Hello and welcome to my (very) little corner of the internet!
I’m so glad you’re here! Whether you stumbled across my blog coincidentally or social media brought you here, I cannot wait to share with you this journey that I believe the Lord is calling me on. I hope and pray that every word you read here would not only encourage and inspire you, but more importantly, point you towards the Lord in all areas of life.
My name is Daelynn, I’m twenty years old, and I’m currently living with my grandparents in the southern part of the U.S. (which apparently means I have an accent, but, personally, I don’t hear it 🤷🏼♀️).
I spend my free time doing things such as writing, playing piano, spending time with my family and/or pets, or doing something creative. I love painting and drawing as well. I spend a lot of my day-to-day time at my job, though, where I get to work with some of the best people in the world at one of my favorite places ever: a bakery! Of course, this means I cannot successfully attempt to go on a diet for more than twenty-four hours without eating something that I’m not supposed to, but hey, it’s totally worth it!
I lost my little sister when I was at the age of two, and my mother passed away from cancer when I was eight. My dad and I don’t have much of a relationship, which is why I’m currently residing with my lovely grandparents (that, and… well, I’m still learning how to properly “adult”). Because of the results of those (and other) situations that the Lord has so graciously carried me through, I’ve struggled with things like depression and anxiety for most of my life.
From the time I was twelve until around the age of eighteen, anxiety and depression practically controlled my life in every sense. Some days it was all I could do to bring myself to socialize with anyone and other days, I locked myself in my bedroom so that I wouldn’t have to. Therapy and medication played a role in bringing me out of such a dark time in my life, but if I’m honest, neither one of the two are totally to thank for me being in a brighter place today. In fact, sometimes I think that if I had not had God in my life at that time, those two things could’ve easily become my downfall if I had let them.
I was raised by my parents in a Christian home and I’ve been attending church my whole life, but it wasn’t until around the age of fourteen that the Lord showed me that I wasn’t taking my faith as seriously as I needed to be. It was then when he really began convicting me of the things I was involved in, the things I was spending my time doing, and the way I was living my day-to-day life. Ever since, he’s been allowing me to grow closer to him each day, as well as leading me out of the darkness that had control over my life for so long. I can say with full confidence today that I am truly in the best place I have ever been, and I owe it all to my father in Heaven – for creating a light and a hope inside of me that I never knew I could have.
I started this blog for three reasons:
One: I have an undeniable passion for Jesus. I still struggle every day with certain things, but at the end of those days, God knows me better than anyone else (including myself) and he has become (especially more recently) the solid foundation underneath these unstable feet of mine. God’s beauty and creation never fails to blow my mind and I know it never will, no matter what my eyes may see on this earth. Each day that I live, I live for Him. He has brought me out of some of the darkest storms in my life and I owe him more thanks than these lips will ever be able to give. Especially for giving me (along with the rest of the world) an opportunity at eternal life in Heaven. That passion, that love, that fire in my soul – I want to share that with as many as people as I can.
Two: I absolutely love to write and have ever since I was a little girl. I was always torn between a writer and an artist whenever anyone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I even wrote, illustrated, and binded my very first book when I was six or seven years old (although, I’m not sure ‘Madison the Mouse’ would exactly be considered a “best seller,” considering I binded it with yarn and illustrated it with crayons).
Three: when I was struggling with so much depression (and anxiety), I was fully aware that I wasn’t the only one dealing with those things. I knew that there were others feeling as horrible and broken as I was, and there were times when I would attempt to lift their spirits and try to take their pain away. But how could I show them the joy, and hope, and happiness of the Lord if I knew nothing about it for myself?
Don’t get me wrong here – I’m not at all claiming to be a perfect Christian, or that I have everything figured out (in fact, I claim the opposite). I still have my days where I struggle to want to socialize or crawl out of the bed in the mornings. I don’t feel 100% all the time. However, God has shown me that even in the darkest and scariest places when I have felt the most alone, he always was/is there, holding me and watching over me the entire time. He has shown me (and still is showing me) that he heard my – even sometimes silent – cries for help, and that, although he may not have answered them immediately or the way that I wanted Him to, He was still there to hear every word I had to say. Maybe the depression, anxiety, or whatever it was/is that I was dealing with didn’t go away immediately or overnight, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t carrying me through everything that was going on at that moment.
I’m still learning this a little more each day and I can’t say that I have all of the answers, but that hope, that happiness, that light, that joy, etc… is what I want to share here with you. I want to share the wonderful peace that comes from knowing the Lord and knowing that even though things don’t seem okay right now, you can still have that assurance that because of Him, no matter what happens, in the end everything will be okay.
Obviously not everything I post here will be mental health related, but I just wanted to give you a little reasoning behind what moved me to start this blog in the first place. The Lord has given us such a wonderful and beautiful opportunity to get to know, love, and be with Him for all of eternity, and if I can point even just one single soul in His divine, perfect direction, then I will have done what I was put here to do!
If you made it this far, I thank you and I want you to know you are very, very appreciated. Even if you didn’t make it this far down on the page and you stopped reading somewhere in the middle, you are still very, very appreciated! 🙂
Thank you for visiting my very little corner of the internet! I hope you stick around for a while. 🙂
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