Here is my testimony. Please bear with me, it is a bit long
I grew up in a Presbyterian Church. I was confirmed, baptized, an active volunteer, was even looking to going to a Presbyterian College to get a theological degree. When I was 15 or so I started questioning my faith. I saw things going on in the church that did not match with what scripture taught. My minister got divorced and immediately remarried, gossip was rampant, and many of the prayers were robottically repeated every week. So I started exploring other religions.
I first looked into Judaism. I had exerienced a lot of it due to freinds. I tried to talk to a rabbi, but did not get many answers. So my quest continued. As things would turn out, a new age store opened in the area. I started going in and reading about Eastern Religions, Native American Religions, even Modified Christianity (for lack of better term. Those religions that would claim Christ as "saviour" then add things on to Him). The Eastern religions were okay, but since I was also a part of the feminist movement (or whatever it had evolved into) I wanted to get in touch with a more balanced or slightly feminine religion. So, Native American religions drew me in. The thought of a mother earth and all of the different ceremonies really appealed to me. Since I was working in a new age store at this point, I had all of the resources available to me to study them.
This led to participating in their ceremonies, including Sweat Lodges, Vision Quests and mediations on a regular basis. I learned about reincarnation, past life regression etc. I no longer celebrated any traditional holidays. My holidays were celebrated by the phases of the moon. While this was partially satisfying my desires, I still wanted more. I suddenly discovered Wicca. Some of the people I had known for a while now were Wiccan and introduced me to the religion. I began learning more and more and getting deeper and deeper involved in it. I embraced the night and anything magical, enchanting or mystical.
By this point, I was living with a long time boyfriend. The relationship was not really heading in a positive direction. We had different desires and goals and when I expressed my wishes, things at home became not pleasant. He had introduced me, though, to chat rooms, PM's, IRC etc. Many times we would both be on our respective computers typing away, but not saying a word to each other. We were involved with an online Pagan community where we met some interesting people. After a trip to Florida to meet some of them, my boyfriend decided he was moving down there. He packed up and left. I have not seen him since.
So here I was, on my own and out of a relationship for the first time in many many many years. While I played a lot, I also thought a lot. The whole time, something was still missing from my life.
4 months after my boyfriend left, I hooked up with a friend of ours online. We started chatting which soon evolved into nightly phone calls. 5 weeks later, I planned a vacation to go and meet him since he lived in a beach / vacation destination town. Things went along very well. The only area that was a bit awkward was our religious preferences. He was a Christian now (formerly pagan) and I was still Wiccan. Our relationship continued and about 3 weeks later he led me to Christ. We both were baptized together about 8 months after we met and a year (and a couple months) later, we got married. Now, Hescominsoon and I have been married for 2.5 years.
We continue to work on our relationship with each other and with God. What a ride it has been so far
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.