By, Maryann Barritta
Director of Discipleship & Outreach
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
This testimony has been shared a number of times. However, I never tire of the exhilarating feeling of God’s love I experience with each retelling.
As the oldest of four children in a very traditional family I somehow sensed it was my responsibility to set a good example for my younger brother and two sisters. I loved my parents and I believed that I loved God.
By, Pat Cocuzza
Director of Women’s Special Events
My journey to finding out about having an intimate relationship with the Lord started in the 1990s. I worked for a Christian chiropractor and met patients and their children who had a special peace and joy about them. I have been a Christian all my life but never experienced the peace that seem to fill these people. I was invited to join a bible study and that is when my journey really began. Prior to that I was going through the motions. As a child, I studied the Old Testament and it left me feeling not being worthy in the site of the Lord. I never felt that my childhood sins were wiped away. They always haunted me and left me feeling guilty. While at the bible studies, I sat with women who loved the Lord. They prayed openly. It was a new time in my life.
By, Dee Coroneos
Director of Prayer
Micah 7:7 “There is power in persistent prayer”
These past seven years have been such a growing, maturing experience for me. After my husband’s discouraging diagnosis, and struggling to accept what the doctors had concluded, I turned my attention to the Lord in prayer. I searched encouraging scriptures on healing, faith, trust, surrender, perseverance, and above all the power of persistent prayer. I’ve kept these promises handy, for they stand mighty against any challenge. Although we have not seen complete healing yet, persistent prayer has pulled us through several bad reports on Chris’ health. We’ve experienced the miraculous hand of God upon us both, as Chris has bounced back over and over again after each downturn. He’s come to believe in the power of prayer, and the Lord has taken us both on such a ride, He takes our breath away!
By, Rebecca Sliwak
Director of Communications
Anxiety, stress and fear is something we regularly experience. Whether it be jobs, friends, “summer bodies”, children, first dates or a toothache that triggers this feeling. It is so easy to get caught up in the stress of your day and let it take over you completely, disabling you from the things you enjoy.
Before I started my senior year of college my biggest fear about school wasn’t exams or maintaining my scholarship, but a fear of public speaking. The stress of having to participate in the classroom kept me silent during class discussions and hindered my grade. I simply hated presentations, contributing to the conversation or being called on.
By, Sarah Harris
Director of Administration
I recently hit my one year work anniversary. I graduated from college in May 2016 and started working in June. It’s been a heck of year! I’ve learned so much about myself during this period of transition. One thing I miss the most about being an undergrad is summer vacation! Working 5 days a week during beautiful summer days has me appreciating the few moments of sun that I can get.
I realized a while back that I’m not the type of woman who can open up my bible and study it without any type of guide. I’ve tried. It tends to last about a week, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So throughout my journey with the Lord, I decided to spend time with Him in multiple ways, to keep our relationship fresh. Just like with a significant other, you have to change things up to keep you relationship lively! We should be treating our relationship with Jesus the same way.
I’ve gathered 4 of my favorite things to do to build my relationship with Jesus, and I thought I’d share. Hopefully you can use some of these and create a couple of your own.
Her Life Speaks is all about Her testimony, Her life, and who God is in Her story. Here we write our stories in hopes of helping other women find their relationship with Jesus Christ.