I was raised in a worldly Christian home. Lots of...

Angela
My Story 
I was raised in a worldly Christian home. Lots of the world was still accepted. I came to faith during confirmation classes when I was introduced to Christ and the resurrection. I loved Him so much. I was a teenager when I left probably 14 or 15. I was angry because people were so rude to us because we were young. My journey lasted til I was 22. Slowly I came back little by little but not until I saw people really living like Christ did I fully return.
What are some things your family did well in responding to your departure from their faith? 
Can’t think of anything.
What are some things your family could have done better in responding to your change of faith? 
Talk about it with me. Really listen to what was going on and my struggles. Support
Can you share an example of how the church responded well during the time you were leaving faith? 
Again, can’t think of any.
Are there ways that the church or those in the church could have responded better to your departure from their faith? 
Again, talked about it, disciplined me.
In the responses of Christians, what surprised you most? 
Most ignored it and did not address it…One friend did tell me what the Bible said and confronted me. I so appreciate this now. At the time I did not but it made me keep thinking about it. We must love so much that we also speak truth in love.
Was there a particular event that had a negative impact on your leaving the faith? 
Yes I finally saw people living this thing out for real. They were authentic and loving and cared.
Was there a particular event that had a positive impact on your return to faith? 
Yes I finally saw people living this thing out for real. They were authentic and loving and cared.
Since God is willing to make something good of all things, have you felt that some good thing has emerged from your journey? 
Yes, It has given me more love for my salvation personally and desire for personal holiness. It has given me compassion for others who are on a similar journey and desire to speak truth in love to them.
If you were able to step back in time and chat with yourself what might you say to yourself? 
Do not do it. It is not worth the heartache you will experience.
How would you advise parents of a prodigal today? 
Pray hard, love, speak truth, and be there for them when they return.