I grew into a teenager and found a church I fell in love with. I felt welcome, it made sense to me, and it felt like coming home. Unfortunately, my father felt it was too far to drive to attend every day. And so I stopped going.
I grew into a very rebellious young adult. I found myself making poor decisions, looking for love in all the wrong places, trying to find affirmation and acceptance from someone, anyone. And as I made these poor decisions my parents grew very disappointed in me; and so I continued looking else where for love and acceptance. I wound up drinking too much alcohol, trying drugs, and having sex to gain this approval. At 19 years old, I found myself pregnant.
I spent the next 6 years trying to balance who I felt I should be as a mom with seeking that love and acceptance from someone. June 2011 I got married. This started me in the right direction.
So many of the churches in my area did not make me feel comfortable, made me feel like I still couldn't measure up. Then I found my church home. I left with a feeling of peace. I realized that I was still not living as I should. In February I was baptized and gave my life to Jesus. I still am growing as a woman, wife and mother, but now I have the people to reach out to help. Jesus paid for my sins, He knew that I would struggle and make poor choices and He still loves me.
About AshleyAshley is a wife and mother to one. She enjoys reading, writing, crocheting, and embroidery. You can visit her blog at modern-retro.blogspot.com
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