Baptism | Ashley Dietze

Baptism | Ashley Dietze

November 14, 2021 |

What was life like before you met Jesus?

Before Jesus I was lost and broken. I was so consumed by the darkness of depression, anxiety, and worry that I started harming myself physically. I had constant thoughts of suicide and in my college years, I had been tempted by alcohol and used it as a way to cope with my life and distract myself from the pain.

How did you meet Jesus?

In 2016, I was on my bathroom floor debating death when I heard a voice telling me to stop and felt a hand on my shoulder. I decided to check my phone and there I had a message from a friend about how worried she was about me. Even though I hadn't talked to her in a long time, she invited me to come to youth group with her that week. The message was over mental health and suicide.. I remember getting goosebumps and crying that night. It was the first time I felt God’s presence in my life and I actually prayed on my own. To this day it is still a struggle with my faith, but with the chaos of the last year, my relationship with Jesus became stronger than ever.

After being saved by Jesus what is your life like now?

After placing my faith in Jesus, I started finding friends who supported my faith instead of tearing it down. I found opportunities to deepen my knowledge of the Word and strengthen my relationship with God and actually spent the time to be in His presence. I chose to give up alcohol after the last couple of years constantly getting drunk and partying.