My name is Stephanie. I am a 27-year-old follower of Jesus, with a past that has been redeemed, a testimony to share, revelations to explore, and a burn in my finger tips to write.
Here is a bit of my story.
My past is riddled with struggle and bad decisions. Ones that have brought me through many journeys of healing with the Lord, many journeys of grace with my husband, and many journeys of forgiveness with myself. I struggled with my self-worth, my identity, dating, purity, alcohol, and marijuana, and more.
I became pregnant out of wedlock at age 19. Little did I know, my daughter was my angel. She opened my eyes to the ugliness and dangers of this world while simultaneously showing me the beauty of life, selflessness, motherhood, and most importantly, that there is hope and redemption in Jesus. It’s because of her that I found the desire to eliminate drinking and drug use. It’s because of her that I sought out Jesus for help and wisdom on how to do something I hadn’t prepared for at all. And boy did He answer.
I started this blog a few years ago as a single mother, who had just entered into the realm of dating as a follower of Jesus – a whole different beast when looking at it through God’s eyes and through the lens of the big gaping wounds and confusion I’d collected from trying to do it my own way for so long. God called me for months to write – telling me to share my experiences, all He had taught me, and to share the beauty and empowerment in the Word. Fear of failure kept me at a distance until I finally obeyed and submitted my journey to the Lord. He can now use my past for His glory because I have chosen to let Him. I’ve chosen to step out of the boat.
This is God turning my ugly past into something beautiful.
I am overjoyed and so humbled by the comments and e-mails. They are proof that my past will not be in vain and that I am on a mission God has made for me.
I got married on June 8th, 2014 to an absolutely amazing man of character and of God. He has taught me so much and has shown me how a woman should be loved and treated. I can truthfully say that good men are out there, that they are more than worth the wait, and that you will never regret giving your dating life, your purity, your time, or your attention to the Lord while you navigate through the single life. Never.
Now, as a married woman, I hope to explore all that God has for within marriage as well – sex and intimacy, respect, pride, the role of a wife, what it means to be submissive, battling the enemy, blended family life, you name it. Marriage is the most sacred relationship we can have on earth apart from the one we have with Jesus, so it is not for sissies. I’m amazed at the growth I’ve experienced over the last year and the passion God has put in my heart to prepare young women hoping to marry one day.
“What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” – Matthew 10:27
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