About Me (Olivia)

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Many words could be used to discribe me. From the most basic like “girl” to some with more distinct characteristics like “Chocoholic”. I’m a musician, an artist, a daughter, a sister, a book lover, a babysitter, a tea and coffe fanatic, a sociology/psychology geek,  a writer, a theology geek, and a thingymagingy. However, this is not my true identity. My true identity doesn’t lie in my personality or in what I do, it lies in the God who has redeemed my soul.

I would be absolutely nothing without my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He took me from my dead and “uglified” state and in transforming my heart and mind to His beautiful one. In Him I am finding my identity and beauty, but without Him I am nothing more than dirt and filth. That’s where the name for my blog came from, I am nobody, but the God I worship is everything. I look at myself, and I look at the God that would come to earth and die for me, and I know that I am nothing. I am a nobody. The name also comes from my hero, Amy Carmicheal’s, pen name that she had when she was a young woman.

Esther 4:16 is one of my life verses that my dad gave me a few years ago when looking for a good email address. It’s the verse when Esther tells Mordecai that “If I perish, I Perish”. She was willing to do whatever it was for the sake of her people and for the sake of what’s right. She faced death with amazing courage and strength, and she has set an example for me that I want to emulate.

So I guess with that out of the way some of you might want to know a little bit about me in the areas of what I enjoy doing and my life. All those things mentioned above are true, except I’m not sure what a “thingymagingy” is, I just didn’t know what else to put. :) I have been blessed with a great family that I term as “hefty” sized (five kids), which could also be translated as the size that you can still fit in a normal van but with no room to spare.

God has given me some distinct passions in my life. Firstly, the gospel. Which I have already mentioned as my identity. Secondly, a double whammy, India and modern day slavery. God has burdened my heart with these things and I doubt He will ever remove them. My dream is to counsel former sex slaves and prostitutes in the Red Light disctricts of India someday, but as my mom always says, “hold your plans with an open hand”. Thirdly, music. I write, sing, play three instruments, listen, am an apprentice teacher, street musician, and whatever else you can think of with music.

Please also visit the blog I coauthor for young women Imperishable Beauty.  I love to get to know my readers so please leave a comment or contact me. So, on the surface that’s me. But if you want to learn anymore just read by blog! Happy reading!

In Christ alone, Olivia

18 responses to “About Me (Olivia)

  1. Hi Olivia!
    Thank you for all your comments on my blog… they meant so much. It is so encouraging to find another “Jesus freak” on the web. I was encouraged by reading your bio – you truly shine with the Lord’s grace.
    Hope you visit Cross-eyed often. I also have a blog specifically for ladies that I update every day or so. I would love for you to check it out!
    http://alabasterboxblog.wordpress.com

    God bless you as you write and live for Jesus!

  2. Well thank you for visiting! It means a lot to have “older” (ha ha) people be reading and commenting. I am checking out alabaster box and it is great! Thanks again for commenting.
    In Christ,
    Olivia

  3. “if I perish, I perish” – thats radical! I like that, Olivia! :)

    Well I’m one more person whose “older” that you’re doing a great job! I love the name of your blog… its so close to mine! :)

    May God bless you for the encouragement you are to us, Olivia. Thanks so much for those comments, and yes I’m from India! Maybe we can go on a missions trip together sometime! lol Guess who else is of Indian origin… the only and only Ravi Zacharias- one of the best defenders of the faith! He inspires me too… :)

    You are now on my blogroll! :)

  4. Thanks for adding me! You are now on mine too. I have been looking for places in India to give money to and support, so if you know any, just email me! I would love to go on a missions trip, but right now I am just having to be patient waiting to find a place to go, especially when in my family we can’t leave the country (well not Canada) until we are 18 without a parent. So that slows things down. If you know any where tell me!!!!!
    In Christ,
    Olivia

  5. Just a completely random observation: I noticed that Olivia’s blog and Roshan’s blog have the same numbers in it, only backwards.

  6. Blazingpretzel: Totally random indeed :-) (but I noticed that too).

  7. Yeah, it screws me up at first glance. Like on some of your blogs that have both of us on your blogroll.

  8. Hey Olivia,
    You’ve been awarded the “Kindred Spirit Award” at my blog. Thank you for your friendship and encouragement! You are a true kindred spirit.
    God bless you!

