Hi all! I’m Madi, and I have been attending LifeSpring since I was 5 years old.
I’m currently 20, and in the last 15 years, our church community has continuously wrapped their arms around me. When I was in middle school, I went through a dark season of depression where I lost any relationship with God that I had formed. I still attended Sunday School and Youth Group... not to learn in community about God’s love and to build a relationship with Him, I just wanted to hang out with the friends. In this time, I made friends and even lost some – and bluntly put I did a lot of things that set me back physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Through this time, I really didn’t care about much, but my friends and mentors saw my potential; they continued to walk alongside me and brought me closer to Christ. I started volunteering in Sunday School, and I was in such nostalgia: learning the same stories about God’s love that I had learned in that very same classroom as a child, and I started to re-build my relationship with God.
Since finding my place with God, I have still faced many trials and difficulties– because I’m human! My senior year of high school I got pregnant, and my relationship with Jesus was struggling. At times I felt so far from grace, but through everything – my pregnancy and its complications, and becoming a single, teen mom – LifeSpring has always been my safe haven. Our church community has continuously poured out their love and support for me and my daughter, and we have been wrapped in your arms through it all.
A message that I learned in high school will always stick with me, and I think that it is essential to understanding God’s love and what I have felt through LifeSpring’s unending support:
There is nothing you can ever say or do to make God love you any more or any less,
and that’s what getting the gold medal in grace feels like.