Just wanted to share. I have never met anyone else yet with a testimony like mine so I wanted to post here and see if anyone has had a similar experience ---
I was raised without religion of any kind. My parents tried to teach me to do right and not do wrong. In my early adult years I found that seeking what made me happy did not make me happy. Living very wrong. Not seeking Him at all.
So I agree to visit a small church with my best friend because her brother in law took over - and everyone that had previously gone left because he was young(er) and has tattoos. I say sure I can sit there for a bit and leave. But the Spirit came and convicted me of my sin - I repented - I was born again. I agreed to be baptized a few weeks later just because I figured "that's what you did" but - somehow I STILL missed Who my Savior was.
Months later - I am shown the verses John 1:1 and John 1:14 and suddenly realize Who He was, why I was different and begin a love relationship with scripture. That was April 2011 and I have been growing ever since - despite suffering extreme emotional trials and circumstantial hardships. I know others are suffering more than I and I am comforted daily by Christ...alone.
Just wanted to share because most people in my area (called the "bible belt") were raised reading the Bible. But I was not and when I came to read those verses in John and it all somehow clicked - the scriptures have come alone and without the biased or teaching of humans but guided by the Spirit alone. So that is what I am here to promote, encourage and help others do. And maybe make friends too!
May God bless and keep you all.