Embracing Belief

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.

 

4 Comments

  1. Teresa Igono on September 1, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Beautiful words and story! Thankful for your transparency, it isn’t often found in the body of Christ but it’s so beneficial for the kingdom! I, too, got caught up in the college alcohol scene and am thankful God found me in the midst of my mess. Thankful our paths have collided!

    • Sarah Robinson on September 1, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you for sharing. Our friendship is very special, and to think our testimonies may overlap a bit explains the sweet connection, other than I’ve always been so grateful for how you mentored Katie. And she is doing so well, I marvel at God’s handiwork, and His putting you in her path. And just think! In some ways, God’s just getting started with how He plans to use us. We keep it fresh for Him.

  2. Terry H. Carter on October 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Sarah, you write so beautifully. Almost 22 years ago you wrote me a letter during the Christmas season while I was stationed in Sarajevo. It was the most meaningful letter that I received during those tough months. I never told you but when I read and re-read that letter I sat on my bed so moved that I found myself in uncontrollable tears. Thank you for writing! I look forward to reading your book. All my best to you and Jim.

    • Sarah Robinson on October 21, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Your message amazes me. How many years ago was that when you were overseas? I vaguely recall the letter, but am blessed beyond words to hear of your response, both then and now. Writing letters must not become a lost art! My middle daughter just told her husband, as we were sharing a meal at the local pizza place last night, “My favorite gifts you’ve given me are your cards. You put such thought into each one.” And I sat there so blessed to know she is receiving his words with such a loving heart. Terry, you’ve made my day. If you’re ever in our area, we could catch up like crazy.
      Thank you for reaching out. May we always encourage the ones who need it the most.
      Blessings!
      Sarah

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