Hello Everyone! I am so excited to have the first post in the "God is Able" series going live today! This post is from my dear blogging friend Audrey who blogs over at Whimsical Wanderings Blog and I just can't wait for you to read what God has done in her life. Audrey has such a kind and beautiful soul and I have loved getting to know her better through the community that comes with blogging and from coordinating with her on this post. I can't wait to meet her in person! Audrey, thank you for being courageous enough to share your story and be honest and real with us.
Hello lovely readers of Love, Kaycie!
I'm so excited to be able to share with you today some of the things God has done in my life! It's such an amazing opportunity to share a part of my story with you. God deserves all the credit and glory for the work He's done in my life, so I'm excited to share it all with you!
Honesty time. In the past year, I've really struggled with depression. I felt as though I was living in darkness, and there was no way out. Even when I tried to focus on the amazing grace of Christ and His sacrifice for me on the cross, I still felt completely alone and abandoned. I constantly listened to Satan's whispers and lies: that I was unloved, uncared for, and unwanted. I've never felt so far away from God or from other people.
I tried to find happiness in every possible thing, especially my boyfriend. I relied on him for my happiness and to fix my problems. But what I didn't realize at first is that he's only human. He couldn't truly fulfill my needs or bring me the joy that I so desperately desired.
God has a wonderful way of giving us exactly what we need when we need it. And this past summer, God forced me to rely on Him, instead of my boyfriend or anyone else. He gave me exactly what I needed to do that: an amazing group of girls to encourage and uplift me at our weekly bible studies, the opportunity to serve my community and actually share the Gospel with people, and precious time in the Word every morning.
I can't even tell you how Christ turned my life around. He gave me a sense of purpose and a kind of joy that I had never experienced before. He gave me a mission for my Christian walk. Now I know what my purpose is: to follow Christ by giving everything to Him. By sharing the good news of the Gospel and by serving and fighting for those who can't fight for themselves. To follow Christ in any way that He calls me to.
There is joy in following Christ. There is joy in being rejected for His sake, in living and dying for Him. I want to experience this joy even further.
Through my struggle with depression, God has shown me the depths of my need for Him. A raw, deep need that aches for closeness and strength from Christ. Every day when I fail, He is there with forgiveness and love. Going through this has brought me a special closeness and reliance on Christ that is not possible when circumstances are perfect.
In whatever struggles and trials you're going through, I want to remind you that God is able. Able to heal, able to conquer, able to forgive, able to refresh. There is fulfillment and joy in Christ that cannot be found in any other place. This is the God who walked on water, who calmed storms, who rose from the dead! That is the God who loves you, cares for you, and pursues you. Even when you're running away, even when you're broken, God is able.
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us." - Ephesians 3:20-