sparking gold robe... Long hair and no face... And said nothing... But I knew he was looking at me... And was telling me something... And stayed walked a little closer and he was gone... Now I met Mary Jesus mother... Walked she was standing next to me as we talked she held her hand out and touched her palm... And said... GOD GAVE YOU A TALENT GO OUT AND USE IT... She held out her hand to me to shake my hand and I reached her hand and she said oh I am Mary... And she was gone walked away... I have seen the dead... Angles floating angles...etc... What is going on...
JS (guest)
 
1 month ago (2019-06-17)
I have had 2 Holy Spirit moments and 1 God moment. The 1st was over 10 years ago. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was battling depression. I was in a dark place and felt very hateful and angry. It was ongoing for several months. Finally, 1 night I prayed as sincerely as I knew how that God would take this deep dark angry hateful feeling from me, then I went to bed. While I was sleeping I felt a hand touch my head, I then realized I was in the twilight stage of consciousness. As the hand gently touched my head I felt this energy rush through my body and out the top of my head like a massive rushing wind. Almost like jumping out of a plane. It lasted a few seconds & was gone. I Immediately awoke and felt 10x better. I instantly felt like I was touched by the hand of God.

This feeling lasted for several years. Then about 2 years ago, I began to feel very depressed again. Not angry or hateful anymore, just down and unexcited about life. Disconnected completely. I was as low as I had ever been. I was in church and the the congregation has about 1,000 members. I was in the back left corner at the end of the aisle. The pastor walked up after worship singing ended and said "Before I start my sermon I want to say that God has put it on my heart that somebody in the area (he then pointed to my section and looked right at me) needs to know that God loves them and everything is going to be ok".

I started to cry and had to excuse myself to the bathroom. Later that week I saw a DR. For the 1st time for depression and he prescribed me meds that have helped me considerably.

My final experience occurred last night. Even though I am on meds I still get periodic "lows" from time to time and have felt in a funk over the past 2 months or so. Not nearly as bad as before I was on meds, but disconnected again. Distant, lonely. I also have been doubting my faith with all the secular nonsense that goes on in society I have been questioning at times if God is real or am I just wishful thinking. I showered before bed and prayed sincerely that God would renew and restore my faith in him and belief in Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Well...as I slept I suddenly got into that twilight of consciousness again and suddenly John 3:16 was on my brain. I then felt a tremendous urge to look at the clock on my nightstand. The clock read 3:16. I can only say that I believe God was directly telling me that yes, JC is real and he died for you.

Today I feel renewed and my faith is as strong as it has ever been.
Alili (guest)
 
1 month ago (2019-06-08)
Wow. I am so thankful for this thread and all of the experiences shared. God is so GOOD to us all the time. Although a long time Christian - While going through an incredibly abrupt relationship ending God has given me strength, peace & so much love as I pray for the fruits of the spirit daily. At a worship concert last night I literally felt a burst of pure love and light come up through my feet and burst out through my heart in something so incredibly magical only people on this thread could understand. The burst was pure light and love and peace and in that moment I knew the Holy Spirit was with me & so happy I was there in worship. It brings me to tears of pure joy just thinking about it. What a beautiful blessing we have been given to experience the Holy Spirit. Be blessed friends. God is with us!
kathleen taylor (guest)
 
2 months ago (2019-06-02)
I was at a low point in my walk with God, this was the very first time since accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior there was no response from God, I was so used to praying and immediately I'd feel the Holy Spirit pour his love over me and surround me in such a way that I know that I am so Loved as his child. Before this event, I was already being led to people on the streets or in stores or in restaurants to speak words of knowledge to them. So you can imagine being led by the Holy Spirit to this point of no communication with him, I could handle loosing friends but when I felt he left me, I couldn't deal with this! Well at this point, even people I thought were my Christian friends turned their backs on me and I lost all my friends, did no longer receive confirmation from God that he even heard me as I'd cry out to him. I kept saying, God where are you, you said you'd never leave me nor forsake me, then I got woke about 3-4 am and started praying about people who I meet while out witnessing and in that half asleep moment, I was arrested fully awake and more alert than I have ever been in my life and felt as if my entire body had been filled with electrical currents that radiated power as it traveled in my body, then it traveled down my arms and shot out of both hands. I literally felt it leave through my hands, shot out of both hands. I lay there praising God, everything in me knew that it was the Holy Spirit,,, I took a while to recover and kept thanking God and finally said Lord, that was so much power, would I have been able to walk around feeling that powerful or would I just die? Then I said, Lord can you do that again? He did it again,,, same way filled me as if struck by lightning and radiating the powerful currents as it traveled, then it left traveling down both my arms and shot out of my hands,,, I felt the electrical current literally shoot out of both hands! I am so greatful I have found others who had the same experience, no one else really understands it, nor believes that it even happened! Not even my family! I do believe that my gift is in healing, I've wondered if this was a Divine notification? Every scripture concerning healing speaks to my heart! This happened in April 2018
GodsChild (guest)
 
