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Jesus was my alarm clock for sixteen years

Acts of Faith

Jesus was my alarm clock for sixteen years

I asked Jesus to wake me up a 6 am each morning. The next morning, I awoke to a presence standing at the foot of my bed. No words were spoken between us and I couldn't really see any details; I just knew there was a presence standing there.


In 1992, during a college winter break, I was at an 8 day silent retreat at the University of Detroit Mercy. We all lived and slept in the former Jesuit priests' house. Because I was working part time, I still had to get up some days to go to work for a few hours. But there was one problem. I had forgotten an alarm clock, nor did my room at the retreat center have one. This was well before mobile phones that had alarm clock apps.

So I did what any red-blooded Christian man at a retreat would do.... I asked...

Healing of Marilyn's Cancer

Miracles

Healing of Marilyn's Cancer

"I saw a bright light radiating from the host that I could not look at. Then I felt a warmth permeating my whole body and knew that I was cured."


Religion has been a very important part of my life. I met my husband at a Franciscan youth group and were later married with the blessing of the Friars. After my husband died 47 years later, I received the news that I had colon cancer. My hope was fading...

Helen Bradley thanks God for making her less analytical, more people-oriented

Conversions

Helen Bradley thanks God for making her less analytical, more people-oriented

My story is not a dramatic one. I wasn't down in the depths, and God didn't come to me in a single, explosive event. I never openly rebelled against God; I just hit a point in life where he wasn't especially close. It was as if I didn't want to be bothered. I always related to life primarily through my head rather than my heart, so God seemed more like a concept than a person to me. When I would...

Prayer turned Lowell’s deep grief to deep peace

Acts of Faith

Prayer turned Lowell’s deep grief to deep peace

"With tears coming down my face I cried out to God and asked that He bring the Holy Spirit upon me and give me peace. Within one hour, I had the most incredible peace come over me!"


My dad had a heart attack back in 1999 and passed away about one month later. The day before his heart attack was his birthday, November 17. I had a VERY restless spirit that day, and I HAD TO SEE MY DAD...

Eight years of hurt, anger and depression cured in one Easter weekend

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Eight years of hurt, anger and depression cured in one Easter weekend

"l looked back at our married life, and all the hurt and anger and hatred I felt, all the loneliness and rejection of the past eight years came out. lt just overwhelmed me. I couldn't handle it."


After Sam and I were married for a few years, I began to suffer depressions. These weren't simply bad moods; they were like being in a pit. I would be so depressed that sometimes I couldn't talk for a day-and-a-half. All I...

Love your enemies? - How about a would-be thief?

Acts of Faith

Love your enemies? - How about a would-be thief?

Love your enemies?  Yes!  I more fully understood "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding" in this potentially dangerous situation.


Every chilly January in downtown Detroit, the North American International Auto Show lights up Cobo Hall. My friend Dennis, an employee of a Detroit-based Christian radio station, and I decided to attend one evening and see what new cars the industry had this year. When we had our fill of glitz and engines, we decided to walk into...

Man of the House - changed by Jesus to someone who can listen

Conversions

Man of the House - changed by Jesus to someone who can listen

"I didn't want anything to do with prayer meetings. My reluctance, I think, stemmed in large part from an unwillingness to listen to someone else, especially when that 'someone else' was my wife and my children."


I came from a family with a very domineering father. He knew how to play wih us when we were children, but he never instilled in us a belief that we really amounted to much. I remember that the neighboring farmer was the...

Jesus worked better than Methadone to break David's heroin addiction.

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Jesus worked better than Methadone to break David's heroin addiction.

"The [drug rehab] clinic even called to ask why [my brother] didn't come in for his next methadone appointment, and he told them that Jesus saved him. They didn't believe him, but it was true. That was seven years ago, and he's never had to go back to drugs."


When Jim and I were first married I prayed often, and God would answer me. Those were happy days. For the first time in my life, I began to find...

