Growing up I was the youngest of three. My siblings are eleven and thirteen years older than me, so I pretty much felt like I was an only child. When I was younger I knew that there was a God. I just didn't know Him well. I would go to church once a year to light a candle for my grandma who passed away, and that was the only reason I wanted to be there. God seemed to always bring people in my life that would invite me to church like friends, or friend's family members. Now when I look back I can see those times where the beginning steps to my relationship with the Lord.
In my teenage years and early twenties I went through a lot of experiences that made me the person I am now, but I wish I had known the Lord. I wish during those times I had a strong relationship with Him that I could depend on, instead of making a lot of choices on my own.
At the age of twenty-two I became pregnant with my first son Amari. At the time I was experiencing one of the lowest points in my life. Even though I knew God was always with me I didn't have my eyes on Him. Thankfully God is SO faithful, and just as He always has done in my life, He used what was intended for evil and used it for His glory. I had to reevaluate my life. I realized I needed to change my life. So I made the decision to give my life over to the Lord.
I began attending a local church with my Mom. My Mom (who is Deaf) had previously given her life to the Lord a few years before, and had been praying passionately for me the whole time. God had truly changed my life and I began serving in my church and getting involved in various ministries. I even took the step to get baptized while I was pregnant with my son.
At the age of thirty God blessed my life once again, when I married my best friend, and the father of my son after our on and off relationships of twelve years. The Lord knew exactly where He wanted me to be.
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
God completed our family by blessing us with a daughter named Sanai. Since my daughter was born I have been on a new journey at home serving my family. This was a blessing that I never even knew I wanted. Through being a stay-at-home Mom, and a helpmate to my husband, God has been working in my life. With this calling God has shown me areas I need to work on in myself, as well as the wholeness I can have
So here I am content in my calling as a homemaker and helpmate. Praying through the everyday craziness, and seeking to encourage other women with my life experiences. I pray my story has in some way inspired you to live a life for God, whatever He has called you to be. No matter your past experiences. They have only made you stronger.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13,14