My name is Crystal.
I look at myself now and see a HUGE work that God has done and will continue to do not only in my outward person, but also in my inward person as well. I am truly thankful that He has never given up on me, even though I have been ready several times to throw in the towel.
I have been growning in the church my entire life! I remember sleeping under pews as a little girl. I remember attending church services every Sunday and Wednesday. I was at the Gospel Singings, Christmas and Easter programs, prayer meetings…I spent a LOT of time in church! I was 14 years old when I made the decision, at youth camp, to accept Jesus as MY Lord and Savior. I knew I had to make my own decision to follow Jesus; no one else could make it for me.
Over the last several years God has been working in me to overcome doubts about my self worth. For most of my life, I have had a very poor self image of myself. I didn’t feel I was of much value to anyone. During those low times I turned to food for comfort. Food wouldn’t hurt my feelings, it wouldn’t judge me. Over the last five years with God’s help, He is truly helping me to see how valuable that I am to Him. I am looking forward to seeing what path He has me on not only today, but also in the future.
I truly love Jesus, not because of His sacrifice for me, even though that is enough. I love Him dearly because He loves me and blesses me far more than I deserve!
One of the hardest things for me to remember is that no matter what I may go through in this life, I have to rejoice because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. We all are designed by God to accomplish great things for His kingdom. Don’t let words of discouragement and doubt overshadow the words of promise and life that come straight from God. Just as Jesus had to be specific in his calling of Lazarus from the grave, he is specific in His calling on your life! He has a plan and a purpose for you!
Psalm 139:14 I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.