As an Old Order Mennonite, I grew up with a strong and firm commitment to the traditions of my culture. From a young age, dressing modestly, abstaining from particular technologies, and yes, even using a horse and buggy to get around! Adhering to other moral codes of our religion were a way of life.
However, as I got older, my faith and perspective toward the world around me drastically changed. I began to question my devotion to the religious customs and beliefs I had known my whole life. It wasn’t that I had lost my faith, but instead it was more of a searching and seeking in order to find Jesus and to truly understand the purpose of my faith.
After my second child, I became a born-again Christian. I found comfort in a new way of living that was balanced between modern and traditional beliefs. I make sure that my life follows Jesus’ teachings regarding charity, morality, and compassionate service. My focus is to spread the Gospel!
My new lifestyle can be seen as the perfect blend of both the Old Order Mennonite and the modern world. I am able to live a life that is pleasing to God while also embracing the technological advances of today. No longer do I need to feel restricted and tied down by the doctrine and customs of my people, but instead I am able to live with balance and in true understanding of what it means to be a devoted Christian. I drive a car, wear pants and use a cellphone. It truly feels like I live a very balanced life!
I work hard to raise my family and teach them skills that I learned as a child. We teach our children to walk in faith and love. I am truly blessed by God every day!