– Amber Valdez { Psalm 28:7 } –

My name is Amber. I’m 27 years old and I was born and raised in Texas.

While knowing I’ve always believed in Christ it was not until my mid 20’s that I actually accepted Him into my life.

Hitting rock bottom at a pretty young age. I was fighting addiction, I was fighting for a relationship I had no business being in, I had been arrested, just felt like there was no one on my side. Had totally pushed God out of my life. I began blaming my problems on Him saying, “if He loved me He wouldn’t be letting these things happen to me!”

It’s one thing to know God and one thing to truly accept Him into your life. One thing I’ve learned recently is that God doesn’t promise us an easy life, but we are promised that He will always walk along side of us.

After meeting my husband and having children I got my life together. Looking back now, I know that I couldn’t have done that on my own. At that point I really turned to God and The Bible. Still didn’t have a church that I felt like I could call my own. So, prayed hard about finding a church when we moved back to Texas. Then, randomly met a man named Jeff. My husband and I actually met him at our gym. Eventually he invited us to his church, where turns out he’s the preacher.

I’ll never forget the first day I attended the church, which was about a year ago. Truly feeling comfortable and I felt like I was where I was supposed to be. At the end of the service, he recited a prayer we could repeat to ourselves to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I had no doubt in my mind that I was ready to take that step!

At the end when he wanted all the people that prayed the prayer to look up at him I can remember feeling at peace in my heart.

I did so many things I wasn’t proud of and every day I remembered those things like I had done them just yesterday. Had constant anxiety and was depressed. But after that day, I truly felt a change in myself.

My relationship with my husband is the best it’s ever been. I’ve always known I was blessed with an amazing man, but once we allowed Christ to come into our marriage it truly flourished.

I see now that my life is nothing without Him. I’m here because He has a purpose for me. I could have easily killed myself in the process of hitting rock bottom but He had a plan for me. Now I have two beautiful children, a wonderful husband, I’m healthy and happier than ever.. And it’s all because of Him!

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