I chose Christ

Nayiga Faridah
Posted April 8, 2018 from Uganda

I was taken away from my mom when I was two years old. I totally remember that day because it brought so much sorrow in my life. Reaching my dad's house, there was a new 'mum'.... who turned my life into hell. There was also my eldest sister and my step brother who was also older than me. These were the hardest days in life, and so I ran away to my grandma's house. Oh she loved me dearly! There I met Douglas, two or three years older than me, but was handicapped. Though Doug couldn't walk, talk or do anything on his own, he became my best friend. He became  my solace, my brother and till now, he is still a happy part of my life. He always mummurs in happiness when he sees me,  and am glad I met Douglas. At 7years,  mum picked me up and took me to my maternal grandmother, she's a darling. She looked after me,  paid my school fees until I finished highschool and even though am married she always calls to ask if I lack anything. 

Before I was a Muslim, but I changed my religion to born again when I met my husband four years ago. My dad was so hurt by that fact.  He refused to attend my introduction or wedding, he disowned so many times.  This hurts me so much every time I wake up,  but I learned to live with my decisions. I decided to follow Christ and let my dad live his life. 

Things sometimes don't go easy but I know it gets better. I have my family, friends my grandmas, my mum, my sisters and my two kids and husband who will always support me. I choose to dream, I choose to hope, I choose to love ,  I choose to be better  because I chose Christ.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 08, 2018
Apr 08, 2018

Hi Nayiga. Wow. That's horrible that your mom was taken away at such a young age. I'm glad you found your friend, Douglas, though, and had your lovely grandmother to take care of you:-) I'm glad that you are choosing joy over sorrow, and that you are grateful for so many great family members in your life. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 08, 2018
Apr 08, 2018

Dear Farida,

What a rocky road you have travelled in your youth, and what special people have become your close family along the way. You have such a wonderful optimism, seeing the way forward and cherishing those who are loving. The choice of one's religion is so personal, and sadly all too often not understood by even close loving family members. I especially loved reading these words "I choose to dream, I choose to hope, I choose to love".

sarah_2
Apr 08, 2018
Apr 08, 2018

Faridah your story is so.......touching.
Is your choice dear
I pray that God will see you through

Olutosin
Apr 08, 2018
Apr 08, 2018

I love the end of the story. Although it was sad at the beginning. It's sad how things play out in life. I choose my Christ my dearest sister ....
Congratulations for being able to take such personal and life changing decision.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jun 01, 2018
Jun 01, 2018

Hello, Nayiga,

Your story is beautifull-written. All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. I am with you coz I chose Christ, too.