Okay. How about a little background? I’m the youngest of 4 girls who grew up in a christian home. I spent the first few years of my life in a catholic church where all I can really remember is playing cards with sister #3 in the pews, fooling around with the little “kneelers” (is that what they are called? ) while the priest spoke and joining the folk group only to lay across the chairs during my first time singing because I was “tired” or didn’t “feel like singing anymore”. Wow. Now I can TOTALLY see where my kids get it from!!! #payback
When I was 5 my parents, who had gotten “saved” when is was 2 felt like they needed more so we started going to a born again church. I grew up in that one church until I got married and moved up to the Hudson Valley with my new husband back in 2002.
I believe that I had a relationship with Jesus early on but it wasn’t until I was in 7th grade that I really had an encounter with God. It was during Spiritual Emphasis week at school (I went to Smithtown Christian School from grades 5-12) and a revival broke out. It was during those chapel services that I first raised my hands in worship and didn’t care who was watching. Chapel was supposed to be just during first and second period I think but one day it went all the way through 5th period with worship, testimonies, repentance,etc. It was pretty amazing and my life has never been the same since. Don’t get me wrong, it has not been perfect without trials and struggles but it was definitely a defining moment in my relationship with Jesus.
Stay tuned for Part 2………….