I grew up going to church and have had many mentors along the way to help guide me, but as I got older there were periods of time I would stop going regularly. I had always loved going to church, and hearing and learning the ‘Bible Stories’, but I needed a break because I felt I was getting burned out. I did go back around the holidays, celebrations, special occasions especially if there was dinner involved (What can I say, Christians eat a lot!), and bible studies when my friends would invite to attend.
In Fall 2010, I rededicated my life and I was baptized a couple months later. I have always known who Jesus Christ was and what He did for me, for everyone, but this time I was determined to make a change. God loves me and has a plan for my life and though I may never truly know what it really is or even understand it, I try my hardest every day please God.
I have grown so much. I enjoy taking notes in church, which I never did growing up. I attend Connect Group, Worship Service, Bible Studies, and Growth Intensives regularly. I attend a Women’s Retreat yearly to help renew my spirit. I have attend Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) for the last 2 years. This past year I served as Table Captain for Laughter & Latte.
I know reading the Bible is important and I will admit I’m not very good at it. I’ve tried many plans to read it through, but I don’t finish. I’m working on doing better at studying the Bible.
I enjoy fellowshipping (even though I am shy), I do good sometimes in small groups. God has sent me so many amazing friends, especially a sisterhood, even if they are miles away, who are there to help, mentor, or encourage me along my path. All I have to do is call, text, or email a message and I know that they are there for me, even if it’s just to say a prayer over me.
I pray, but I’m not good at, but I try every day to say one, even if it is short and to the point. Another discipline I need to work on.
My life is not perfect nor easy. I am not perfect. I make mistakes, I suffer trials, and at times I struggle with my faith. Yes, it happens and Yes, it’s normal because I know that no matter what happens, God is with me every step of the way, even when I stumble or make a wrong turn.