Because of Jesus: Melissa’s Journey
Today, I’m launching a blog series entitled: Because of Jesus. Too often, we live out our religious traditions and never grasp the love Jesus. He loved us by leaving the perfection of Heaven to become the payment for our punishment. The way Jesus loved out-loud – by His actions – built a bridge for you and me to enjoy a relationship with the One who loved first. I’m pursuing the promise in Ephesians 3:18 – 19 which says:
And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God.
To get us started my dear friend, Melissa Scallan, is guest blogging her story of a growing relationship with God and His son Jesus.
One of my New Year’s resolutions in January was to clean up the clutter in my life. I felt as though I had too much “stuff,” too many unnecessary things filling my house. Not only did I have too many things, they were scattered about in an unorganized way.
I felt as though my spiritual life was in disarray too. I always believed in God, but for various reasons I didn’t feel close to Him.
In early February, a friend invited me to join a Bible study by author Lysa TerKeurst called “Made to Crave,” a course on how we use food to fulfill cravings we have for God. I have struggled with my weight and my emotional attachment to food for years, so I was eager to read the book and join in the discussion with the other women.
During that study and the ones that followed, I learned that God isn’t just a supreme being who created life. He is my father, my comforter, my protector, and He wants to have a relationship with me. I grew up Catholic, and my parents always taught me how important it is to have faith, but I never felt as though I really knew Him.
In the past eight months I have studied the Bible, read His word and felt Him reaching out to me, drawing me closer to Him and revealing His plan for my life. I spend more time talking to God, asking for His guidance and thanking Him for the many blessings He has given me.
Because of Jesus and His love for me, I have come to realize that I am a child of God and worth His time and effort, just like He is worth mine. My spiritual life, much like the closets and spaces in my house, isn’t perfect, but the clutter has been cleared.
What does a relationship with Jesus mean to you? How are you different because He died on the cross and came back to life? Look for more posts in the series. If you’d like to guest post, please leave a comment. Until then, study this list of who you are because of Jesus.
Melissa Scallan is a native of Baton Rouge, La. and has lived in Gulfport, Miss. for the past 12 years. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in journalism and has been a reporter for 23 years. She enjoys walks on the beach and spending time with her two dogs, Maggie and Molly.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.