“I grew up in a home with two parents that loved me and I was blessed for that. You could say we were an average family. My dad was in the military so we traveled a lot when I was younger. I had a hard time making friends in my first few years of school because we moved so often.
Once I got to third grade we finally stayed in one spot and I was excited because that meant I didn’t have to worry about us moving away from them once again. So I was a pretty happy kid for the most part just going through my every day life being completely oblivious to the real problems in the world and even in my own family. It was not until I turned 10 that I really experienced tragedy and heartbreak.
I still remember the day so vividly when my mom came to my room, sat down with me and told me that her and my dad were going to be getting a divorce. My world came tumbling down. I was so confused and I didn’t understand how my once happy family had crumbled so fast.
Years went by and I started to get used to my life with a split family but the pain of it never left me. The only love I had ever known was from my parents and I felt like that bond was now broken. In junior high by a random coincidence I ended up visiting a church for the first time. I had gone to several different churches growing up on special occasions but it was never anything consistent. It wasn’t until I started going to that church that I learned what real love was. I learned about the love that Christ displayed for me on the cross and how He shed His blood so that He could have a personal relationship with me. That was the first time I had ever heard that, or at least the first time it resonated with me. I made a profession of faith that year and thought that I was saved but years later in high school I realized that when I made that profession I didn’t fully understand my need for God.
So my junior year in high school after telling everyone in my youth group for years that I got saved at youth camp in 2005, I had to put down my pride and actually give over my heart and life to Christ. This was the best decision I could have ever made for my life. Not to say that I have lived a perfect life since then but I have seen God work in my heart through so many circumstances and He has been consistently faithful to love and forgive me through all of my sin and struggle.
I am now at Bible college training to do ministry in the education world and I am so blessed that He decided to use me to reach other people for Christ. I still have my struggles in finding contentment in Him sometimes as well as just trusting in His plan for my life completely, but I am growing and learning how to do that every day and I couldn’t be more excited about what He is doing in my life.”