Open your heart and run to God with open armsLibby Williams
Hi, my name is Libby and this is my story…
2 Corinthians 5:17 [ESV] reads :
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
When I was 4, I moved to Cornwall where I was adopted- because my birth mother has Schizophrenia and could not look after me. I resented it. I Resented being away from my blood-related parent. So I rebelled. I took things that weren’t mine, I was rude and arrogant to my parents, and I knew no goodness. I went through counselling, meetings with social workers, educational psychologists, support workers, doctors, the lot. I went through phases of self harm too. This all went on from about Year 2 up until Year 10.
For my Bronze D of E, my mum took me to the youth project for my volunteering, which I did for 3 months. Then I stayed on for another year. A dear friend, Edmé Brink (who has played a massive role in my life as a Christian) encouraged me to come to church. I said I would ask my parents (I never did) and always said that they said no. I mean, me at church?! Not happening. But eventually I was so irritated with the “are you coming to church this week” that I finally said yes. And I LOVED IT.
I got my first Bible (courtesy of Edmé), met the Fowle family (love you guys), and became a member of WCC. I went on the youth camp (2016, I think) to Spree in Crediton, and that was where I first gave my life to Jesus, after a preach from Tim Alford. I was baptised on September 10th 2017 and I have never looked back. Since then, I have been to Creation Fest, TAG Conference, AND, I am delighted to say that I am continuing my faith journey with SWYM!!
I just want to thank all the people, and my church (a second family to me) who played a role in my being saved, but most of all I want to thank Jesus. Since meeting Him everything has slowly become better, and yes there are still things not quite perfect, but He is, and He will help me overcome the things that I cannot forget.
“Run to the Father, fall into grace, I’m done with the hiding, no reason to wait” – Lyrics from ‘Run to the Father by Cody Carnes’
My message to you is that never dwell on the past, instead, always use it to help you move forward. Open your heart and run to God with open arms. Because He wants to know. It is hard, but the journey is so worth it.
We hope that you loved reading Libby’s story and seeing how God has been working through her and in her life. Remember that your story has value and has so much power. Whatever your story is, tell it with confidence, knowing that the Creator of the universe designed it uniquely for you. Your story is so very important and so very special. It makes you who you are and has the power to change lives. Be proud of your journey and proud of your story.