how do I have more hope?

Updated: May 5

Dear Readers,


God put something on my heart recently as I reflected on my past blog posts and the fact that in just 2 short months I have gained over 600 readers. Wow. Clearly this talent for writing is not my own but God using me as a messenger.


if you read my posts or have conversations with me, you know I am very blunt. I try to tell you things as they truly are. If I see a weakness I try to be honest about it. If I see something that I think Christians, the church, or myself can do better I try to address it. I use words to evoke interest and passion. I want you to feel something from my writings because I want you to be called to action. I want you to be informed. I think so many problems in the world today come from a lack of communication and sometimes even a lack of confrontation.

I am certainly not perfect, and so I hope you will never assume or expect me to be. I am not. Sometimes I might be a little off or sometimes I might be a little naive in my opinions and views. It is for that reason that above all else I want this blog to point to Jesus and to the Bible. Please always fact check everything I say with the word of God. When we get to know Jesus and when we study the Bible daily we will be more properly equipped to handle the short comings we see in our church denominations and in our own personal lives.

I realize that in my past posts there have been times when I have dwelled on the issues, the problems, and the negativity. I don’t regret doing that. I still stand by everything I’ve shared. But it is important for me to clarify that even when our lives or our ministry seems like it is beyond repair, it never is. There is always hope for us.

Jesus has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us. Psalms 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” In James 1:5-6 God tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.“ We must believe in these promises. We must cling to them. Even when we make mistakes or do things the wrong way it is never too late for us to return to Jesus and mend what has been broken. When we are actively striving to reach people for Christ, the Holy Spirit will truly intervene.


As we work to improve the world around us and strengthen our ministry I believe we must also guard our hearts and minds from outlets that the devil uses to distract us. Luke 6:45 says, “The good person out of the treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.“ our ultimate goal in discussing any issue that we see arise should be to earnestly bring Jesus into that situation.

As I gain a bit more of a following I am learning the value of dwelling on things that are good, righteous, and true. Sometimes I become tempted to write on a topic because it is provoking or sensational. I reason with myself that it is worth it to draw attention to it for the sake of keeping people informed. Thankfully, when those thoughts come, God reminds me of verses such as James 1:27 which says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” In other words, I can do more good in the world and for people by focusing on doing good and helping others do good, then by discussing and debating scandalous happenings or arguments that I see among Christians. I want my writings to inspire good and positive activity rather than drama or a ”tea spill sesh” as people call it.

I am so excited for my readers to develop a new sincere interest in God and the Bible. I’m thrilled that we can unite in our love for ministry. As we continue to seek out information and ways for us to get involved let us remember that there is always hope for us when we follow what Jesus says to do. When our intentions are humble and pure God can do so much more with us than we could ever do on our own. Please focus on the good my dear friends. I’m really speaking to myself as well. God wants us to live in harmony and joy. Please do not let anyone convince you that something is valuable or worth your brain power if it isn’t rooted in the Bible and in the lifestyle or characteristics of Jesus. Please never give up what you believe in. Never give up what God has shown and proven to you to be true.


John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

I love and pray for you all,


Melissa


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