Born and raised in Queens, NY. I have one sister who is two years older than me. I was always "sensitive" spiritually, but had my first "experience" at the age of eleven (1981). I just knew for some reason I was going to get hit by a car and I told my mother. She said, "be careful crossing the street". lol within a month I got hit by a car while crossing the street. I never had that feeling again.
Growing up I remember hearing "remember this" at different times. I thought everyone had the same experiences at different times, but it seems I was rare. After I became an adult and had kids of my own God reminded me of those times when I needed it.
Stranger things would happen over the years. I would see people who would suddenly disappear. I would know exactly where to go at exactly the right time to prevent something bad from happening. I realized it was a gift, but I knew it wasn't going to be accepted by society, so I didn't really tell anyone.
I was born and raised in the Catholic church. Made all the sacraments, etc. I became a CCD teacher, tried bible study, and even became an active Eucharistic Minister. No matter how involved I became I just didn't feel my spirit being fed in the catholic church.
Once I had my 3 children I needed more. I found a non-denominational Christian church, which really fed my spirit. I had my kids in the youth ministries and I taught a different grade every year for 10 years. THEN I started to feel that I had reached the end there. Maybe because I was expected to "stay in my lane".
I really felt pulled toward the "gifts of the spirit" and although the church taught about it, they did not encourage anyone to use them. I was even told by an associate pastor that I "didn't hear from God" almost as if I wasn't worthy enough for God to speak directly to me. I knew what I heard and it wasn't my imagination. The same Pastor actually taught his next sermon on how some people think God is talking to them directly, but it's not the case. Wow!!
I found another church that not only believed in the gifts of the spirit, but actually worked in them. I was accepted into the Prophetic community immediately and asked to sit on one of many prophetic teams that they had. I did this for about 4-5 years and took all the Mentoring classes offered, etc.
I got to the point where I was getting so much information in that I was asked by the leaders to back off and not say as much. "You can't possibly get that much information". They thought I was embelishing what I saw or heard. Again, I felt like I was only allowed to grow as far as somone else felt was possible.
I started to research different avenues for my gifts and I ran across a meetup group for people with all sorts of gifts.
God has taught me that we as a society make such a big deal about "names" when it is all the same thing, but if you call it by the "wrong name" for different people they will not even listen. See my blog for more info about names.
I finally caught on to what God was trying to tell me over the years. We can call him "God", "Source", "Universe", "Higher power" whatever we want. It is all the same, the name doesn't change anything.
He communicates with all of us. However, some of us have been able to understand how he talks to us and that is why we are able to tell you things that you aren't sure of yourself. With practice and patience. you can hear him for yourself, but until then I'm here to help bridge the gap...