‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ – Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]
I would love for Every Season Counts to become very personal and ‘unfiltered’. I want every post to be honest about both the highs and the lows in life, without sugar coating things and trying to act as if everything is always okay, but instead sharing personal and real things. I want it to be a place where people feel loved and encouraged throughout every Season in their life. What I’d love for Every Season Counts is for it to be a place where people feel like they can share their stories or current struggles knowing they won’t be judged but will be supported. Because of this, today I felt like I’d introduce myself and share a part of my own story.
A little bit about me…
My name is Lydia. I’m 17 and I live in the UK. I’m the eldest of 10 (yes 10). I’m currently studying media and have been a christian since I was 13.
Growing up I’d always known about God. I attended church every Sunday, went to Sunday school and that was about it. I knew who God was but didn’t necessarily have a personal relationship with Him. It wasn’t until I was about 11 (year 7) that I started to actually dig a little bit deeper into who God was and who He could be for me.
As a kid we’d moved a lot. One thing I didn’t expect however, was moving secondary schools. At the end of year 7 I moved to a completely different place with very little people I knew. Instantly I blamed God for it. This was my way of ‘dealing’ with it. This went on for quite a few months, although I’d made some really good friends and met some amazing people I still didn’t understand why this happened. Until one day. Something I hadn’t done during this time of blaming God was read my bible or listen to worship music, so out of the blue I decided to sit down and do that one day. In this time, the verse Jeremiah 29:11 really spoke to me, I don’t know how I even came across it, I just did. As I read it, everything made sense. The feeling I had was unlike anything I’d ever experienced and I didn’t know how to take it, I just knew it was good.
A few months later, me and my youth group attended this christian festival called Soul Survivor. The entire week was incredible! From this year in particular (my first year going) I can’t remember much of it other than the fact I had the best time with the best people. Although I do remember one night… on this night I was so overwhelmed (in a good way) with everything that was going on around me, I didn’t know what to do. Then, it was like I was physically being told “it’s okay to feel like this” and in that moment I literally sobbed more than ever before. I felt a weight of whatever I’d been carrying lifted off my shoulders and I felt the happiest I had been in a long time. This was the first time I felt God for myself and the moment I decided to give my life to Him and follow what He had in store for me.
When I got back from Soul Survivor I had this desire to have a relationship with God and this desire to learn more about Him. From this, I then decided to get baptised. This was one of the best days of my life and something I’ll never forget. This was just the start…
This is just the beginning of my story. There is so much more I could say about the things Jesus has done in my life, however I just wanted you to hear the beginning. I hope that this has given you all a little insight on a small part of my journey and allowed there to be a more personal element to this blog. I want Every Season Counts to be a place that I can hear and share your stories. I want it to be a place where we can support and encourage each other through every season and every situation with Jesus as our foundation. I want it to be personal and real. Showing all the good and all the bad so we can be real about everything we go through in life.
Your story matters. Gods plan for you is amazing. His timing is perfect. And His love for you is never-ending.