By His Grace

About Me


My name is Michele.  I am a born-again Christian.  I got saved when I was eleven and “re-did” the salvation prayer at 16 just in case .  Being a child, it’s easy to be confused and only focus on the things like the rapture and the second coming.  I didn’t want to be left behind so I got saved.  As I grew older I wanted to pray to Jesus again after I understood more of what salvation actually is.  My heart was in the right condition when I accepted Christ as my Savior at 16 years old so I’m good to go! (who will enter heaven?)

Starting at 17 I tried alcohol for the first time and got drunk.  At 18 I tried my first drug and I have been battling addictions my whole adult life.  As my classmates were going to college after graduation, I was preparing myself to party.  I was a responsible kid, kept a job, paid my car payment on time and built up really good credit.  You have to understand something about me.  I’m a all-or-nothing type of person.  I would envy my friends who did things in moderation and had the ability to just say no.

My story in a nut-shell is basically this————On the outside it appears I have it all together, but on the inside I was always “lost”.  I had to put myself in the gutter before I openly admitted I had a big addiction problem.  Now I want to serve the Lord and fulfill His purpose for my life.  His purpose is really what I have been chasing all along.  Never feeling complete, my footing never steady, what I needed was to surrender the strongholds in my life and let God take over.

My hunger for God and His Word is stronger than any other craving that comes up.  My blog will be mostly just about me, what I’m going through, what I’m learning, and how God is working in my life.  It will be a tremendous blessing if anything I write can help another person come to Christ and come to know of the amazing and endless love God has for all of us and how He can change us from a life of searching and chasing to giving us a life of peace, inner joy and purpose.

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61 Responses to "About Me"

Much Love , Joy and many Blessings to you and your Loved ones for Christmas and the New Year from both of us Michele, thank you for all we have shared together .

How wonderful that the heart of Christmas continues all year, when we Love The Lord and each other from the heart.

Christmas Love – Anne

Thank you Anne, Happy Holidays.

Hi Michele,
Nice to ‘meet’ you 🙂 Praise God for your testimony. I can totally relate to looking right on the outside and being lost on the inside. I am sure that your testimony will minister to many 😉
Blessings to you my sister
JC

Nice to meet you too JC. Thank you for your kind words. Thanks for reading and God bless you! 🙂

WANNA STOP BY A FELLOW CHRISTIAN’S BLOG??? NOT AS GOOD AS YOURS IS (YET) BUT WORKING ON IT BY GOD’S GRACE! 🙂 http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/

Thank you. Nice site. God bless!

Checking in on you my sister.

Pray all is well!

God bless!

Debra

Things are great actually. Just got back from Georgia from my son’s graduation. Very exciting! I’m a proud mama. 🙂 How are you doing Debra? How’s your ministry progressing? I’m off today and will actually be working on an article to post. Have a blessed day and hope to hear back from you.

Hi…you old friend is just checking in on you. Thinking about you and said a little prayer for you…as the song says. God bless and keep you!

Hello to you Tanya! What a nice surprise to see your note. 🙂 I’ve been pretty good. Started a new job recently ( see my response to Minister Aiken below). Its at a nice restaurant as a server. My son is graduating college on May 4th. So that is exciting! So how are you doing? You’re site looks great and your writings inspiring and encouraging. Many blessings to you my sister! 🙂

Congrats on your new job and your son’s graduating. You must be so proud. It’s getting harder to write so I only blog once in a while. I’ve been learning so much about God and going through so many lessons. Just when you think you know stuff you realize that you need more lessons to do more refining. We are a work in continual progress. The payoff will be big! We must remain faithful till the end. I try to keep my mind on Jesus at all times for my peace…but don’t always do that but getting better at it. Thank God for the Holy Spirit who supports me 24/7!!!!!!! I’m so happy that the Lord is taking care of you so! He loves us!!! God bless and keep you!

Bless you too my friend. Have a super blessed day! 🙂

Just checking in on ya Michelle.

Pray all is well my sister.

