When I began college, my heart was hurting. I felt trapped in a dark place, deep within a hole. An abusive relationship had led me to depression and anxiety. I felt empty.
I attempted to fill this emptiness with relationships and church. But I couldn’t find the answers I needed.
Life was rough, and I was stuck in the pain of my past. It was during this time that a friend invited me to come to her “life group” — a small gathering of friends who studied the Bible together. The group asked for prayer requests. I spoke up, asking for peace and acceptance of my circumstances. As they prayed, a feeling of calm came over me. That caught my attention.
For the next year, I continued to go to life group.
Then I attended a faith-based retreat called Women’s Weekend. For 48 hours, I was with a caring community of women. I saw how their faith made them different — in a good way — and I realized that’s what I wanted to be like. While on this retreat, I learned more about who God is and how to have a relationship with Him. I placed my trust in Christ at the end of that weekend.
There is a verse in the Bible that perfectly describes where I was and where I am now: “[God] brought me forth into a broad place; He rescued
Two years ago, the idea of trusting God and allowing Him to take care of me was not something I would have thought possible. But through my friends and faith community, I have learned more
I now know how to have a relationship with God even during rough times.
The love I always needed is from God. He delights in me, and He has brought me into a new place.
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If you are reading this and for some reason you hate God, and you feel alone, know that He is constantly loving you. He will turn the situation around. Therefore, choose God as He chooses you.
It could be said that I grew up in the church, however, my heart was not entirely in it.
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