Stephanie Hartsell

Posted by Stephanie Hartsell

We cannot always control what happens to us in our lives, especially when we are children. Unfortunately sometimes the things that happen to us as children wind up defining the rest of our lives. Sometimes people give up and give in to the lie that because of the things that happened or were done to us, we can never be whole.

We say, "I'm like this because of ______.
I can't change because of ______ that happened to me."
You fill in the blanks.

For most of my teens and early 20's I believed this lie. Satan wanted me to believe my legacy was one of addiction, depression, anger, mental instability. It was not until I came to SMBC that I heard for the first time, that this was truly a lie. God sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sins and to make a way for me to have a relationship with Him. Through this relationship with God, He gave me a new legacy. I became a new creation in Christ. My new legacy is freedom, peace, joy and grace.

Learning that God wanted to be in a relationship me, a daily growing relationship completely revolutionized my life. I found purpose and meaning to my life. Life has not been easy since I made the decision 23 years ago to become a fully devoted follower of Christ. However, it has become peace filled. I have joy in my circumstances and knowing God has a plan and a purpose for my life keeps me going and reaching for Him.