Hope For Today! June 16 


Dream Big! Our God is Bigger!

Moments of Hope!


This morning I realized I never published my blog from June 12+ … , which mean it was from thoughts I had later in the day after my morning blog. I love that Dean & Tony, from Mastermind and their team personally comment on every post you make. They are so insightful. This is what they had to say about that day. 

Hi, Melissa. We appreciate you for sharing this with the fam. Life offers us different experiences. They give different lessons for us to learn. When we picture our goals, we have to prepare ourselves with what we are willing to give up, offer and put through to make the process work. Let’s keep on dreaming when we can and exert enough time and effort to achieve our goals. We recommend Dean’s Underdog Advantage and use our strengths and weaknesses to fuel our growth –>> https://www.deansbook.com/uda-ordering…

Deans book the Underdog Advantage, I listened to on YouTube today as this guy read the book and Dean was asking the question. “What if the horrible event was actually designed for you by God or the universe, or whatever you believe in to get you to this point right now. 

What happened FOR you, and not to you. 

What if that failure, pain, and loss was actually the ingredient to become the best version of yourself. 

How did that event allow you to become braver and stronger because of it. What is holding you back from being all God has called you to be. 

I share in my book …

Dream Even If Your Dreams Are Shattered:
You were made to live your Dreams


In December 2017, Todd, my husband of 33 years, had an accident at work at the church where he was working. He fell on black ice and was knocked unconscious. He suffered a severe concussion and because of the brain injury has PTSD and many other issues from the accident. Shortly after the accident the church would not allow him to work light duty, went on disability, and a few months later was terminated. This was very difficult on our faith walk, and in the midst of that, Todd’s Dad passed away and months later we realized that his siblings cut Todd out of his rightful inheritance. Because of Todd losing his job from the accident and his brothers cutting him out of the will, put us in a place we had never been before. I would like to say that we put all our trust in God amid all of this hardship, but it was one of the most difficult times in our 33 years of marriage. Todd and I built this beautiful home in 1992 and we moved in in 1994. It is 9.44 acres on the top of a gorgeous hill facing the Blue Mountain on the farm where Todd grew up. In 2008, we bought another 17.98 acres so we would own everything that we could see from our home on the top of the hill. Nicholas was born in 1997 and Zachery was born in 2000, and we raised our family there until all this hardship happened. In 2019, we were forced to put our home on the market to sell, the home that we had built and raised our family in for 28 years and believed we would live there till we died, or one of our children wanted to live there. A dream of living the rest of our lives out in our home had died. It had really shaken our faith and we had a lot of questions as to why this happened to us.


On November 15, 2019, we moved out of our beautiful home that we lived in for 28 years, but did not close till January 15, 2020. Needless to say, things went terribly wrong at the closing and documents were not signed even though they said they were. Now we are in a lawsuit with the buyer of our home for over $200,000 to get what is rightfully ours. From 2017 to the present, we have had major hardship in our lives. I could have really shared the story in a more negative light, but it doesn’t accomplish anything. We were wronged by many people with many being “so-called Christians.” I tried to share our heartache in the nicest way possible without being bitter or showing unforgiveness. We don’t know why all this bad stuff happened to us, but it did. I went through a lot over the past few years working through all the depression, heartache, and loss that we have endured. But you know what I’ve realized? I still have God, I still have my wonderful husband, Todd, who has been my rock and my best friend through our life journey. That alone is priceless. We have our two remarkable sons, Nicholas and Zachery, and Nick was blessed in 2019 to marry Julia, his beautiful wife. She is a wonderful addition to our family. It took all this loss for me to realize that our worth is not in things, but in family and others,and the legacy we are leaving for future generations. It’s when you are tested in the storm that your character is developed. The Bible says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.” (Rom. 5:3 NLT)
We still have difficulty with all the problems and trials that we had to face over the past couple of years, but ultimately we know that God is in control and we just have to trust and believe that He has our best interests at heart. The enemy would have loved to break up our marriage and family to destroy us after this horrible situation, and I can’t say that it hasn’t been a long road and very hard on our marriage, but God is faithful and even in the midst of all the heartache and loss, our marriage is built on love and Christ, and He will see us through. God is refining all of us, but I know that I need to personally release all our finances over to God and stop worrying and surrender everything at the foot of the cross before many of the negative things that have been going on in our life will end.
The Bible says, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” (1 Tim 6:10 NLT) I always loved that Bible verse, “You are the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” (Matt. 5:14 NLT)
All the years we lived in our beautiful home up on the top of the hill, I felt like we were a city on the hilltop that could not be hidden, a beacon of light.

“I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness-secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by
name.” (Isa 45:3 NLT)
God has been bringing this verse to the forefront of my mind day after day, and I believe God wants me to share about Hidden Treasures in The Darkness. I have always clung to this verse because darkness meant the times I suffered with my depression, which was a lot of my life. But looking over my life in the last few months, writing my book, ” “Bipolar-Our Life Journey, I am realizing even though it’s been a really rough road, God was guiding my footsteps all along the way. One thing I know is we have lived a blessed life even in the midst of all the pain and hardship that our family endured.

Enjoy the Journey!

Live with Passion!

Melissa 


Believe In Miracles! Blessings! Melissa

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