What My Faith Means To Me

This is the first time I've posted for a long while and I apologize for this but I never really had anything to write about and I didn't want to force a post out of myself, but hopefully, after exams, my brain will have a little more space for post ideas *fingers crossed*
This is also the first time I have ever talked about my faith and religion and I suppose the main reason for this is because I didn't feel confident with it being known and still kind of don't because the only time I honestly feel comfortable talking about it is when it's to my longest standing friend.
However, I've kind of hit that point in my faith where I'm confident enough to not care if someone judges me if they know I am a Christian and I feel like I need to open up about it on this blog so that whoever reads this post, and my future blog posts, knows exactly who it is writing them and then if they decide that they don't like me, in the nicest way, that's their problem and I'm honestly better off without people who don't like me for who I am not being in my life.
So with this little rant/side note aside I will resume my actual post.

My faith has given me a huge lift in my life when bad things have happened and also when it has enabled me to aid someone else and has also given me the confidence and self-love that means I can write and publish this post without a care in the world. It has also given me the confidence to deliver my testimony (my journey in faith so far in my life) to the congregation at my church and also at a youth club my church runs every week.
I go to church every Sunday morning with my mum, brothers, sister, and my friend often comes as well and this has become a very routine part of my family's week and we very rarely miss a week (and it is quite helpful that the church we go to is across the road from our house) and I also sing in the 'choir' at my church 2-3 times a month.
On Easter Eve I was confirmed with about 30 others at Ripon Cathedral and although you may not think it, it has actually done a lot for my faith and love of it because I am now an official adult member of the Church.
For my confirmation, I was gifted my Bible in the message translation (the simpler, 'dumbed-down' version) and have riddled it with sticky notes and highlighting to make finding the verse(s) that mean the most to me easier. My parents gifted me a cross necklace which is a twist on a Celtic knot shaped into the cross, which I thought was beautiful and also very appropriate due to it being symbolic of my Celtic roots after being brought up in Scotland for a while and also my current status as a Christian.
I like to think of the people at my church as my family because there are a lot of people there who are most amazing friends and have supported me and my family through all sorts! Each week when we go, my sister is always running at about 5-10 people for a cuddle and whenever she is not sat with us during the service, or not with us at the end of it, we don't worry because we know that she will be with people who love and care for her and so as safe as she is when with us.
A few years ago my church did a trip to soul survivor and it was the best experience I've ever had because when you go there are 1000 other Christians, so you never feel out of place, and the first time I went is the time I will never forget, not because it was my first time, but because I witnessed someone wheelchair bound stand up and not only walk but run down the aisles where we were sat.

I would apologise right about now if this post is the kind of thing that you don't really like reading, etc. but as I said at the start of it, this is me, and you don't have to read this blog or this post. If you have read this post and have decided to discontinue following my blog, that is fine, I don't mind, because everyone is entitled to their own belief and opinion.
However, if after reading this post, you have any questions you would like to ask me, feel free to message me on my Twitter, Instagram or Facebook profiles, or by email, all of which can be found on the sidebar found at the top of the page.
Hope you have all had a great start to your half term, and to those doing GCSEs, good luck! Xx


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