May 4

Share the Security

Some people make fun of me. Some don’t get me. Others don’t agree with me. Some challenge me.  My weaknesses are exposed, I mess up, I don’t have what it takes.  My videos are stupid.

These are just a few of the fears I’ve had when I thought God was calling me out of my comfort zone to do something for Him…something that could impact His Kingdom…something I’ve learned that could possibly help or encourage someone else…Sharing my Security.

Because of my faith in God and His Word, I am 100% secure in life.  My fears have no power (or at least they shouldn’t!).  I can go ahead and take the risk of failing and looking like a fool if it means it will get me one step closer to what God wants me to do. I’ve seen this time and time again. When I share what God has given me, this gives me a purpose that is far greater than anything I could obtain or achieve.  And it gives purpose to all I’ve been through. To think that God could actually use me to do His work is mind blowing!

All of us are called to Share the Security once we have it.  Our last 2 chapters in It’s No Secret have been about just that.  Chapter 11 instructed us that in order to have wisdom and security, we need to “open the pages of our Bible and read. Regularly.”  We don’t have to be Bible scholars to grasp God’s wisdom. Perfection is not required and we are allowed mess ups and do overs. We also don’t have to be Bible scholars to share God’s love with others. This was what chapter 12 was about.

Yahweh sisters, remember what God has done for you. Look at what He’s revealed to us during this study. Let’s pray for opportunities to share our faith with someone else.  Let’s Share the Security.

Our INS Super Challenge is one way we can become equipped to rise up and become a vessel God can use. As we strive to be more like Jesus, we are fueling our hearts for ministry, for opportunities, for service, for our purpose, for our calling.

Is God calling you to Share the Security in any way?  I’m sure you have talents and abilities to use for Him, why not seek direction on where to go from here?  Have no fear, the Lord is near! (haha, see I risk being goofy too!)

Seriously,  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and hear how God is using you to bless others. Comment on my blog today and tell us how God is calling you to Share the Security and you’ll be entered to win our next Bible study book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner and the Conference Call Series to go with it!

Hope you are having a super good day!

*****Edit…I’m so super excited to also announce that Wendy Blight is giving away a book on her blog too! Whoever wins on Wendy’s blog will also receive the Conference Calls.    All you have to do is go to Wendy’s blog and share why you want to be a part of the next Online Bible Study, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner!  So, after you leave a comment here, go there and you’ll double your chances of winning!

 

Melissa

Comments

  1. Melissa
    Thank you for your discussion on security…..I love what you said about 100% secure in life because of faith in God. I need to remember it is not other people I should be concerned about but what God wants of me.

    Thanks
    anne

  2. Tiffany says:

    Good read! I am constantly living in fear! I worry before something even before something ever happens. Everyday that my husband leaves for work…the thought goes though my head to make sure I remember what he smells like, feels like, yada yada b/c something MIGHT happen and I don’t get another chance. And this isn’t the only time I do this…I have 2 kids, a job, a church, a family….all that I worry about! I am trying my hardest to live in God’s truth here lately! I know he has got it all in his hands and things that happen…he will take care of! I need to really start believing in that security! Thanks for the post!

    • Tiffany, you aren’t the only one who enjoys the smell of her husband. or the touch of his hands,or the softness of his lips. I’m not talking “sexual or anything” but the smell of his after shave as it mixes with his natural body scent. That’s what God intended the love of our husbands to be- I know cuz I do the same thing, I try hard to remember his scent every time we are apart. So I know what your saying.

  3. WOW, this entire book has impacted my life, but especially this last chapter. God has a calling for each and everyone of us. The decision we each have to face is whether we are going to step out in faith and let God take our hand and lead us along the journey He has for us. We need to give Him our fears and insecurities, which isn’t easy. However, He promises to take care of it all. I simply must lay my burdens down at His feet.

  4. Good morning Melissa. I found your blog for the first time today, and I think it was part of God’s greater plan, because I just finished writing about the fear we tend to focus on in our lives, instead of God’s voice cheering us on. Evidentally, I need to get my hands on It’s No Secret! Looking forward to more time spent with you through your writing!

  5. Hi melissa,
    I have loved this book. God has given me so many opportunities to share the peace I have in life’s circumstances with other women. I am always so humbled when he uses me. Blessings!

