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She is Clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

Proverbs 31:25

Who am I?

My name is Abrena and I am the writer and the face behind the blogs. I was born and raised in California. I am a school-age youth leader. I only wear makeup for special occasions. I love junk food. I wear sweatpants. Sometimes I cuss and I have tattoos.

I am a wife and a mom to three pretty cool kids (D 17, Ayo 8, and Abby 2). We are a bunch of foodies and we love to travel. We love to watch movies and take naps. Sometimes we fight with each other. We let our house get messy. We make mistakes.

I am a daughter who grew up in a blended family but I am lucky to say that I have great and supportive parents. I’m a sister; the youngest of six siblings. My circle of friends is very small but I do have a huge family. With a huge family comes tons of nieces and nephews and a couple handfuls of god children. I wish I could say that I make more time to be with those I hold dear to my heart but life happens and time just slips by.

Most importantly, I am an heir to the throne of the Most High King. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, more precious than rubies, and all that good stuff that God says I am. BUT, I often look at myself through my own eyes instead of his.

That said, you can see I’m imperfect. I tend to forget my worth and my purpose. I struggle to find peace in the midst of my hardships. I lack patience and have trouble understanding why sometimes God's plan means I have to go through a season of pain and long-suffering.

On the other hand though, I believe that Jesus died for my salvation and his spirit lives within me. Because he lives within me I have the power of HIS strength, HIS peace, HIS hope, HIS guidance, and basically every good thing that I naturally lack or fall short of. I have HIM.

I am HIS.

My life is far from perfect but HIS love for me isn’t.

So why Unhindered Design?

Unhindered Design is the name that God put in my heart back in 2016 to remind me that no matter what I’ve done, what I’ve been through, no matter what I’m going to do. No matter the circumstances. No matter whatever, whenever, rain, shine, any kinda weather… who he DESIGNED me to be and what he DESIGNED me to do will NEVER be HINDERED.

As you can see from all of the above about me and you will continue to see in my blogs, I have lived a life that has been hindered by my own lack of faith in myself. I have worked in the medical field for many years and a couple years ago I started a new career working with children. My current job is very challenging but so rewarding so it does balance out. I’m happy at my job but I still find myself feeling unfulfilled.

I started this blog in 2016 but after having my youngest daughter I really couldn’t make the time to write. After a while it just became something that was always in my heart and in the back of my mind but I had put it off for so long that I just didn’t have the motivation to start back up again. 2017 came and went, then 2018 came and went. Now it’s 2019 and I am getting ready to turn 35 in a couple weeks. I have been feeling the need to chase this passion I have for writing and sharing all the goodness of God in my life. This tugging at my heart has been so strong lately and I realize that it’s time to stand up in faith, get unhindered, and really be serious about this blog! I believe that God has a lot to say to a lot of people and he chose me to do it!

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24 NIV)