My family didn’t go to church very often; being for the most part CEO’s (Christmas and Easter Only’s.) I don’t remember anyone in my family ever talking about anything that had to do with God. I never saw a Bible cracked open or even saw a Bible moved off the bookshelf. The Thanksgiving and Christmas meals were the only time we said a blessing. If you asked me what religion I was, I would have definitely answered I was a Christian.
In middle school it was a combination of several things which brought me to accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord. I was very involved at church for those years. But then when I was 20 years old my mom suddenly died of a heart attack and my world was shattered. She was the glue that held our family together. Without her, we didn’t know what to do. The grief was unbearable and I was really angry at God for taking her from me. I distanced myself from Him.
A few years later I got married and my husband’s parents wanted us to go to church with them on holidays. Sitting in church I would get all teary-eyed missing God’s presence in my life and simultaneously feeling let down by Him. For years I was an Occasional Christian – occasionally going to church, occasionally praying, and occasionally thinking about God. I was content with that level of spirituality for years.
During the lowest point in my life, I turned to God. Miracles started happening. And suddenly I wasn't content with my level of understanding. I wanted to know what it was I believed. I was no longer content to be ignorant about my faith. Did I really believe what I was hearing in church and what I heard believers say? And my journey really began.
I was in search-mode.
God brought me to a church where I could ask those tough questions and people were willing to answer them. He brought people into my life that ministered to me, encouraged me and loved on me. I became passionate about learning all I could about the Bible. I began taking classes and purposely studying the Bible. It wasn’t coincidence all of these things that happened. It was purposeful. I knew it was Him. It was like stepping stones across a creek. I kept moving forward to get to the other side - to go from being skeptical about some of it to truly believing.
When you seek the Lord, you find Him.
What a journey it has been so far! I know what I believe. I know who I am. I know where I will end up.
However, I am still very much "a work in progress" as I continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Him.
I love the Lord with all of my heart. I truly do. I have a treasure now that no one can take from me. I get IT! And I can tell you life relying on God is way better than trying to do it on your own.
It is my prayer that you will find what I post on this website to be genuine and helpful in your journey.
PS If you want the usual bio: I live in Charlotte, NC with my husband whom I love. I have 2 grown children who make me very proud. I have the sweetest daughter-in-law. And my daughter is engaged to a wonderful man. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and worked in that field for 10 years. I cherished the years I was a stay-at-home mom. I have a funny Siberian husky. I have several encouraging friends who I know have my back at all times and can make me laugh and smile. I am blessed beyond measure.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT
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