My testimony

Share how you became a Christian, or experiences from your Christian life.
tawny
Acquainted Member
Posts: 13
Joined: Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:17 pm
Christian: Yes
Sex: Female
Creation Position: Undecided

My testimony

Postby tawny » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:18 am

My Testimony

I was born on January 29, 1970 to an agnostic father who was raised Lutheran and to a disillusioned mother who was raised Assembly of God. Once I was born, my mother decided that I needed to go to church, so she started to attend a church near our home, which was an Evangelical Free church. Through the sermons she heard at that church, the Holy Spirit broke the chains of legalism she had been raised in, and her faith began to grow.
My brother was born 2 years later, and my mother faithfully took us both to church with her, but my father never attended.

During my infant to adolescent years, life was really good. We lived in a nice suburban neighborhood, I had three girls my age that lived in my neighborhood with whom I played and went to school. We all went so Sunday School, and had similar home lives: Americana in a nutshell. At the end of my 5th grade year, all of these girls and their families moved away. This shook my world. I didn’t have other friends at school; I hadn’t needed them. So, I entered 6th grade at the same school I had attended since Kindergarten with no friends. I started the year eating lunch alone and sitting alone on the playground. Eventually one girl started to invite me to eat and play with her. She introduced me to her friends. These girls were different from my old friends. They swore, and they took the name of God in vain. My mother had drilled it in my head that if you took the Lord’s name in vain, He would strike you dead. But, I wanted to be accepted by these girls. I vividly remember being in gym class, garnishing all the “courage” I could muster, and saying “Oh my G**” for the first time in my life. That willful decision was the beginning of a big downwards spiral for me. I started to do the things my new friends were doing (swearing, smoking, etc.), but I felt so guilty. I remember being at church and saying to God, “Stop making me feel guilty! I just want to do what I want to do! Get out of my life!” And you know what? He obliged. I should have been scared to death, but instead, I was relieved.

During this same time, my parents were having marital issues. My dad agreed to go to counseling with my mom’s pastor, and during these sessions my dad was saved. The difference in his life was amazing. He turned from being a distant man my brother and I were afraid to talk to into a warm, kind, gentle man I adored.

This change in my dad did not change me, however. During the summer between my 6th and 7th grade year, my brother and I stayed home alone while my parents worked. My parents rule was that we were to not have people over while they were gone. One day, I had been out and about in the neighborhood, and the most popular boy at school had asked me to hang out with him and some older boys he was with. Two of the older boys asked if they could come over to my house. I broke my parents rule and said yes. While at my house, they raped me. And sadly later that summer while hanging out with a boy I thought was my friend, he raped me as well. These experiences led me further down the wrong path. Instead of turning to God or my parents, I turned to alcohol and drugs. When I was 17, I finally got to the end of my rope. I believe God gave me a clear vision of my being at a crossroads. I could choose to keep going the way I was going, or I could choose to come back to God. Praise the Lord, I chose Jesus. There is so much more to this story, but I am at the end of the page. I am thankful that God never gave up on me, and still hasn’t.
For these troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small, and won't last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God's richest blessings upon us forever and ever. 2 Corinthians 4:17 Living Bible

theophilus
Valued Member
Posts: 441
Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:11 am
Christian: Yes
Sex: Male
Creation Position: Young-Earth Creationist
Contact:

Re: My testimony

Postby theophilus » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:57 am

Thank you for sharing this. I will be praying for you that God will help you to live for him and get to know him better.
God wants full custody of his children, not just visits on Sunday.

User avatar
1over137
Technical Admin
Posts: 4738
Joined: Tue May 10, 2011 6:05 am
Christian: Yes
Sex: Female
Creation Position: Undecided
Location: Slovakia
Contact:

Re: My testimony

Postby 1over137 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:19 am

I had goosebumps reading your story and am glad you found God again. Without Him we go down.
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.
-- 1 Thessalonians 5:21

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
-- Philippians 1:6

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold
-- Psalm 18:2

User avatar
Danieltwotwenty
Ultimate Member
Posts: 2879
Joined: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:01 am
Christian: Yes
Sex: Male
Creation Position: Theistic Evolution
Location: Aussie Land

Re: My testimony

Postby Danieltwotwenty » Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:59 pm

Powerful testimony and reminds me of some of mine (mainly not having friends then got mixed up with the wrong ones and the drugs and alcohol)

God bless you

Dan
1Tim1:15-17
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.Amen.

