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About ChristianCarlyBlog.com

Thank you for stopping by! I am passionate about helping others to live in the love of Jesus and the truth of God’s Word.

Follow me on Instagram @gracelifefitness

I have recently started my own business as a Christian fitness mentor. I used to struggle with my weight, body image, and binge eating. Now that God has helped me be grateful for my health, I aim to inspire women that our value is not in a number on the scale, but in God’s love!

My business is online, so can help clients from everywhere! My husband Elijah and I sold our house, resigned from our corporate jobs, and moved into a used RV. We are traveling through America in search of a small town where we can put down roots and adopt foster children.

I am also a writer for Story Terrace, where I write personal biographies and life stories.

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About Me

“Adopt foster children.” That was God’s clear command to my husband Elijah and me. We are now obeying this command with willing hearts. But I haven’t always been obedient to God.

Separation

I attended church physically, but my mind was elsewhere. I was self-centered and quick to judge. I had friends for short amounts of time, but then lost them all due to petty fights and my selfish ways. I was outspoken in mocking Christians.

My little sister Katherine and her boyfriend Robert with us in Charleston in 2018.

My little sister Katherine and her boyfriend Robert with us in Charleston in 2018.

Orchestration

In 2005, I was tuning the dials of my radio and landed upon a Christian radio station. The messages of joy and inspiration that I heard in the beautiful melodies drew me closer to God, though I didn't know it. I still claimed I wanted nothing to do with Jesus, and I still scorned Christians, but I continued to listen to Christian songs.

My little sister Katherine and me in Napa.

My little sister Katherine and me in Napa.

In 2015, I found myself walking through the doors of Woodbridge Community Church in Irvine. I still didn’t believe in Jesus, nor did I want to, but I kept attending services because of the lovely music that subconsciously drew me closer to God. Pastor Frank and Pastor Vince delivered messages of hope based on Biblical teachings. The verses, music, and sermons began to change my heart and bring me closer to God.

Revelation

During one sermon in June of 2016, Pastor Frank placed his hands on the tall wooden cross set up next to him on the platform. An overhead spotlight lit up, illuminating the cross, the symbol of Jesus’s sacrifice and love for us. At that moment, a light came on in my heart as well. I surrendered. I dedicated the rest of my life to being closer to God.

Transformation

Wedding day smiles in 2008

Wedding day smiles in 2008

The peace of Christ has changed my life. Through studies and fellowship with other Christians, I have grown closer to God and am now surrounded by a community who cares for me. I was formerly angry about the past, but now since learning about forgiveness, I try to look on others with mercy. Although I used to be quick to take out my frequent anger on Elijah, I now strive to model Christ’s grace with my every breath.

Dedication

Though I abandoned God for 20 years, He pursued me through the words of the pastors and through other Christians I met. I have dedicated the rest of my life to bring others closer to God. He has given me a passion for writing and the chance to write full-time. This blog is a love letter that will express my heart for Him.

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

-Psalm 139:16

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