4 months ago (2019-03-31)
MT) that was so unbelievable to hear! I have had multiple times where I too, get the same electric shocks through out my body but last month, I experienced the same exact thing! It was [at] the same time maybe 3-4am and I woke up to this electrifying force so powerful that I too, sat up like someone pulled me up& I was in a deep sleep so it's just so amazing to know that I'm not alone& other people are getting touched by our beautiful Abba Father! God bless you all brothers and sisters! Christ is coming!
Mb (guest)
 
4 months ago (2019-03-18)
Im wondering if anyone has had similar expireces... Since apx 9 years old I was tortured at school daily to the point of suicide. It lasted several years but apx at the age of 13 or 14 I was about to end my life I felt an overwhelming sensation. I herd a voice tell me they love me... Thats all I herd and tears poured nd poured down my face. For a moment (this has happened several occassions) I feel as if someone is entering my body briefly and ALWAYS rubs my head and I hear the words "marianne I love you" and tear pour and pour and pour to the point its hard to breathe. I have almost lost my life on several occasions there is no denial that he is with me and angels are here but is it possible and has anyone expireced the spirit rubing their head through their own hands?
Laura (guest)
 
5 months ago (2019-02-06)
What an amazing experience. I think I recently experienced the same, it happens when I pray at night when I am going to bed. I get waves of what I can only describe as electricity running through my body. I have recently found the Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ.

I was in a bit of a low place recently as I've been woken up to what is actually going on in the world and I think there is a mass spiritual awakening going on around the world for Jesus' soon return. I would ask that everyone opens and softens their hearts to the most high it is a liberating feeling. I can't tell you how important it is.

This is coming from someone who was not religious in any way until recently, as a child I loved God but I think in today's society the truth gets lost along the way I am so lucky to have been woken up. Have faith everyone. God bless you all x
MT (guest)
 
6 months ago (2019-01-31)
Wow. It's crazy that this post was made over 10 years ago.
Something similar happened to me last night and I wasn't sure what to make of it. I googled "Holy Ghost" but couldn't find what I was looking for until I stumbled across your story. I guess the feeling I experienced was something divine.

I'm 22 years old. I was raised catholic but I hated going to church growing up. I remember when I first started working, I'd purposely work on Sunday's just to avoid going to church. I guess it was because of the hypocrisy I saw in people who I had gone to church with. Even in my family, my parents. Although I always knew that there was a God, something of higher power, I had still had doubts.
It wasn't like "Jesus isn't real. There's no such thing as a god."
It was more like, "can God hear me? Is he really there? Maybe he's too far."

I was going through some stuff with school and I just felt sad and depressed. Overwhelmed by everything in my life. I hadn't prayed or talked to God in a very long time and felt guilty that if I started to pray again, He would be upset at me. I knew that God was always there, that he would never leave us and he would listen. But something inside just made me not want to talk to Him about it. I thought that I could do things alone, without help. I didn't think that I was too good or anything. But it was more like, I can do it, it's okay, keep pushing through it. I was wrong. I think that no matter what you're going through, whether it's bad or good, you should always pray and thank God. That's where I was wrong. I hadn't prayed in so long that I felt guilty.
So last night was my breaking point. It was late, maybe 3am. I couldn't do it alone anymore and I cried so hard and started to pray. I told Him that I wasn't sure if he was listening, I'm not sure if He was there. I just talked about how I felt and what was going on in my life. I didn't ask for a sign or a message, nothing like that.
Suddenly I fell asleep, without finishing my prayer. I woke up after a few minutes and realized that I didn't finish my prayer say amen, so I did and I went back to sleep.

Maybe about 10-30 minutes later I was woken up by this electrifying shock. It was so powerful that it felt like I was sitting up in bed. As if something, someone was holding me up.
I knew it wasn't a dream because the electrifying waves that were going through my body happened 3 times. Back to back to back.
The first shock was the most powerful one. I felt this force pulling me closer to it. A strong embrace. It felt like Jesus was there, reaching out to me, letting me know that he's there and he hasn't forgotten about me. After the last wave of electric going through my body I went back fo sleep.

