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3 Major Changes in my Life After Following Christ

Good morning! β˜€οΈ β˜• Today, I am inspired to share with you 3 ways in which following Christ has changed my life. It’s been only one year since I made the big change.

For 14 years, I was in the new age, but eventually I felt unfulfilled. One day, after a very honest prayer for guidance, I got the nudging in my heart to read the Bible. So, I did. That was April 22, 2018 ~ and my life has not been the same since! πŸ’“

But, what exactly has changed? Well, I was born-again, so everything! 😝

Here are the 3 most impactful changes since following Jesus Christ!

1. I feel so loved!

My biological father abandoned me at birth (I never met him). I was kicked out of the house at age 16. In high school, my crush told me that he couldn’t date me because I was too ugly– and he was afraid his parents would make fun of him for that! Yikes!

Okay, that last one was a bit funny, albeit painful. But I have a long history of feeling rejected. Because my parents were so quick to get rid of me, abandonment became a big theme in my life. Any form of rejection cut deep, and I took it quite personally.

Once I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, things began to change. It’s like… I suddenly wasn’t worried about who liked me or who didn’t like me. I suddenly wasn’t so hurt about my parents.

Though my father and mother
forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.
Psalm 27:10 NIV

And receive me He did! With open arms! Through reading the Bible, I began to feel my heart changing. Yes, I want people to like me. Yes, I want people to love me. Relationships are important in life! But I no longer crave acceptance.

I no longer grasp tightly with both hands the friendships and relationships in my life. Everything is so stress-free, because I’ve learned to put all my trust in Christ. Because I feel so loved by Him!

2. I am at peace

Nobody told me that after years in the new age, I would feel exhausted and stressed-out, what with all the spell-making (to try to get what I wanted), divination (to try to predict life), and inner work (to try to fix what was deemed flawed). Ugh πŸ˜“ I don’t know how I had time for anything else.

As I read the entire story of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, I began to feel trust in the Lord. If His will be done, then I could set down all these tools that I used to try to control every aspect of my life. Phew! What a relief!

And then there’s the peace that I really cannot explain. The peace that I cannot pin-point where it came from, or exactly how it happened. The peace that I feel may need a new word, because just peace doesn’t do it justice. It’s a peace I’ve never felt before– until now.

3. I feel a sense of security

I have never been comfortable with the thought that if you do XYZ spiritually, you’ll be set free from adversity. Like, if you just pray hard enough, or do enough rituals, your life will be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. I could never vocalize why wanting a perfect life seemed unreal to me, but I’ve figured out why.

Because it’s impossible. We live in a sinful, imperfect world, where bad things do happen to good people. If it were any different, it would be paradise.

Okay, so how does knowing this bring me a sense of security. Shouldn’t it be the opposite?? Well, the Bible tells us that God can work things out for good.

And we know that in all things
God works for the good
of those who love him,
who have been called
according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 NIV

But I don’t have to just read it, I’ve lived it. Throughout my 20’s, I suffered with alcoholism. I made the terrible choice to keep drinking, and my life fell apart. I actually almost lost my life. But God has found a way to make good out of that!

Not only did I overcome my addiction, feeling trust in God and a renewed sense of willpower, but I also have shared my story. I had a Facebook page for quite a while that helped many people, and when I couldn’t keep up with social media, I wrote a book about my experience (Living Free of Alcohol).

We unfortunately cannot avoid adversity, but through reading the Bible and following Christ, I have found a way to feel secure, even in a highly insecure world.

These are only 3 of the most impactful changes in my life after following Christ, but really, there’s been many. I can honestly say that I’ve never been happier in my life!

Feel free to share any changes the Lord has made in your life, I’d love to read them!

Take care and God bless,

Yari 🧑

4 thoughts on “3 Major Changes in my Life After Following Christ

  1. Thank you for sharing your testimony! I lost my parents before I was 20 and they were the only people I knew at the time. I too have been through many addictions. I was always overlooked, ignored and never anyone’s first choice. These things always took a toll on me. So I kind of understand where you’re coming from!

    And if I may respectfully say, there’s nothing ugly about you!

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