Lori's Story

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I grew up as a pretty good kid. I was introduced to Jesus as a child, but I really didn’t know much about Him. I didn’t understand a relationship with Him. I just knew, “Hey, it’s Jesus.”

During middle school and high school, my life got rocky. As a teenager, I was a pretty big girl. I got teased a lot, as kids were pretty rough on me. My classmates, and even some teachers, would laugh at me, and call me all sorts of names to the point that I started to believe them. I was extremely hurt, and my self-esteem was extremely low.

In high school, I so wanted to be a part of the “in” crowd, to be popular. I would do anything for these people. I thought if I could please the right people, I would be liked and accepted. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out, and my actions made my self-confidence go lower and lower. Instead of feeling better about myself, I felt even worse. I knew I was pretending to be a happy person with my friends while inside I was dying.

I finally got to the point where I would look in the mirror every day and I’d think, “Who is this person? She’s so ugly!”

Eventually, I told myself, “I give up.” I fell down on my knees in my room, and I gave my heart to God. I didn’t want to deal with the pain anymore. I didn’t want to feel this hurt. So when I gave my heart to Jesus, that’s when my life completely changed.

Jesus renewed my self-esteem. In Him, I found a true happiness, where I don’t have to pretend I’m happy.

I don’t have to pretend anything anymore, because God changed my heart.

He changed that hurt into love. He changed everything into love, and that’s how much Jesus changed me. I don’t have to do anything to please people, because everyone is happy for who I am. He came into my life and He saved me. And He just wiped everything clean. He changed me so much, and He brought so much joy in my life.