    Kaysie

  9. Wow-an Amy Carmicael fan! What a great way to pick your name. :)
    Keep up the good blogging!

    God bless,
    Carmen

  10. Pearls and Diamonds

    Hi Olivia! Thanks for visiting our site! I enjoyed looking around yours, too! Amy is a hero of mine as well…as is Esther! BTW, we’d love it if you considered joining our blogroll!

    Blessings,

    Abigail @ Pearls and Diamonds

  11. Olivia, it was great meeting you last night. I’m encouraged to see your passion for God and your desire to write about that passion. Maybe if we meet again, we can talk more. If not, you have my email address, feel free to write me anytime.

    Blessings

  12. Hi Olivia,
    What an excellent blog you have! and I love the name and scripture behind it. You are very eloquent with a beautiful way of expressing yourself. Actually, I was surprised you are a teenager! This is my first visit, but I will be sure to come back again.

    Blessings
    Amanda
    (Australia)

  13. Felicia

    I have to agree with Kaysie…. I haven’t found anyone else on here (wordpress) that has the same kind of convictions as I do. I also haven’t met any girl outside of my church who looks up to Leslie Ludy and Amy Carmicheal! thanks so much for commenting – you write beautifully!

  14. You are wise for one so young. I am Jared and Abigail Kraft’s Grandma Linda and I have enjoyed your blog today!

    God’s Blessings!

  15. Rebecca

    Olivia,
    Thank you for your honest words in this blog. I am a homeschool mom and stumbled across your blog while searching for information to “defend” the resurrection. I was heart-broken tonight after hearing my own nephew reject Christ stating he does not believe in the resurrection or the Bible (he was not homeschooled and I believe is a product of the years of indoctrination by “the world”). Yet, I am encouraged once again, by the beauty of your words, the truth you have accepted and are proclaiming. I pray my children will someday express their faith as eloquently and boldly as you have. You probably never imagined you would encourage a mom in another state, hm?! :-) Now you need to go hug your parents and thank them for giving you such a precious gift….they have loved you enough to be sure you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior. They have impacted you for eternity…everything else you’ve “received” is just extra.
    Because of Him,
    Rebecca

  16. Elyse

    Olivia,
    I am a semi-average teenager, and I came across your blog via the Rebelution site. If its possible, I’d love for you to maybe give your input on a question I’ve had for a long time; it may sound simplistic, but it really gets in the way of my relationship with God sometimes. I don’t want it to. So here it is: Why do we sometimes have a hard time feeling connected to God? When I pray, I can sometimes feel Him and other times I can’t. I want to always be in tune with Him when I can, but it doesn’t always happen. Is it God or me? Again, its totally up to you to answer, but if you could, it would help me out, I’m sure. Thanks!

    • Hey Elyse!
      I would love to answer your question and take some time to help you and encourage you but I feel that this would be easier done with an email. My comment would get far too long and also it would be nice to be able to contact you and get to know your situation a little more. You didn’t put an email or I already would of done that and I totally understand not giving out your personal email online. All my emails from my blog go through my father first for privacy purposes. If your parents don’t feel comfortable with using your email address than maybe you could use theirs. Go to my contact page to get my dad’s address. I hope to hear from you soon! If for some reason that doesn’t work out maybe I’ll write a post on this topic. God bless you Elyse and may He fill you with His presence!

  17. Elyse

    Hi Olivia, thanks for writing back. I’m sorry I couldn’t leave my e-mail. I still can’t! But I really appreciate you taking the time to say something. I just wanted to let you know that my church recently went through a series on prayer, and I can’t explain it very well, but I felt that when I talked to God, I could really feel Him listening! I had just cried out for Him, asking Him to hear me, and that this was something very important to me. It was almost like a warmth spread over my heart. I’m tearing! But yes, I believe it just took a little wake-up call to know that through God, these things matter, and He can fix it. Thanks for your concern, and I will be growing now because of God’s love…for me, of all people!
    -Elyse

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