Today I wanted to share a bit about my story and how I came to know God!
I grew up in a non Christian family, and lived overseas meaning there wasn't a huge Christian community near me, and also my school's weren't allowed to do religious education, so I knew next to nothing about God or Christianity.
From when I was around 12 I suffered terribly from mental illness. I started self harming, I didn't feel any emotions at all, and at 15 I developed an eating disorders which lead to me being hospitalised at 18. I didn't fully realise at the time as I was so I'll but I nearly died, and would have if I hadn't realised how much I wanted to live while in hospital.
So I finished a levels on being discharged and went to Birmingham uni, which I hadn't really visited before and didn't know anything about but I fell in love on the offer holders day and had an unconditional offer whichh seemed great. But despite being discharged from hospital I still struggled.
I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful friend who happened to be Christian who I confided in a lot, and he always told me he was praying for me. One night, when things got really bad he came to my flat to help me and got rid of my razors, then handed me a Bible and said he thought I might like to read it .
I was unsure and intimidated at first as I'd never read it and knew very little. but I started reading and finding I had questions, which I kept asking him, and somewhere along the way k realised I believed in what I was reading. I started going to church, was baptised by two of my friends in a bath (that's another story) and later moved to my current church where I am part of a life group, have started serving at church and am doing a summer internship which was taught me SO MUCH!
i still have some struggles with my mental health but since I've known God and had His word to fall back on and a community of loving believers it has gotten so much easier.
I could have never predicted that i'd be here making this post, I thought I wasn't going to live to 20 at one point, but that's the beauty of God. He works in the most amazing ways and can completely transform people. I know that he has changed me lots!