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I'm Melissa. Wife to Brandon, and mommy to Clay and Carson. Clay is 5, and Carson is 3.
A little bio on me
I was raised in a southern baptist home from the age of 7. I did not accept Christ until I was 17 though, and def. have had my fair share of times where I wondered if God even really exsisted.
My husband was raised catholic, and had no desire to go to church because he felt as though there was no need for 'organized religion'
I did not want to go to church because the church I grew up in IMO sucked.. FULL of fake ppl, hypocrisy, etc, so,I was pretty much burned as well..
Our oldest son about a year ago really started wanting to know more about God. My parents still attend that same church, and he has gone with them several times,and ofcourse they are always talking to both of our boys about God and such. About 3 weeks ago, he said 'daddy, mommy, why don't WE go to church like Grandma and Gramps do?'
Out of the mouth of babes.. right
So, Brandon and I talked about where we were going next w/our relationships with the Lord, I told him that I was willing to try again for the sake of our kids, and he agreed. So, we did some searching, and found a church that we really love. We've only been twice, and already feel at home! We are officially joining next sunday Brandon and I's relationship has improved so much in just a few short weeks. We are praying together as a family, and I just feel reconected with God in a way that I haven't in a VERY long time!
Just wanted to share, and say hey and look foward to meeting all of you mommas!
Hello & Wow! I could have almost wrote that story myself! BTW, I'm Amanda, wife to Mike & mom to Austin (13) & an angel!
I grew up in my very early years going to church with my grandparents but got to the point that I didn't like it. I just felt like they were always yelling how horrible we are... we're sinners, we're going to HELL, etc. I just hated feeling that way so I quit going about the time I hit 11 or 12. DH was raised Catholic & like Brandon didn't see much of a point in going to church every Sunday. Well, there are so many reasons we went to church that one fateful Sunday, one including my son, Austin who was searching for God himself, another was our struggling marriage at the time. Anyway, that was almost 2 years ago (when I was saved, BTW) & I absolutely adore that church... I felt right at home almost immediately. Since then our marriage has grown tremendously stronger to a point that I NEVER thought it could reach but it has & I am so grateful for that!
BTW, feel free to add yourself/family to our birthday/anniversary stickie above! I also happened to see your post on the HSing board... congrats on HSing. We're HSing this year too!
My background is very similar to Amanda- and to yours. I was baptized at about 15 I think, after a lifetime of attending church. Quit after my first marriage fell apart, and came back after my daughter died.
The key- for me- really is church. Over the past 2 years, DH and I have been on the brink and bankruptcy, and the small groups and sermons at my church have saved us and helped bring us to a closer relationship with each other- and God. I've gone from someone embarrassed to admit that I was a Christian- because of the negative experiences that most have with Christians- to being one that us absolutely unashamed to "own my Lord" as the old hymn says.
I'm Lindsey, and my daughter is Karmen--18 months. My DH is Kasey, and he is a new convert. Praise the Lord.
I'm just now at a point in my life where I'm seriously trying my hardest to live everyday like Jesus will come tomorrow. DH and I are praying together now, and things have been wonderful. I've had tons of prayers answered in the last week.
"What I do today must be important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it."