Hi, I’m Lydia, and I am Nursing major at Brookhaven College. This wasn’t the path that I had laid out for my life. Which was exactly my problem…to think I was the one to create a life plan away from God.

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My daughter Shiloh was born on August 14th of this year, and that is an example of God’s grace!

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All throughout high school, I used my body as a tool to get attention from others. I wanted to please people, be loved, and be known, but I was going about it all the wrong ways. Instead of leaning into God’s truth during my seasons of struggles, I pushed away and listened to worldly lies.

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Throughout my high school years, I constantly told myself, “You’ll be fine, you’re already saved” and “I have struggles, but THAT isn’t MY struggle.”

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By feeding myself these lies, and being consumed by how I would look or feel, I was in a dark place without Jesus. The shame, the guilt, and the deceit was miserable. I viewed myself with a critical eye, especially as I criticized my body, thinking it that wasn’t up to “standards”.

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Through Shiloh, God has shown me how much he loves me and how he made me just the way I am — a part of HIS design!

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I have a CD that I turn on when it’s nap time for Shiloh. It plays bible verse songs. One of them is Psalm 139: 13-14. It says, “You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

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How uplifting is it to know that from the beginning, you are WONDERFULLY MADE! God made you just the way you are from the very beginning!

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God used Shiloh to show me his abounding grace and love when I didn’t think I deserved it. Now he is teaching me how to show Shiloh how much she is loved, appreciated, and beautiful in God’s image.