Abiding & Trusting

There are a couple things in life that really get me excited - Coffee, blogging and Jesus. So when Dani approached me with the opportunity to write for you guys about this season of my life, needless to say I was rather excited to sit down with an iced latte, in a cute little coffee shop and pour my heart out. I love being able to share what the Lord is doing in my life in hopes that someone out there is this big world is moved, impacted or even changed. Lets start of by introducing myself, Hi, my name is Melissa, I'm 22 years old and this season of my life has been anything but boring. It has been a season characterized by learning what it really means to trust and abide in the Lord.

Over the course of the last 3 years I have been studying at Summit Pacific Bible college with the hopes of graduating and becoming a Pastor. That was my plan. I knew I had variety of pastoral giftings and most of the people around me had labeled me as a pastor. With the best intentions they called out all of these awesome giftings in me and encouraged me in my direction. With a year and a half left, it finally hit me, this whole time I had neglected to even consider if this was my plan or the Lord's plan for my life. This realization sent my life into a little bit of a whirlwind. The life I had grown so comfortable with was gone. I dropped out of bible college, and got a job working at Starbucks. I went from living on campus with all my friends, to moving back home with my parents and brother. It was like my life did a complete 180 and I was back at square one. No idea what I was doing or where I was going. In some ways I guess you could say I felt a bit like a failure. I felt like I had lost control on my life and I didn’t know how to get it back. I knew that now, more than ever before in my life, I needed to really learn how to Trust the Lord. The whole time I could hear His still, small voice whispering, “Melissa, do you trust me?” During this time, Proverbs 3:5-6 really came to life for me.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

This was a verse I had known for the majority of my life, but until this moment it never really stuck. Thus the theme of this last few months burst into existence. Completely immersing myself in trusting the Lord that has yet to give me any reason to not trust him. Learning to trust that HE has a plan for me and that He’s not leaving me out to dry. Trusting that even though it's the unknown and even though it might not be the most typically exciting season, that He's got countless blessings for me on the other side. Trusting that He has a purpose for this season and every other season. Trusting that He sees the big picture — the whole picture and all I can see is what is in front of me. By no means do I have all the answers and yes, most days I really suck at trusting Him, but the point is I'm getting there. I'm acknowledging that His plan is far greater than any plan I could come up with. Do I know where i’m going to be in the next couple years? Nope. Do I know what my career is going to be? Nope. Does that completely freak me out? 100%, but I’m OK with that. He’s got me — right in the palm of His hand and He’s never going to let go of me. I am His beloved.

Trusting Him, can be painful at times. It’s a completely selfless act. It truly requires you to pick up your cross, but I promise you it is SO worth it. The feeling is so rewarding in the long run and like they say nothing worth having ever came easy. Not only did my life drastically improve when I started to trust Him and abide in His words and promises but my relationship with the Lord has been flourishing. So go ahead, try trusting Him a little more, see how your life changes. In fact I dare you to begin to really trust Him. The outcome is so beautiful.

- Melissa



Melissa is a barista at Starbucks and from Langley.  She is passionate about seeing young women fall in love with their creator and at the same time seeing ho valued and precious they are!  Melissa has her own blog; My Beloved is redefining what it means to be a women in today's world. Creating a culture of women that are confident, bold, and full of joy. Most of all, creating a culture of women that are completely captivated by their Father, and live lives that are a reflection of Him.

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