In January of 2014, I first shared my testimony on Lane of Roses. Since then, life has definitely changed but I find myself brainstorming this “update” and the same words come to my lips. When I was young, my competitive dance activities often got in the way of me going to church. A relationship with God barely existed in my world. I didn’t find that daily connection with Him until my sophomore year of college.
At this point in my life, I am engaged to the most wonderful fiancé and have a great job as the director of a dance studio. It’s not your typical 9 to 5 gig, but rather spending weeknights with the most energetic kids and living out my childhood dream. I still spend my weekends at dance rehearsals and competitions, but this time, I watch from backstage instead of performing myself.
So here I am - back to where my Sundays too often include not attending church. However, I’m learning that my lack of physical attendance doesn’t make my faith any less strong. It doesn’t make me any less of a Christian, or any less worthy of His grace.
Since my sophomore year, I’ve made a habit of spending time with God on a daily basis. Whether I’m following a Bible study, reciting my favorite verses, or just talking out my thoughts and prayers, I feel more strongly connected than ever.
I have this hope that no matter my schedule, I can still be close to God and know that He will guide me! What a wonderful few years He has given me -- college experiences and graduation, a career that 'magically' fell into my lap when I needed it most, and placing the most humble and heroic man into my life. What a future I’m sure He has laid out for me!
In my first LOR post, I included Jeremiah 29:11 as verse that I found comfort in. And would you know it, that verse hangs on a beautiful canvas above my bed.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
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