The memories go back as far as I can remember. One of the family relationships that could have been the closest was the most damaging. It left me seeking acceptance from others most of my life. Finding a church home and forming friendships helped but it remained a struggle. There were still situations and people that made me feel like I needed to earn love and acceptance in the most misguided ways. I made decisions that were wrong and hurt those I love. I was given forgiveness and learned it was that same forgiveness that I need to extend to others. Even with my poor choices, Christ never left me. He provided faithful people to encourage and remind me that I AM LOVED. I am reminded daily that I am unconditionally accepted by Him and I can stop faking fine.