I woke up the next morning and I knew that God was there last night. Although I didn't ask for a sign from him in prayer, he was there and he reminded me that he's never too far. This experience was eye opening and I believe that it'll forever change my life.
Thank you so much for sharing your story.
Ron (guest)
 
6 months ago (2019-01-29)
What a terrific experience you had and so many others on this thread. I have been searching to see if others have experienced what I did once and I see that one of the other people responding had something vaguely similar. I was at a service at "Hatfield baptist" church, then meeting in a large tent at a disused drive-in movie theatre due to the massive growth it had had (in Pretoria, South Africa) and one of the pastors, Neville Norden, was preaching. At a stage, during the praise and worship, he said that he could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit powerfully there that evening and - if anyone wanted the power of the Spirit for ministry - they should raise both hands. I wanted that, and in an attitude of prayer, eyes closed, I raised both hands. To my shock I felt two strong hands grasp my wrists from above and I could feel the wrists above me. I felt this strong warmth and tingling go through me and opened my eyes, but there was nothing to see. That was long ago now, 1988, and nothing similar has ever happened again although I have seen miracles in my life. I am not in ministry, but have been wondering about other people having the same experience.
Mj (guest)
 
6 months ago (2019-01-28)
I have been having visions since I can remember and they have started getting more and more direct meaning I can understand them more now. Today while driving I have a warm somewhat hot electricity flow through my body that I was not able to say anything but only feel it slowly move from one side of my body to the other...
Nadia Sky (guest)
 
6 months ago (2019-01-17)
I have been searching for 25 years for someone whom has had the same experience as me. I too was in prayer and thanking Jesus and I asked him to give me a sign. A burst of energy whipped through my whole body and a bright light filled my eyes. I want that feeling back, but blessed to have experienced it at all. God led me to this website and for those whom will come across in the future GOD IS REAL! Be blessed!
Nabih (guest)
 
6 months ago (2019-01-15)
I had a similar experience during an intense 6 days of dry fast and prayers. On the 6th day, I felt a cold sensation engulfing my leg and traveling upwards while I was engaged in deep prayers with 5 other persons. The holy spirit is real people, JEHOVAH is real, and Yeshua is real. Never underestimate the power of prayer combined with faith, persistence and total surrender. I took it for granted for many years of my life, but my life has changed now that I accepted Yeshua. But you do not need to take my word, Get to know JEHOVAH for yourself. All you need to do is trust and believe, clear your heart and mind and pray. Don't gave up for it is a bit difficult at first. Persistence and faith are very important. GOD Bless you all.
Trung (guest)
 
7 months ago (2018-12-09)
Summary:
Felt a white light of pure energy going through my body from the top of my head down through my body for 3-4 seconds that made me cry.

Setting:
Occurred while in a group praying with pastor after singing praise songs. It was when I was around 23 ish and after a breakup with my long time girlfriend of 5 years. The breakup was hard for me and started to go to church on a regular basis and really enjoying the teachings. I was searching for the lord and truly believing in his words. I am not sure if it was the low point in my life but at that time I was very humble which ia was not common if you know me from afar. This event occurred when I let all my barriers and shields down and gave my mind and body to the lord. I remembered asking him to take me and asking him for forgiveness while the pastor was praying. With my eyes closed and praying while standing, I sense a white light just above my head. This white light full of energy rushed through my body with the sensation of cleaning or purging my body. The energy was so pure that I broke down crying in a youth group of around 40 teens and young adults. The pastor either sensed this or seen my crying and stopped the praying and took me in a room to continue praying. After this, I rejoin the main congregation and nobody mentioned a thing or made a big deal and everything was normal. I did tell my older brother who was 2 years older what happened since we was right next to me when this occurred and he along with the pastor said I was touched by the Holy Spirit. I will never forget that moment or feeling and am blessed to experience the Holy Spirit.
John Lefebure (guest)
 
