Hi, my name is Landy De La Hoya, I’m 26 years old and I was born and raised in Long Beach, California. I grew up in a family, where I was taught that I needed to be financially successful in order to have a good life. A good portion of my family is atheist. I was always told to stay away from any form of religion because I would get brain washed. That didn’t stop Jesus from sweeping me off my feet though!
Between the ages of 5 and 8 I was sexually molested by two people and verbally abused by a few family members. Their words stayed with me for a long time. And for years I hid what those men did to me. I wore fear like chains and because of that I pushed people away. I was in a few relationships in high school, hoping that someday prince charming would come and change every bad thing that I thought men to be. It never happened; because the love that I was looking for could only come from Jesus!
When I was 19, I accepted Jesus into my heart. He wiped every tear away, restored all the shattered pieces that was my heart. He gave me the strength to forgive those men who took advantage of me, (and I mean really forgive them.) He changed the way I saw men, he helped me to see them as His children. I was able to forgive those family members that used words to hurt me. He took my fear and turned it into boldness! He took away all the twisted thoughts I had about myself, thoughts of unworthiness and that people would only see me as damaged goods.
Today in Christ, I walk confidently in Him! I’m a Christian blogger! My blog name is mourning into dancing after (Psalm 30:11). I’m a worship leader and one of the young adult’s bible study leaders at my church. I have a HUGE heart for missions! And I am currently working on a book that shares the struggles of a single godly woman pursuing the call of God. My aim is to encourage all the single godly women out there that are struggling with singleness. And to encourage them to answer the call of God on their lives in their singleness!
There is one scripture that has truly rung true not just for my testimony but also other things I have faced as a believer. That is Psalms 30:11, You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy!
It’s been one heck of a ride with Jesus as the driver and me as the passenger. I can’t say my life as a Christian has been perfect, no one can! But Jesus has completed me in every way! Lastly, my prayer is that I would reflect Jesus’ character in every area of my life; that I would always point people to the Father. That whether I keep on blogging for 3 years or 10 years, or I write 2 or 4 books, that people would be encouraged to follow hard after Jesus.
Writing to you from, Long Beach, California.