Danni's Story

Danni grew up in a family entrenched in occult beliefs. Watch how she came to follow Jesus.

Danni grew up in a family entrenched in occult beliefs. Watch how she came to follow Jesus.

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So, mediumship, and tarot card readings, and crystal
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healing, and all those kind of things were very every day.
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My name's Danni, and this is my story.
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I grew up in a family who were very much entrenched
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in occult beliefs and practises.
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The result of that, honestly, for me, was
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I grew up really quite fearful.
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I hated being on my own,
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Because I never felt alone.
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And not in a positive way.
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My Gran was a Christian,
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and as a child I was desperate
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to go to church with her, but my mom wasn't overly keen.
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And I went to a church school, so I started to learn
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about Jesus, and I wanted to read Bible stories.
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I used to take them home, but I was always sent back
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to school with them.
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I wasn't allowed to read them.
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Many years later, my husband and I were expecting twins.
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We'd been told that the twins were going to be born,
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but at 21 weeks pregnant they would die.
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I did what anyone would do, and I rang to my mum.
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She was very angry, and she said, "That proves it."
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"There can't be a god."
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"What kind of god does anything like that?"
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And in that moment I remember thinking,
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"Okay, you could look at it that way."
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Or, we could look at it and say, well actually,
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"I think there might be, and boy do I need him right now."
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And as I hung up the phone, I prayed.
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"I promise that I will never ask you why."
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"If I don't question why me, why us, what have I done, "
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"will you just give me the courage"
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"that I need to get through this?"
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And I just felt these arms just hold me,
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and I knew that it was going to be okay.
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I was never naive enough to think that okay meant
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that my labour was going to stop and everything was
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going to be rosy.
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But I knew that we would be okay.
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We've been working through the grief of losing our twins.
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We then went on to, in total,
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suffer ten miscarriages.
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We fell pregnant with our daughter, and when Eden was born
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I had to publicly give thanks for this little girl.
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And acknowledge God's part, and his hand in it.
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And we put together a thanksgiving service.
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And I started to read my Bible more and more.
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And after having Eden dedicated, I realised
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that I needed to be baptised.
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So, since coming to know Jesus,
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life hasn't been easy.
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I never expect God to lift
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me out of my circumstances.
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Jesus is a rock that I stand on.
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And sometimes I don't stand,
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I cling on for dear life.
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But I've never ever been alone.
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When I contacted this church, they had no idea
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of the baggage that I lugged behind me,
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no idea at all.
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But what they did do was welcome me
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with open arms,
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and embrace me, and as I
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began to unpack all that
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baggage, I saw the love of Jesus,
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in them, through them
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and when you can look into the face of Jesus,
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and know that you have been made new in him,
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yeah, that's a feeling like no other.
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And there is no new age practice
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that can offer you
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freedom and peace,
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or anything, like Jesus.