My Faith

The tagline of this website is "where writing, engineering, geekiness and Christianity collide". My faith is part of who I am. Though this isn't a Christian blog per say and I'm not really a Christian blogger, I am a Christian who is a blogger.

I was raised by Christian parents, so I knew all the stories about Jesus, God, Paul, the whole she-bang my entire life. When I was in kindergarten, I went to a private school--not because my parents feared what depraved heathens might teach me in the public school system but because they wanted me to learn to read. So I went to Pensacola Christian Academy, which basically invented phonics and is a school that teaches Pre-K through Masters level classes. Technically, you never have to leave, which is really scary. Regardless, because its a private Christian school every day around lunch my teacher (Miss Cottier) would tell us a Bible Story and then ask, "Do anyone have anything they want to talk to me about?"

It was really low pressure. I think she mainly wanted us to tell her about hard times we were having as kindergartners (life is tough when you're five). But one day, I was just sitting there and my thought process was basically "You know what, Mandy? You've been doing this Jesus thing for quite some time now--Sunday school, Church, the like. You believe. Why not just make it official?" So I went up to talk to her and talk we did. We talked about Jesus and I realized I really did believe. I really do believe that Jesus is the son of God, that he came to Earth, died for our sins, and rose from the dead three days later. And that was the day I became a Christian.

A year later I went forward in church to be baptized. I remember the preacher looking down on me and asking "Are you saved?" I really thought this man was questioning my intelligence. At seven years old,  I looked up at him and said something along the lines of "Duh. I wouldn't be here if I wasn't."

Ever since then I have done my best to live for God, with some major failures and a few minor successes. He is constantly working on me, making me a better follower of Him and a better person. College has done a lot for my faith, mainly because this is the first time I've really had Christian friends and peers. It's been great. Though sadly, we've all graduated now and gone are separate ways, and loneliness is something I'm really struggling with right now. I used to be one of many and now it's just me. (It's like elementary school all over again!)

My faith is ever changing and ever developing. If you have any questions about it, about God, about Jesus, or about how to be a Christian, just shoot me an email or leave me a comment. I would be more than happy to talk to you.