  6. Monica says:

    When I pray out loud for another person. It is humbling to hear the Holy Spiriti speak in and through me to ease, comfort and encourage another sister in Christ. mheard11@frontier.com

  7. Kathy in IN says:

    I’ve been enjoying It’s No Secret (even though I’m behind!). I’d love to join the next group as well.

    • Kathy you aren’t the only one who’s behind- I still have to finish 10 before I start 11-12. But I will get there. I almost dont want to rush through it,

  8. lAUREN says:

    I just listened to the 3rd conference call last night and really enjoyed it. I think being “real” and “secure” is one of my biggest issues. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one! I am really trying to remember that I’m me, and God loves me for me, in spite of me. I hope that by my example of this attitude, others will see themselves in the same light. Thank you, Melissa, for being you and for being real! =)

  9. Being secure and in God’s Word are a few things I am getting better at. As for stepping out and sharing what I have been brought through is what I’m doing now as I help another heal as she steps out into recovery of addiction. I almost cried when she said that ” she wants to wait and get stronger and has it all together BEFORE she turns to God again. I told her she didn’t have to wait God knows what she is going through” Her faith has faltered these last years and she had fallen away from her catholic roots. I so wish she would let God in more- He is our strength WHEN we are weak. Any way I would appreciate prayers for “Cindi”( not her real name)
    She asked me to pray for her the other day “because God hears me or listens to my prayers more then hers.)

    Another woman seems to be uncomfortable when I bring up how scripture helps me see the goodness God has for me and when I mention it she tends to squirm and get uncomfortable . Not wanting to hear or focus on that. Maybe its the newness of my faith and life in Jesus. But there are days I want to shout it from the rooftops how AWESOME my God is. ..

    ok steppin down and puttin the pulpit away. hehe

    Thanks Melissa for this study!

    Debi

  10. Honestly, I believe God speaks through my unshakeable faith through difficult times…and I’ve had my share. Even now, I am in the midst of a pain I never thought I would have to endure, but my faith in God’s purpose for my life remains unshaken. Sometimes bad things happen to strengthen our faith and draw us closer to Him…other times its soul purpose is to strengthen the faith of another and draw them closer to Him. I think people have a harder time with the second one because we rarely see the end result and we get lost in our own suffering, asking God why and doubting his purpose. My faith has been tempered, I know this pain I am going through right now is not for my sake, but for the sake of someone else, even if I never discover who. After all, who am I to know God’s full purpose for the life of another?

    I am looking forward to the next study on Wendy’s book. I ordered another copy yesterday, but that one I will give away and I definitely want to be a part of the conference calls.

    P.S. I didn’t misspell soul ;-).

    • Elosia Reyna says:

      Heather
      It has been amazing to watch your unshakeable faith. I strive to have that kind of trust and faith some day soon.

      • haha Heather, I noticed the “soul” and thought how cool it was that you spelled it that way bc it gave such awesome meaning to what you were talking about.

        Thank you so much for sharing your faith here and that you are going through pain and suffering. God can use it all…for us and for others. There really are treasures in the darkness…

        I’m so glad you are doing the next study!

  11. This is something I struggle with… just being secure in myself in Christ and what calling He’s placed on my life. I feel inadaquate for the role. But, I’m beginning to see if He’s called, HE qualifies.

    My ministry is for young girls–ages 8-14. I love it, but there are times I don’t feel like I can show them security in Christ. But, as I learn and teach and see them grow, I’m also growing. I LOVE that!

    • Keep it up Danielle! Thank you for reaching out to our young girls! Any wisdom you have to pass my way is appreciated! My daughter is 9. I’m so thankful that you are called to that very impressionable age group.

  12. Lisa Taylor says:

    Melissa, Thank you so much for doing these Bible studies online, so I can be apart of them… I moved from SC to GA in Feb. 2010 to be the nanny to my grand children, I am not a very social person anymore, so I haven’t gotten out and found me a church yet, so these studies really are a blsseing to me…The study we are finishing up has stepped on my toes all through it..Please just pray for me that I will do whatever God leads me to do…. Lisa

  13. Barb Wall says:

    Thank you Melissa!! I always enjoy reading what you have to say!! I love the person you are too!!! Thanks again and many blessings,Barb

  14. Jane V.W. B. says:

    I struggle with sharing my security on a one-to-one basis because I grew up in a rural Christian community and we didn’t really know anyone who wasn’t a Christian and then I went to a Christian college in another Christian community–again the Christian bubble. Since I really didn’t see witnessing modeled verbally, my parents certainly modeled their Christian faith. It is easy to share at church and in Bible studies, but I’m all tongue-tied, shy and admittedly afraid with neighbors and strangers. Witnessing looks so easy in Chrisitan movies.

