From Erin: Hey, girls! We are always looking for new writers for LYWB.com, but as it turns out finding writers who love the Word of God, love young women, and are committed to pointing you to God’s truth month after month can be a little hard to come by. That’s why we are tickled pink that God has brought us Lina Abujamra. You’ll be seeing her often here on the blog, and you’re gonna love her! Today I asked her to stop by and introduce herself. So . . . without further ado, meet Lina.
My name is Lina, and this is my first time posting on the LYWB blog. I thought I should start by introducing myself to you and telling you a little bit about my story.
I turned forty this year, which sounds really, really old to most of you, but I don’t look that old. In fact, my patients sometimes still ask me when I graduated from medical school. I think that’s cute.
Oh, I forgot to mention I’m a Pediatric Emergency Room doctor. I have a great job and am thankful to have it, even though it means I work weekends and holidays a lot. It also means I spend a lot of time on Twitter and Facebook trying to live vicariously through other people’s weekend and holiday plans! You can actually follow me on Twitter. My handle is @linamay. But be warned, I tweet a lot.
I live in Chicago—arguably the best city in the world despite the fact that O’Hare is one of the worst airports in the whole world. I don’t agree with the rankings. I love Starbucks and writing. In fact, I’m wrote my first book this summer. It’s called Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended, and it comes out in May.
It’s about being single, and breaking off two engagements over ten years, and struggling with my thought life, and what God says about love, sex, marriage, and life. It’s going to be great.
Oh, yeah. That reminds me. I’m single. And I love it. I get to travel when I want to and where I want to, and I get to watch whatever I want to on TV. I do enjoy television and only feel bad that I work too many evenings to keep up with most shows. But I have Apple TV and on demand and stuff, so I’m pretty up to speed on popular culture. It also means I have a lot to say about popular culture. The truth is that I have lots of opinions on life. That’s gotten me into trouble at times, and I’m learning to think before I speak. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
I’m a huge Apple fanatic. I’m trying to limit the time I stare at the screen two inches away from my face. It’s a hard habit to break.
Though I live alone, I still call my parents daily and am really, really close to my sister and her family. I never thought I’d say that when I was in high school, but my sister is now my best friend. That’s a really awesome thing to say.
I grew up in Lebanon, which explains my weird last name. I speak a few different languages, which explains why people think I have ADD. I don’t.
But most importantly, I fell in love with Jesus when I was in high school and my life has not been the same since. Ten years ago I felt God calling me to full-time ministry. Since then, I started a daily blog that still eats up a big chunk of my time. You can check it out at www.livingwithpower.org. I also teach the Bible at my church, Harvest Bible Chapel (I’m the Women’s Ministry Director there, too), and I speak pretty much anywhere I get asked to.
My life is easily the best picture of God’s grace that I know. I am far from perfect, but God in His grace continues to use me despite me. I am way more in love with Jesus today than I was in high school, and I can’t wait to see what more He has in store for my life.
Here’s how all the above applies to you—I believe God has a plan for your life and for reasons you and I may not know yet, He’s allowing my life to intersect with yours through this blog. I am already praying that God makes the most of our relationship. I believe God intends to use something I will say to impact your life for His glory.
I think that’s enough for a first time introduction. edavis will be posting some of my stuff in the weeks to come. Let me know what you think. Let me know if you want me to write about anything specific. Mostly, let me know how I can pray for you.
Your new friend,