Shannon’s Testimony

2012

When I was five I went to Sunday school like any kid. But I was never able to sit still or be quiet (something I still have trouble with). So the people running the Sunday school told me to come back after I’d learned to settle down. Thus I was sort of kicked out of Sunday school. My mother tried taking me to church with her but the situation was the same. I was constantly moving or chatting; eventually we just stopped going.

I grew up believing that God existed and that He created the universe; that’s what my parents believed. But that was the extent of any kind of religion in my life.

11 years later is when I first started to turn to God. It had been several months since I’d broken up with my first boyfriend (after the heartache subsided). I was feeling empty and wanted something else in my life, but I didn’t know what I was searching for.

That summer my Grandma became very sick and on the verge of death. That was the first time I ever prayed. I felt a great sense of comfort and surprisingly better, despite the circumstances. After that I started reading the New Testament to figure out what it was all about. I didn’t believe in any “immaculate conception.” My opinion on the matter was somewhat like:

Ok, I guess it’s possible. I mean, it’s God right? But I highly doubt it.

As I continued to read, I started to believe it, and what it said, but I still had huge amounts of doubt.

During the next five months I asked my one and only Christian friend (who I’d become close with over the summer) a lot of questions. And he invited me to his youth group one night.

During the worship time of the evening, while everyone was singing along to songs, I started to feel terrible, to the point of feeling nauseous. I also felt very unwelcome and the nearly unbearable urge to get out of there as fast as I could. I took some deep breaths and didn’t move. No one was aware of the internal battle going on within me. After three or four minutes the feeling passed, but needless to say, I did not go back when I was invited again.

Over the next seven months I continued to read, although I didn’t do anything else in terms of my spirituality.

In October I went with my friend and his family to a concert in which the family/band sings, dances, and preaches. It was a great concert and a great pleasure to meet them. (They really are inspirational people to me!) After this concert and meeting these people, I made the decision to really get involved and to have a relationship with Jesus. I nervously went back to the youth group (and did not feel nauseous this time) and I have been going regularly for about three months. I am also a student leader at YFC (Youth for Christ).

There are still some days where I question my relationship with Jesus, but I can see how much it has changed me in so many ways over the last year and a half! And that encourages me to keep going!

My journey is just starting!

Update from 2020

Wow, can’t believe it’s been 8 years since I wrote that, my journey is still going, I have this really awesome & deep relationship with God now and he has done so many amazing things that last eight years!

Shannon

One thought on “Shannon’s Testimony”

  1. Like you say wow so is with myself since 2000 Shanon .
    The experience is not ever stopping.

    It is because this faith is from a living word. It actually talks to you.’my own journey is a hunger I can not cease from seeking out more and more even right now as I write this at 3.30 in the morning my desire is to read my bible an AV 1611.
    For mr I read it out speaking the words audibly so I not only hear them but I see them and the mind is picturing the story line. The bible says faith from hearing and hearing by the word of God right !
    Even the coming to know how it was that this bible came about intrigued me to search out its history line, that too is incredibly inspiring.

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