    • I totally get this Jane! I think most of us struggle sharing one to one. I’m much more comfortable on a stage making a presentation or writing on my blog than I am sitting across the table from someone at a restaurant that I’m trying to communicate the same thing to! But I know God has given us all different talents, gifts, etc. For some it may be more one on one, but for others its serving behind the scenes (the Christian speaker can’t speak at an event unless it’s been set up and coordinated by others for example), taking a meal to someone, listening to someone else, teaching, writing, creating (drawing, sewing, painting, etc), and the list goes on! Also, those Christians you share with at Bible study and church need you too! And our actions speak much louder than our words ever could.
      I hope you aren’t doubting yourself. Your security is safe and God will use your struggles to strengthen you. Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Kristi S says:

    Thank you so much for this blog today. I am moving quite soon out of my comfort zone and into a new city. Based on the past couple years, I could start looking negatively at this move and feel like nothing will work and I will only “lose” again. However, everytime I get scared about the fact that I don’t have a job or any friends in Charlotte, I am also blessed by the fact that God seems to place something into my life that reminds me of my past fears and how he helped me through that time in my life. So, again, I’m embarking on a journey based on a leap of faith. Your blog today encourages me that nothing positive will occur in your life if you don’t depend on Jesus because every failure brings you closer to your purpose. Thank you!

    • So true Kristi! Are you moving to Charlotte? Proverbs 31 can always use new sweet volunteers!
      I’m thankful you were encouraged by today’s post! And thanks for being my new Facebook friend :)

  16. Elosia Reyna says:

    Thanks Melissa for this fabulous study!! I have really enjoyed it and keeps me going to my bible every day. I don’t have a talent that just stands out above all else. I can’t sing, dance, play an instrument, etc. but I do try to listen to people’s stories and share some kind of lesson or example that I have learned through bible studies or P31 devotionals. Its small I know but I pray I’m on the right path to doing what God wants me to be doing.
    I can’t wait to start Wendy’s book!

  17. Melissa Tuell says:

    Melissa I was not able to go through this study with you, but have now purchased the book, and plan to go back and catch up on what I can. I am however signed up for the next on line study Hidden Joy In A Dark Corner. Looking forward to finding hope and healing through this.

  18. Kim Mora says:

    I live in fear alot. Every time I join a ladies Bible study group through my church- I end up eventually dropping out because I feel like I don’t belong. It’s not the groups- it’s me. I just can’t seem to feel secure sometimes. Thanks for sharing today on fear.

    • Kim, I hope you will check back and read this. I just prayed for the Lord to give you confidence and to block that fear from keeping you away from doing the things you want to do or away from coming closer to Him. I can relate to your feelings. It makes me wish we all could just meet here in the P31 Office weekly and study live together!

      I used to feel like you in Bible study. I really worried what they thought of me and I felt like I didn’t belong. Over the years God showed me that a few others felt that way too. That I did belong and that I was focusing too much on myself and not Him. Like I shared in the opening of this blog post, I still have fears. All of those are real and for a good reason! All of them have happened. I just have to stay focused on God and what He’s called me to do and not let the fears/criticisms/ridicule keep me from it.

      Thank you so much for sharing today!

  19. Its a beautiful sunny day in Oregon; wish there was a way to share some with every one!

    Thank you for the opportunity to share about fears and how God’s great love can shine brightly in our lives bringing light to situations that may seem, on the surface, to be quite hopeless and lead us to be afraid of what lies ahead.

    A few years ago I was in a car accident that left me unable to work for 16 months. I was in pain and so worried about what the future would bring. But the Lord took me (with all my new found free time) and engulfed me in His love (through the ability to study His word and come to know Him) bringing me safely to where I am today (doing work He has assigned me in a new job that I love)!

    Great is the Lord!!

