“After conversion, every day and every part of the routine of my life was a faith test…. I changed my exercise routine from intense running to active walking. I cleaned my house and my office the way God was cleaning my soul: I pitched things that weren’t honoring to God. I got rid of whole libraries of books, CDs, movies, pictures. I unsubscribed to magazines and professional journals. I suddenly had time in my life to reflect. I took up gardening. I enjoyed baking bread from scratch for my friends and neighbors. I relaxed. I grew in strength in the Lord. I forgave my enemies and enjoyed the solitude of daily prayer. I read and re-read the Bible, searching for examples for my life. Jesus was my Teacher and the Apostle Paul my brother and kindred spirit. I started to develop real friendships from within my church family” (p. 37–38).

Reading: But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect…” —Hebrews 12:22-23

Selections from The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (Pittsburgh: Crown & Covenant, 2012). Used with permission.