Hi there! It’s so nice to meet you. My name is Lydia, and I’m a 16-year-old girl who lives in northwest Iowa. I love music, writing, black coffee, and Jesus.
And I have to say that I believe in YOU. I believe in a God who loves and forgives and has marvelous plans– for me and for you. I believe in a God who can and will use anyone to do amazing things, and I believe that we need to say “YES” to what God has in store for us.
I’ve been to Haiti four times. If you aren’t aware, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing and injuring over 500,000 people, and leaving 1.5 million people homeless. My heart broke hearing about the devastation of the earthquake. It was then that I developed my passion for loving others and helping the less-fortunate. I left my heart in Haiti, and I have made many relationships and connections there.
I also believe that we were made to live an out of the ordinary life, living in a way that is not-so-average in order to serve God. But you don’t have to go to Haiti to live an out of the ordinary life. That’s where this blog comes in. I am challenging myself and you to live a not-so-average life right here, right where we are.
I am the oldest of two girls in my family. My dad is a farmer, and my mom is a writer.
Some of my favorites are:
- singing (alto all the way!)
- music (I play the marimba, piano, clarinet, and ukulele.)
- any kind of tea!
- classic literature
- public speaking
So this is my story. It’s the one God has blessed me with, and I will live it the best that I possibly can. I think that it’s fitting to close with my favorite bible verse of all time:
“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 a hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29: 11