I was blessed to grow up in a God-fearing home, with parents who loved and served the Lord and taught me, by example, how to do the same. I asked Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of my life at just four years old… and I still remember everything about sitting in that big recliner, genuinely wanting to be as close to God as I could and asking my mom how. I believe it created a covering for me that allowed me to miss so much of the world's junk as I grew up.
Since that initial redemption, Jesus has been redeeming my life in tons of "small" ways ever since. I could tell you literally countless stories of times of financial provision, healing, open doors in areas that could have only been opened by Him. He has proven Himself and His love to me time and time again. I love that God didn't just buy me and then put me away to fend for myself through the trials of life. He has continued to pursue me and gently guided and picked me back up as I have gotten off path or fallen down.
Undeserving in every way, Jesus still chose me. So, until I have no more breaths in this life, I will choose Him.
A little over five years ago I was given the opportunity to come on board at Shields of Strength. I can confidently say it was one of the greatest blessings in my life to date. Being surrounded by these champions of the faith that are my boss and coworkers has pushed me to love deeper, speak slower, and have more grace.
As “cliche Christian” as it might sound, Philippines 4:13 was one of the first scriptures I memorized and began actively applying to my life. Growing up competing in gymnastics, then moving onto sports within school, college, relationships, etc. — it's validity only grew stronger. I don't have to read it off of my weight plate. I know these words by heart, but when I feel or see my necklace it draws that truth up in my spirit again. Undeserving in every way, Jesus still chose me. So until I have no more breaths in this life, I will choose Him.