8 months ago (2018-11-23)
The Holy Spirit is a real spiritual encounter with God, but it only happens when you surrender yourself to God after "believing" and calling for Jesus; to follow and take over in every aspect of your life. My spiritual encounter was falling on my knees in my lounge room and saying sorry to God and the feeling was exactly like the "Amazing Grace Song". You see for the very first time in my life, I actually prayed to God from the heart and called for help and He answered straight away. 3 days later the Holy Spirit entered my room when I was asleep but it was as though I had stepped into another spiritual realm. I could clearly see my wife sleeping next to me, I could hear my children moving around in their beds (separate rooms), I could hear the clock ticking away in the back room (where this is not normally possible as our bedroom is too far from the clock to hear anything), I could hear little animals on the trees outside and I could feel everything around me as though I was part of everything; as though I was being born and was about to land into a human body. The experience was quite amazing. But it doesn't end there! Through this experience I tried to get my wife's attention but could not; Only I could see what was happening to me and all the shouting and nudging at my wife would not do anything. And then the most beautiful thing happened. A beautiful large pillar of light moved across the room - from my doorway, to the window and then to my wife's side which is a very dark place of the room. The pillar was about 2 meters in diameter and moved across the room like the moon moves across the horizon. It was from the ground all the way to the ceiling and was like a powerful strong, majestic white but soft light - almost like a pillar of cloud and it was beautiful. It was not from this world, it was clearly from God. And then just to seal my experience, an arm of light came out of this pillar of light and my left arm was lifted up my itself as though my arm was no longer mine. And then an energy rush went through my entire body! The experience lasted for only about 2 or 3 seconds and is something I shall never ever forget. As soon as it had left me, I woke up and was then able to wake my wife and children (it was like a bomb went off in the room by my excitement). I said to my wife these words "do you know what just happened to me? This must be the Holy Spirit that I saw!" I said this with the biggest smile and had tears of joy running down from my face. Upon day break, I then asked my wife to get me a Bible to read and my life has since done a 360. I am not the same person I used to be and God the Father is with me every day. What I have achieved in the past 2 years - I could not have done alone and the people I have spoken to about God and Jesus has impacted them. I have become a very strong witness of God and feel as though Jesus lives inside me. So may things have happened to me since then, so many people of all walks of life have come in my path - as though God wants me to speak to them and each time I do speak, it is as though God designed it to happen. I have had so many visions and dreams that come true and God has also shown me both Heaven and Hell. It's all real brothers and sisters. The bible is spot on and makes so much sense. God bless to you all who are reading this. I have also written 2 articles on-line under LinkedIn. You can look me up if you like.
drummerken1 (1 stories) (2 posts)
 
9 months ago (2018-10-18)
I had this exact thing happen to me... Asking Jesus into my heart all of a sudden from the tips of my toes a wave of electricity slowly went through my body out the top of my head... I felt totally different. Alot of feeling of love... We need to talk. I thought I was crazy and only told a few people and they looked at me like sure you did.
We need to talk.
Bea (guest)
 
9 months ago (2018-10-10)
I had a similar experience I had surgery and was in so much pain it was hard to sleep I wandered around at all hours of the day hoping for relief my fiancé said a prayer for me we both did the pin went on I woke up at 4am looking for my pain pills and couldn't get he bottle open I prayed on it asked that God give me the strength to open up the bottle and I tried again and it opened I went to sleep thinking how my pain was only temporary and once I was better I'd keep in mind my lord my savior and make sure to spread the word as I was finally dozing off making an internal list of all that I needed to keep in mind I felt a touch on my forehead no one was around it felt so real and calming I could only assume it was Gods touch. It's not the only time years ago I was feeling guilty
That I missed church and a voice said to me not female or male just a voice saying "I'm in your heart you do not need to go to a place of worship to believe in me" that time I had a hard time sharing with others about my experience I didn't want anyone to think I was crazy but I did share with a few people that totally understood.
Julie (guest)
 
10 months ago (2018-09-21)
Hi. I'm from Uk. This blessed me because this is the first time I havevever heard anyone say the same as what happened to me! Been born again many years now, but before I actually got saved, was going through a tough time, and I said, not with my mouth, from my heart, " Jesus if you're there, will you help me "...the same thing happened to me, but my experience was a warmth started at my toes, and travelled up through my body and out through the top of my head. It must have only been seconds, yet in that time I could feel every tiny minute sinew and fibre of my being touched with it. This is the first time I have ever heard anyone say the same thing of the direction in which it happened... That being through their toes and out through their head. I'm going to ask the Lord to show me why it happened this way. There must be some significance in it, why it didn't happen frommuy head down.? Thanks for posting this. God bless. Shalom.
Annie Abraham (guest)
 
