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Meet Gracelyn! Talking purity plus more w/ Gracelyn

Sunday, March 24, 2019

We're still going! All month long I am celebrating young women in honor of Women's History Month.

Today's feature is with the  amazing Gracelyn! I met Gracelyn a few years ago and was so inspired by her journey.  She's such an inspirational young woman and I could not wait to have her on the blog. 

Gracelyn decided that she wanted to do a Q&A and as soon as I started reading her answers I was crying!!

Grab your tissues and read a bit about Gracelyn below:

1. How old are you?
I am 19 years old!

2. What is something that makes you special?
My identity makes me special. My name is Gracelyn. On June 29th, 1999 - I was born 2lbs, 1oz to two parents who believed in the Grace of God. Mom went through so much; blood transfusions, shots, bedrest, allergies to medication, depression, and severe hemorrhaging. The doctors told my parents that if my mom didn't have a blood transfusion, we would both die. This is when I was named “Gracelyn” because my parents said that it was by the “GRACE" of God if I lived. My mom was so sick, tired and worn out that she said to God “If this baby is not born by Tuesday, then I quit”. Sure enough, our Father in Heaven heard her cry and within an hour her contractions started 20 minutes til midnight and I was born that Tuesday morning. Now my name is Gracelyn. My name carries life, power, identity, beauty, strength, and of course- love. I believe with everything in me that the reason why I am who I am is not because of anything that I have said or done- but it is because His Grace is sufficient for me (2 Corinthians 12:9). Someone fought for me, someone paid a price for me, someone suffered for me. This is what Jesus Christ did for me and for you. That is what makes US special. My name is not just a name, it is my identity. God marked me for Him. To live, breath, and do all that I do to glorify Him. I encourage you to find out what your name means, maybe it’s not a positive meaning or maybe it is, but be sure to identify based on who God calls you, not based on what you’ve faced. You are a daughter, you are a son, and you are special, precious, and loved in His sight. (Isaiah 43:4)

3. When did you know you had a special message to share with the world?
In 2016, I began making 2-3 minute inspirational Snapchat stories. I grabbed my phone nearly every day to speak about what God placed in my heart. I spoke a lot about relationships, worth, love, and humanity. There were days that I went to school and was asked if I’d ever considered starting a YouTube channel. I then felt compelled to begin my YouTube channel Gracelyn Sorrell speaking on purity, love, and relationships, I realized that if people were inspired, then I was doing something right. I knew that I had a special message to share with the world well…When I started sharing it. In my process of committing to purity, losing my father, pornography addiction, same-sex assault, bullying, being set apart and so much more- I didn’t understand any of it. I couldn’t seem to comprehend God's thoughts for me when mine were everywhere. I was broken and I couldn’t find the courage to share my story with the world because I couldn’t get past the question that I’d asked God nearly every day, “Why me?" Until one day He said to me, “Why NOT you?” I said okay God, fine- You can use me even IN my pain. He did just that and continues to give me platforms to speak and share what He has placed in my heart.

4. What would you consider your biggest obstacle that you have overcome?

The biggest obstacle that I have overcome was struggling with identity issues. This was not only an obstacle, but it was also a course- a process that you can’t skip to the end to win. It was a process that I’d least expected that I would deal with. It sprung up from being bullied and same-sex assault. My entire life was flipped upside down. I didn’t know who I was, so I accepted who people told me I was. I didn’t know how to get to know other people, so I isolated myself.  I didn’t know how to love, so I accepted lust. I didn’t even know what my laugh naturally sounded like, so I tried to sound like everyone else. My perspective was perverted and distorted in every way. My days were cloudy and it felt like the longest storm. Struggling with identity does not only equate to sexual orientation, but identity issues also begin when you don’t feel worthy enough to find the truth. Identity lies in truth and I wasn’t willing to find truth because that meant facing a mirror and confessing that I was broken and needed saving.

5. What do you do for fun?
I SHOP FOR FUN! I don’t shop to splurge, I shop to style. I love to go out and look for cute accessories, and pieces that can go with my current hairstyle or shoes. I love jeans and comfy things but I am definitely getting into more creative looks all while expressing my personality. If I say “OH MY GOSH, LOOOOOK”, It’s probably a yes from me!

6. What is the greatest testimony that you have witnessed?
One of the greatest testimonies that I have witnessed was from a beautiful lady named Tatiana Jones also known as “Totally Tot”. As she lost her baby nearly 8 years ago, I am reminded of strength and perseverance. The strength that it must take for a mother to lose a baby. Tots testimony reminds me of Gods power. Tot couldn’t have controlled what she lost, but God is steering what she will soon discover. Tot has continued to have hope and carry the gift of hope. The power in Tot is a testament to Christ’s love for us, even in pain- He loves. Thank you, Tot.

7. What would you tell someone who wants to live a pure lifestyle and abstain from sex?
To the person who desires to live a pure lifestyle; please know that purity is not “you put your right foot in, you put your right foot out” Noooo, Purity is the consistent progression of your mind, body, and soul. The Bible talks about being lukewarm "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16). Dig deeper into knowing what purity truly means and once you commit to purity, give your whole heart. We live a pure lifestyle to see Christ (Matthew 5:8). Like I always say “The Goal is Heaven” and of course always remember that "In a world full of impurity, Purity IS possible.” -Gracelyn Sorrell

8. How do you handle this calling at such a young age?
I handle this calling by daily surrender. I give God a fresh “Yes” every day of my life. I could never ever do it by myself.

9. What keeps you grounded?
My mother keeps me grounded. Her wisdom, truth, and love correct me when I’m wrong and I can admit that she will tell me what I need to hear when I need to hear it. These days, I’m so self-aware that I usually tell her what I’m doing wrong, and she will agree or say “No, you are being too hard on yourself” my mom has shown me the love, compassion and truth of Christ which reminds me that I am nothing and He is everything.

Website: GracelynSorrell.com
Instagram: @GracelynSorrell
YouTube: Gracelyn Sorrell
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