Hello! I'm from the Chicagoland area. I'm going off to college in San Diego and I'm super excited to start new someplace different. I decided to join because I recently started really accepting the faith and understanding God's Word. All the negative stigma around Christianity really didn't help and I bought into that. Even though I grew up in the church, I can never say I was always a Christian because I kinda just did what my parents told me to do & I was kinda scared of leaving it or else I thought I was gonna go to hell and burn forever. I was also scared of what the people in the church would've thought of if I left because I had a "reputation" as a "good Christian girl." I came back because I was going through a really rough time a couple of years ago & contemplated suicide. God pulled me out & gave me a second chance. He showed me He loved me & for the first time, I could completely be myself around someone. I always felt like I had to hide parts of myself in order to be accepted around everyone I knew, including family, but I'm so thankful that's not how God works. After exploring a little bit, I found out that the Christian life is not about being under a dictator and being forced to do what He says. It's about loving back a God that loves us for who we are despite what we done, and through Jesus, we are accepted and we change our ways to serve God lovingly and live a better life. I also found out what it meant to attend church without feeling forced to go. It's because I want to go. It's a different feeling to do something out of choice and joyfulness rather than it being obligatory or the right thing to do. I also joined this site because I wanted to be part of a Christian community & grow in faith. I thought that in addition to church, it would help me to expand my knowledge and faith. Hope to get to know all of you!!