My story is filled with broken pieces, terrible choices, and very ugly truths.
But it's also filled with a major comeback, peace in my soul, and a grace that saved my life.
I opened FB this morning and my FB memories were waiting for me, and boy are they some happy, funny, humbling ones!
Today is my (re)birth day! Eleven years ago, I stood in front of our (then) church, rededicating my life to God.
Some ask WHY I would do that, growing up in the church, having always gone, went to private school, etc. It was because, for the first time in my life, I had developed a personal relationship with God. The only "drawback" that day was letting Shawn Storey and JW be the ones who baptized me. 😂🤣😶
The last 11 years my faith has grown exponentially, in ways I could never have imagined. It has also been tested to the core of my very being. I have been healed of things that have happened to me, have had shackles and strongholds released from me, but have come to learn that noone and nothing can separate me from the love God feels for me.
Two of the greatest gifts that have come along this journey were watching Annie step forward a few years later and dedicate her own life and the Sunday morning I not only heard but felt God's unconditional love for me for the first time. It literally dropped me to my knees (which I also have a nice scar, thanks to my brother, Shawn).
I have found a joy that noone or nothing can take away because my heart and soul belong to Him. My spirit rejoices each morning I awake and each evening I lay down, no matter the burden I carry.
I hope each and every day that I continue to learn more about His unconditional love, grace, and mercy, but also how to best use the gifts he's given me.
People ask me, "how can your faith be so strong with everything you've been through in your life?" My only response is, "it's because OF everything I've been through in my life that my faith is so strong."
I have come to learn that God created me to be me - big hearted, sassy, high spirited, loving, nerdy me - and I'm ok with that! I am looking forward to the next eleven years and seeing how God works in my life!
It's a beautiful day to start a fresh page in your book ... live, laugh, love, dream, believe, create BIG and boldly!
Peace, love, and pie!
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