LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--Mary Rudewicz approached her 32nd birthday with caution. As a teenager, she began having a strange re-occurring dream. Although by the time she awoke, she rarely remembered the details of it, one thing was for sure. She would die by the age of 32. Or so her dream told her.
For much of her life, this perception gave her both a sense of urgency in achieving everything she wanted by that early age and a sense of relief that her struggle with low self-esteem would soon be over.
"My mind had created a way out, an escape from the life I was in," Rudewicz realized later.
Rudewicz was 32 years old when she was baptized just a week after beginning a personal walk with Christ. Ironically, Mary grew up with reoccurring dreams that she would die at the age of 32.
Born three months premature, with major birth defects, Rudewicz doesn't remember a time when she didn't feel different and inferior. A difficult and often abusive relationship with her parents helped to cement those feelings as a child.
Through the help of the Celebrate Recovery ministry of Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest, Calif., which helps people overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups through 12 steps taken from the Beatitudes of Jesus, Rudewicz overcame struggles with low-self esteem. Read More