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I Once Was Lost But Now I Am Found

My Faith Testimony

by ~Surealworld

Stephen J. Vattimo born 1965 in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania.

Stephen is a spiritual artist who writes and paints, to communicate the teachings of the christian Holy Bible.
I was a problem child when I was growing up. I was hyperactive, and unruly, when it came to submitting to the structure environment of attending school.
I was not a juvenile delinquent, but I was an out of control class clown.
By the second grad I was removed from public school, and removed from my parent’s custody, and made a ward of the state , and placed in a privet boarding school.
During my nine years stay at the boarding school ,six of those years I spent standing in a hall with my face to the wall for being unwilling to subject my self to authority, or structured program of the school.
When I was the age of fourteen , my path started to take a positive turn, as I was entered into a one on one tutoring program , were my path intersected with a truly gifted teacher, who possessed the gifts of creativeness , patience, and a caring heart toward difficult students. She had been a great instrument in opening my eye to understanding the important me applying my self to getting my education , and to summit my self to those who have been placed in authority over me.
At the age of sixteen I returned to live with my parents , and returned to Public High School . while I was living at home my life was full of loneliness, fear , and uncertainty. These troubled times started me on my quest to find out who God really is , and seek his help to survive this stormy time in my life.
Along my quest to find God , The Devil tried to ensnare me with various cult groups who tried to fill my head with their false teaching about God , Jesus, and the Bible, through inviting me to their study groups, sending or giving me their magazines and books.
God had intervened in my journey, and brought the light of truth, the Holy Bible into my life, to guide me along the path to find Himself.
I had been given two Bibles by two different people, who never crossed paths with one another.
the summer of 1981 I was fatally wounded by being hit by a speeding car while crossing a street . The impact from the car throw my body about 75 feet through the air. I was hospitalized for about a week , then I was released to go home, but I had to be watched because I was having blackout spells.
During that summer I spent about six hours a day reading The Holy Bible
and praying for God to reveal Him self to me. God , through His Holy Spirit , show me through the scripture what i need to do to receive Jesus Christ as my Savior, and how to confess and repent from seeking to live of sin , and to live for God by faith. I became a Christian and have receive eternal, instead of receiving death in the summer of 1981, and I am still work at living and serving My God , My King.
You know I pass the corner where i was hit by the car, often, and i thank God I didn’t die before I met Christ.

Written by stephen J. VattimoJune 6 , 2008

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Stephen J. Vattimo born 1965, in the Philadelphia area of the state of Pennsylvania.
Spent child hood in privet boarding school,due to hyper activity and not able to function in structure setting.
graduated from boarding school and attended regular public High school and graduated.
Served in the U.S. Military ,U.S. Army,Pa National Guard,Army reserves,Civil Air Patrol.
Artistically: Painter,Poet,Humorous short stories,commentator

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  • Tony Ryan
    Tony Ryanover 6 years ago

    Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for sharing your story with such honesty. I think we should all be more open and sharing with each other.

    I too believe in God and Jesus and the Bible. However I also believe I have my own gospel within me. That God provides me with life and experience and also the ability to understand these experiences. The more I understand my life the closer I seem to become in understanding and loving God.

    My question to you is why you seem to judge the Devil as bad. Is the Devil and all of life’s people and experiences not part of God’s own creation? My belief is that neither God nor Jesus would fear or judge the Devil. I believe both would understand the Devil more so than the Devil would understand himself.

    I believe we all have free will but that until we understand our experiences and pain that we act mostly unconsciously in our lives. I do not believe that taking all that is written in the bible as 100% God’s word is the best way for a person to live. Further even if we were to take the bible as 100% would even God not still look openly about experiences now? Would God not wish to keep an open mind and open heart to all he meets?

    Would be interested in your thoughts on these questions I raise.

    Best Wishes Tony.

  • anetsart
    anetsartover 6 years ago

    Hi Stephen,
    I met the Lord or should I say he found me when I was fourteen in 1970 I was babtized in Cabrillo Beach Ca. it was like a dream I went with my brother Joe who was just home from Vietnam, and the holy spirit was being poured out to the younger generation at that time. Well I thought in my mind I was to young to be a good girl, so I just wanted to go to beach and watch everyone else get babtized there were hundreds of young people, with long hair hippies. I sat on the cliffs with other people I noticed many Asians looking people. To my surprise everyone on the rocks began one by one getting up because we were being pulled in by the holy spirit like a fish hook, so before you know it we we all being baptized. I know I was young but every since then Jesus has never let me down although I went astray many times, the lord never let go of my hand and always to this day has bestowed me with love and most of all the grace to love and forgive me.I work with teenagers with low learning skills and they have many problems from home life to learning so I try and understand them. I can only show them love and patience through Gods unconditional love and pray for the youth. But the day I was babtized during the strong pouring of the holy spirit in the early 70’s was real. Never condemn yourself for the wrong you have done the just pick yourself up and pray no matter where you are. We often get so busy and don’t pray enough.

  • Annette ,Thank you for taking the time to respond to my testimony .I also would like to thank you for sharing your story. I hope you will take a look at my artwork and read my poetry, I hope God will bless you through my work.Stephen

    – Stephen J. Vattimo

  • Olga
    Olgaover 6 years ago

    wonderful testimony, Stephen… God is so faithful and good to us! Praise Him for that and for keeping you in His precious care.

  • Olga,

    I hope that by sharing my testimony, it will encourage other believers to share their story as well, and use their gifts to make the hope we have in Christ know to the rest of the world. So that as many are willing, they will enherit enternal life by turning from a life of rebellion against God, and put their faith in Christ, and life for Him in perfect fellowship.Stephen

    – Stephen J. Vattimo

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