Hallmark star and GAC Family actress Danica McKellar says she's back in church and experiencing "amazing love and peace and purpose" thanks to an invitation from fellow actress Candace Cameron Bure.
In an April 25 Instagram video, McKellar said she "started going to church" again after Bure – an outspoken Christian – invited her and gave her a Bible. A smiling McKellar recorded an 18-minute video about her spiritual journey, answering questions from fans and telling them that the peace she is experiencing is "available to everyone."
"It's been really exciting and really amazing and filling my heart with so much love," she said in the video. "And it's hard to hold that kind of stuff in."
McKellar recorded the video after returning from a Sunday service. Bure and McKellar are two of the most prominent actresses who left the Hallmark Channel for its competitor, GAC Media.
"I'm experiencing a relationship with God and Jesus that I've never had before, and it feels miraculous," McKellar wrote. "And it all started one evening when I was struggling with the idea of forgiveness and DM'd my good friend @candacecbure about a passage from the Bible she had read on her instastories, and then she sent me a Bible, and invited me to church."
In her video, McKellar acknowledged she is still learning about her faith.
Her father, she said, "found the Lord 30 years ago." She formerly went to church with him on Easter but did not attend regularly, she said.
McKellar said her previous impression of Christianity "was mostly, unfortunately, the way that it's been misused in the world."
"I've been discovering the pure part of it," she said, adding that she is experiencing "absolute joy and freedom."
"What's so amazing about it is that it's actually available to everyone – it's available to everyone. And the price of admission, it's just a decision. It's not even living your life perfectly, because none of us are going to do that. … I'm just sharing my journey that I've been on literally only for like the last two weeks, that I have been going to church and been finding a lot of amazing love and peace and purpose. And it's blowing my mind."
McKellar said she's searching for a church closer to home because Bure's church is too far of a drive.
"What I've been experiencing over the last couple of weeks is the feeling of finding that love and joy and freedom from my relationship that I'm developing with the Lord," she said. "... I feel a lot of joy in my heart. And I always like to share that when I can. ... Because I believe that we are put on this planet to experience joy and to spread joy."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.