What comes to mind when you think about God? Do you picture an unknown Being who’s disinterested in the world and waiting for us all to be destroyed?

Do you think that God is mad at mankind and stands shaking His fist at the earth?

Or maybe you don’t give a lot of thought about God or His role in your life. After all, you’re doing just fine without Him.

Or are you the person who has lumped God in with all of the mean, and weird people who are adamant that they represent Him?

From the time I was a little girl, every week my parents took me and my sister to Sunday School and to church. We read about God. We sang about God and we listened to more sermons than I care to admit, about God, but I didn’t really know God. I didn’t know His heart. I didn’t know for myself His thoughts toward me.

In Jeremiah 29:11 God tells us “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I was an adult by the time my dad passed away suddenly, but I still felt unsettled and a bit lost. I longed for something true, and honest and real and trustworthy in a world that had proven to be anything but.

I remember praying, “God, if you’re real prove it. If you are true then I need you to help me in this crazy chaotic world.”

Slowly, He began to show Himself to me. In small ways at first, and then this beautiful scary thing begin to happen and I was cautiously drawn to Him like someone who sees something magnificent for the first time.

Through the weeks and months and years, I began to trust that God always had my back and that the One who created me was truly my friend and committed to my success even when it didn’t look or feel like it.

Whether you’re a new Christian, or like me, have been walking with God for a long time I hope that my stories will encourage you to discover your own journey with the God who truly, truly, truly loves you and has the absolute best plan and  purpose for your life, and I encourage you to take hold of all that God has in store for you. You won’t be disappointed.

I’m glad you’re here.

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