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For many years I didn’t think I had a testimony. I grew up in a Christian home. I was homeschooled with a significant emphasis on Biblical education. My family went to church three times a week. At the age of seven, I knelt by the couch in our living room and asked Jesus to be my personal savior.

I don’t have stories of raucous days before conversion. How could my mundane story serve as a persuasive testimony for Jesus Christ?

The marrow of my experience with Jesus began when I was fourteen. Despite all the godly influences in my life, I was snagged by idolatry and vanity. The summer of 1994 I began a 15 year battle with anorexia. I was in and out of hospitals, in the depths of depression and knocking on death’s door.

More than once I fantasized about how peaceful death would be compared to the rabid clamor of degrading thoughts that bombarded me constantly. However, I couldn’t explain my need to live. Hope never abandoned me. DSC_3023

Romans 15:13 calls our Father, “the God of all hope.” That is the summation of my deliverance from anorexia and my passion for the gospel today. Jesus does not simply promise those who believe in Him a pearly, heavenly eternity. Jesus promises life abundantly now. Jesus came so that my joy today can be complete.

Even as Christ rescued me from anorexia, God continues to add depth to my testimony. I have been married for ten years, to a wonderful man. But more than once I have been moments from walking out the door. It has been a lonely marriage. It has been a thousand times less than what I dreamed it would be.

However, the God of all hope is still my deliverer. And He is more than my deliverer, He is my bridegroom, my lover, my Lord. Jesus has redeemed my marriage and is daily teaching me to love as He first loved me. Watching, studying, learning and following Jesus is the consummate purpose of my life.

Today, my husband, an officer in the Army, is stationed in Georgia. While here, I’ve been making steady progress on my book, Almost Nothing, volunteering with my dog Brave through Pet Partners, and leading an online bible study with Good Morning Girls. We won’t live here long, but our life in the military is simply one more way that Jesus continues to win my heart.

He will be my hope and stay no matter where we live, or what I do, or what I go through.
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  Col. 1:17

15 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Kimberly Shaw

    Hi Abby-
    I’m in your WOW Essay Writing group. Wanted to visit your blog and was very impressed. You definetly have a passion for writing. I read several of your posted pieces and enjoyed them. I too love the Lord. It’s always exciting to meet a fellow “sister”. I have been a Christian since I was 13-years-old. I’m working really hard to get the most out of this class. There is so much interaction I’m having a hard time keeping up and keeping the names straight. Would you be intersted in swapping articles every so often and critiquing each other’s work? I’m not great with all the grammar type stuff, although I can hold my own. I’m pretty good with content and flow… the whole picture type thing. Anyways, nice to meet you. Love the picture of you and your hubby. Sounds like you’re living an intersting life traveling around the states.

    • Abby Kelly

      Kimberly,
      I am thrilled that you found my blog and welcome any and all advice. I would love share about the Lord too. I have been a Christian since I was a child too.

      I’m with you as well in feeling a little overwhelmed by all the communication in the class. I enjoy it, but it’s hard to keep up. I haven’t even started trying to keep names straight(:

      Not to be too exuberant, but I would love to swap and critique articles, both while we’re in this class and afterward. I was hoping to ‘meet’ someone who would be willing to do that. I am working on a couple things now that I would love your input.

      Where do you live? We’re in Virginia now. New places are fun, but moving is painful! Take care and I’m anxious to “talk” again soon.

  2. Your blog is beautiful. Just what I needed…

    I am planning to take the Breaking into Print course in the New Year. It looks very good!

    I also am a member of Faith Writers- but how on earth did you get it into a WordPress sidebar? It won’t work for me!

    Check out my blog. It is full of photos as I did not do much summer writing. That will change soon!

    It was a pleasure to “stumble” across your blog. Keep up the great work!

    • Abby Kelly

      I’m so glad you found me! Thanks for reading. I’m anxious to check out your blog as well. You will love the Breaking Into Print Course. My instructor was Valerie Harms. I also really enjoy the WOW Women On Writing Courses. They’re all great.
      Here’s the link to the page for Faith Writers’ buttons. Hope this helps!

      http://www.faithwriters.com/link.php

  3. Tess

    hey :)
    i heard through one of my teachers that your blog is really good, and that you have dealt with or spoke about the issue with body image. i was just wondering if your were able to give us some really helpful info on body image such as maybe experiences? or your knowledge on it.
    me and my partner are making a doco for school on body image, so we need as much accurate and persuasive info on this issue if you would like to share anything :)

      • Happy New Year to you too, and if you need any more help let me know I believe you have my contact details. If not by clicking on my name it will take you to my contact details. I pray you have a prosperous 2013.

  4. Danielle

    Oh my gosh, this is brilliant and I am ALREADY addicted to your blog!! I am so so excited to work with you and even more excited now that I have read some of you work!!

  5. Pam Johnson

    Hey Abby! My husband and I met you and Brave today on the Riverwalk. We really enjoyed walking and talking with you and I look forward to following your blog.

    Pam

    • Abby Kelly

      Pam, I am so glad you found me so quickly! I was actually thinking as I drove home, I wonder if I “friend” Alan on FB, if I can find them?
      :)

      Anyway, I’m glad we’re in touch, and feel free to email me personally from here as well. I failed to mention that my book is already available in ebook format, under a slightly different title: “Surviving the Predatory Lies of Anorexia”
      I really enjoyed meeting you today as well. Sometimes God surprises me with most wonderful blessings. :)
      I hope you have a wonderful week and maybe we can meet to walk again soon!

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