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Hannah

Hannah

Once a rebellious, attention-seeking, party girl looking for popularity. Now full of joy and secure in who I am by God’s unconditional love.

 

Who I was before Christ

Growing up I was always the loud, outgoing, talkative girl. I knew who God was from a young age, and my family attended church every Sunday. My family was the best, always loving and supportive.  I loved going to church to see all of my friends and to sing on the big stage. Church was a time for me to show off, and I never took that time seriously. As high school started I began seeking for ways to make myself happier. I jumped from friend groups, hiding behind my smile and spontaneous charisma. I wanted to make the most of every minute of high school. I threw myself into every activity I could and was constantly surrounded by friends. My parents moved cities my senior year of high school. This made it incredibly easy to sleep over at friends’ houses and party all night. I tried it all. Boys, drugs, partying and alcohol. I struggled knowing the difference between right and wrong. I didn’t like the girl I had become but this partying girl was more popular, and loved. Going into college I continued this destructive pattern. Most of my friends went to my same college, or a college close by, so we were able to all hang out and continue our partying ways.

 

What changed?

I was at a Frat party one night surrounded by loud music and people, but something was very wrong with me. I felt completely overwhelmed with loneliness and sadness. I walked home to my dorm by  myself, took out my bible, and began crying my eyes out to God. I knew the lifestyle I was living wasn’t what God wanted for my life. I wanted to feel purpose, love, and acceptance. That next morning I made a conscious decision to try and get involved in a church and to take my faith seriously for the first time in my life. I lost a lot of friends. It wasn’t easy but I found a church home that loved me for who I truly was. I had never seen people so genuinely nice and loving. I dove right into small groups, reading my bible and seeking God’s plan for my life. I still made mistakes. Some bigger than others but I knew this was what the rest of my life was going to be all about.

 

Who I am now

My heart has been completely transformed over these past four years. I have become confident in my faith, my God and have a true purpose. I have found a way to use the gifts God has given me to glorify Him and to love others the way Christ loves me. To not judge, or blame, but to accept everyone and show grace,  just like the grace God gave me. Some of the hardest trials have come over these past years: heartbreak, my parents divorcing, changing career paths, but through it all I have developed a deeper and deeper love and understanding of my God. I have never felt so much joy and I love being able to share that with everyone. To have an impact on this Earth, to be different and loving, to do something good and to never stop fighting to give my God a good name.

 
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