God has worked and moved in my life since I was a child raised in the Catholic Church. My grandmothers were great influences in my life, one Catholic and one Baptist, but both full of faith and prayers for their grandchild. As I grew older, my family wandered away from regular Church attendance, but at times of stress in my young adult life, I still could feel his presence and comfort from prayer. When I moved to Gaylord, I continually met people that seemed so at peace, so comfortable and as I got to know them better, I discovered the common thread in their lives was a close walk with God and regular Church attendance. They even kept a Bible in their workplace! I wanted that closeness, but I was left with doubts and fears, I wasn't sure "how to do it right." How do you pray to God? So I prayed to God that I would learn how to pray!
The following Wednesday I decided to check out a local Church that had an evening service, and at that service, I met a lovely lady that invited me to a Bible study for women. I attended the Bible study, and on my drive home I realized with tears in my eyes that God had directly and positively answered my prayer, leading me to a Bible study titled "How to Pray."
Soon after my "husband to be" (John) and I began to regularly attend the Evangelical Free Church in Gaylord, we began to get Pre-Marital counseling as well as attend a small group. Our faith grew, and it was our faith and the presence of God in our lives that carried us through the difficult death of John's mother, our early years of marriage, and struggles to have children. Upon moving to Indian River, it took us awhile to find another church home - we became distracted with busyness, but again, God continued to bring people of influence and encouragement into our lives and brought us to the Church of the Nazarene where our faith and personal walks have grown stronger each and everyday and we have been blessed to serve with such godly people. Both my husband and I have been privileged to serve and work alongside other families with children. I have been active as the M.O.P.S.(Mothers of Preschoolers) coordinator the past two years as well as volunteering in Children's Celebration Time while my husband devotes his time to the teens where he remains young at heart!
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