    Psalm 103 1-5

  20. Wow what a thing to share! Having been burned alot if you will i just don’t get involved like i should. i don’t talk clearly ( the result of a car accident – head injury ) i find my self looking for Aaron if you will. i am a dyslexic thus i don’t like to read aloud when i am around people thus i avoid what i know i need and that is a group in my town and get involved. Basically i don’t think i am good enough and yes insecurity is i am sure the main issue all others stem from that. # * # * # * # * # i do though make this promise if i can find someone to go through the next book with me though i do not want to go there, i will. i am afraid to; really i think what i am afraid i am afraid of is being honest with another person. There are places i do not want to visit yet i know that if God thinks i am ready to go to those places He will put someone(s) in my life to go there with and i with them. # * # * # * # * #

    Wendy

    • Wow Wendy, thank you so much for your honesty. I don’t take it lightly that you shared this today on my blog, I’m honored to have you here. I am praying for you to overcome your fear and with God that is possible. Never will you hear me say it’s easy, but it is possible. I hope you’ll join us in our next study. Please let me know if you decide to. God bless you.

  21. I generally post the book I am reading to my linked-in account, which is visible to all current and past co-workers, colleagues and business partners. I’ll generally read books on business, marketing, ect. This has been my first bible study book club experience. I have enjoyed it and learned alot; however, I have struggled with publicizing on linked-in my involvement with reading “It’s No Secret,” out of fear. Fear of letting others know I am reading a religious book. Fear of what others will think of my mixing business and religion. Fear of whether it’s appropriate. After reading today’s post and because of the growth I have experienced through this bible study, I realized that I am secure enough to publicize my participation in this study. That fear doesn’t have a hold on me and maybe it will encourage others to do the same.

  22. Beth,
    That is great!!!! I’m so glad that you are moving out of comfort zone and not allowing fear to hold you back. Warning: it can be scary, not all may like what you do or how you do it. I just have to keep reminding myself that what I do I do for the Lord. I try my best and I can’t please everyone. This is HARD, because feelings can get hurt. But God is bigger than all that. So proud of you! And I’m thankful you have gotten so much out of this study!

  23. Melissa,
    Thank you so much for your insight…I can truly relate to your comments regarding sometimes people don’t get me or I don’t get them. God called me to face my fear of “sounding stupid” in my professional life – and I’ve now started sharing with others in my profession things I’ve learned the hard way and things that have worked well – it’s a risk in a profession that the expectation is to be policitcally correct. In my personal life, God is guiding me to be the adult team leader for my daughter and three of her friends at a week long camp. I hope to learn as much about them as they learn in the camp – and I hope to set a good example for them.
    Thanks again,
    Robbi

  24. I loved your “sharing my security”. Now here is a 60 yr. old grandma, woman of God for 36 yrs. I have a handicapped son who God has allowed me to care for all of his 38 yrs. I just got a computer Feb. 1, so I am new to this. I am a Bible teacher at my church and a faithful member. By having to be @ home more now with my son; I have been blessed to be available for my church in being the go between person for members to reach, and messages, etc. to get among the body. I can type a newsletter, The Encourager. There is so much I have found to do while one would think I am as shut-in as my son. However, God has given me a security to know who I am in Him and there’s so much more He will stretch me to be able to do for His glory. Did I tell you I have also been a single parent from day one! God has brought me through all these years, and I am just anticipating the years to come.

  25. God has been pushing me out of my security and comfort zone for a few years now. I just published my first book, How I Forgave My Molester. It opened the doors to some pretty nasty comments from some pedophiles, which only made me realize that God was working because the enemy likes to try to take down those who can make a difference.

    Today, I shared a very, very personal struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts at {in}courage – something I’d only shared with a couple of people.

    If my stories encourage just one woman to claim her life and forgive an abuser so she can be freed, then God has won! If I can encourage one woman to seek help for her depression, then God has won! But the hate mail is still not fun to receive.

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

  26. Tammie D says:

    My family is moving in 3 weeks with the Army. My husband and I prayed that God would lead us where we need to be, and we now have our orders on where we are to go. However, the human part of me is freaking out and so scared. We have 2 children, 4 animals and 2 weeks (minimum) to spend in a hotel room. We don’t have a home waiting for us where we are going so I am worried about that. Will we have enough money to cover food and hotel room stay for 2 weeks? What will the schools be like where we are going? What will the people be like where we are going? I wake up each morning with my heart racing and a great big ole migraine, sick to my stomach. I stay awake until 2am and am back up at 6am. The stress is starting to wear on me, and we still have 3 weeks left!!!! I wake up each morning saying that I am going to let God be in control and not worry about it, and then I have to make phone calls to price rooms, price moving trucks, and on and on it goes. It feels good to be able to write it out to someone besides my husband because he tries to comfort me, but he is a soldier and he is use to picking up on a moment’s notice to leave. The girls and I aren’t so much, even though we have been doing this for 10 yrs now. I know once it is over, I will look back and think, “God had it all in control. What in the heck was I being so goofy about?” I just wish I could do that now.

