My faith journey has been a constant battle of ups and downs. No one is perfect, and I certainly have had my fair share of trails and tribulations when it comes to my faith. But  through it all, I can say I am not only a better Christian but a better man. However, sharing these experiences and opening up about the many failures and disappointments in my life is hard.However, inspired by a class I’m currently taking, spiritual autobiographies, where we have to journal weekly about our religious experience; Ive decided to begin posting some of my thoughts and reflections about my spiritual journey on my blog as a means to hopefully inspire and encourage others to never give up and quit seeking a relationship with God. Because while many of us, including myself, try to turn our backs on the Lord at our lowest moments, these are indeed the moments we need him the most. But so few are ever willing to be honest and reflect about the moments, and just be real. We all experience pain, anger, loneliness, and disappointment in our lives. But rarely do we open up and talk about our faults and errors, instead we try to cover them up and hide them from the world, creating a vicious cycle of self-loathing and depression. These are the exact moments however, we need the most encouragement and reassurance. So hopefully by opening up on this forum about my struggles and low points, I can help encourage someone else to open up and be their true self.  And realize no matter what, they are never to damaged or unlovable for God. I thank everyone for the support and encouragement.

God Bless,

Joseph Cook