User avatar
Silvertusk
Board Moderator
Posts: 1952
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2005 5:38 am
Christian: Yes
Sex: Male
Creation Position: Undecided
Location: United Kingdom

Re: My testimony

Postby Silvertusk » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:28 am

tawny wrote:My Testimony

I was born on January 29, 1970 to an agnostic father who was raised Lutheran and to a disillusioned mother who was raised Assembly of God. Once I was born, my mother decided that I needed to go to church, so she started to attend a church near our home, which was an Evangelical Free church. Through the sermons she heard at that church, the Holy Spirit broke the chains of legalism she had been raised in, and her faith began to grow.
My brother was born 2 years later, and my mother faithfully took us both to church with her, but my father never attended.

During my infant to adolescent years, life was really good. We lived in a nice suburban neighborhood, I had three girls my age that lived in my neighborhood with whom I played and went to school. We all went so Sunday School, and had similar home lives: Americana in a nutshell. At the end of my 5th grade year, all of these girls and their families moved away. This shook my world. I didn’t have other friends at school; I hadn’t needed them. So, I entered 6th grade at the same school I had attended since Kindergarten with no friends. I started the year eating lunch alone and sitting alone on the playground. Eventually one girl started to invite me to eat and play with her. She introduced me to her friends. These girls were different from my old friends. They swore, and they took the name of God in vain. My mother had drilled it in my head that if you took the Lord’s name in vain, He would strike you dead. But, I wanted to be accepted by these girls. I vividly remember being in gym class, garnishing all the “courage” I could muster, and saying “Oh my G**” for the first time in my life. That willful decision was the beginning of a big downwards spiral for me. I started to do the things my new friends were doing (swearing, smoking, etc.), but I felt so guilty. I remember being at church and saying to God, “Stop making me feel guilty! I just want to do what I want to do! Get out of my life!” And you know what? He obliged. I should have been scared to death, but instead, I was relieved.

During this same time, my parents were having marital issues. My dad agreed to go to counseling with my mom’s pastor, and during these sessions my dad was saved. The difference in his life was amazing. He turned from being a distant man my brother and I were afraid to talk to into a warm, kind, gentle man I adored.

This change in my dad did not change me, however. During the summer between my 6th and 7th grade year, my brother and I stayed home alone while my parents worked. My parents rule was that we were to not have people over while they were gone. One day, I had been out and about in the neighborhood, and the most popular boy at school had asked me to hang out with him and some older boys he was with. Two of the older boys asked if they could come over to my house. I broke my parents rule and said yes. While at my house, they raped me. And sadly later that summer while hanging out with a boy I thought was my friend, he raped me as well. These experiences led me further down the wrong path. Instead of turning to God or my parents, I turned to alcohol and drugs. When I was 17, I finally got to the end of my rope. I believe God gave me a clear vision of my being at a crossroads. I could choose to keep going the way I was going, or I could choose to come back to God. Praise the Lord, I chose Jesus. There is so much more to this story, but I am at the end of the page. I am thankful that God never gave up on me, and still hasn’t.



Wonderful testimony - I want to hear the rest !!!!

User avatar
neo-x
Ultimate Member
Posts: 3280
Joined: Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:13 am
Christian: Yes
Sex: Male
Contact:

Re: My testimony

Postby neo-x » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:35 am

A muslim scholar once said to me, "I have studied all the major religions of the world and yet I could not find one example of pure divine love as is portrayed in the parable of prodigal son. It is the greatest example there is."

God bless you Tawny, you are in God's hands and you are his child. Let not anyone ever tell you any different.
People treat facts as relevant more when the facts tend to support their opinions. When the facts are against their opinions, they don't necessarily deny the facts, but they say the facts are less relevant or insignificant. This is ofcourse because believing things that make you feel comfortable, takes a priority. And I think that should not be the case if one is after truth.

http://johnadavid.wordpress.com

User avatar
Nessa
Make me a Sammich Member
Posts: 2904
Joined: Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:10 pm
Christian: Yes
Creation Position: Undecided

Re: My testimony

Postby Nessa » Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:38 pm

.

User avatar
Kurieuo
Technical Admin
Posts: 8774
Joined: Thu Aug 05, 2004 6:25 am
Christian: Yes
Sex: Male
Creation Position: Progressive Creationist
Location: Qld, Australia

Re: My testimony

Postby Kurieuo » Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:59 am

Great testimony DS! :)

User avatar
Nessa
Make me a Sammich Member
Posts: 2904
Joined: Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:10 pm
Christian: Yes
Creation Position: Undecided

Re: My testimony

Postby Nessa » Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:18 am

Kurieuo wrote:Great testimony DS! :)


arrrghhh... i thought this was someone else's and made a muddle :P

User avatar
Storyteller
Make me a Sammich Member
Posts: 2832
Joined: Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:54 pm
Christian: Yes
Sex: Female
Creation Position: Undecided
Location: UK
Contact:

Re: My testimony

Postby Storyteller » Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:48 am

Nessa wrote:
Kurieuo wrote:Great testimony DS! :)


arrrghhh... i thought this was someone else's and made a muddle :P


Whose did you think it was?

