Rather than just saying that I'm a Christian, I like to say that I'm a Christ follower. The reason for this is because as of 2012 my Faith went from being based on a religion to being growing in a relationship. It was no longer, "Well this is what I believe so this is what I do". I began actually having a connection with Jesus. From the time I was a young teen I began taking on addictive tendencies. I would use anything I could to escape from the real world. By the time I was in my early 20's I was a functioning alcoholic and was spiraling downward, getting caught up in the wrong crowd, hurting some of the closest people around me, and ruining my health. In 2012 my husband and I found an amazing church where the people there looked passed all my flaws and loved me for me, just like Jesus does. I began trying to get sober but failed many times. Later that same year we found out we were going to be having a baby. From that moment I stopped drinking and I can happily say I was clean and sober throughout my entire pregnancy.
About two months after our daughter was born
I found myself having a glass of wine and feeling like my heart was hardening towards all that God has to offer me. At that point I knew that I needed to stay sober and that God was going to help me do that. So as of June 1, 2013 I have not had a drink and can proudly say that I am sober to this day. God is so good and I am so thankful for the never ending love and grace that He constantly showers me with!
what I believe might be easily thrown into the "religion" category,
but it's so much more to me than that.
It is a forever growing relationshipwith a Father that loves me. It is me looking at the life that Jesus led and following in His footsteps. It is "loving others because He first loved us".