Embrace who you are.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

 Psalms 139:14 ESV

We live in a day and age where it seems that most people have no identity and if they do, they struggle with it. What I mean when I say that is they have have lost their sense of self, their own uniqueness. They carry other people’s image, they try to be like someone else, in which God never intended them to be. God wants us to embrace ourselves just as he created us and to be all that He has designed us to be. We all have been created differently and that’s what makes us unique, special, and beautiful. We all at some point or another have been a victim of trying to be like someone else. I say that because I sure have been in the past. There was a point in my life when I didn’t feel good about myself. I tried my hardest to be, act, talk, dress like others around me while burying my true self. I tried to fit in but it didn’t work. That’s what happens when we are trying to prove to others or even ourselves that we can also be like them, but that’s because in reality deep down we don’t feel good about ourselves. It wasn’t until I finally realized when God brought me to my senses that the way He designed me is different from other people and that’s okay. I don’t have to strive to be like the next person, I just have to embrace the person I already am. And I believe He will say the same thing to you. 😊

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2 ESV 

I encourage anyone reading this post to start seeing yourself as God sees you and not through other people’s perceptions of you. I believe the more we learn about who God is, the more we learn about who we are, because we are made in His image.

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good… 

Genesis 1:31 ESV

From my heart to yours,

Melissa M.

Short reflection on my journey as a Mom.

“God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.”

I never fully understood this quote until I became a mother. Even though God had planted the desire in me to be a mom, I never really felt as if I was capable to be responsible of another human life. I say that because I have a physical condition called Cerebral Palsey. This condition renders me limited in some ways. Not that I am in a wheelchair or anything like that but my right arm can’t function normally in the same way my left can. It’s weakened. 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…” -2 Corinthians 12:9

Soon after I became a mom, It was then that I realized that God doesn’t see what man sees. He sees much deeper than just the surface, He saw my heart’s desire and it pleased Him to bless me with a child. Ever since becoming a mom, I can truly say that it all has been Him who has been equipping me on this journey as a mom. He has equipped me with the knowledge, wisdom, insight, grace, and strength to be the mother that He has designed me to be for my daughter. It is Him that equips when we learn to lean on and depend on Him. And just to add, I don’t share this so anyone reading this would feel sorry for me but to know that when you truly rely on God’s grace in whatever situation you may be in, He will always be there and will help you through it all. Nothing is impossible for Him. Be encouraged in your own journey.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. –Philippians 4:13 ESV

Melissa M.

Trusting God in your storm.

The truth is that we are going to face storms at one point or another during our lifetime. The question is how we are going to react or respond to them when they arise. This morning as I was reading my Bible, I was reminded of the story of Jesus and his disciples on a boat when suddenly a fierce storm arose. You are probably familiar with the story, but if you aren’t I encourage you to go check it out. (Matthew 8:23-27)

Moving along, As we embark through this story and try to understand what it is conveying, I believe we can glean much from what the Holy Spirit is saying. In verse 24 to 25 (I’m going to paraphrase) it says that suddenly a violent storm arose, and the boat was being swamped by the waves, and in the midst of this going on Jesus was sleeping. Afterwards, the next verse says that the disciples came and woke Him up saying “Lord, save us! We’re going to die.” When I read this portion of scripture I can’t help but to think the times we find ourselves in a similar situation when we go through a storm in our own lives. Sometimes the storm can be so intense that it threatens to shipwreck our relationships, our faith, and even our own life! and we find ourselves questioning God in the midst of it and/or telling Him to get us out of it. Now, look at Jesus’ response in verse 26,  He said to them “why are you so fearful, you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the storm, and after there was a great calm.” I love Jesus’ response and its where I would like to focus on. If we go back to verse 25 where the disciples told Jesus to save them because they were going to die. You see, they had forgotten who was with them in the storm. The storm became greater than the one who was able to save them.They took their eyes off of Jesus.

May I be bold and say that’s the same picture with us at times (myself included). We find ourselves facing a hard situation and instead of keeping our eyes on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) we start focusing on what we’re going through and that’s where we start sinking and losing heart and we make our current situation greater than The Great I Am. Jesus is greater than any storm that comes our way and threatens to snuff us out (in a way so to speak) whether that be storms in our marriage, relationships, health, finance, etc. The only way to get through our own storms is to walk by faith, and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) As we place our trust and faith in Him, He will not only take us out in His timing, but He will keep us afloat the storm with His grace and peace and we will be strengthened by it. He’s with us every step of the way. Keep the eyes of your heart on Him and He will see you through each and every time. Trust Him, He is faithful.

