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Ashley Luzader

Set Apart for What?

Life was anything but perfect; my step-dad was abusive in multiple ways. This led to me living in a foster home. At the age of seven I gave my heart to the Lord. Upon returning to live with my mom, I started attending church with my great-grandma. My mom was single, but had different boyfriends throughout my childhood making life hard on my siblings and me. We would attend church every week, but I was older when I started to develop a relationship with Jesus. I’ve been blessed to have never wandered away from the Lord.

When I turned fourteen I would spend my summers working at a camp through my church and that is where I learned what it meant to have a real relationship with the Lord. I attended a youth retreat and I felt God calling me to fulltime ministry. So I entered a school for youth worker training and would spend the next year learning and growing. After, I came to realize that my calling was not just to work with the youth. During a teen retreat I was co-leading God confirmed this calling in my heart. Soon after I started the process to attend The Salvation Army’s seminary school, it was difficult but I trusted in God.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” These are words I cling to knowing that God who has called me to this will see me through. I am very excited to see what God has planned for me on this journey. Although my childhood was anything but perfect God set me apart and I’m falling more in love with him every day.