Miles Christi

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." -Ephesians 6:10&11

Friday, June 02, 2006

Lately, it has been very easy to see God working directly in my life. Well, I suppose it's been obvious my entire life. There have been the occasional dry moments as well, but I can look back and see that He's been there every step of the way.

I grew up in a divorced family with major tensions over religion. Courtrooms, fiery arguments, lots of tears, and little money. For us girls, it really came down to being a Baptist and being close to our dad or being Catholic and being close to our mom. I guess that we stayed close to mom because it was natural for us to be drawn to her affection and love, and I think we saw the huge sacrifices she was making. Yet at the same time, I see today that it was a huge grace that God gave my sisters and me. I do wish that we could've had a happy home with our dad there as well, but even so, I wouldn't change a thing now. I remember one day about 2 or 3 years after my family moved to Bancroft, stopping and thinking, "Wow, we've made it!" The constant fear of losing everything that had haunted me pretty much my entire childhood was gone. I mean all of us girls are about as close as sisters can be because of what we went through together. We love our Catholic Faith enough to die for it since we know what it's like to have it nearly taken from us, and we have a better understanding of our faith since we had to study it to defend it. Finally, the rift in our relationship with our dad is healing now that the struggles have calmed. See! God knows what He's doing, and our family is living proof that God never allows anything bad to happen if something better can't come from it. We just need to trust Him.

I have a million other stories of how I've seen God there for me, but a few of my favorites are praying to find a friend on my way to a conference and then randomly meeting one of the best friends ever, Missy. Then not long after, I met Caroline at CAT. :) Finally, my very favorite was pretty much getting pushed into ISU last minute. I was fighting almost to the end...then on the first day, I met the best guy in the world, Kyle. God does have a sense of humor. ;) -Pax Christ, you all-


  • At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    From reading what you have written so far it sounds like this Kyle guy is the really blessed one. Keep up the writing.....I think I might even add this blog to my daily reading. I'll just have to make sure to bring along my Latin translator.

  • At 4:03 PM, Anonymous nicole morse said…

    Hey Alicia!

    I have learned a lot from seeing our family's situation and sufferings from your point of view. You know, I felt the same way, but it wasn't easy for us to express ourselves when we were younger, so I never realized that we both experienced it in the same way.

    It's amazing how much we've learned to depend upon God, not only for food and clothing, but also for everything else, including future husbands...He certainly shows us His fatherly love for us at every moment...

    I know that God will use our childhood experiences to enable us to help others who have difficult family situations. I am determined not to waste this precious gift.

  • At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Sandy said…

    Hey Alicia--you amaze me!! What a wonderful gift you have. Please continue to post your thoughts and comments.

    What did you decide to use as the theme for the Fair Booth? I also like Dr Seuss...


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