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Hi, my name is Tori and I have recently committed my life to Jesus Christ. I am eager to learn more and begin finding ways to serve God while finding purpose in life.
As a young girl, my family would go to church just once in a while, or in spurts, but we were never involved. I always knew about Jesus but I was under the impression that I only needed to believe to be saved. Around 13 years old we started going to church two time a week and my father (who had spent his childhood struggling with abuse and abandonment, to then having a drug addiction) who got very involved with the church.. doing performances and helping in other ways. When I was 14 years old my father died due to an accidental overdose just 3 days before Christmas. In the moment I was lost and didn't understand but on the outside I made it look like I was fine, like I was at peace with what had happened. I most definitely was not okay with what happened to my father. At 15 years old I began smoking marijuana and cigarettes and began drinking and going to parties. This lasted for years, I stopped going to church, I dropped out of school, and I began hating myself. This lasted for years. At 21 years old I met a man at a bar, the first man that made me feel beautiful. I gave myself to him after barely knowing him. We became serious and I committed to him. Quickly I learned he was an alcoholic, physically and sexually abusive. It was then that I thought my purpose was to bring him to God, but it wasn't working. The physical and sexual abuse was getting to be to much to bare. But I stayed, it was my first relationship and I thought I could help him. At 22 I became pregnant, he was still being the same man he had always been. At 13 weeks pregnant he physically abused me and I had him arrested. I had my son at 35 weeks and when he was about a month old, the restraining order against his father was lifted. I messaged my ex on social media and told him he could come meet his son. He did, I gave him a chance to be a father and prove that his son was worth him getting the help he certainly needed. But it wasn't enough. When my son was 4 months old.... I got on a dating site and met a Christian man, he was everything I always prayed to God for in a husband. We met and fell in love. He was previously divorced due to infidelity and abandonment on his wife's part. I told him my story, but I lied about one thing that I just knew would make him not want me. That I was still struggling with smoking marijuana and cigarettes. We got married about 9 months after we met and I was still keeping this secret behind his back. Due to our situation we were both still living an hour away from each other and with our parent/s. My mom still single after the loss of my father began dating a co worker of my husband. Her boyfriend came to visit her for her birthday and my husband came with him to surprise me. I has just gotten done smoking in my bathroom and he went there to take a shower. He knew exactly what had happened and right then and there he was done with me. The next day his family came to get him and he took all his things at my house with him. He ended up forgiving me and I moved to Orlando with my son to live with him and his parents. This is when my life changed. I was going to church every Sunday. The church was small so I knew the majority of the people there. After about a month I was invited to go to the women's conference they were having. During this time everything in my heart began to change. I encountered the Holy Spirit, spoke in tongues, and committed my life to Jesus Christ. This happened about 8 months ago, I have gone through a lot since then but now I am learning the tools I need to overcome anything! I am a new follower and I have so much to learn but I am eager and excited for the plans that God has for my life. He is a faithful God!
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