Daily Delight

Monday, February 15, 2016

God has laid it on my heart to share part of my testimony this week.

At the beginning of my senior year of high school I began to struggle with depression. It took me a while to realize that I was also suffering through very bad anxiety problems as well. I had been taking my whole life into my own hands. I was worried about my future, stressed about where I would end up being for college. And I was depressed because I was trying to clean up my act on my own. I didn’t fully understand grace and I was trying to earn my way back into God’s presence. I struggled to grasp how God saw me through Jesus. I felt like I was on the outskirts. I felt that I couldn’t step into the joy and peace and love that other Christians around me were experiencing. For the first time I was seeing how undeserving I was of God’s love and I didn’t know how I could possibly receive everything He was offering me. 

But God met me where I was at. He spoke to me in so many ways-through the people in my life and through circumstances. He showed me how great His love for me was and He answered all of my doubts. He restored me with His joy and peace. He helped me move forward from my past. And He showed me was grace truly meant. My eyes were opened to how sufficient Jesus’s sacrifice for me was. I didn’t have to earn my worth or His acceptance. Jesus was enough for me. 

So my encouragement is for those of you who understand what it’s like to feel on the outskirts. You may feel like you can’t possibly experience complete joy, complete freedom, complete peace. And you should know that God does want that for you-yes you. He sent Jesus for you. Not just to save you from the penalty of your sin but to give you freedom and make you whole. Don’t stay on the outskirts when Jesus paid such a great price you to know to the fullness of His joy, love and peace. It was you that He was thinking of when He endured the cross. "Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." -Hebrews12:2(NIV) 

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About the Author

Olivia Nix≫ ≫Olivia attends Auburn University where she is passionate about her aspirations of one day becoming a nurse. Daily she is humbled as she walks with her Savior seeking to find everything she needs in His love for her. She enjoys good books, running, road trips, and doing anything outdoors. She is always up for any adventure. But most importantly, she finds her greatest adventure and greatest joy in living out her faith in The Lord, wherever He may lead her.


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