Audrey’s Story

Audrey’s Story

Grace is my home for about 20 years. This building and the people in it have seen my worst, best and everything in between. This is the place where I first started to fall in love with Jesus, where I first learned/experienced the truth and reality of the gospel, and it has been a safe haven in times of both chaos and peace. About two and a half years ago, God blessed me with the realization of two things that have changed the way I walk in faith.

One, I realized that honesty precedes healing. I had buried my struggles and brokenness so deeply that I had genuinely convinced myself I was fine. Once I started being honest with my family, friends, and myself, the Lord provided faithful and abundant healing.

Two, I realized the people around me were just as broken as me. I was in the habit of letting other people’s choices dictate my emotional well-being. But, Jesus is the only one who can truly fulfill those deep-soul desires for belongingness, validation, and unconditional love. It was a slow process, but each week, each day, and each hour I began choosing to find my affirmation in Christ rather than the ever-changing opinions of others.

So now, I’m learning about extending grace and pursuing reconciliation. My selfish heart shouts a thousand reasons why the people around me don’t deserve it – but Holy Spirit whispers a sobering reminder that neither did I.

— Audrey Simmons, Baptized June 2019

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