I have been so excited to post this Refined session. She is an amazing young lady that I had the pleasure of getting to know while we served as youth pastors in Bend, Oregon. Her passion for the Lord is evident the moment you come in contact with her. She is such an encouragement to anyone that crosses her path. I am so excited to see where the Lord takes this girl…she has overcome so many adversities at such a young age, I know that she will not let anything come in between the plans that the Lord has for her life. Ms.Ceydi Marie..I love you girl and I am so grateful that the Lord brought our lives together..I love and miss you so much and am so proud of the amazing woman that you are becoming.
So here is Ms.Ceydi’s story..in her words…
Hello, my name is Ceydi. I am 17 years old, a junior in high school, a sister to two and daughter to two, but not how you think. I have a earthly mother and a heavenly father, and the difference between my earthy father and my heavenly father is I didn't come to know my heavenly father and acknowledge him as my father until I was 11! Are you wondering what happened to my earthly father? Well he’s in heaven now with my other father! (confused yet?)
Coming into this world I had it pretty good. My mom and dad were married with a son and a daughter from my dad’s previous marriage, a home, a good family, it seemed good. Well it didn't exactly stay that way.
My dad made some pretty bad decisions when I was about 2, my mom was heartbroken and lost, so she left him and started seeing a man that filled that void only to find out he would hurt her even more.
Then lost, hopeless and alone my mom found a quick fix in drugs, all the while breaking her back to raise and care for her 2 young children.
At my moms rock bottom my brother and I found ourselves placed in a foster home. We were placed with a young couple who had never been foster parents before. In the midst of the chaos my brother and I happened to find hope…a glimmer of light through a group of kids who met every Wednesday night to learn about a God who is forgiving, loving, merciful, gracious, kind, joyful, caring and so much more; and right there, after every stubbornness and hard headed battle that was in me…after many Wednesdays, I gave my whole self to Jesus Christ my Savior, Redeemer and loving Father.
My mom decided that she wanted to make a change in her life and went to treatment. After that …and from there on things just fell into place.
I gave my heart to the Lord in fifth grade, now in 11th, my mom is and has been clean since she completed treatment. She has a great job, we live in a beautiful home and are being blessed everyday!
God works in amazing ways, and He molded me from all the broken pieces laying astray and He is still adding colors to this piece of art!
The future holds so many exciting things and I know that God will lead me in the path He has planned for me my life…I just have to listen and follow.