About Melissa

 

My Grace…

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Cor. 12:9-10

Accepting Christ at an early age, yet struggling to be free from a life bound by panic attacks, depression, food issues, and fear brought me to a desperate place in my life.  Thankfully, through an encounter with the Living God while in college, I realized that I had been living my life all by myself and for myself, with subsequently no victory.  The surrender that resulted from that encounter ushered in the most Divine relationship I have ever known and over time released the understanding, power, and truth I needed to be completely free from the bondage I was under.

After years of spending time in God’s presence, reading His word, learning to praise and about grace; His love for me became my life’s force as I walked through the many devastating events that ensued….

God’s grace helped me through the aftermath of an emergency surgery that introduced me to years of the deepest physical suffering I had ever known or thought anyone should ever know.   This included many years of operations, hospitalizations, and medical procedures; being told on several occasions that I would not live and of course everything being complicated by the extreme financial challenges, marital strain, hopelessness, and emotional burden that come with these types of fights.  God’s grace helped me walk out daily the premature birth of my son, the complications that resulted and all of the additional challenges I faced in fighting for his life as that struggle continued on into his preschool years.  God’s grace enabled my heart to be revived again after the heartbreaking loss of my daughter… of which there are still limited words.

After all of this, I can say with all confidence that God’s grace is what has carried me and will be with me anew as I face each difficulty this life might present.

No matter what I have faced; facing it with Jesus and His power and love for me is the only way that I made it, and how I can stand here today in Calvary’s victory and proclaim to you that there is always Hope in Jesus I also thank God that He sent me a strong husband to walk alongside, my powerful son, countless skilled healers who helped me to freedom, parents that introduced me to Jesus as a child, and my best friends along the way who have supported me, listened to me and just simply loved me.  By God’s grace I have been transformed by the renewing of my mind and Him jump-starting my heart back to life time and time again.

You never get over the painful experiences in your life as if to live like they never happened.  But, I have learned that in losing everything you can find the Greatest Treasure of All Time woven throughout the fabric of each loss, hardship, and devastation.  That treasure to me is, Jesus.

He is my Grace.

 

14 thoughts on “About Melissa

  1. Thank you so much for reaching out! I do, however, I’ve been so busy with things in my personal life, I’ve had to slow down over the past year. I hope to resume again soon! Thank you again!! Melissa

  2. Thank you Ann for your kind and gracious words. To Him be the glory for it all and for your precious mom and brother’s lives. You are a blessing to me Ann. Love and hugs! Melissa

  3. God bless you, Melissa. My mom lost two sons (I lost my two brothers) but she did so without embracing and leaning on the mercy and grace of the Lord. What a difference He makes in the struggles of life. Jesus is the difference between victim and VICTORY! I have certainly experienced that in my life, in struggles, pain, loss. But your struggles and pain are extreme – thankfully we have an extreme savior who is always bigger then any pain or loss out there. Bless you, Melissa! You are a bright shining light in a world of darkness. What an encouraging example of how to go through lifes struggles as the Lord intends us to…by fully relying on Him. Bless you, and AMEN!

  4. Mr. Thomas,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me and what I am passionate about and why! You have touched and encouraged me by your words of compassion today! May the love of Jesus comfort you and lead you on towards His high call! Much love and blessing to you and your wife today!

  5. Melissa: When I spoke with you at your office, I had no idea of all the trials you’ve been through. Your story of overcoming your difficulites shows what God can do withb a willing servant. You have a powerful message. Reading GRACE really inspired me.

    Thank you. May God Continue to Richly Bless You.

  6. you made me cry and smile, I do remember your Love and tenderness years ago, and I just KNOW that God has just increased that Love in you and a lot more compassion and passion for Him. : )

  7. It is so hard to believe again in goodness after such devastation….
    That is one reason I started this website. A refuge and place of complete victory in Jesus. A place to come and let Him wash over you. A place to start to believe again….
    You are such a special woman. Full of His incredible joy and love. Contagious laughter! Let Him speak to where you are today my friend. You are dearly loved. Congratultions on your precious grandkids!
    Much love to you!

  8. Wow I am amazed, after going back to Golden, never knew your life had dumped soooo many challenges your way, But thru Jesus and His love for you and your life, U r still here, there is apparently a plan and purpose that HE has in store for you and those you touch. I have very fond memories of our College and Career Days @ Rolling Hills. My daughter is now 21 married and I have 2 yes 2 grandchildren, Cricket(Debbie)is my almost 2 year old granddaughter is just the best and my grandson Jr is quite a charmer too. He is 5 months old. I still live in Spfld and am doing well (most of the time) LOL Married again but things turned out NOT so great, he turned out to be a molester and sex fiend, so I had to get out of that FAST…lies, cheating, prevertedness etc, I just could not deal so I again am alone, I dont know that I will EVER trust another man, I think they all lie, just to get what they want and I am afraid of secret lives. Well I am glad we were able to re connect Pray you and ur new family are doing well. God Bless Jodi

  9. So grateful God pulled you through your hard times. I am forever grateful that you were by my side in the lowest time of my life! If it weren’t for your prayers & love, I am not sure how I would have made it! You are a beautiful Godly woman that I am so thankful I met!

  10. Hello my friend! I am so excited that you took the time to stop in and see what God has been doing in my life. It really humbles me. I can’t believe how long it has been since we have seen one another! Thank God for reconnection! Can’t wait to take some time and see all of the wonderful things He has been doing in yours too! I am grateful. Bless you Darin!

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