Hey ya’ll. My name is Maddie. I just thought I should have my testimony available for ya’ll so here it is!
I was raised in a Presbyterian church from birth to around age 10. Our church basically started to fall apart at that point, so we left at the same time that we moved to the next city over. Just after the move, my brother and role model ran away. As a young kid this effected me but not in the way it hit me my Sophomore year of high school. At this time I got involved with the wrong crowd, half of which are currently behind bars. I was starting my spiritual downfall. Junior year I hit rock bottom. I began calling myself an atheist. My reasoning was that because God was not giving me a perfect life so why should I worship him? I began battling with alcohol around the age of 16, and lowered my morals as far as purity. I figured if my own family member rejected me then what else did I have to live for? In December of 2010, a classmate and friend committed suicide. I had had thoughts of suicide before, but after feeling this hurt from losing Connor I realized my life needed to turn around. I attended Kanakuk Kamps summer 2011 and there I fully accepted Christ back into my heart. God saved me from myself and I truly don’t know what I would do without Him in my life. Then, my senior year of high school my world spun out of control again. My parents announced their divorce and I was already going through a big change with college. I learned in all of the transitioning that God has a plan. And at that point I truly learned what it means to lean on God for everything.
My religion is the biggest blessing in my life. I am blessed to be loved by Jesus Christ despite my sins and my downfalls.