I grew up hearing about Jesus and how great God is but only went to church on special occasions or with my grandparents. I didn't know what it was all about until I started attending LWF. In my JR.High years I was always searching for approval because I didn't always get it from my father. He was a wonderful man but lacked in encouraging his kids or verbally communicating with us. So I began to seek approval and love from anyone I could find. This led to very low self-esteem and issues that I would later deal with as a young adult. I went into high school and as the years went on, that yearning for approval grew deeper. I began to seek out relationships with boys that had no value or meaning. It was at the age of 17, my senior year in high school that I began to follow the wrong crowd. It was a couple months from graduation when I began to drink heavily and party. I then met some "friends" who introduced me to meth. It was a year-long binge of alcohol, wrong relationships and constant drug abuse. My poor choices led me to a man who I believed to be a good guy. This is when I experienced the most difficult experience of my life that no woman should ever have to endure. I woke up the next day stunned and confused. But THIS was the day that started it all. Reality set in that there MUST be something more! A few years went by and that void was still there and my life was still spiraling out of control....minus the drugs and alcohol. One day at work, someone invited me to Living Word. The next Sunday my life changed forever. It was March 2009. I gave myself whole-heartedly and committed myself to God. I had no idea what that looked like at the time, but I Can tell you now, i wouldn't change the past, because I wouldn't have what I do now. I am happily married to an amazing man who I met at church. We have a son that will grow up knowing God's word and how much He loves us! I now know that God is a loving God. He cares for me and the only person I need approval from is Him. I seek Him before anyone else and he gives me all that I ever lacked and all that I will ever need!