Spiritual Autobiography Essay

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I grew up as a Southern Baptist. My family has always belonged to the same church and to this day my parents and my brother’s family still attend First Baptist Church in Forest City, North Carolina. One of the reasons Baptists are given this name is because they are not baptized as infants, but when they are old enough to understand the full concept of Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us. I accepted the Lord as my personal savior when I was thirteen and made a public profession of my faith by walking to the front of the church one Sunday morning. Many factors in the past have influenced my relationship with God and continue to do so daily.
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I love to be in my parents’ church where I grew up. It is a comforting place with its dark stained wooden pews and large stained glass windows. Important events happened in this church; this is where I was baptized and married. Even being inside St. Elizabeth makes me feel spiritual and adoring although I do not share all of the same beliefs as its members. I can feel close to God any time I am outside by myself, and I can just look around me and appreciate nature. Appreciating the world around me reminds me of one of my husband’s favorite Bible verses, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). I love to watch the clouds roll by and watch the leaves turn colors. I also like to watch the many varieties of birds gather on my birdfeeder. All of these places make me feel that I am in the presence of God.
A time in my life when I know God was at work was when I was deciding where to go to college. The state of North Carolina offers a full four-year scholarship to several colleges in the state for high school seniors wishing to become teachers. When you complete the application process, you must list your top three choices of colleges. My first choice was Meredith College in Raleigh, an all-girls school. On the expected day of scholarship notification, my notice arrived in the mail in a large envelope. Usually a large envelope means good news. With my parents sitting in front of me, I opened the envelope, read its news, and burst into tears. I had indeed received the scholarship, but it was to a place called Elon College. I had never heard of this small private college in the middle of the state. After doing some investigating as to how I had been assigned to this school and not to any of my top three choices, we discovered that a mistake had taken place...

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