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My Personal Testimony

I don't have some awesome ten-page testimony to give. I don't have an exciting story to tell of doing a "one-eighty" in my life. But since a "testimony is simply an open declaration, I suppose this qualifies. And when God is involved, there is no insignificance.

I was brought up in the church and raised by Christian parents. At age nine, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and was baptized. For me, it was simply the right thing to do. It was what I was taught to do when I was old enough to understand that I had sin in my life that needed forgiveness. I was brought up studying the Scriptures, learning about God's love, and being captivated by the amazing stories

About Me

Thinker. Designer. Writer. Artist.

I've pretty well learned that I'm anything but average. Even as a child, my strong-willed nature gave my parents a run for their money. I grew up as a rebel on roller skates and horseback, wanting to do whatever it took to go against the flow. As I discovered a love for writing, my path took a nontraditional route of self-education, novels filled with the love of God, and inspiration that came from writing with pencils instead of using a keyboard... until the books got so long that a computer was the only practical way to go. Eventually, this hobby led me to publishing experience, speaking engagements, and learning how to create a book from start to finish on my own, including writing, layout and cover design.

I'm a perfectionist through and through, a lover of thunderstorms and Doritos, a sister, a loyal friend, and I tend to analyze just about everything. I know all the ins and outs of being a single mom to obnoxious (but lovable) cats, and I spend my not-so-spare time involved in martial arts. After working in ministry for sixteen years and dabbling in the world of graphic design for much of that time, I finally decided that's what I wanted to do professionally. I enrolled in college and became a full-time student while juggling a myriad of odd jobs, which automatically provided me with enough experiences to become a Jack of all trades. I now have a degree in graphic design, and continue to pursue this adventure.

Between it all, I maintain my desire to share with others, whether through graphic design or written works. While design has become my occupational priority, writing and art still remain my outlet.


 in the Bible. Accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior was the next step I decided to take in my spiritual growth.

 

My life did not change dramatically after that. I still lived in a loving home and was encouraged in my own new walk. It wasn't until I was a young teenager that my faith was truly tested for the first time when my parents divorced. In a world of chaos, God was my stronghold. Not only did my parents divorce, but I was at odds with my brother for a time; I was manipulated by people I trusted; and I was uprooted from my home in New York, moving with my mother to Iowa, where soon after she remarried. But despite feeling helpless and lost at times, I always knew God was with me. Despite times when nothing made sense, He was holding everything together.

 

I've experienced an array of blessings in my many years since then, and never once have I questioned God's presence. Bad has happened. Good has happened. And as time passes, the less the past hurts sting, and the more I'm anxious for the future. Looking back, I'm still amazed at how God used such diverse circumstances to get me where I am today. Interests and skills I had as a child later became important pieces in my adult life. Bad circumstance beyond my control were taken and used by God for good - and He's not done yet. And perhaps that is truly what my testimony is about. God's not done with me yet.

 

I am not a perfect individual. I am far from it. But my hope is that God may use me to share the message of Him with others - whether through my everyday life or through the books I write - so they might experience the peace and joy I have found.

 

I believe in God the Father. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in the crucifixion of Jesus and the salvation that was offered through His sacrifice. I believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, ascended into Heaven and will return soon to take His people home. I believe that one must accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and follow His commands in order to spend eternity with Him.