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Jessica's Story

My name is Jessica Averill, I live on the beautiful Oregon Coast where I'm are able to enjoy the best that our state has to offer. I enjoy living by the ocean and spending time on the beach as well as in the cascade mountains.

I am a Bible believing Christian that focuses more on my ‘relationship’ with Christ than on the idea of ‘religion’.

I love to study the Bible and to discover the wonderful gems that God has left for me to find throughout His Word. I have a desire to study theology and make it easier to understand for both myself and for others. I enjoy finding ways to help make the Bible applicable to our every day lives and circumstances. I have a great respect for those scholars who have come before me to make this process so much easier for me.

I was born and raised in a small coastal town in Oregon. As a little child I was taken to church by my Grandparents until they moved when I was in my early teen years.  I was saved at a very young age despite the fact that I never attended church with my parents.  At 13 I rededicated my life to Christ and was fortunate enough to find a family who faithfully picked me up for church each week and drove me, as the church I wanted to attend was a good 15 minute drive and I did not yet have a driver's license.  This family played a vital role in the formation of my faith and in teaching me Biblical truth as a teen. This was where I learned firsthand the power and importance of mentoring.

I find that as a Mother I am challenged to put my faith into action one day at a time.  Parenting is the hardest job I've ever had and yet the most rewarding.  I have learned more about God's character and the way He loves me by walking through the steps of parenthood. 

When I was a young woman (around the age of 25) I began to suffer from physical issues that led me through years of surgeries and debilitating pain.  I have overcome and conquered prior disabilities that the Doctors said would never heal or change.  Only to later be diagnosed with a new and 'incurable' diseases.  I've witnessed God removing illness from me and then I've also watched Him walking by my side through it.  

This process has not been simple, but I say this to let you know that as you read my blog posts, I am not just one who writes about pain and suffering from books that I have read or from a theory I was taught in school.  I have walked on my own two feet through the valley of the shadow of death.  I have stared death in the face and I am still here to share my story. 

I hope that part of the reason that God has allowed me to go through such things is so that I can be an encouragement to others who may be struggling through their own trials.  And I believe with all my heart that this is indeed why I am still here.

My prayer is that this blog will be a place where we can share and encourage one another, and in the end that we would know that we are never alone.

May God Bless you in mighty and amazing ways!