Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2 NLT
Scary topic to write about because there are so many opinions! I am only coming from a place of sharing my journey. I am not looking to push my beliefs onto anyone. This is a post about discovery, and my path into faith.
I grew up Catholic. We regularly attended church up until about my first communion. I am sure there were some more visits after this, but the regularity stopped. My parents got divorced and somehow it seemed like a negative place to go, rather than positive. I can't really explain how I felt about God growing up. I don't think I really ever understood it. I was a kid, repeating prayers - but not grasping much of what faith meant. Ingesting opinions, and repeating them out as my own.
As the teenage years approached, let's just say church was not even on the radar. I grew further away from any relationship with God, I questioned that there even was one. This continued through most of my early twenties. In my later twenties, I started to believe a bit in serendipity and coincidence.
I am here today as a twenty nine year old adult woman who has made her own actual choice about religion and faith. One that is not based on anyone else, just my relationship with God.
No matter what you believe, more than likely you believe something put us here. I choose to use the term God, and sometimes the word Universe. I believe in a higher power. I look up at the clouds some days and can't believe their beauty! I think to myself at times, this world is just spinning around in outer-space and it doesn't just fall into the black abyss!
I changed. It's that simple. I changed my thoughts. I looked at what my life was like without faith. It was not what I wanted, that was for sure! After dabbling a bit here and there, I left a Business conference this April, and decided that was it. I was going to find a church for me.
I attended a larger church than I had ever experienced growing up. I take that back - a more welcoming church! I actually think it may be around the same size. The energy was different, there was live music, and smiling faces! There wasn't kneeling and sitting, and talk about sin. The talk about sin was - we all do it!
If you grew up in a church that did not speak true to you, I really encourage you to give somewhere else a chance. It can truly only improve your life, or you can just not go back!
I have found an amazing local church, and they have on demand online messages! There is never really an excuse to not tune into your spiritual side anymore. I have not gone to church every week on Sunday mornings. The beauty of church online is, I literally went today because I felt a pull that I needed it.
My life has only improved as I learn and grow more into my faith. I feel guided. I feel as though I was blessed with strengths to share in this world! I have seen signs, felt blessings, connected with others, and the way I think is more peaceful. Like many things in life, when you let go of your limiting self sabotaging beliefs - you find faith, courage and strength.
There isn't room in your mind for both worry and faith! You must decide which one will live there. The moment you accept that life is always happening for you, not to you, is a moment of grace.
If you would like to check out online church I have shared the link below or it is also under my tab "Life Change." Thank you so much for reading along my journey! It is truly appreciated and I would love to hear your story of faith!
Kaitlyn Elizabeth McCann
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