Hi there! My name is Abby Ryals. I started this blog in 2018, and I have been on a journey of learning to daily surrender to the Lord and “be still” with Him. God’s been working on my heart ever since I was young, and I thought the best way to describe it to you would be to tell you my story…
I was born in Birmingham, AL and lived there for 14 years. I was born into a Christian family, meaning that my mom and dad are both believers. My family and I went to church every week, and I’ve gone to a Christian school my whole life. Christianity has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
When I was 7 years old, I heard the gospel at church and spent some time talking to my parents about what I had heard. I understood that I was a sinner who needed Jesus to die for my sins. As a 7 year old, I didn’t quite understand the depth of my sin and the severe damage that it causes, but I knew Jesus was a necessity for my life, so I surrendered my life to Him and was baptized soon afterwards.
It wasn’t until I was about 13 years old when it all made sense. I began to understand the severity of my sin and my desperate need for a Savior. I actually understood what “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 3:23) really meant, and I understood that “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son,” (John 3:16) meant that God deeply loved me enough to send Jesus to die for me! I then rededicated my life to Jesus with my new understanding of the radical love that Jesus has for me despite my sin.
Since then, my life has not been all about sunshine and daisies. The Lord likes to take me outside of comfort zone. Right before entering high school, my family and I moved to Gilbert, AZ. We left all of our family in AL, all of our friends, and everything we had ever known to follow God’s will for us. We didn’t know anybody (which is terrifying btw!!). I started a new school, had to find a new church, and moved into a new house. Everything was new and everything was changing.
Throughout high school, I learned a lot about who God is, and I was learning how to engage in a real relationship with Him. My first two years of high school were filled with lots of conviction. I felt convicted that I was calling myself a “Christian” without actually spending time with the Lord outside of Sunday mornings. The Lord was not just asking for me on Sunday mornings. He wanted all of me all the time. I was convicted about the importance of God’s Word. It is quite literally God’s written words for us, and Hebrews 4:12 tells us that it is “living and active and sharper than any two edged sword.” At this time I was also learning more about God’s character and how personal He is with me. God’s Word and God Himself never change, even when my circumstances are changing (Is. 40:8, Heb. 13:8). He is sovereign, full of grace, so powerful, and absolutely loving. These were mind-blowing truths for me! My biggest takeaway from these years in high school was when I started to understood that I am loved, known, and valuable to the Lord (Jer. 31:3, John 3:16, Ps. 139). This was a difficult concept for me to understand, and since learning this, I have made it a personal goal to remind all people of how loved, known, and valuable they are to the Father. For me, this was a life changing conviction. It has changed the way I think about myself and interact with others.
The next two years of high school, I continued to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord as I learned about His genuine, radical love for me. At this time. the Lord was stirring in my heart thoughts of ministry. I found myself daydreaming about this blog, opportunities to teach God’s Word, and moments to encourage other believers. This ultimately led me to start this blog in 2018, and that has led to opportunities for writing, speaking, and growing in my relationship with the Lord. Over the past few years, the Lord has brought me a little bit further outside of my comfort zone and into His beautiful grace. I love ministry, and I still get so excited when I think of all the possibilities the Lord may have for the future.
Since then, I graduated high school in Arizona in 2019, and now I am currently a student at Azusa Pacific, which is located just outside of Los Angeles. I’m studying psychology and christian ministries, trusting that the Lord has me here, doing what I’m doing, for a reason. In my day to day life you can find me in classes, studying, dancing with APU’s dance team, grabbing a coffee with a friend, writing, or hanging out with my roommates. I love people and being with people, but above all else, I love the Lord with all my heart. Despite a busy schedule, I have discovered that it is so important to “be still and know that the Lord is God” (Ps. 46:10). It can be hard. I totally understand, but it is oh so important to spend some alone time with Jesus! Trust me, it’s worth it!
I love you guys, but most importantly, the God of Heaven and earth loves you more than anything in the world!!