Life Change Stories are back!!!
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 that our lives are living letters written so that God might be glorified. People often write in to Elevation and share the work God is doing in their lives through our church. When I read these stories, I am reminded that we serve a powerful God who still works miracles in the lives of everyday people. These stories inspire me to keep giving, keep serving and continue praying for those who are far from God. I hope they will do the same for you.
If you have a story you would like to share, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s Ashley’s story…
I am 24 years old and began attending Elevation about 3 years ago. I jumped right into volunteering and in an eGroup and loved it! During my time at Elevation, I’ve had the opportunity to help launch a new campus, as well as see my parents stand to receive Christ at one of our Christmas worship experiences.
As probably every girl does, I’ve always prayed for my prince charming to come one day and sweep me off my feet. Earlier this year, I thought mine had finally come. But it wasn’t long until I found myself being influenced by him and giving in to do the things I knew were wrong. I fell hard. I started missing church, not showing up for my volunteer responsibilities, and telling lies to others as to why I wasn’t coming. My team leader and team called me a dozen times but I never answered.
Long story made short, within a few months our relationship spiraled down to his unfaithfulness, broken promises, anger, control, and almost physical abuse toward me. I had no idea what to do, so I went back to the place where I had felt at home – Elevation. I was so nervous for the questions I might be asked.
But something very different happened. I pulled into the parking lot, the first volunteer waves at me, and I lost it. I began balling. It was just really nice to see a genuine smile. As I walked through the wall of greeters, I was hugged by so many. I listed to the Yes God message and knew exactly what God was telling me. I know I’m a hurting girl. Devastated, embarrassed and scarred, but believing that God still loves me. I realized I can’t be that girl who lets what happened define me negatively. I am more than a conqueror. So thank you Pastor Steven for bringing the truth. I may not be healed completely, but I know my God is the ultimate healer, and I know there is now no condemnation for those in Christ.