Cassie's Story

Cassie had gone away from church, until a family crisis made her re-think her life.

Cassie had gone away from church, until a family crisis made her re-think her life.

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I thought I'll be a Christian when I have
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children or when I'm older and
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I'll send them to church and be godly like that.
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My name is Cassie and this is my story.
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I was raised in church,
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I wouldn't say that I had a relationship with Jesus,
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I was kind of going to church because it was
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fun, and because my friends were there.
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When I was 15 I kind of fell away from church
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and got distracted.
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I was a hard party goer, I like parties,
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like to go out, like to get drunk.
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I was in a long-term relationship
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so I thought sex was okay.
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I think that I was just putting a relationship with God off
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because it meant that I would need to change my life.
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So we had a big family crisis which
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kind of brought me to my knees really
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and I've been blessed
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that all around me there were people
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encouraging me.
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My fiancé's mum and sister
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were the ones who invited me to church
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and they had been inviting me for a long time.
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Maybe a couple of weeks after I
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started going to church, I rededicated my
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life back to Christ.
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What I didn't understand why I was so peaceful.
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Because I was waiting to break and I just didn't.
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I just continued to get stronger and stronger
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and to be able to encourage people.
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And then I came across Philippians 4:6-7
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about the peace that surpasses understanding and
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I didn't know that scripture, but when I came across it
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that's when I understood why I'm so peaceful.
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It's because Christ gave me peace,
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and he gave me strength.
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Since becoming a follower of Jesus,
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I've changed more, mentally.
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I've stopped a lot of things - I've restricted myself,
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and just mentally so much more peaceful and calm.
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And I think it's made me a wiser person.
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I guess that in situations
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you're not, you don't fret or your not worried or your not scared.
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You recognise spiritual things and you know just to go
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straight to God and to pray.
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I think a lot of people carry around a lot of guilt,
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especially those that have been at
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church before and then had strayed
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but they don't think that they're worthy
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of so many things and it's a deception.
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Because Jesus forgives us completely
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and so you have to keep trying,
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because it's that continued relationship.
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God is our Father so he wants to forgive us,
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He doesn't want to punish us
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and He doesn't want to stay angry at us.