Today we have the beautiful Erin, from Captivated By Grace, here to write to us about her journey to God. Not only is Erin the sweetest girl you will ever meet, she finds a way to inspire me and so many other women with her words weekly. Just read her post and you will understand what I mean!
Hello to all of Momma's Me Time readers!
My name is Erin and I blog over at Captivated By Grace
Lisa is one of the sweetest ladies I have met since I began blogging just 6 months ago.
She is such a wonderful wife, mother, and friend!
I am so happy that she asked me to share with you lovely ladies today :)
If you are familiar with my blog, you know that I often talk about my faith and what I am learning as a Christian each new day I am blessed to be here. From the time I was a young girl, I knew God and have always believed in Him. As I grew up, although that did not change, I felt myself beginning to move further and further away from God. I did not care much about going to church, rarely took the time to pause and pray, and I began to turn into the worst version of myself. At the time, I could not even see it. I was blind to the mistakes I was making. I was in pain and I didn't even realize it. My world came crashing down around me time and time again, and I endured the pain and trials alone. God was of course there, but I did not put my trust in Him to help me through it. I was only focused on me.
God placed a wonderful support system of friends that have amazingly strong faiths in Christ into my life. Their influences were the stepping stone I needed to realize the mistakes I was making, the pain that I was living in. This began to change me (not quickly by any means) and each day I began to see things more clearly and started to understand the changes I needed to start making. I needed to change my values, my morals. I needed to work on my relationship with God and with the people in my life. I needed to talk to God, to ask Him to be in my heart, and to trust everything with Him. I needed to focus on what God wants for my life instead of what I wanted for my life.
I began going to church again on a regular basis, and I began to trust God more with my life. I am so blessed to be surrounded by wonderful friends that I can share my faith with. This past May, our little group experienced the loss of an amazing friend, husband, and son. This turned my world upside down. Through this tragedy, came a lot of pain, a lot of questioning, a lot of anger....but through these moments, I learned what my life was missing.
I remember one night specifically. I was driving home from a very long day and I just began to cry. I was in such pain. The tears were uncontrollable and the fears were overwhelming. Right then and there, I knew that I could not keep doing my life alone. I could not carry myself. I asked God to help me, to take over my heart, and to work in my life. He was already there and always had been, but I was just not willing to listen. I was so broken, so confused, and always feeling like life never made sense. I spent the rest of that car night catching up with God, asking Him to fill my heart with Him and His love. I asked God to work in me and through me. I knew I needed to do more.
I knew that there had to be other women out there who were going through the same life struggles and had similar problems with faith and trust. I have always enjoyed writing and I kept a private blog that I would occasionally write in as a form of devotion and reflection. I knew that I needed to share my thoughts with others. God placed this on my heart and I decided to make my blog open to those who may find encouragement and love from what I have learned and what I am continuing to learn each new day I am here. I in no way, have it all together. I am imperfect and I struggle each and every day with the trials and temptations of this life, but God is at constant work in my heart. He is filling me with the words that I hope will reach out and encourage someone. I want to help be the change I hope to see in this world. God has helped me. I want to help others.
He has captivated me with His grace
and I want to share it with all of you!
Let us be the change.
Thank you Lisa for letting me share my heart today!
If you are in need of prayer or would just like to talk about what's going on in your life, you can email me at email@example.com
Have a blessed day sweet friends!
Thank you for sharing Erin! If you aren't already a follower of Erin's blog, I urge you to go over and check out it out now! We swapped blogs this week so you can also go check out the post I wrote here.
Have a great weekend :)