  27. Sandi H. says:

    Melissa, had you not been the one to answer the P31 phone when I called to ask about the online study I don’t know that I would have committed to doing this study and now I am so thankful. I cannot say that I “have” the security that you wrote about but I am working on it and trying to put together a “Go To” list of Scriptures that I can memorize so that when the thoughts creep in — I am ready!! So looking forward to the next study with you!! Thank you!!

  28. C.Jean says:

    I have fought fear…by God’s grace. My life has recently seen several changes which have caused me to ask Him, what next? I have been fearful but have taken “baby steps” here and there to take risks in His Name. I would like to see a clearer picture of what He is asking. There are certain talents that I have (I even hesitate to say that)…yet, yes, I have talents that I would like to avail to Him…but I don’t know how. I need direction…opportunity and clarity. “What do You want of me, LORD? What next?”

  29. I can so relate to this post. Most of my life has been spent thinking I was not good enough. How could God ever use a Nobody from Nowhere, AL to do Anything significant for His Kingdom? Everyone thinks that because you have a successful career that in some way you’ve become expempt to insecurity. NOT! For me my insecurity issues started in grade school and just progressed into my adulthood. Looking back, I can now see how God placed certain situations in my life to help push me out of my comfort zone and eventually have to deal with my insecurity issues. So thankful that He has brought me to a place of being able to be secure in Him and his call on my life. Loving the opportunities He’s now given me to help others learn to live free in His security!

  30. Bonnie says:

    Melissa, thank you for your blog today. I would love to be able to join you for Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner! I am asked to share security every day in my work and daily living. It has become a normal way of talking for me to refer to God and his grace and mercy in a lot of conversations I have with clients and my children!

  31. Irene Fonseca says:

    It seems like I have lived all my life with SO MANY fears. I was scared of even the smallest things. I want to be free to step out in whatever I am called by God to do. However, depression has kept me isolated, defeated, fearful, etc. I pray the Lord sets me free to walk in his love and freedom.

  32. Mary HElman says:

    Am feeling very encouraged as I attempt to facilitate my first bible study for women this summer in my home. I ahve been really feeling like it was something I “wasn’t qualified” to do, wasn’t smart enough or wise enough. But SECURITY in God, and letting him guide my paths as we decide a “proverbs 31” type of study for the summer, has given me Holy Spirit goose bumps… thanks for your ministry!
    Mary

  33. When I think of sharing my security in Him, all that’s there is what was “insecurity”… don’t know if that makes sense to you, but it is only in being honest & truthful of my “messes” and life’s valleys that my faith is increasingly evident & that is were the security is… in the storms. I have a hard time to share my faith without revealing my heart & vunerability on my sleeve… that is sharing security is rooted in Him. Sharing to me is not possible without faith up-front… Thanks for your online studies, I’ve got a personal interest in the subject matter of the Hidden Joy book having spent my time in my own “dark corner” & looking forward to your study. Thanks for the chance for the conference calls, too.

  34. Kris C says:

    I’ve always felt fortunate in that through most of my life, I’ve felt secure in the most important ways in life (physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc.), but I know a LOT of people who not only haven’t felt that way recently, but have never experienced that freedom and feeling of ease.

    I want to find a way to minister to people who don’t have that breathing room in their life, and bring some much-neede peace; a virtual “spa moment” in the midst of this crazy life – that can change everything by allowing people to slow down, appreciate the “now” and enjoy each other for just a bit. Having times like that in my own life recharge and refresh me, and I think so many people could use that right now. I don’t know exactly what that looks like yet, but given the fact that I am passionate about cooking, I suspect it will involve a meal. :)

  35. Teresa C. says:

    I don’t feel like I do enough for others, but I try to stay cheerful and give a smile to everyone. Also, I pray for others, which can make a difference. There are other things ‘in the works” that may be possible to help others, but will have to wait and see the path God has for me.
    Teresa

  36. My hope is secure in my Lord and Savior. That’s where my security is!

    God Bless you for what you mean to so many people.