And where is yours huh?
Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof - Kahlil Gibran

User avatar
Nessa
Make me a Sammich Member
Posts: 2904
Joined: Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:10 pm
Christian: Yes
Creation Position: Undecided

Re: My testimony

Postby Nessa » Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:16 am

Storyteller wrote:
Nessa wrote:
Kurieuo wrote:Great testimony DS! :)


arrrghhh... i thought this was someone else's and made a muddle :P


Whose did you think it was?

And where is yours huh?


ok..I hate resorting to the truth but here goes.. ugh lol

I thought it was neo x.. I didnt read properly and saw him on here and somehow thought it was his. I read about the rape incidences though thought the situations were a bit weird for a guy to be in (not that guys dont get raped but the circumstances tawny presented etc) and started to feel bad cos I had felt rubbed the wrong way by him in a eariler thread. I felt him to be a bit cold and uncaring in his response so I posed a senerio about rape and thought crap.. so was apologizing in this then realised my mistake..

Moral of the story: geez nessa.. read it properly! y#-o

User avatar
neo-x
Ultimate Member
Posts: 3280
Joined: Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:13 am
Christian: Yes
Sex: Male
Contact:

Re: My testimony

Postby neo-x » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:48 am

Nessa wrote:
Storyteller wrote:
Nessa wrote:
Kurieuo wrote:Great testimony DS! :)


arrrghhh... i thought this was someone else's and made a muddle :P


Whose did you think it was?

And where is yours huh?


ok..I hate resorting to the truth but here goes.. ugh lol

I thought it was neo x.. I didnt read properly and saw him on here and somehow thought it was his. I read about the rape incidences though thought the situations were a bit weird for a guy to be in (not that guys dont get raped but the circumstances tawny presented etc) and started to feel bad cos I had felt rubbed the wrong way by him in a eariler thread. I felt him to be a bit cold and uncaring in his response so I posed a senerio about rape and thought crap.. so was apologizing in this then realised my mistake..

Moral of the story: geez nessa.. read it properly! y#-o


FWIW D.stones, as I child I was nearly molested but fortunately escaped that ill fate. It was a cousin brother of mine. But the whole thing scarred me mentally enough that for some years I was really close to losing it, I was so confused about my sexual orientation.

So may be I came across as a bit cold and uncaring but there are other sides to a person than their words, there's always more.

P.S You find me "cold and uncaring", wait till you meet FL :mrgreen:
People treat facts as relevant more when the facts tend to support their opinions. When the facts are against their opinions, they don't necessarily deny the facts, but they say the facts are less relevant or insignificant. This is ofcourse because believing things that make you feel comfortable, takes a priority. And I think that should not be the case if one is after truth.

http://johnadavid.wordpress.com

User avatar
RickD
Board Moderator
Posts: 17906
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:59 am
Christian: Yes
Sex: Male
Creation Position: Day-Age
Location: Kamino

Re: My testimony

Postby RickD » Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:00 am

FYI,

FL hasn't been online for a while. We sent him off for sensitivity training. ;)
1 Corinthians 1:9
9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Audie wrote:
"Christianity is not a joke, but it has some very poor representatives."


St. Richard the Sarcastic--The Patron Saint of Irony

User avatar
Kurieuo
Technical Admin
Posts: 8774
Joined: Thu Aug 05, 2004 6:25 am
Christian: Yes
Sex: Male
Creation Position: Progressive Creationist
Location: Qld, Australia

Re: My testimony

Postby Kurieuo » Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:19 am

And D220?
"Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13)

___________________

Image

User avatar
RickD
Board Moderator
Posts: 17906
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:59 am
Christian: Yes
Sex: Male
Creation Position: Day-Age
Location: Kamino

Re: My testimony

Postby RickD » Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:20 am

Kurieuo wrote:And D220?

Danieltwotwenty left again. Not sure if he will decide to come back this time.

And I reread what I wrote about FL. I don't want to give the impression that FL was banned. He wasn't. Sending him off to sensitivity training, kinda sounds like we banned him.

FL and D220 both left on their own. And both are still members here, and can come back anytime they choose.
1 Corinthians 1:9
9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Audie wrote:
"Christianity is not a joke, but it has some very poor representatives."


St. Richard the Sarcastic--The Patron Saint of Irony


Return to “Christian Testimonies”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest