Claire S.

Claire S.

from KS
Story #565
I’ve grown up in a pretty Christian household. My mom and dad got married out of college and I was born soon after. Life didn’t start off too well though. After my brother was born my dad and mom split and got back together multiple times when I was young all the way until I was 7 when they got divorced. My mom brother and I moved to Kansas and went to my grandparents church. I would always follow the moves of church and thought I could call myself a Christian. In 4th grade I started going to a different church and I loved it there. I got baptized the beginning of 5/6th grade. The reason we started going to this different church is that my mom had found another husband. I love him so much and he is the father that I almost don’t have anymore. He’s a very strong Christian and he is one of the biggest reason I started getting closer to God. I was bullied a lot through elementary school trying to stay close to God and balling all feelings up inside me. In time I was thrust into how evil the world is actually dealing with worldly people and very worldly guys in 6th and 7th grade. I stayed with God learning lessons about the world along the way until in December 2016 my mom lost a child to miscarriage. I was heartbroken wondering why God would do this to me finally telling myself there must be a reason that I don’t need to know about. I fell into stages of depression that I hid from others under my very happy bubbly nature. Summer of 2017 my step sister decided to leave us to go live with her very worldly mom. It was another hit to the chest, another couple weeks of me questioning why God would let these things happen. It was then I started falling into looking and listening to not the best things online. Again in the beginning of 2018 my mom lost another child to a miscarriage and I didn’t cry anymore. Silent tears dripped down my face as I kept all the emotion inside. I didn’t tell my parents about my “Online Entertainment” problem thinking I could fix it myself or even fix it with the help of God. All this emotion and pain balled up inside me I decided to go to CIY MOVE. I cried so much every day of that week and day by day let the emotion out. By Sunday morning I felt new and the friends I made at CIY stayed my friends and didn’t leave me after the Christian Energy High was over. I feel closer to God then ever before after I confessed my sins. I took the shackles off my hands and I’m starting to move before they can be put on my feet.

I hope you enjoyed my story and one preacher/teacher that I really would recommend is Bob Wittie. You can look up CIY MOVE Sermons on YouTube.
Thanks Guys. - Claire