Amanda's Story

Amanda discovered there’s more to life than a tick-box approach when a friend from work invited her on the Alpha Course

Amanda discovered there’s more to life than a tick-box approach when a friend from work invited her on the Alpha Course

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I thought I could solve everything myself.
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If I ticked all the boxes,
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if I did everything that I was supposed to do.
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My name is Amanda, and this is my story.
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I married young.
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I separated when I was young as well.
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I was a single parent.
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And I spent a lot of my time
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being very focused on what I needed to do.
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Because I'd had a very controlled life
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prior to being a Christian,
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I think this eventually takes its toll on you.
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My health deteriorated
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and I needed a lot of professional support.
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And at that time, I just started to have a sense
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that there was something bigger.
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Life isn't about the tick-box approach.
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Some people may say it was a breakdown.
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I call it my awakening.
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I worked for an organisation 10 years ago
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and had a very good friend there
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who shared her faith with me.
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It wasn't what she was saying.
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It was how she was saying it,
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and how she was actually living that out.
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And I just started to question my life, I guess.
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I'd walked past Stirling Baptist Church one day
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and saw the advert for Alpha
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and I remember my friend discussing it with me.
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And something inside me just started to stir,
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so I called my friend,
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asked her to put the wheels in motion.
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She supported me with my child
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whilst I was going to the Alpha,
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and over those 10 weeks, 10-week process,
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I just became more aware - who Jesus is, who God is -
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and I wanted to know more.
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You knock on the door and He will answer.
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Yeah, I knocked on the door and He answered,
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but He was always standing there.
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It was me just standing on the other side,
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not taking any notice.
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Since becoming a Christian, my life is so different.
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Friends and colleagues might not see
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anything changed outwardly,
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but inwardly, I feel completely different.
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I think a lot of the time our worthiness
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is based on our status in society.
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What I believe is that true faith
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and true life comes from stripping all of that away.
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That's what having a faith does.
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It takes you away from this insular
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behaviour or society
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and just opens up the opportunities
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to experience life and to share that with other people.
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You want everybody to have the experience
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of what this gives you in life.
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I wouldn't change this for the world
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and I really wish I'd listened 20, 30 years ago.