  37. Remembering what Carol said on the first conference call: We are to become stewards of what we learned in the valley.

    As He has asked me to trust in Him more I’ve found that several of the humans that I have leaned on for security have “wondered” about my calling and the steps of faith I believe He has asked me to take. I believe this is a part of the process of finding my security in Him and not in others, but MAN! is it a painful process. Praying I can remember daily that My hope comes from my Creator- and that He is asking me to be a good steward of what He has taught me in the valleys and pits.

  38. Hi Melissa,
    I have been led to train as a christian counsellor and in the 15 months preceeding the start of the course, I found that the things that I place my security in have been challenged.
    My husband’s job was the first to go – an unhealthy dependency exposed – yet in the process he came to faith.
    Then he began getting job offers overseas – another unhealthy dependency exposed – yet our marriage is becoming stronger in the out-working of this.
    Then God revealed that the church fellowship I was birthed into was more important to me than He was – another unhealthy dependency exposed – that led to a change in church giving my newly Christian husband and I a new start.
    A close personal relationship was exposed as unhealthy – changed and transformed through pain into something beautiful!
    My elderly mother, after a long fight with a chronic illness, died!
    Boy! was I open and understanding the teaching on my course about the wrong places we find our security.
    Finally, my job went and now I am being led by God to develop a writing/encouraging/teaching ministry for women. Which is taking me out of my comfort zone into uncharted territory.
    In the process i am becoming aware of the untruths and fears which have kept me passive.
    My real excitement comes from living in closer relationship to God. From learning to hear His voice more clearly. From recognising His conviction of sinful thoughts, actions and beliefs. From knowing that I am a new creation in Christ. From seeing Him at work. From growing in trust and love and God-dependency.
    I am the same woman yet fundamentally and eternally changed – my past is still my past but it has less of a hold over me – my future is uncertain yet I trust that God will be with me throughout – and today is my opportunity to enjoy the ministry of Jesus for me and pass it on to others.
    Thank you for all that you do,
    Fiona xxx

  39. Beverly says:

    I have taken a step of obedience in getting an accountability partner to help me in what is my personal Ninevah (my messy house). This is a huge pit I have been in and get out only to get back in. I am determined with God’s help and His providing my accountability partner that when I get out of the pit, my behavior and habits will have been changed in order to not throw myself back in the pit. I want to be used by God to further His kingdom – practice hospitality and host a Bible Study, would love to win your giveway. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Margaret says:

    Thanks for reminding me to shift my focus to what God has done … and is doing.

  41. Shauntae says:

    I am 21 years old and throughout my life I have experienced trials of many kinds, as well as constant rejection from the ones who I care most deeply about. As a young girl, I experienced the pain of an absent mother; believing that if I was good enough she would stay. However, that was never the case, for she was addicted to a powerful drug which ultimately became her essence for living. When I was 7 years old, I was sent by social services to live with my father, who I barely had a relationship with. I strived daily to gain his approval and to make him proud of me, although, it deemed impossible and I was reminded constantly that I was not good enough. At the age of 10, I experienced the beginning of what would become an everyday ritual for the next 6 years of my life. The physical abuse, which over time only increased, left me with surfaced bruises, but the verbal abuse left me with wounds that cut to the very core of who I was. From drugs and sex as a teenager, I longed to find my security in the acceptance of my peers. These are the things that left me shattered, and empty. It wasn’t until the Lord raised me from the broken mess that I was, and showed me who I was through His eyes. It was in Him, that I found acceptance and agape’. This is the love that has stirred in me a desire and passion to reach out, disciple, encourage, give hope, and to love all those around. I am a youth intern at my church; and because of the struggles the Lord has brought me through, and with the skills he has equipped me with, I am able to be a walking testimony to all of those around me. I live to invest my life in the youth, to help them see themselves through the eyes of the Lord and not from the eye’s of the world. I strive to bring wisdom, and counsel to them as I am real about my life. In the past I was often hesitant about being so open (because of shame and pride) but through my realness I have seen God work in such mighty and powerful ways. It’s through our “realness” that people relate, and we are able to see experience a more intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.

    It’s in Him, that I find my security and my acceptance.