12 months ago (2018-07-25)
Hello, I recently had an experience at a retreat and so I was searching if anyone else had such experiences and stumbled on this page. I was going through a time, where I felt that I had worked so hard and given so much, but nothing turned out the way I envisaged.
I am 50 years old. I accepted the Lord at 20, but never gave Him my all. But since the last couple of years, I had been seeking Him in His word, in prayer and I was at the point that I wanted Him to have my life. Take it I kept telling Him for what its worth and do what You want with it. So I went forward for prayer at the retreat and the pastor was praying for me. He mentioned many thoughts I had been having in the past few months and then he held my upraised hand and I felt an intense heat in the area if my heart. Everywhere else my body felt the same. But in my chest area I felt so much heat that I wanted to take some one else's hand and make them feel it. I am still wondering and think about the disciples on the road to Emmaus, how they said "Were not our hearts burning when He spoke to us". I do not know what my experience means, but I have been praying to Lord to give me revelation. I want to walk in His mysteries. I do not want to hear from the world and follow anymore. I want to follow Him.
Hope (guest)
 
1 year ago (2018-06-20)
For 5 years I have been struggling with divorce issues and my older children not wanting to be in my life. I have blamed myself, struggled with sadness and contemplated hurting myself. I have prayed to the Lord frequently and read scripture. I recently starting seeing a Therapist. On June 19th at 10:37pm, I received a text that was hurtful and heartbreaking worse than the times before. I immediately started praying to take the pain away, to help me over and over again. Within seconds, a tingling sensation starting on the left side of my head and proceeded downward towards my neck. It was a light (pins and needle) sensation. I am not sure if that was a sign from God, but I am hoping it was. It was a great feeling.
Catherine (guest)
 
1 year ago (2018-06-12)
Thanks to everyone for posting. I read each & everyone. I have always wanted some clarification as to what I felt way back in 1988. I will try to make my testimony brief. I was baptized at the age of 31 and going to a Luthran church and was trying my best to be the best person I could be. I was married to an alcoholic and my oldest daughter at age 14 became involved with drugs and alcohol and ended up being expelled from school. Eventually I put her into a program called Straight for teenagers and 2 weeks later my husband checked himself into a rehab. By this time I was frazzled and felt on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I worked full time and still had 2 younger children to take care of.
I couldn't eat or sleep and was totally exhausted.

A good friend of mine just kept telling me God will never give you more then you can handle but I was at my breaking point & knew it. That evening I lay in bed not able to sleep & all the horrors of my life running through my mind. I prayed to God for peace and nothing else. Seconds later a wave of pure relaxation and a deep feeling of peace and security washed over me. I knew that the Holy Spirit had entered that room and myself. I slept like a baby all night and woke up refreshed. I told my friend this story the next day and she confirmed what I already knew. I've never lost that peace to this day. I have had plenty of horrors happen in my family since then because all 3 of my children are drug -addicts and alcoholics. I eventually divorced my husband after 32 years of marriage. He had gotten sober in that treatment center but it didn't last. I pray for my family and go on with my life in peace. I am now raising 2 teenage grandsons by myself as my youngest daughter went to prison for meth related charges. I have never lost the calming effect and a sense of serenity that I felt that night. God the Father, the son and the Holy Ghost are real
Mike (guest)
 
1 year ago (2018-06-09)
Last night I fell asleep and woke up in pain and with a massive panic attack around 4 this morning. Before I tried falling back to sleep, I said a lot of prayers and talked to God and The Lord. I fell back to sleep and when I woke up again my entire body was in a state of bliss and euphoria and in my mind I heard myself say "The euphoria took the pain away." I felt very calm and relaxed. It was soothing beyond words. I believe God was cleansing my spirit. If you're ever in a state of pain or panic or anxiety, pray and talk to The Lord and you will feel better than ever.
Guest (guest)
 
1 year ago (2018-05-01)
Your story is living testimony of what being born again really is
The feeling you felt was the Holy Spirit entering you and living inside of you- we have to willing give ourselves to God- give him permission- he will never force himself. We are all on a journey and all life experiences will eventually lead to him where 'give it over' and realise Man does not know only God
The number for Man is 6 (Satan 666) reoccurring- it will never be 7. 7 is God competition

You are now Gods Son- you have been enlightened and you will truely go to heaven. If you start reading the bible you will discover it will actually make sense now! And then you spiritual gifts will come. This actually the beginning of your journey not the end
Few people get to this point - Thank God- you are truely blessed
Frances (guest)
 
1 year ago (2018-04-03)
I felt it when I was on a holy tour to Lourdes. There the whole tour was having this mass of surrendering, letting our earthly matters be lifted and handed to His hands. Each and every one of us had such different reactions that we ourselves didn't even know how we were on the outside appear. Some shouted, some sang, some stayed quiet. I was a little scared when I saw what was going on to the people around me who were already in it. I closed my eyes, I tried to let all my burdens, my worries and life issues behind me and tried not to think of anything but to just focus on the greatness of God. So, that time, it was winter season. It was cold, breezing and we all had layers of think clothing (since we are a tour coming from Indonesia). I was yet still feeling the coldness as we entered the room. Until that moment when I finally was lost in this paradise. I began crying and sobbing in tears, actual tears were running down my cheeks like a running fountain. My tears were so warm like it was there to comfort me. While I cried and all of that, I can't really recall of what was on my mind, what was I dreaming or thinking of, up until now. I couldn't stop crying. It was insanely amusing to know how much tears you hold in your body. Then, the pastor came to me, whispered to my ear of some things I couldn't really understand and he touched my forehead, like he was comforting me.

The next time I knew was that I was lost in this most beautiful, relaxed - therapeutic too actually - of a beautiful white snow and trees passing by in a moderate pace while I was sitting in a bus looking out the window. I loved it. I thought I was nearly in Heaven. As the dream goes on, I was in no control of my own body. I couldn't control any parts of my body. I still could feel and be aware, but it was out of control. My arms and hands were slowly opening wide open to each sides of my body, my neck slowly dragged my head and back down to the back support of the church seat. Finally, I was in that surrender looking kind of position, open, as if God was initiating me to open myself, surrender myself to Him, let Him lift up all that is in my life. I was again, in paradise. I soon fell deep asleep. It was one great, restful sleep! No dreams, no thoughts, no nothing! Just purely resting every vein, every parts of my body on OFF mode. I believe it was about 15 to 30 minutes of sleep, I wouldn't even know.

The time I woke up, I still felt like I was still in that world, not back to earth/reality yet. But, I was a little more conscious of my surroundings than the past hour. I could remember that everyone else were all awake and were consulting, chattering with one another, sharing each other's experiences. I was feeling strange. I felt cold and freezing in my body, but my spirit and soul felt so warm and comforting. I was shivering outside. My parents even came up to me to hug me to warm me up while cluelessly looking at staring at me. I didn't mind. I looked confused back at them, wondering why I was having that feeling. Then the pastor came up to me again and whispered at my ear again, as if to turn off the what ever thing was happening to me. Within a few seconds, I felt the holy spirit dismissed from my body and my body ended all of it with normal tears (not the warm tears like from earlier).

I was conscious and I smiled. I stood up, still was not believing that I was in that other world. I went outside to the cold fresh air and I felt cold just like before when I was still a normal human being. But the most incredible, amazing miracle I felt right at that moment was realising how light I was. Not physically, but emotionally, spiritually and mentally. That moment I knew that my burdens and troubles, my weight were all lifted up to His glorious hands. I became joyful. I became more conscious of the little things of the environment and my surroundings, including leaves, water, etc. It was such an amazing feeling! I can't really put it in to exact words or description.

The downside is that this event happened, and I was not ever ready to ask or listen to the pastor of what that happened to me meant. The pastor sure knew something about it and he knew there was a certain sign and or meaning of it that specifically happened to me. But, he told me that he wouldn't tell me if I werent ready to ask. For years, until now, I wonder still. I haven't got the chance to meet this pastor again. I don't think I ever will. I just really want to put together the pieces and stop having these question marks.

This is the first time I ever got it written in text btw. And only my family knows about this event.
Anna (guest)
 
1 year ago (2018-04-03)
I don't know if it is ok to share my own experience with you all because I am not Christian but I have been through something very similar.
God is really there and is loving and caring. When we let go and when we give up to him all we are going through... Only when we truly do that he will make our prayers come true. Talking to God is the essential part of us being humans...
I am going through the worst time of my life... Everything around me fell apart. I am away from my family can't meet them and drained out with pain and longing. I have no way to go to them and cry in there hands... The good thing is that I am blessed with great friends but no one is like family so I miss them badly. And I am living alone in this place.
About 3 months ago the love of my life... My fiance broke up with me... He lives in a different place too and I wasn't able to make it to where he is... It's all due to Visa issues... However, we have been together for 4 years and he was everything to me... Every night I prayed for the day we will be finally together... I loved the man from the bottom of my heart but then out of no where he asked to break up even though we are engaged and made a big party 2 years ago... Then the 2 of us had to travel desperately and he seemed weaker than I thought... He gave up on me so easily... Then one week ago I heard that he got engaged! To his friend that I know! It was like a knife in my heart. I was in shock and pain even though I knew there was someone and that it might be her but getting engaged so fast was a deep shock to me. I couldn't even take days off my work... I have no family here and my family were so worried about me... I was going through the worst time of my life.
I really wished I die because I saw no hope in living like this... Away from my comfort zone so much... Away from love and family... I know few good guys here but no one is reaching me out and I felt so depressed being unwanted too much. My love is happy now with his sweety... I am so lonely here and no one is interested in reaching me out and I really needed someone to be around. Or to be able to meet my beloved family.
I kept praying for a long time now but with a doubt inside my heart that it is not easy to be changed... That God is not going to change anything in my life... I have no doubt that God is there so I didn't doubt his existence but I thought that he might want me to stay lonely forever. So that I have to give up my prayers.
Yesterday I was on the peak but everytime I reach that point I cry so much then I watch something funny in order to forget. I don't put any power in talking to God. But Yesterday a friend of whom I trust so much said to me that if you keep fighting the struggles will not end. You have to give it up to God. And I thought that I was doing it but apparently I wasn't... Until last night. I took a very good shower the one that you feel great after. Then alone in my small room... I prayed (in my religion we pray 5 times a day) so it was the last prayer of the day. I prayed more prayers then I started talking to God as if it was the first time... I begged him deeply to end my pain... To make my life better... To be released from pain and to open doors to me... I prayed and cried so much... And for the first time I was in certainty that God is listening... I was so sure that he was there listening to me and that he will even change my destiny if it was going to be a hard one... After I finished I was in a great comfort... As if all the prayers have came true... As if I am in heaven... A feeling that all the burden I am carrying has just gone! Noting has yet changed but I was sure that it had!
Only few hours has passed and noting had changed yet but I am in a deep satisfaction that everything has already changed... I am so happy and sure that everything is OK now... Thanks God for being there for us and for making us his creatures and giving us the ability of feeling him.
Bless you all
Walt (guest)
 
1 year ago (2018-04-02)
I want everyone to know that that God is real and the Holy Spirit is real! More than 25 years ago as a young father working as a sports reporter and announcer in the Los Angeles area, I became very restless with what was going on in the world. The city of Los Angeles was going through racial strife. I remember seeing on TV a young girl in South Central Los Angeles crying when she saw her school burning down, because she said "education is my only way out!" Imagine the heartache of a child so desperate to escape her day to day reality! The Iraq war was raging and innocent civilian lives were lost as a result. I saw so much that broke my heart in the world that I had began to have a strong urging to do more with my life to serve God and discover my eternal purpose. I had attended church for much of my life and was a Christian but what did that really mean for my future. I had the sensation that if I had suddenly died, I would be desperate to have wanted to have done more with my life for this incredible gift of life that I was given. I had to know God's eternal purpose for my life. Nothing else mattered. Over several months I prayed and prayed and prayed a prayer that I have always called "my two-by-four prayer". That is, "God I need to know what you want for my life and what you want me to do with my life, but you need to hit me over the head with a two-by-four because I need to know 100% that it is YOUR voice that I am hearing and not my own." Without going into every detail of what I have experienced on many, many occasions since those days, I will tell you 100% that God is real, the SON is real, and the Holy Spirit is real and the most powerful and LOVING force in the universe. My Holy Spirit encounters that were very loving and incredibly emotional began with deep sensations of love and warmth that surrounded me, it continued with an ever-present slight pressure in my head that wasn't pain but a reminder of the Holy Spirit's constant presence in my life. A few weeks after I began to pray intensely for God's direction, as I sat down at the piano, a simple tune came into my head that I couldn't forget. I played it over and over so often that my sister-in-law said, "why don't you put words to the music?" I immediately wrote the words to a song I called "His Hand Is On Our Shoulder" -- the chorus of which is very simple and very direct..."His hand is on our shoulder, He touches us every day, sometimes we may not feel Him, but He's with us all the way. Through life's joys and sorrows, His laughter and tears join our own. His hand is on our shoulder and we'll never be alone." We'll NEVER be alone and YOU will NEVER be alone. Please remember that and be comforted by that! That first little song that was turned into a benediction at our church led to dozens of others that have been written and published over the years. In many instances when I was awoken at night, a song title just popped into my head and a song "wrote itself" as if my automatic writing. Over the years, God has used me for much more than sports reporting. I have been blessed to help so many wonderful causes and even produce stories and documentaries for so many wonderful causes that help so many people. To this day, I ask God to continue to point me to what He wants me to do to "shed a light" on that which is good and of God. I desperately want EVERYONE to know that it is very easy to mistake a church or a church building or a preacher or pastor for the presence of God himself -- and since God is everywhere, HE can certainly be in all these places and all these people -- but WHEN YOU DESPERATELY seek that one-on-one relationship and cry out with all your heart for direction AND you find yourself at such a low or desperate place that you simply must have answers and direction -- you will find that God is there, the Holy Spirit is there and, here is the greatest evidence of the Holy Spirit's presence of all. In addition to all the physical feelings of incredible warmth, tingling, and any other sensation that may surround you for days and months -- there is the INCREDIBLE FEELING OF LOVE that is something you can't explain. Not just love for your family and friends, but love for everyone! Love even for those who you can't imagine loving! YES, GOD IS LOVE and love never fails. Is it any wonder that when Jesus was asked by his disciples what the greatest commandment was, as recorded in the gospel of Matthew, Jesus' answer was "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" Many blessings and great LOVE to all who read these words and know that if you are reading this, "there are no coincidences, GOD LOVES YOU, GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE, YOU WILL NEVER BE ALONE AND WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
Bob (guest)
 
