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My own journey to faith has been a long complex one.

Like most African Americans of the 30's, my parents were raised in the church, but neither
of them were really Christians. Furthermore my dad had a bitter experience in church when he
was young that forever soured him to religion and he had absolutely no interest in it.

Mom believed in God and enjoyed watching Robert Schuller's on TV, but her belief in God was mixed
with a hodgepodge of other things, including reincarnation. She was also a firm believer in 'to each his own.'
She thought that all paths led to God and that as long as one led a good life that was enough.

Despite this, God had His hand on me, because from the time I was little I instinctively sought Him.
Very early on I had a deep curiosity and hunger for spiritual things. I loved Bible stories and was
very curious about God. On the few occasions my mom or some other relative took me to visit a church
or Sunday school, I always felt a strange yearning. I wanted something, although I had no idea
what it was that I wanted.

God also protected me physically.When I was about four or five I was playing around a  road.
(Not a smart thing to do I know!)  I was on my hand in knees, in fact, when a car cam racing
up and nearly hit me. In fact the brakes stopped only centimeters from my head.
I've always felt that God was watching out for me that day.

Another time when I was about six I fell down some stairs,(very hard ones in fact) but again wasn't hurt.
Again I've always felt that was God protecting me.

As I grew older I came to think of God as a big friendly person in the sky. Since I
was very shy and had no real friends I came to think of Him as someone who I could
talk too.

But something was still missing and I started visiting different churches, searching for...something.
Neither of my parents went to church, but I just sensed that I should go to one. I was only eight or nine,
so one of my folks had to drop me off and pick me up.

The first church I tried was a First Baptist Church. I thought that the building was gorgeous (still do :)
and I loved the music and the choir. But God must have given me some discernment, because despite
everything that I liked about the church I still sensed that something was missing. The pastor talked
about believing in God and following the Golden Rule, but that was pretty much it. I kept thinking that
there should be more, but had no idea what.

Right on my street was a Unitarian church, but even though I had no idea what Unitarians believed, I never
once felt the slightest inclination to attend their services.

An associate of my mom was a Jehovah's Witness and she gave me a Bible storybook. I loved the stories
and the art, but I still sensed that it was leaving something out. At the end of the book it was never clear
on how one could live in God's kingdom. It said to read the Bible and live in harmony with what one leared.
I sensed somehow that that wasn't enough.

God also gave me protection in another area. From the time I was a year old I was absolutely crazy
about books and I read everything I could get my hands on. I enjoyed reading about dinosaurs
and prehistoric life, and yet my readings never made me think that Bible stories were untrue.
As fascinated as I was with science, it was like a part of me sensed somehow that Bible stories
would lead me to what I was looking for.

I loved fairy tales, Greek and Norse mythology (Still do :)) and I was especially fascinated with ancient Egypt.
But as fascinated as I was with the Greek gods, I kept noticing that the way they acted left a lot to be desired.
(Constantly squabbling among themselves, being unfaithful to their spouses, taking mortal lovers and basically
only caring about themselves etc).

I also loved magic; when I was little one of my favorite shows was 'Bewitched' and I was always wishing that
I was a witch and could do such neat things. If Harry Potter had been written back then, I would have been
a huge fan and would have wished that I could have attended Hogworts. And if I had ever found any books
that taught one how to cast spells (which seem to be everywhere today :( ) I would probably have plunged
right into them. But thankfully I never did.

In the end I came to know Jesus through reading a combination of Bible stories and Spire and Chick comics
and tracts. I don't remember the exact age, but I think I was about 11. And I finally found what I had been
searching for; a relationship with God. Not just to know ABOUT Him but to KNOW Him

Ever since then I've tried my best to walk with the Lord. I mes up a lot(who doesn't?) but He has always
been faithful.  

