I very rarely share personal things on my blog, but I wanted to share the most important thing in the world to me. And thats my faith. I always love sharing personal things when I do share them on my blog, I think its such a great way for me to connect with you – my reader. My faith is something I have mentioned before in blog posts, but I have never dedicated a whole post to it before.
Before we get into this, and I hate that I even have to say this. But I want to respect those people who don’t agree with/like speaking about religion or faith. If this isn’t for you, then please don’t read it. I don’t want to have debates about our differences in opinions. I don’t want to get into any conversation to offend others who may have a different faith to me. Mutual respect is needed here. So please keep this in mind!
MY BACK STORY
As a child I always attended church. My mom would drag me and my siblings every single Sunday morning. I remember praying before bed with my parents and enjoying seeing my friends at church, but I never really understood the meaning behind why we went to church or prayed before we ate food. As I got older and could make my own decisions, I stopped going to church but still professed to being a christian.
It wasn’t until 2012 when my mom decided to change the church she was attending. She came home and told us all about this lovely church she started going to, and somehow convinced me to go visit on Easter of that year. So I went, with my cousins and the rest of my family in tow. All I remember was saying funny things like “the church will set on fire when I walk in” which obviously wasn’t true, but was the standard thing that people say.
After that first service, I and remember leaving and telling everybody I hated it. I would never go back. I didn’t like the pastor, I didn’t like the other members of the church. And I refused to go back again.
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WHERE IT ALL REALLY BEGAN
It was months after easter, still in 2012 and one Sunday morning I watched my parents getting ready to go to church. And I had this feeling inside of me, and before I knew it I was announcing that I was going to go with them. I started going to church with them every Sunday and every other day the church doors were open. I met so many lovely people and made some great friends, but I knew I had not been born again.
My whole childhood going to church, I was never taught about salvation. I was never taught that Jesus died for me on the cross and paid all of my sins. I always professed to be a christian but didn’t ever know that I needed to ask God for salvation to really be a born again christian.
It was one evening where I attended a church camp meeting. The pastor at the time was preaching to the camp kids, but of course I was listening. I remember him specifically saying “What are you waiting for?” And I asked myself, what am I waiting for? I knew what salvation was, yet I hadn’t asked God to save me yet.
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MY LIFE CHANGED FOREVER
I went home that night, got comfy in my bed and prayed to God to save my soul from eternal time in hell. I can’t lie and say that I had this epiphany moment because I didn’t. All I remember is feeling this peace come over my body. I felt at peace for the first time in my life. But, it didn’t stop here.
My Christian walk hasn’t been easy, and God doesn’t ever tell us that it will. Life is hard, and it’s how we respond to these challenges that grows our faith. I was expecting that my life would change overnight, but it really happened so gradually and now I am 9 years in, it still does.
My bad habits and the old things I used to enjoy don’t interest me anymore. And thats how God works. He changes our hearts and desires. He died for me, so the least I can do is cut out the bad things in my life that don’t serve me or serve Jesus.
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Do you follow a faith or religion? If so, what is it? Are you a Christian like me? How long have you been one?
I really hope you guys like this post. It’s not something I would usually share with you all, but I felt like it was time that I shared more about myself to my readers. I hope you like it! Please if you have any questions or want to discuss anything in further detail, please send me an email or message. I’d love to talk to you about it!