Personal Testimony

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.--Ephesians 6:4 Marian grew up in a Christian home where her parents were committed to training their children to know and fear God. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at the age of eight and still has the very first Bible her mother gave her--a small red genuine leather Bible. Marian remembers her parents' dramatic conversion from a religious lifestyle to becoming born again Christians. She saw first-hand how different their home became when they started to read and follow the Bible, pray, and serve God and others. She experienced the wonderful grace of God when her parent's reunited after being separated and on the brink of divorce. Her parents' salvation not only saved their marriage--it ended up saving her life, too. Marian remembers attending church on a regular basis and learning to read and study the Bible.  Church attendance was not a mindless duty but rather a great time to grow and learn about God. She also remembers what a difference Christian education had on the formative years of her life.  From fifth to eighth grade, she attended two private Christian schools, Warren Christian School and Bethany Christian Academy.  The curriculum they used was the "A Beka Book" and each textbook was intentionally tailored, aligned and filtered through the lens of God's word.  This was education with an eternal purpose in mind. The weekly chapel meetings, Bible classes, Christian teachers, and Bible memorization truly shaped her life in so many countless ways. For graduate school, Marian decided to attend Pensacola Christian College where she earned a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance. Once again, here was another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study voice with a Christian voice teacher, Mr. Ray Gibbs, and to study music performance from a Biblical perspective. She was deeply influenced by godly professors who lived the gospel both in and out of the classroom. The instruction Marian received at home, church, school and in college provided a solid and Christ-centered foundation that determined the trajectory of her life.  She likes to encourage Christian parents to remember to seek God for the best parenting advice in the world. 

Marian's first Bible from her mother

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.--Proverbs 22:6

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