How God pursued me and brought me back to Him.
In this section I share God’s journey with me. I’ve come to see four distinct seasons in my journey so far: Baptized & Taught, Loss & Lost, Pursued & Awakened, Welcomed & Proclaiming. (Each of these seasons has its own page with the scriptures and encouragement that pertain to it. You can navigate to the pages via the main menu or by clicking the links provided below.) I provide a recap below and share the details on each page.
Baptized & Taught
I was baptized into God’s family as an infant. This was followed by teaching me about the Father’s love and His Son Jesus, primarily through Catechism classes and by attending church every week. By the time I was in third grade, I had received my first communion in the Catholic church. Shortly after—for reasons never shared with me—we stopped attending church. I wondered why, but never asked my parents. (Link)
Loss & Lost
No longer hearing God’s word regularly, being part of God’s family began to fade into the background. Then, when my parents divorced, my life became very confusing and I began to look to the world for direction and answers. By my early 20s I had forgotten most of the basics of faith, even what being baptized meant. I believed some sins are not forgiven by God and I was on my own to figure things out. (Link)
Pursued & Awakened
This season is the most impactful for me because it encompasses my entire life, yet I didn’t understand this until He awakened me. God was with me always but for many years I chalked up Godly guidance to other things. I was not able to see that it was always Him at work in my life. Eventually, He gave me a moment that couldn’t be explained any other way, a moment of awakening when I knew for certain I was hearing from God. (Link)
Welcomed & Proclaiming
Welcomed home and again attending church, I found myself surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. My wandering and worldly ways faded as I listened again to God. I’ve come to know that God’s plan of redemption through Jesus is the ultimate GPS. It didn’t matter how far off His path I’d gone, or how many times I went my own way instead of His. Each time He met me where I was and pointed me toward Him. It was always Him and always will be Him. At last I can proclaim that I know my Shepherd’s voice! (Link)