Here it goes...our first of many fascinating interviews. Welcome to the lovely and talented Christina Winchester.
Tell us a little bit about yourself….who you are, where you’re from, what kind of cereal you like, etc?
A little bit about me... Hmmmm. I am a junior at Friends University, majoring in Religion. I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do when I graduate, only a few slight ideas. I love to write. My favorite color is pink and purple... And I don't like spiders.... Yep. That pretty much sums me up. :P
Tell us a little bit about your journey to this point in your life.
My journey has been crazy. From moving from Florida to Kansas at 15, to being diagnosed with Diabetes and Lymphacitic Colitis within a year of each other. And then a few years later getting an anxiety problem. It is never boring with me. But if I hadn't of had these things happen, I would not be the person I am today. I have realized through all of this how strong I actually am, and what I am capable of doing.
What kinds of challenges have you faced through your journey, what you did do to get through them?
Haha, It kind of seems like since I turned 17 my life has been a challenge. But no, that's not true. While yes, I have had more issues than a normal person my age, I am so blessed. With everything that I have been through I just continue to remind myself that none of my suffering is in vain, that God has all of this in hand, and He sees this, and will use my story and my suffering for His glory. And if that is the only thing that I can accomplish through this, I would not change a thing.
What advice do you have for others going through this kind of situation?
Trust that you aren't alone. That God sees you, and knows how you feel, and what you are going through. And that he does not delight in your suffering. He's got this.
Who / what inspires you when the going gets tough?
If the things ever do get tough I just open my Bible to the book of Job. In the last few chapters when it is God talking. Where he points out everything he has done. "Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it" It's kind of a reminder, God is awesome. And if He can do all that and more, surely he can and will be there for me when I am struggling.
What do you think is the hardest thing that young girls today face?
Society is horrible to girls today. Telling them that you have to look like this, act like this, wear this. Sex has permeated things, and it is seeming to be more and more ok for younger and younger girls to do this. And that's not true.
What advice do you have to help them through it?
Don't doubt your value, you are a beautiful and special daughter of God. And you were created for a special and unique purpose to you, and only you can accomplish that purpose. So embrace it.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a message about your future, what would you say?
Pretty much the same thing. Don't doubt your value.
Thanks Christina! Great words that have given us lots to think about. We'll continue our series with a new blog post next week.