I experienced a deep understanding of the Cross of Christ at age eighteen, when I attended T.E.C. (Teens Encounter Christ) during my senior year in high school. After the intense weekend, though I felt enlightened, my life didn’t change. I went about those next years doing pretty much whatever I pleased.
Fast-forward to age twenty- six, when recovery came to me and my husband in miraculous ways (and helped heal our troubled eight-year marriage) through the 12 Step programs of AA and Al-Anon. In a nutshell, I gradually returned to faith. Part of the process for me, was admitting I’d been basically living two different lives, one public and one private. I’d pretty much ignored and felt indifferent to doing any introspection, lest I end up on my knees, guilt-ridden, in utter regret. Getting drunk on a regular basis will do that to you.
In recovery, though, I began processing my understanding of how I’d become who I was. I stopped looking at my husband for solutions to all my problems. What a weight that took off his shoulders! I found forgiveness, unconditional love, and I developed a real sense of gratitude. My life began to take on a whole new meaning. I shared my heart at 12 Step meetings, and later, when I returned to church, to a certain extent in Sunday school classrooms, and in small group fellowships. Ultimately, writing became my deliverance. Sharing the nuts and bolts of my story has been an integral part of the healing process. As my husband said, “If this book never sees the light of day, it has done you more good.” My hope is for it to bring good to you, my readers, too.
Readers, what were some of the pivotal moments in your faith journey? Please leave me a comment below. Thanks so much for being here.