Getting to Know God

When I first met my husband almost 2 years ago, I was not a Christian. I did not grow up going to church and I knew pretty much nothing about Christianity or religion.
In fact, my parents were pretty actively skeptical of Christians. I grew up believing a lot of the negative stereotypes about Christians and I thought that those things represented who God is.
From the beginning my husband showed me how important his faith is to him. He moved to NC to help plant the church that we attend and is very involved in the church community. As we grew in our relationship I began going to church and small group with him and hanging out with his group of friends.
At first I was really skeptical of what was being preached and taught and didn't really like it. I didn’t understand how denying the flesh and obeying the law could be freedom.
My husband and our friends at Redemption Hill Church were so patient and understanding with me and were always willing to answer my questions and show me who God really is. Often after church my husband and I would have long discussions about the sermons and he would always make sure to take me directly to God's word and let Him answer my questions and debunk my worldly views.
My husband and our church community were so kind and displayed to me the love of God and who He really is and who He really wants his people to be. The more that I heard directly from God's word and felt the love and acceptance of His people, He revealed who He is to me and what it means to live in His love and His freedom.

I’ve been through a lot in my life. My parents have both been divorced multiple times and my family life was not always stable or positive. I struggled to feel like I was good enough in most areas of my life and I often felt isolated and lonely. I was lost. I struggled with anxiety and depression for a long time and still do, and when I met my husband I was at a really low place in my life.
Now that I know God I understand why I was so unhappy. I understand that I was searching for something that I could only find in Jesus. I truly believe that God put me through all of those things and took so many people out of my life to point me to him. To show me that the things of this world, my accomplishments and my relationships, especially those not centered around Jesus, would always let me down.
True joy and peace and purpose and identity is found in him and I am so thankful that God revealed that to me through my husband. Just in the past year I was baptized and my husband and I both got engaged and married.
The things that God has done in my life, even in such a short period of time are truly amazing, and he is already using me in such incredible ways to reveal His gospel.
Sierra Kohler - CTC Friend





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