Happy Tuesday! I’m back with another sweet story, one that is deep, thought provoking, and from the heart. Something I hope to express through this series is that not everyone’s faith is the same, and all are welcome here. Not everyone is going to fall under the same category or umbrella, and that’s ok. As mothers, I think it’s ok to stop and question things, and to pursue what truly makes us happy and feels right deep in our bones. This story is similar to that. A sweet friend of mine has been on a journey of re-discovering what her faith means to her through converting from Protestant to Catholicism, and I’m so thankful she took a few minutes to share her heart and experiences thus far.
Here is her story:
Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your job, your kids, the age of your kids – anything you’d like to share.
I’m a former elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom. I’ve been married for 8 years with a little boy (3) and a little girl (6 months). My husband and I are Tennessee natives who fell in love with Cincinnati, Ohio.
Tell us your story.
I can’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t know Jesus, but my faith has evolved as I’ve matured. After my husband and I had been married for a few years, we started asking some really hard and scary questions about our beliefs. We knew we were Protestant, but we wanted to know why we weren’t Catholic. When we weren’t able to dispute some of the biggest arguments and many of our prior understandings were wrong, we knew we had a big decision to make.
How did this experience rock your faith, or grow your faith?
Our Catholic conversion changed everything for us. We were stretched far outside of our comfort zone. We had to realize that our previous standards wouldn’t cut it anymore. We had to accept that our journey would require way more from us that we could have imagined. But that’s what God requires of us, isn’t it? His promises have been nothing but abundant since we’ve trusted Him and answered His call.
Were you a person of faith before this experience?
How did you move past this experience? What have you done to heal your heart or what did you do?
I think the answer is simple on this one. We didn’t do anything besides saying, “yes”. The Holy Spirit did the rest. This isn’t to say that our Catholic journey was easy or without heartache. Through endless grace we have felt God’s blessings and affirmations time and time again.
Another important thing to add is that with becoming Catholic, we partake in Church sacraments. When we are downtrodden and need someone to talk to, we can go to confession. We can experience Christ’s literal body and blood through the Eucharist. When life becomes unbearable, Christ meets us in the sacraments, every time.
Was there a song(s) that you found encouraging or symbolic during this time?
Really any Audrey Assad
Was there a certain scripture you found encouraging?
I think the verses that clearly answered my questions about the differences in Catholicism vs. Protestantism. John 6:51-55 where Jesus clearly explains that we are in fact eating his flesh during communion was a big one. 2 Thess. 2:15 was also a big verse that derailed the importance of Church Tradition, as well as scripture.
Overall, how do you feel like your faith has changed since this experience?
It’s grown exponentially. It’s pushed me and challenged me, but i’m so thankful I answered the call.
What would you tell someone going through something similar?
Pray. And read. And pray some more. God is calling you to be bold in your faith. Christians are not called to be comfortable, but you are not alone in this journey!
If you would like to submit a story to this series, you can do so anonymously HERE.