My Story by Maryann Liddy
I went to church as a child but stayed away in my early twenties after having a son out of wedlock and placing him for adoption. I married and had two beautiful children, but in our early thirties we struggled significantly in our marriage.
At that time, our neighbors—Stephanie and John Myers—who were believers, began to faithfully take our daughter Meghan to church with them on Sunday.
One day in our backyard, Stephanie asked me if I knew the Lord.
Over the next years God tugged on my heart. My daughter, who had started to come to the junior high youth group here at that time, invited me to come with her to Wheaton Bible Church, and I did.
One Sunday, as I heard Pastor Bugh’s laundry-room story, the message really got through to me.*
As he spoke, tears ran down my face. I was humbled by my exhaustion, tired of being afraid of all that was going on in my life. That day I realized I couldn’t do it alone. Only Jesus could. That was the day I gave my life to Jesus.
That wasn’t the end of my struggles. But in spite of failed marriage counseling, a separation, and the unexpected death of my mom, Jesus taught me a lot over the difficult months that followed. Most important, He taught me that I was never really alone.
My hope is in the Lord.
With the help of Dr. Chris Mazzarella, a Christian counselor who attends WBC, and pastors here at the church, I have learned that God’s grace is sufficient. I have experienced the truth of 2 Corinthians 12:9, which tells me that His strength is made perfect in my weakness.
I am eager to see what God has in store for me next!
About the Author
Maryann, mother of Meghan and Robert, attends the Tuesday evening Place4You women’s Bible study and is a member of the Genesis Adult Community. Maryann was baptized during the All-Church Baptism on September 8, 2012, and gave this story that night.
am eager to see what God has in store for me next!
*See Pastor Rob’s book, When the Bottom Drops Out, or the Fall 2011 issue of LIFE at Wheaton Bible Church.