Most people that know me would describe me as a vibrant, outgoing, loving and a kind-hearted person that "always seems to be happy". The truth is, much of the time this image has been completely false. While God is teaching me more every day that my identity, purpose, value, significance, worth and joy comes from Him and Him alone, He is also teaching me that it is okay to be open, genuine, and transparent and show and tell people when you are not okay. It is okay to reach out for help, because at some time or another in our life, we all need it. We all have our struggles, trials and tribulations. We all have our weaknesses and areas that need improvement, and we do NOT need to be ashamed about that! That is part of being human, and it is in our weaknesses and brokenness that God's light can shine through! (2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me).
For most of my life, I have been in unhealthy relationships that told me that I was worthless and insignificant. I have had people give up on me, leave me and betray me. But I am not defined by my mistakes, or anyone else's. I am defined by my Creator, and it is with Him and a community of people that are committed to loving each other in the good times and the bad that we truly find healing and the "full life" that Jesus desires for each of us to have!