When I was asked to share with a group of girls,
"What does it look like to forgive yourself?"
The first word that came to mind 

I knew that in my life journey of forgiving
myself and others
I knew I needed to believe something 
different than what I was currently 

When you've spent the greater part of your years
in a valley or you've descended
down into a pit
you become conditioned to 
and believe 
that place.
We take residence up in it and call it home.

You decorate it just so
 to distract you 
from the pain
from the hurt.

You take it on 
as truth
as life
or like I've said many times
"This is the life I've been given, my lot in life, so live with it
make the most of it."

But then I heard a whisper.
A voice I didn't know, but wanted to.
A voice I longed to hear, now present.
It told me "I was believing a lie."
It told me "I was believing what others said about me."
It told me "It wasn't my fault."
It told me "This is NOT my lot in life."
It told me "To believe something new, something true."
It told me that I needed
 "to take my thoughts captive and bring them to this voice."

Who are you?

This whisper, this voice
was strong but gentle
was deep but heavenly.
He told me I needed
"To demolish all this chaos in my mind."
He told me I needed
"To not worry about anything, instead pray to Me about everything."
He told me
"Let Me transform you into a new person by changing the way you think."
He told me
"Think about things that are wonderful, true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.
Because this is what I think of you Melissa."
He told me
"Trust me from the bottom of your heart, don't try to figure out everything on your own.  
Listen for My voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; I'm the one who will keep you on track.
Don't assume that you know it all.  Run to God, Me, your Father in heaven!
 Run from Evil!

Dear Child of Mine
I want you to say these very words

I am

Violently on


You are my child and I never meant any harm to come upon you.
What the enemy meant for evil, I will make for good.

"There comes a time to drive a stake in the ground
 and lay claim to 
one life 
one focused goal
one God."

 Choose to 

2 Corinthians 10:5-NIV
Philippians 4:6-NLT
Romans 12:2-NLT
Philippians 4:8-NLT
Proverbs 3:5-7-The Message Bible
"Beth Moore Quote"

NIV-New International Version
NLT-New Living Translation


  1. AMEN!! I'm so glad you choose to BELIEVE!! Your best blog by FAR! I love you!

  2. Nevermind, THIS is my favorite post!! It has been such a blessing to know you and to see God moving in and through you. Love you, friend!

  3. As as old chorus went that I used to sing as a kid: All things are possible, only believe. AMEN! Great post.