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Celeste

Celeste

Once a “good girl” struggling with self-righteousness and pride that affected her relationships. Now a wife and mother growing in wisdom, grace and love, grateful to be serving her King!

 

Who I Was Before Christ

I really couldn’t have asked for a better childhood. I had loving parents who were committed to each other, three great siblings and a truly happy home. I was given a wonderful foundation for life. My parents taught me about God and lived out their Christian beliefs in a real, authentic way. My dad was a pastor and we were immersed in church life. I loved it and I embraced it all at an early age. Life was really good.

 

What Changed?

It wasn’t until my teen years that sin started to catch up with me. Though I knew what it meant to be a Christian and was doing my best to live it out and follow God with all my heart, I got caught in the trap that because I was such a “good girl” and hadn’t made too many mistakes that I was better than those around me. Though I tried to hide the ugly thoughts of my heart, my battle with self-righteousness and pride began to affect the relationships around me with my family and my friends.

 

Who I Am Now

My turning point came after a heart-to-heart conversation with my dad. He pointed out several things that he noticed I had been struggling with and challenged me to change. I came to the realization that though I had asked Christ into my heart when I was young, I had not been fully submitting myself to Him or allowing God to lead my life. Slowly, change started to take place in my life. As I submitted myself to Christ, I began to grow in humility and in grace. My relationships began to grow deeper. I was able to be involved in a wonderful church called The Rock. I met a wonderful young man who would become my husband. I became a mom to five amazing children. I am still a work in progress, but I am so thankful what God can do through a surrendered heart, I am so thankful for grace. I thought life was good before, but it is so much better when God is in control!

2 Corinthians 12:9, “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

 

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