I did not grow up in a Christian home and was exposed to drug and alcohol abuse at a very young age. In high school, I became an atheist and participated in heavy partying in my first year at college. One night at a party, I got involved with a drinking challenge that landed me in the hospital with alcohol poisoning. The medical staff said it was a miracle that I even survived given my blood alcohol content; I should have died.
Shortly after this incident, I moved back home where I met a friend who invited me to church. I was at a really rock bottom place in my life so I thought why not, plus she was my manager...brownie points? She knew I was an atheist and told me to just come to check it out and see what I think and that I don’t have to come back. At the end of the sermon, the pastor had asked if there was anyone in the room that was sick of the way their life was going and ready for something new. My heart was pounding, I was sweating... I didn’t know what was happening to me. I just knew something was different. With no hesitation, I raised my hand. I was repeating him in a prayer and he said, “I’m sorry, Jesus, for rejecting you.” And I realized at that moment, despite knowing nothing about who Jesus was, it was His love for me that I was rejecting.
Everyone celebrated me and was telling me that my life was never going to be the same. I had no idea what they were talking about.. but they were right.
Since following Jesus, life has been far from easy. From facing rejection, abandonment, persecution from those I love... it’s hard. But it has been absolutely worth it and I'd never want back my life of not knowing Christ. The trials are hard, but with Jesus, going through them is different because I always have Hope.
Two years ago, I went through a divorce and came to a pretty low place, a place I never saw myself being in. BUT God... He is faithful to lift me out of the pit of despair. The one thing He has continually been faithful to show me is how He creates beauty from our ashes. That’s exactly what He’s done with my life over and over and over again. For God to use someone like me blows my mind every day, but it's the Redeemer that He is and I’m so thankful.
God has given me a passion for so many areas and people including the health and nutrition field. It is my one desire to see others come to know the freedom that is available to them through Christ and help others come to a wholehearted place. He will be glorified in every avenue He leads me down.