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Letters to Nicole: How PI Has Inspired Me

Girls, Alexandra wrote me this wonderful letter and I just had to share it with you!

XOXO, Nicole

How PI Has Inspired Me

By PI Girl Alexandra

If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).

At some point in our lives, may we question not only our existence, but why God chose us to live the lives that we live. For many years, I questioned everything. Fortunately, I decided to follow the path of Christ and eventually I found Project Inspired. I have to say, Project Inspired helps me continue to live a Christian lifestyle. But, before I jump into that, I need to backtrack a bit…

When I was 5 years old, my parents divorced. Yes, I was young, but I figured out what was happening. My mom raised me all of my life with some help from my grandparents. I must say, I am still (and always will be) thankful for all of their help. Anyway, raising two children by herself and coming from a Christian family herself (specifically Catholic), she raised my brother and I as Christians. Of course, she took us to Mass as many Sundays as she could; at the time, church was the last place I wanted to be. I just sat in the pews. I did try to pay attention, but when I did, I felt bored. None of the readings meant anything to me, the songs I just did not understand, and when we received Eucharist, I thought of it as a snack.

As the years passed, I did receive my first communion. For anyone who is not Catholic and does not practice receiving Eucharist–it is receiving the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time (age 7 or 8). I also attended CCD and did service projects with my CCD class. I always grew up in a modest lifestyle, but it was mostly because it was what my mom wanted from me and not because it is what GOD wanted from me!

When I hit high school, things took a turn. Although the bullying I had experienced died down immensely, I was getting tied up into boys, finding the right group of friends for me, and most of all, finding myself and who I am meant to be. I was in a few groups of friends, and as nice as the girls were, Christ was absent. None of my friends were very Christian, so in school I learned not to think about Him or worship Him because the influence was not around me. The worst was when I got involved with a group of girls who, for three years, made me feel like I needed to change who I was to be accepted.

Just as I was about to hit rock bottom in the spring of 2011, I found myself during my junior year with my friend in CCD. A few girls from the class next to mine walked in with a brochure for a church retreat. My friend who was in my CCD class and I decided to attend, and my whole life changed. On the retreat, I found God and was SWAG (Saved With Amazing Grace). I was lifted up by the Lord, the One who had SAVED me by dying for me on the cross. It was that retreat weekend that I decided to live as a Christian.

After the retreat, I found myself understanding the readings in church A LOT more. Over time, I learned the true meaning of the Eucharist and appreciated it for what it truly is. With my Catholic faith, I made the promise to become more like Christ. For me, not only does this entail attending Mass every Sunday, but I also got myself involved in missionary projects, made a purity promise (I have a ring, too!) and promote modest living. I even have this new and insanely LARGE love for Christian music.

Of course, with these major changes in my lifestyle, I needed help and Project Inspired entered my life at the right time! Because of PI, I have the guidance to not only dress modestly and make the best Christian decisions, but following Nicole’s advice given to her through the Lord helps me to stay strong when people make fun of me for my lifestyle. PI has helped me strengthen my bond with my new and close Christian friends, the ones who remind me that “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Phillipians 4:13).

PI has answered my questions before I even ask them, and the articles open up my eyes to ways I can live as a Christian. Through PI, not only have I learned how to dress in cute but modest outfits, but also I have learned how to spread the love of God and have Christian friendships and relationships. I have learned from PI that the best man for me is one who loves God more than anyone! Also, Project Inspired helps me understand the word of God–I don’t find the Bible always easy to understand (willingly admitting it here)! Project Inspired has INSPIRED me to bring more people into the light of the Lord, because HE will be their saving grace.

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18 Comments

  1. Paris

    Posted by Paris on June 26, 2012 at 22:16

    Nicole does so much for us. I love you to pieces,Nicole!

  2. pinkpenguin318

    Posted by pinkpenguin318 on June 23, 2012 at 21:52

    This is incredible! I’m so glad you are a Christian Alexandra and I loved reading about your testimony!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Beanabugg96 on June 17, 2012 at 12:31

    Awesome testimony, but you do realize that when you take the Eucharist you aren’t
    actually eating the blood and body of Jesus.

    • Jesus_chick_529

      Posted by Jesus_chick_529 on June 22, 2012 at 15:41

      Yes, I am more than aware that several things in a Catholic Mass are symbolic and not literal. However, I wrote that in because many people have not heart of Eucharist. All in all, this testimony is not about the specifics of Catholicism, but more so my life story. And I believe that Roman Catholics are Christians but if you would like to believe differently, then go ahead, but then let me go ahead too 🙂 thank you

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on June 21, 2012 at 18:36

      Actually, Roman Catholics -like myself- believe in the doctrine transubstantiation.

      • Patty

        Posted by Patty on August 17, 2012 at 07:34

        i didnt know youre a catholic – thats great :))

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on June 21, 2012 at 18:09

      ElBeano96, you are right. That is a twisted belief. Alexandra, go to Chick.com and read the tract: Are Roman Catholics Christians? It will give you the truth behind the Catholic Religion.

      • Jesus_chick_529

        Posted by Jesus_chick_529 on June 22, 2012 at 15:43

        And I think I will be just fine without that research. I’ve done much these past several years. Its okay. Its not the point of me posting this. If it bugs you, turn your head. thank you 🙂

  4. ruthie27064Him

    Posted by ruthie27064Him on June 16, 2012 at 19:45

    INSPIRATIONAL!! c:

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by AlyssaBillow on June 15, 2012 at 09:20

    Awesome testimony!

  6. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on June 15, 2012 at 09:14

    That was an outstanding article, Alexandra! Thanks for pouring your heart out in this article!God will reward you richly for chasing after Him! 🙂

  7. Jesus_chick_529

    Posted by Jesus_chick_529 on June 15, 2012 at 09:01

    Thanks PI for posting this <3 Enjoy girls!