In our brokenness, we often feel unseen, unloved, unwanted by God and others. I realized all this planted needed was a couple of stakes to help it stand, some nourishment, and to be brought into the light. So it is with those who might be hiding in pain around us, or you yourself.
Melissa Danisi is the Co-Founder of Self Talk the Gospel and serves at The Well Community Church, encouraging and equipping women by teaching God’s word and shepherding leaders. Her greatest passion is to see women walk in the freedom of the Gospel and grow in their love of Jesus through the study of Scripture, which led to writing bible studies on Ephesians, Philippians, Sermon on the Mount, Spiritual Disciplines, and most recently Genesis. She recently received her Master’s Degree in “Pastoral Care to Women” from Western Seminary and has been married to her very Italian husband since 2006.
This year we will be celebrating 10 years of marriage. Ten years of ups and downs, growing up together, and growing closer to each other. Ten years of memories, inside jokes, new things, hard things, selling things, moving away, moving home, job changes, arguments, encouragements, master’s degrees, empty rooms, unfulfilled dreams, and more.
Together, in unity, we not only build each other up, but we build up the Kingdom.
Charles Spurgeon is quoted saying, “I have learned to kiss the wave that slams me into the Rock of Ages,” and it’s true; I am never more aware of God than when I’m drowning in the midst of pain and overwhelmed by circumstances outside of my control. It’s through the pain and grief that I’m pushed up close to the presence of God.
Throughout the Bible, we see that God’s greatest gift, His greatest blessing for His children, has always been His very presence…This is the true meaning of Christmas, Immanuel, God with us – He with us, and us with Him.
The sin of my past was loud. It wasn’t subtle or private, it was out in the open and obvious. I still feel like I can hear it when I walk down the street. So much of my identity today seems to be wrapped up in my past, who I once was and what I once did.
Guilt and shame seem to reign in my life more than grace and forgiveness. I see myself so clearly in my shortcomings that it distorts my whole perspective for who I truly am.