From Brokenness to Wholeness
I am a physician, wife, and mother of four. Currently, I live in Tampa, Florida, but will be moving to Gillette, Wyoming, in October 2022. My story is one of brokenness, abuse, poor choices, failed marriages, and alcohol and drug abuse. My whole life I searched for that special “something” to fill the void in my heart. It was only later in life that I learned that the Lord was with me just waiting for me to invite Him into my heart and fill that void.
Introduction to the Christian Faith
Born to teenage parents who were only married a few years, the Lord was introduced to me at a young age by my grandmother. She was a devout Christian who dedicated her life to serving the Lord. I attended church regularly as a child. However, it was just what we did on Sundays and holidays. There was no discussion in my family about biblical teachings.
At 10, I remember one day going to Sunday school and receiving a pamphlet. In the pamphlet was the Sinner’s Prayer. When I was alone in my bedroom later, I got on my knees and asked the Lord into my heart. However, I did not understand fully what it really meant. As I got older, church attendance became less and less. It was not a focal point in my life and would not be for many years.
Coming Back to Jesus
Flash forward to Covid. By this time, my life had been full of poor choices, multiple failed marriages, abuse, alcohol addiction, and multiple psychiatric hospitalizations and rehab. I had experienced the death of multiple family members in a short period and the stress of being a frontline hospital worker during Covid. Broken with had a huge void in my life that I had tried to fill with anything and everything, but nothing satisfied my hunger for wholeness.
It was not until I surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ that my life changed. I am thankful for being introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous. The spiritual programs at AA led me back to the faith that I knew as a child. It wasn’t an instantaneous come to Jesus moment but was a progressive journey of coming closer to Jesus. Since coming into recovery, I went back to church, got baptized, and dedicated my life daily to studying God’s Word and applying those teachings to my life.
Unfortunately, I didn’t expose my children to my faith as they grew up. So, now, they reject my faith. I started studying Apologetics in the hope to be armed with the necessary information to be able to defend my faith to my children. During my studies, I came across the CLI website.
Further Study in Biblical Doctrine at CLI
I enrolled in classes at CLI to further my study of Biblical doctrine. My ministry interests include starting a healthcare ministry to provide free healthcare through a community clinic as well as working with others in early recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. However, I want to follow the Lord wherever He leads me. Taking courses through CLI will give me a solid foundation in biblical studies and the training to be a successful Christian leader not only in my own home but in my local community.
Steps to Sign Up At Christian Leaders Institute
Step 1 – Register for a free study account that automatically enrolls you in the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course Parts 1 &2.
After you register, you will automatically be enrolled in the “getting started” course. You will locate the course at your “home” button when logged in. Scroll down to find the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course Part 1 &2 Link. Click the link and open the course.
Step 2 – Complete Part 1 of this course. Then you can enroll in mini-courses or regular courses.
The Christian Leaders Getting Started Class Part 1 shows you how to enroll in courses and mini-courses. Part 2 of the course connects your calling into ministry with programs offered through Christian Leaders Institute. Part 2 will offer some ministry training and introduce you to the other programs offered through Christian Leaders Institute.