Melissa M.

A short testimony of where I’ve been and where I am now.

I remember a time in my life where I went through a life changing event. Back in 2011 I lost my uncle whom I loved very much, and considered him to be a dad figure in my life, since I never knew my biological father because he passed away when I was very young. During that time in my life, I also went through a separation from a relationship that ended abruptly after 3 years. Could you imagine how must have I felt?… To say I was hurt is an understatement. I felt more shattered and crushed than anything. I felt as though my life was falling apart right in front of me. Some days I felt I could literally die from the pain I was feeling. It felt so unbearable at times. I sinked to a really deep depression where I had no desire to do anything, I felt life was so meaningless, I wouldn’t even want to eat at times and tears were my constant companion. I would wear a mask in front of people and smile as to appear everything was okay but deep down I was broken. I didn’t know how to reach out and be vulnerable to people, even those closest to me and share what I was feeling. I felt stuck, confused, empty, trapped, fearful, lost, and alone. It finally came to a point where the pain was just too much and I couldn’t take it anymore, and I remember being in my room one night and I was listening to a worship song by a singer named Kari Jobe on my computer. As I was sitting there, I felt as if I was carrying the whole world on my shoulders. That’s the closest and only way I can describe the amount of pain I was feeling and carrying at the time. So, back to my point, as I was sitting there and feeling like this, I couldn’t contain it anymore and I leaned over my desk and began to pray, but I don’t even know what I was even praying, it felt like I was babbling and before I knew it, I just broke down and I found myself crying and sobbing so profusely that I even vomited. The pain was so real and raw that I was hoping God would hear me and take it away and lift up the burden. And, He did just that! I literally felt the weight lifted off of me afterwards. To make my story short, ever since that experience I have not been the same person. Shortly after that, I started going to church and decided to dedicate my life to Him, Him meaning Jesus Christ. He has changed me in ways I never knew possible, and has given me so much hope, joy, and meaning to my life that I’m just so grateful and so in awe of who He is, and what He has done and continues to do in my life. I’m really scratching the surface with what I’m sharing with you right now. I really felt touched to write this and share it this morning, in the hopes it would bring hope, even if its just to one person. And, I would like to say that if you find yourself in a similar situation like I found myself in years ago, and you feel alone or you don’t know how to go on another day, please consider reaching out to someone you trust, but ultimately cry out to Jesus, He’s the only one who can really help you, heal you, and restore you. He’s faithful, he understands what you’re going through. His ultimate desire for you is to place your trust and faith in Him, He will never leave you nor forsake you. He loves you so much that He went to the cross to die for you so you can live in fellowship with Him. You’re not alone. I’m a living witness to His power, goodness, and faithfulness in my life. God bless you. If you need prayer, please feel free to email me at melir1389@gmail.com or prmeli212@yahoo.com. You can also follow me on Instagram @melissahm07 and twitter @melh_07

From my heart to yours,

Melissa M.

Faith without works..

“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, it is greener when you water it.”

-The Bible says that faith without works is dead. (James 2:26) I always had a hard time understanding that verse. It has only been until recently that God through the Holy Spirit has been able to illuminate to me the meaning of this particular scripture. You’ll probably ask how does the quote relate to this verse. Well, I’m glad you asked. I am going to take the illustration of marriage for instance. Sometimes, when a couple is married for quite some time, it is easy to start to get complacent in the marriage and not do the things that they would do in the beginning of their marriage or even before when they were engaged. Things like go on dates, compliment each other, buy things for one another just to show their appreciation to one another, etc. I’m sure you get my point. In order for a marriage, a business, or any other relationship to flourish, it takes time, effort, commitment, patience, and even sacrifice at times. In essence, we must put in the work, as God gives us the strength, in order to invest in anything that He has placed in our hands. A lot of times, if we are not careful, we can become sidetracked by what other people have or are doing and silently begin to covet their lives and we forget that they too had or continue to have to do their part for their life, marriage, business, relationships to flourish the way it is. Instead let us ask the Holy Spirit to teach us and to help us how to stay focused on our portion and to do our part with whatever God has blessed us with. God bless you.


Disclaimer: this was a post I posted on my other blog a few months ago.