It’s that time again! I have the amazing privilege of bringing to you another story of an incredible Daughter of the King. This week I am especially excited to introduce you to my beautiful friend of 10+ years! We have been through much in these years and it is truly amazing to see the ways that God has grown her. If you have ever struggled with feeling like you are not enough, I know you will relate to Alyssa’s journey. Read how she came to find sufficiency in Christ.
Tell us about yourself
I work in mental health and I work with kids who have serious mental illnesses. I respond to crisis calls and do some counseling.
I’m passionate about kids and women and people in general. I want people to know that their past or their struggles or their demons or whatever has been in their life or tripped them up is not their end.
It’s not the end of their story . [I want them] to know that they have a future and are beautiful and enough. They are worth so much more than what life has thrown at them or what the devil has thrown at them or whatever the case may be.
I want to be an advocate and a supporter and an encourager to those people and to cheer them on in their journey towards becoming them- who God created them to be.
When did you become a Christian?
I grew up in the church. My earliest memory of encountering God was at the age of three. I remember dancing around on the playground and singing “Jesus come into my heart”.
But I don’t really think I knew what the weight of Christianity meant until I became older. I think I was in high school when I really understood what it meant to live for the Lord.
But that didn’t come without a lot of struggle. The struggle to be perfect- which has been a life-long battle for me [that] lead me to deal with depression and issues with eating, addiction [and] different things like that. [I was] learning to be okay with who I am… learning my identity in the Lord alongside of that.
What has your journey with identity been?
If I had to pinpoint it… the struggle that I have had with my identity is not feeling like I’ve been enough.
I have had “daddy issues”. Feeling like I was not enough for my dad… or I had to live up to a certain standard. I have had some church hurt that has also made me feel like I had to live up to a standard and I wasn’t enough. I have been rejected by friends, and all of these things while I have grown in leaps and bounds in many ways, I still to some extent struggle with.
I’m still growing and still learning to accept that I am a daughter of the King. That I am His chosen beloved daughter. [I’m learning] that I am a new creature, that I am enough, that I’m beautiful and that I don’t have to be perfect. God accepts me the way that I am. He wants me and He desires me. [He] wants to have a relationship with me.
Can you speak to what it means to be enough?
I think if anything… what I’m learning is that enough [means] me “being” is enough. God wanted me here and that’s enough. Me being a work in progress is enough. “I don’t have to have it all together” is enough.
Why is you being a work in progress enough?
Because God says He’s not done with me. He has a purpose for me, and a will for me. [He says] that He wants to see me thrive and be useful for His Kingdom. He can use me in my weakness. I do not have to have it all together in order for Him to use me.
What do you believe your purpose is?
I think I’ve been created to let other women or young women or youth or whoever know that they too are enough. There’s more to their life than their circumstances or their past.
I think I’m made to create. I have a passion for creating. Creating spaces-whether that’s a home or an event or whatever… something that’s inviting to someone. A warm environment where they feel like they can go and relax and be inspired by that space.
I don’t know why I enjoy creating so much. I think over the years it has been a therapeutic way of expressing myself. It feels good to create. It’s a way to relieve stress; it’s been a way for me to communicate. Not so much anymore. It’s been more in the past seasons of my life when I’ve gone through depression and anxiety.
It’s been more difficult for me to create recently because I think it goes back to that perfectionism. I feel like I have to make it perfect or it’s not good enough. Rather than before- I was just expressing myself.
I wasn’t making it for anybody else but for me or for God. Now I’m moving into this transition where I am making these things for other people, and it’s difficult because I don’t know how other people are going to perceive it or see it … or are they going to like it?
Is it going to be good enough? Am I good enough? Am I qualified to do it? All of the things. That’s where I’m at now when it comes to creating, but I am trying to push past those feelings.
I have a vision to repurpose or refinish furniture… or just crafts to put into people’s homes. I’m planning on making it a business.
6 Months Later…
As a close friend of Alyssa’s, I’ve had the joy of watching her grow and change so much since we did this initial interview. It has been absolutely incredible for me to watch her step into the things that she spoke of in the interview. I see her walking with great confidence in our Savior and I see her actively pursuing God’s kingdom business in her life. The growth in her life has been so evident and encouraging that I knew I wanted her to share a little about what has happened in her life since this last interview! I asked Alyssa to give us a summary of what has taken place in her life, and here is what she said:
Wow! Isn’t this so encouraging guys? It’s amazing what God will do in our lives when we trust Him for our identity and our purpose! Alyssa is such a great example of that! What stuck out to you about Alyssa’s story? Show Alyssa some love in the comments below!
This post is a part of the Moments of Hope Link-up.