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a break from my constant chatter, perhaps you would like to see
my aunt’s banner, which, together with a team of four other
ladies, she made lovingly, as an expression of her faith and devotion
many, many days designing this, and often travelled into Glasgow,
to tour remnant shops looking for exactly the material she needed
– and this was when she was in her eighties! She was a great
seamstress, and a great Christian. She died in 2005, and is sorely
missed by her family.
is about 6 feet high, by about 4 feet across, and hangs in South
Beach Baptist church in Ardrossan, Scotland.
If you zoom
in, you can see the texture of the fabrics, and what seems initially
to be a mottled blue relief at the bottom, is in fact hundreds
of tiny people, all witnessing His presence. Click here
for a larger picture.
not me at 70 plus!
I became a Christian at the age of 12, enjoying from that
time a Christian home environment, but as far as I can recall
the Baptism in the Holy Spirit was not mentioned at our fellowship.
The years passed and I got married, had a family and joined
a Baptist Church, believing all this time that I had received
all the Lord had to give me... that is until about eight years
I went with some Christian friends to a weekend of fellowship
and at well over 60 years of age, heard of the Baptism in
the Holy Spirit. This experience, I believed, was not for
me because I still thought I had it all... but the Lord had
In 1986 I went with two friends to our first Spring Harvest.
At one meeting, many were going forward for ministry and ending
up on the floor. The Lord at last got through to me that He
had so much more for me if only I would let go and allow Him
to take over, but I could not go out.
"Lord, at MY age, I may never rise from the floor again,
and Lord, I don't want this strange language but please fill
me with your Holy Spirit"
Looking back I now know that God did just what I asked Him
to do... I couldn't have coped with any more at the time but
my Heavenly Father understood that.
Back at home, the usual 'down to earth' sensation set in but,
soon after, I went to the Women's Aglow Chapter in Irvine.
The freedom in praise and worship was wonderful and overflowed
to me in the love, care and understanding of the women there.
In 1989, at an Aglow Conference, I was released from an attitude
of unforgiveness which I had struggled with for over two years
and so God was preparing me for what He had in store. I still
felt rebellious about 'tongues' but my sisters on the Board
were praying for me and their prayers were answered.
One day, whilst vacuuming, I remembered that a family member
would be having a test at the hospital and this called for
emergency prayer. I turned off the hoover, (so that God would
hear!) but my mind was a complete blank. Panic set in.
Then I heard this strange language... (Lord, please! Not me
at 70 plus) and sank in to a welcome chair.
Later one morning I had to surrender to the God who does not
give up and had brought me to a point of willingness. He supplied
assurance from Jeremiah Chapter 1 v9... "The Lord reached
out His hand and touched my mouth and said to me 'Now I have
put My words in your mouth.' Praise Him!"
He still had more to give me. A few weeks later at an Aglow
meeting, I DID go out for prayer this time although I did
not know why, but I descended to the floor... gracefully I
The release was wonderful, from what I was not sure until
the Lord took me back to that night at Spring Harvest and
reminded me of what I had said. He had done His part and I
had confessed publicly... fear had gone and, if the truth
be told, my pride as well.
Can I encourage you not to hold back from the Lord who wants
to give us more than we are often willing to receive from
Him. You CAN trust him.
Betty Crawford, Irvine Aglow.
to the internet for the world to read by Betty's daughter,
with much love Elizabeth, in memory of my Mum.
Message from the Lord
God can speak to us at any time, and in any way,
which He feels we will hear and recognise.
Mary was in the middle of divorce proceedings.
She woke up one night, and could not get back to sleep. She
could hear the first line of the following poem, and got up
to find some paper. The rest flowed from there.
24th October 1976
I am in your hand
Do not have any fear
I am here always
Be patient you will see
I love you and I have died for you
And I am the son of God
And its through me you will please God
And I will never fail thee
So walk in the light
And you will walk with me
Be patient children
In this darken hour
For you will see me when its time
And we will walk hand in hand together
In the heights beyond your heart
Trust me, believe in me
For I will pour more love in your hearts
Than you have ever known before
(Based on a true story; the timing of some events was altered to help the flow of the poem). © Laura Maxwell. (BA Hons. Psychol) 2004 Previously titled ‘An Unhappy Medium,’ aired during an interview with myself, by God’s grace, for the Halloween season, Revival Radio, 100.8FM, www.revival.fm on 27/10/08. Due to be read during my interviews for programs on 3 Christian Satellite TV Channels and as requested for God Tube and U-Tube. Also featured in ‘Majestic Minds,’ a poetry anthology published in the UK, and on a website which helps people in the occult find salvation in Christ. All glory to God. My new novella of the same theme, God willing, was released for Christmas 2008. I wrote it as an evangelistic tool to reach unsaved people in the New Age and Occult. It’s based on true events that my mother, friends, acquaintances & others experienced within the occult, and my consequent acceptance of Christ as Saviour 13 years ago, and my subsequent walk with the Lord in that time. It is an Evangelistic Fantasy written in a style to appeal to readers of New Age type Fantasy stories. For a FREE extract or details of this newly released book, ‘Searching,’ please contact me on: email@example.com