Sunday, April 24, 2011

An Autobiography

My name is MeLissa and according to Blogger, I've written 340 blogs.
That's not including the blogs I wrote on my original blog... Myspace...
That puts me well over 1 million.
So who am I?

I could answer a lot of ways.
I could tell you I was raised in Miami, Florida.
I could tell you my parents' names or that I have two brothers.
I could tell you where I work.

up from the grave he rose again

But the best part of my story is the part where I used to be a slave to myself-
to my inability to make decisions that wouldn't end in destruction
to my attempt to navigate my own life while wearing a blindfold
to my hopelessness and defeat that this was it, this was my grave and I had to dig it-

but my story was intersected by a another story story-
about a Living God and a Loving God who wouldn't hold back even a piece of Himself to bring me back to Him.
a God that died so He could kick death in teeth
A God who then proceeded to come back to life
a God that put an end to the cycle of sin and despair to give me new life
a God with a whisper that cut right to my core through the noise of this world telling, telling me that this isn't it.
a God who doesn't do anything like I'd expect Him to, but always does better.
A God who knows, and sees and breathes.
His story is now my story.

That's the most important.
My story is that I was dead and now I'm alive again.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
-Ephesians 2:1-10 ESV

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