3 Years at Cross Church, 20 Months With No Alcohol

It’s been three years since I started attending Cross Church. It’s also been 20 months since I’ve tasted alcohol, but the Cross Church milestone is much bigger.

It’s weird to think about life before Cross Church: before having such a strong foundation of friends and mentors, before small groups, and before having weekly services with Pastor Brandon pouring into my life. These things are as important as oxygen to me now.

Letting go of alcohol wasn’t something I had to do, but it felt like a good representation of where I’m currently at in my life. I like this version of myself that doesn’t drink, and as a small group leader, I now hold myself to a higher standard. There’s people that come to my groups that might be struggling with alcohol, and I hope to help them.

The best part about my three years at Cross Church, though, is what it’s done to the people around me. By me simply going to church every weekend, my siblings now go to church every weekend. Not because I announced that I was going, and not because I asked them to join me—I just went, and slowly, they went too.

My brother and his whole family attend every weekend now, and my little brother sleeps at my house on Saturday nights, because he wants to go to Cross Kids the next morning. He packs his Lightning McQueen bag with sleeping clothes, church clothes, and a fidget spinner.

If you’re reading this, and we met through Cross Church, thank you. Your presence in my life, and in my family’s life, isn’t taken for granted.

Going Live a Few Times a Week. Rose Turned One. Writing a Weekly Newsletter Every Monday Morning. Bought a Camera. Got Married and Have a Video to Prove It. Lost Our Husky. Last Updated: December 2nd, 2022.

Morning Coffee


Previously, The Partitions (Morning Coffee: November 28th, 2022)

Previously, What’s Holding All This Together (Morning Coffee: November 21st, 2022)

Previously, Rose Turns One (Morning Coffee: November 14th, 2022)

Previously, Showing up and Looking Forward (Morning Coffee: November 7th, 2022)

Previously, Robots Painted This (Morning Coffee: October 31st, 2022)

Previously, Sharing Sofa (Morning Coffee: October 24th, 2022)

Previously, Crates and Presets (Morning Coffee: October 17th, 2022)

Previously, Homecoming (Morning Coffee: October 10th, 2022)

Previously, The Traveling Drone (Morning Coffee: October 3rd, 2022)

Previously, System Thinking (Morning Coffee: September 26th)

Previously, On This Day (Morning Coffee: September 19th, 2022)

Previously, Dynamic Island (Morning Coffee: Sept. 12th, 2022)

Previously, Organizing Health (Morning Coffee: Sept. 5th, 2022)

Previously, Up Ahead (Morning Coffee: August 29th, 2022)

Previously, Dancing With the Stars (Morning Coffee: August 22nd, 2022)

Previously, Military Backpack (Morning Coffee: August 15th, 2022)

Previously, Space Between Time (Morning Coffee: August 8th, 2022)

Previously, A Tiny Gameboy (Morning Coffee: August 1st, 2022)

Previously, 5,000 Photos (Morning Coffee: July 25th, 2022)

Previously, Upgrading the Newsletter (Morning Coffee: July 18th, 2022)

Previously, Emoji Folders (Monday Coffee: July 11th, 2022)

Previously, Happy 4th of July (Monday Coffee: July 4th, 2022)

Previously, We Are The Energy (Monday Coffee: June 27th, 2022)

Previously, My First Father’s Day (Monday Coffee: June 20th, 2022)

Previously, Hard Work Pays Off (Monday Coffee: June 13th, 2022)

Previously, A Lens Blur, a Time Blur (Monday Coffee: June 6, 2022)

Previously, Yelling Into the Void (Monday Coffee: May 30th, 2022)

Previously, Today Is My Birthday (Monday Coffee: May 23rd, 2022)

Previously, New Motivation (Monday Coffee: May 16th, 2022)

Previously, A Camera Changes Everything (Monday Coffee: May 9, 2022)

Previously, Make Gifts (Monday Coffee: May 2nd, 2022)

Previously, A Cheap Projector to Watch the Suns Lose (Monday Coffee: April 25th, 2022)

Previously, Monday Coffee: April 18th, 2022