The reason that I can sit here and write this today is because of the Lord. I am a wife, a momma, a college graduate (twice), a “retired” teacher, a counselor, an advocate for teenagers, an adult, because of the Lord.
Before college, I had what a lady once described as a “vanilla” testimony. I had good parents, was raised in church, graduated HS with honors and a brand new car.
After becoming a Christian and being baptized at age 10, for the most part I tried. Not because I had to. Not because I was told to. But, because I loved the Lord. My childlike faith carried me far into my teen years. I always wanted to do right by Him.
Don’t get me wrong. I was NOT perfect. I had the common HS stumbles. And, I would get grounded occasionally. Usually for my smart mouth. But, I wouldn’t say I was a bad kid. My parents never had to threaten me with military school.
Eventually, I graduated HS and went to college. College away from home! I found myself out in this world without forced structure, or others making decisions for me, or curfews. I could do what I wanted, when I wanted. I’m free spirited by nature, and when I got to college… I WAS FREE!