A Growing Faith

My family is the “typical” church goers; we’d go on Christmas and Easter and that was about it. In my home and community, I felt if I spoke too passionately about God, then my friends, family, and community members would look at me like I was different. During high school, I tried to find a way to be like everyone else, so I completely shut out even the slightest possibility that God existed at the age of sixteen. I never had a close relationship with God and didn’t want to know Him. 

Eventually, at eighteen years old, my friends convinced me to go to youth group at Stoneridge Community Church. That night’s lesson seemed like it was written specifically for me; I remember sitting there crying and knowing I needed to change my life. A couple of days after the lesson, I was singing “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher. The song spoke right to my heart. I stood there holding back the tears. Instantly, I dove straight into my faith. I began to read my Bible every day, praying morning and night, going to church every Sunday by myself, and going to youth group every Wednesday. I was baptized my senior year of high school at Stoneridge Community Church. I graduated from high school in May of 2018. Once summer started, I lost my passion for God and I stopped reading my Bible, praying, going to church, and youth group was done for summer break. 

My first semester at UNI, I went to church maybe a total of three or four times because of excuses like I didn’t have anyone to go with, I didn’t have time, and I didn’t know which church would be the right fit. Finally, second semester starts and I was dating Ashley Darling’s brother at the time. He told Ashley about how we would sometimes go to church together, and Ashley suggested I join BASIC and her life group. About a week later, her brother and I broke up and I was devastated. Ashley messaged me right away saying she’d be there for me and I should keep going to BASIC. If it wasn’t for her, I know I would’ve went back to my first semester self. Throughout the semester, I grew in my faith by trusting God, knowing who He is, seeking Him more than ever before.

This summer I have a spiritual journal where I write down what I am thankful for each day, sermons that speak to me, verses I’ve highlighted in my Bible, sayings I find on Pinterest about God and Jesus. In addition, I am starting my own college-aged small group at my church for the summer, and I am currently taking steps to become more involved in BASIC. I can’t thank the people I have met through BASIC enough for helping guide me back to my faith, and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for me next.

Allison Walz
UNI Sophomore
Rubix Cube master, Artist/Nature photographer, 4th Walz sibling to attend UNI

 Allison Walz

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