He's not only guided me, He's kept me alive. For most of my life I've suffered from emotional abuse
and trauma, a mild form of Aspergers Syndrome, anxiety and depression. Not to mention a few recent
cancer scares. If I didn't know God I would have killed myself years ago.  He's always been with me.
He's given my life hope and meaning. And I know that He loves me.

Over the years Jesus has been about the only stable thing in my life and my closest friend. I love Him
with all my heart and my heart's desire is to be with Him forever. He is my Lord, my Savior, my Bridegroom,
my very life.
I've decided that the time has come for me to put up the story of my own personal journey to faith in Jesus Christ.

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AngelPik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Thankyou for sharing your story! It's incredible all the ways He protects us and guides us to Him :hug: When I was younger I had a bit of an obsession with learning about Ancient Egypt and Greek mythology as well :XD: God bless! :heart:
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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707ArtWorks Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Adrienne, it's a privilege to read this story of your faith and it's foundation.
I share many of these same experiences and desires... I thank God in Christ
of you.  :thumbsup:
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SeekHim Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
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Ishmir Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
God bless you! I've recently been straying a bit from His path, but I read this and I really want to get closer to Him again. Thank you for helping me realise I was off the path! :hug:
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
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Ishmir Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^.^
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Let me know what you think of this one. :)

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Gwrageddannwn9 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What a wonderful testimony!
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:iconseekhim:
SeekHim Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much. :)

GOD bless
John 3:16
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kokecit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
God bless you. your story strenghtened me. thanks for sharing. its Hallelujah that after so many infuences (including Jehovahs whitness, which is antiChrist) you're still guided to Him.
Hallelujah ;)
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Crazzy2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so inspiring and touching! I'm so glad you found what you were looking for and that God has protected you all this time. :)
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SeekHim Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
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ImNotTheHopeless1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so inspiring. God is so good! It's awesome to know he's always working, but we never know what he can do to work until he does!
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xzumalcken Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful,He has woven a tapestry with your life
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Ole-Ingvar Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You love magic? Well, English isn't my native language,but as I understand,you like process,when something happens just by words? Or you like to cast spells? I don't see any sin to play PC games and cast spells there, but in real life...
About Harry Potter - I don't think,what it's good for Christians to hold such books. They're written by witchcrafts and occultists to deceive and pervert children in glory of their master Lucifer.
Sorry,if this offends you. But I just wanna know,am I understand you correctly.
God bless.
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No I said I once loved magic. I don't anymore.
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Ole-Ingvar Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Seems,what I need to improve my English :D .God bless you.
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YmaSumaq Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Glory to God for your saved life the earthly and the eternal. Your Journey to faith is so beautiful. Every time I hear or read sotries like the yours I can see the love of our God He´s loyal to us ande He deserves the same from us. Thanks to share this.
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :)
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YmaSumaq Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Excuse me for the mistakes! The faith comes by hear the Word of God. =) He started his work in you, He!
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freuddwyn Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful :D
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:iconseekhim:
SeekHim Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much.
It means a lot to me to know that my words have an impact on someone.
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GreySoulXAnima Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Awesome, God bless :)
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:iconseekhim:
SeekHim Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :)
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glaceon-rules Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Sam spam spam spam lovely spam! Very nice! I remember when I first discovered atheism, I was horrified! "He doesn't believe in Jesus!? How can he not believe in Jesus!?"
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hrwilliams Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks for glorifying God with your testimony. I would like to read a longer version of this, emphasizing the importance of what those other books and churches were "missing." Let me know if you write an updated version! ;)

You also sound like my kind of person - into great books and mythology. Keep it up, and keep serving Christ! :heart:
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:iconseekhim:
SeekHim Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hey.

I've recently made some updates to my testimony.
Hope you like them. :)
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for your kind words. :)
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Heroes-Of-Truth Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Wow... how beautiful. No matter how many times I hear of people coming to Christ, there's always a different way, in every circumstance that God manages to bring people to Him. :)
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B-Angelo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This just proves that we all have our ways of knowing Christ.
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :)
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psmam-sue Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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