1 year ago (2018-03-16)
I'm Catholic now, but used to be Presbyterian. I didn't really become Christian until I was 28.

I won't go into the background too much as it takes too long, but I've had three "double whammies", like a breath going through you in waves from head to foot. Each time it was used to highlight and emphasise a phrase someone else was saying, so much so that I still remember those three phrases 35 years later.

The first was at Christmas 1983 at a Scripture Union camp. As a new Christian I was going through a bad trot and thinking to myself "How do I know this is all true, and not just a psychological prop?" But as we sat around for our usual afternoon Bible study, the words "... A man after my own heart... " were read out. Precisely as they were read, the first "double whammy" hit me. I just about fell off the seat, I got such a shock.

The same thing happened on two more occasions during the following year and it hasn't happened since. The phrases were different, but the phenomenon was the same.

Since that first "double whammy" I've never been able to deny God is there, despite my atheism before becoming Christian in late 1982. I don't always like Him much, but I'd be kidding myself to think He's not there. He's there all right.
Deborah (guest)
 
2 years ago (2018-01-16)
I accepted Christ when I was 16 - quite a number of years ago. A year later I was 17 praying in church at the alter on my knees after the service. It was quiet and a few people had stayed to worship and sing. I was telling God he could have everything in my life, I was surrendering all to him. I thought somebody took hold of my folded hands but when I opened my eyes, my hands were being opened and lifted by the presence of the Holy Spirit. What felt like liquid love warmly poured through my fingers, arms, head, shoulders and through my entire body. All I could respond was thank you Lord over and over. Every negative emotion, fear and anxiety was replaced by love and peace. It lasted about a 30 seconds or a minute but left me so joyful that laughter would bubble out of me for the next month. I know with-out a doubt it was the Holy Spirit physically telling me how loved I was. It was a physical hug from God wrapping me in his love and goodness. It has never happened again but has given me great comfort in times of doubt and trouble.
kim (guest)
 
2 years ago (2018-01-06)
Yes I have experiences something similar. I became a born again christian about 30 years ago. I knew I was born again, I saw everything so differently, the bible became alive. Through trials and my flesh I wasn't very close to the Lord for a long while however made a decision this year to serve the Lord fully and I have a new love relationship with him. In my commitment to serving and loving the Lord fully and while I was praying one night the experience I felt was the same as yours however it came from the top of my head down to my toes and it moved so fast. The feeling was utter peace and I just wanted to stay there. It didn't last long either about a minute. Since then I have had it happen a few times when praying however not as strong as the first time.; I'm am absolutely sure its the Holy Spirit and confirmation I am his. What a wonderful beautiful Lord we have and he has loved me and poured his grace out to me when I wasn't close to him for a long time. He has brought me back in a new way and I can say I love him with a genuine love, he is so merciful.

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