Meet Megan Smith:
"My family and I came to Hillcrest about two years ago after being away from a church for a few years. We knew that we needed to make our way back for our family’s sake and we knew we wanted to raise our kids within the church. We instantly felt welcomed and connected at Hillcrest. The last couple of months have been the most life changing for me. Having recently added a new family member, I was struggling with postpartum anxiety/anger and I didn’t like the person or parent I was becoming. It was affecting my relationships with the people I hold closest to my heart- my children and husband. The “War for Peace” series came at the EXACT moment I needed it most, and God was just waiting for me to hear Him. He had a plan, and He was waiting for me to accept Him in my heart. Each part of the series helped me to identify what I was feeling and to seek God in helping to cope with those emotions. It also helped me see that I was not alone! The feelings of guilt, shame, anger, and anxiety are slowly being replaced with positivity, enlightenment, and understanding. After the last Worship Night when I got to LITERALLY watch those fears disappear (thanks for the disappearing paper), I felt empowered and renewed. “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair... He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along” (Psalms 40: 1-2). I’m learning to trust God to help me through challenging times and focusing on building a stronger relationship with Him. I realized the importance of making time each day to develop my faith. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without the genuinely supportive community at Hillcrest. Coming to church with my family every Sunday is helping me to be a more patient and understanding mother to my three boys and a more loving and compassionate wife. Thank you Hillcrest for lighting the path back to Jesus!"