A simple life serving Jesus - is better than a miracle

Acts of Faith

A simple life serving Jesus - is better than a miracle

On Nov. 8, 2011,  I went to the funeral visitation of Kathleen G. (Kay) Houston, a woman who lived by all accounts with one primary objective: To serve Jesus as best she could on her limited means. The result was that she brought the love of Jesus to dozens of people, and now these people have a stronger faith of their own.

How? At the visitation, the hundred or so people in the seats were asked to come to the microphone...

Paul Weber explains his personal relationship with Jesus

Acts of Faith

Paul Weber explains his personal relationship with Jesus

My relationship with Jesus Christ, before this renewal took place, was sort of like my relationship with the President. I knew a great deal about him. But I didn't really know him. Just as I had never personally met the President, so I had never personally met Jesus Christ.


I'm an old dog, seventy-two years old, and I've been a devout and active Catholic all my life. I always felt that I had a real devotion to God, and...

What God’s Voice Sounds Like – (reported experience #7)

Sound of God's Voice

What God’s Voice Sounds Like – (reported experience #7)

"God spoke to me one day. Loud and clear… "You are going to move somewhere far away."


My job was a nightmare. Actually, my boss was a nightmare. He seemed to want me fired, and to be trying very hard to set me up for it. Things were a mess.

I'd actually had a string of bosses who'd been difficult to work for, but this one took the cake. It didn't start out that way, in fact it started out...

Greg’s two year climb from rock bottom aided by God’s grace

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Greg’s two year climb from rock bottom aided by God’s grace

In this next story by Greg Weddle, he describes the way God supported him in his climb out of the pit of Satanism, along with past greed, egotism, lust, lost job, lost marriage, lost Jaguar, lost money. He was $15,000 in debt, and living again with his parents. To read the earlier story which describes his amazing one-night conversion, click here: Greg converts from following Satan to God.

The following story begins with Greg at rock bottom. But...

Unusual coincidence inspires young lady to produce a play by the former Pope

How Jesus Speaks to Us

Unusual coincidence inspires young lady to produce a play by the former Pope

A few months ago, Danielle Center, 25, an administrative assistant in the Detroit Archdiocesan Office of Digital Media, was considering doing a production of the play "The Jeweler's Shop", a play written in 1960 by Karol Wojtyla, the Polish priest who would later become Pope John Paul II. She was still undecided when she went to a Lenten retreat in Chicago, which includes the opportunity to go to Confession.

"When I left for the retreat I wondered if I should pray...

Heard the Spirit say to her:  “Why do you speak as though you don’t know me?”

Sound of God's Voice

Heard the Spirit say to her: “Why do you speak as though you don’t know me?”

I was at a friend's house one evening in Fall 2008. I'll call him Thomas. When I met this friend he said he was a Christian. But through the years he has become really more agnostic.

I was feeling really down in my soul; really feeling heavy and whiny. We're sitting on the couch and I'm just proceeding to wallow in my own self-pity. Talking as if there was no hope for certain situations and talking like I have no way...

"Ask Daniel to Pray for the Fire"

Acts of Faith

"Ask Daniel to Pray for the Fire"

About 4-5 years ago, my son Daniel and I were planning on spending a weekend together at home . . . the girls were going out of town. Our plans were modest; one of the most anticipated events was cooking up some hobo pies (sandwiches made in cast-iron skillets) over a backyard campfire, and watching late night movies under 'blanket tents' in the family room. So, all week we were looking forward to hanging out, and I saw the anticipation...

They kept praying even when things looked bad

Acts of Faith

They kept praying even when things looked bad

This is a follow-up story about Pedro, Felicia and Victor (see story titled "Holy Spirit woke her at 2am to ask her to pray, and...").

Pedro said that at the time his son Victor was in his rebellious 20's, Pedro's wife and he were very worried about how he was acting and behaving. He was hanging around people who would influence him badly. They didn't know what else to do, so they prayed. For years they prayed that he...

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