God bless and I love ya.
Debra

Nice to hear from you Debra. I don’t check in to wordpress much anymore. But all is well. Started a new job a few weeks ago. I really like it. Can’t seem to find a job where I stay more than 7 months at a time. But I prayed for God to open a door because I was miserable at my last job. He is amazing how He works. God told me that I need to have joy at the job I hated before He would give me another one…that I needed to find joy and peace no matter if I liked my surroundings or not. So I figured it could take awhile for me to get this test down right. 🙂 I found in His Word where the apostle Paul prayed “for the strength to endure with joy”. So I’ve been praying that every day and with His help I was able to enjoy the job I didn’t like and within 2 weeks another job opportunity was almost “handed” to me. Awesome hugh? How are you my friend? God bless you and love you too. 🙂

Hi Michele
Good for you for sharing your story and struggles, I myself was saved last year from my nightmare of addiction which almost cost me my family and drove me into darkness.
I, like you share my story, I therefore commend you for your honesty and hope to read more of story in time.
Wayne

hey, even with that addiction, God calls you righteous. because of Jesus. He is your righteousness

relax sister 🙂

thank you and God bless 🙂

Hi Michele, I know it’s late but I nominated you for the “Blog Of The Year” award. Check it out:
http://writersfield.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

Thank you so much! I will check into it as soon as I can. God bless!

God bless you too. Have a an especially blessed and promising year.

Michele, you and I have almost the same kind of story. Thank you for following my blog and especially for sharing the same lonely road I’m on. What a beautiful witness you are!

Thank you Bird, and you are a witness as well!! It brings me peace to know that you can get through these times with strength and dignity and that you cling to the Lord who brings all comfort. God bless you sister, and keep your chin up. No more crying over these men who try to destroy our joy!

I’m finished crying. Hopefully, I can be finished with that part for a long time. In the end, I’m going to cling to God more than ever, and what will be will be. I’m thinking my life, as hard as it feels right now, is still easier than Chef’s is going to be for awhile. I don’t wish anything bad for him, but I do hope God will burn his flesh to save his soul. His soul is more important to me, and to God, than anything else. I’m glad God loves him that much!

Amen to that. Glad to hear back from you friend. 🙂

Hi Michele, I just want to thank you for the Blessing that your Blogging friendship has been to me and I look forward to sharing with you more in the future, thank you for your flowers of Love.

Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/friendship-flower-blessings/

Christian Love Anne.

Thank you Anne! That is so sweet of you. I feel the same way about your friendship too. God Bless!

Hi Michelle,

Just checking in on ya my sister. It has been a minute since our last contact.

I pray all is well and that you are still holding on to God’s unchanging hands. I pray that your faith is still strong and that you have purposed in your heart that there will be no turning back for you my sister.

God bless and I love ya.

Debra

Hi Debra, thanks for checking in. Actually my life isn’t going very well right now. I relapsed and lost my job and I’m having financial problems. I’m very worried and scared but I am staying close to God through all this. I’m going to continue my studies as that really helps me draw peace and comfort plus it gets my mind off of things. I certainly don’t want to go backwards but it just feels like I will never have a smooth life. It’s always rocky, up and down. I feel like such a loser and horrible person. I just hate myself right now. 😦

Oh, Michele, I am so sorry to hear about your relapse, but I think its really wonderful that you are able to keep close to God through this, That in itself is a sign of spiritual growth in that you have grown to understand that God is not upset with you when you fall.

For me, that was my greatest revelation! That God loves me so much that even when I succumb to temptation, God is still wrapping me in His loving arms. It used to be that when I sinned, I would turn away from God. What a tremendous thing to know that even at those times, when I am at my weakest, that God NEVER turns away from me.

The realization of the reality of His unfailing and unconditional love for me has gotten me to searching diligently through the scriptures to find ways that I can grow my obedience to Him, because, as I understand Him better, my desire to obey grows ever stronger.

You know I will pray for you Michele, and God keep blessing you in everything!

In Christ’s Love
John

Thank you so much for your heartfelt words John. I too at one time when I would relapse I would turn away from God and not get back to Him for a looooong time. Not this time. It was a 24 hours thing but in that 24 hours I managed to spend my rent money and lose my job. Everything I’ve been working for all gone just like that. I can’t help but be mad at myself and think I’m such a loser. Anyway, thanks again and many blessings to you friend.

Dear Michele,

There is nothing wrong with you that does not plague every believer. We all, while desiring to follow the Spirit with our mind, do still, in the flesh, live in these dead and sinful bodies.

None know better than I that it is a constant battle. How to remain faithful to our Lord when we have these fleshly desires that bur constantly within us?

I sense a kinship in this with Paul the Apostle where he speaks of a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan sent to buffet Him. He sought from the Lord to be freed from this thorn, whatever it was, but I have found a great treasure in 2 Corinthians 12:9 where the Lord answers him:

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Against the sin which so easily entangles me, I find that I am powerless! My weakness is complete and entire. But it is in this very weakness that The Lord is made strong in me.

It is therefore at that point in my life where I feel the least worthy, like I’m a loser, where The Lord is strengthening me, building me into what He wants me to be. I do not claim to know where this all leads, because most of the time I don’t. I do know that this is where I need to trust Him most, because this is where Jesus life will be manifest through me

Love in The Lord,
John

Thanks John you words are much needed and appreciated! God bless You!

Hi Michele: I have nominated you for a “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.” Please visit me at http://armouredup.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1071&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2 to scoop up your award. You are a blessing and are celebrated every day by Him! Bless you sis!

Thank you so much Arlene! Many blessings to you!

Hey Michelle,

Just checking in on ya on this Saturday morning that the Lord has made. I can only hope and pray that you are rejoicing and being glad in it.

I pray all is well. I know your eyes are still on the prize. I know that you are continuing to look unto the hills from whence come your help, knowing it comes from the Lord.

God bless and do remember to tell the Lord thank you.

Debra

Thank you Debra! Things are going well. Hope you are doing well too! Many blessings to you. 🙂

Hey Michelle,

Just checking in. Had not seen or heard from you in a minute girl. I pray you are still working hard, still on the battlefieldf or the Lord and continuing to give Him the priase, glory and honor for what He is doing in and through your life.

Checking in on you my siter. Hope to hear from you soon.

God bless ya.

Debra

Hi Debra, thanks for checking in. Yes working long hours and am exhausted when I get home so I don’t feel like doing much. I hope it starts getting easier because I’m not sure how long I can keep up this pace. But I’m committed to get this store running smoothly. I had a nice comment from a customer the other day. It was an older gentlemen and he said that I have a “glow” and a shine about me. Comes to find out, he’s a Christian and we talked a couple minutes about Jesus and the Holy Spirit. He was giving me encouragement and with a big smile he says, “I knew there was something different about you.” It certainly gave me the boost I needed to keep staying close to God. I wasn’t really sure if people see it or not, but apparently so. 🙂 There’s the other part of me thinking he might have been hitting on me. I don’t believe much of what men say to me unfortuneatly, but I thanked God for this man anyway. Thanks for staying in touch my friend. Hope all is well with you too. God Bless!

Hi Michele,

I noticed you stopped by my blog this morning, so I decided to come by and say hi.

I hope you are keeping busy and are able to continue to immerse yourself in the Lord.

You know, I think about you often and continue to pray for your continuing recovery and especially for your growth in Him.

I’m now participating in a twitter evangelism campaign as well as doing my best to minister to the saints on twitter.

I hope to talk more with you soon!

God bless, and love you in the Lord,
John

Hi John,

It’s really nice to hear from you. I have been keeping busy, if not, too busy. My new position as an asst mgr. is a BIG job and I’ve been pretty stressed and working 10 hour days. I’m physically and mentally exhausted but the Lord is sustaining me. That’s great what your doing with the twitter thing, but I don’t use it. I pray God blesses you in your new ministry. I think that’s awesome.

Talk with you soon. Been trying to post a new writing, maybe this weekend I can work on it and get it posted.

Love you in Christ too! God bless!!

Michele,

I’m glad things are going well for you and I look forward to seeing a new blog post.

Be careful not to get too over tired though, sometimes the devil will use an over tired mind as a means of gaining a foothold. I know the Lord is blessing you though. Such an opportunity must be His doing, so I pray He will sustain you and keep you strong and alert as well.

I have something I would like to share with you, it is a video that has really moved me and made me appreciate what Jesus has done for me in a whold new way. It’s a bit lengthy though, so watch it when you will have a half hour uninterrupted.

God bless!
John

Thanks John! I will watch the video later today. Many blessings to you and I appreciate the prayers! 🙂

Good! Let me know what you think. I found it to be such an incredible blessing! I’ve watched it several times.

I’m new to blogging and somehow I came across your page. I’m scratching my head at how I ended up here, but am gratefully here. I love your transparency, your outlook, your strength…and I love the look of your blog (such a girlie comment, I know). God bless you as you continue in Him…onward and upward. Blessings…Arlene

How nice of you! I really appreciate the kind words and encouragement. I look forward to going over to your site and reading your posts. God bless you Arlene. 🙂

Hi Michelle we will be leaving for our Holiday’s soon and I need to pack which takes me a little longer then most, so will have to limit my Blogging, I will be doing a Post to let everyone know but just wanted to tell you personally. I will be taking a lap top but it’s a bit primitive but I hope to be able to still keep in touch even if limited.

We will back at the end of May, take care my friend,

Christian Love Anne.

Thank you for letting me know Anne. Enjoy your trip! God bless!

I nominated you for the Liebster Award: http://tylersheart.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/liebster-award/

Thank you so much Tyler! I am touched that you thought of me, however, I have already received the award previously. I always enjoy readin your blog and congrats on your award. You deserve it! God bless 🙂

Hi Michele what a wonderful testimony,I do appreciate you hooking up with me an I hope to get to know you better.You have a beautiful blog and I’m sure you will be a blessing to many.
Love you 🙂

Thank you Pat I hope we can be blessing to each other! Have a super blessed day! 🙂

Beautiful… so good to cross paths with you along the journey… much love and blessings… Jason

Thank you, same to you and God bless!

Now this Award is very differant Michelle and there is no rules either, I will let you read all about it yourself, I put your name down but it’s up to you.

http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/just-kidding-award/

It’s really good to see you Blogging again Michelle, I have been praying for you.

Christian Love Anne.

Thank you so much and yes, I would love to accept this award! Laughter is so important. I appreciate the prayers, they have definitely worked as I am soooo much better now than I was a few months ago. God Bless!

Hi Michelle just wanted to let you know that I have just now posted the Kreativ Bloggers Award that you gave me, I have linked it back to you. Thank you again, it was very kind of you.

http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/kreativ-blogger-award/

Christian Love Anne.

Hi Anne, it’s nice to hear from you. Thank you for the Kreativ Blogger award nomination, however I have received it previously. I really appreciate you thinking of me. Hope all is well with you! God bless!

Sorry Michelle I must have not made myself clear, I am not offering you the Kreativ Blogger Award but thanking you for it as it has been some time since you nominated me, I was just letting you know that I had finally posted it. Also from what I found out about this one it can be received more then once but not 100% sure because the rules don’t state it either way like a lot of the other Awards do.

I do not believe we need to be pressured when receiving Awards we need time to find those who we feel we want to uplift and encourage I still have others to share if it takes me a year I am not concerned.

I know an Award I would like to give you Michelle because like me you appreciate humour I will comment again, your choice of course but there are no rules with this one it’s just for fun.

Christian Love Anne

woops, sorry I misunderstood. 🙂 that would be great. I’m honored. Thank you!

I identify very, very much with what your testimony. Grace and blessings to you.

That’s awesome that you can relate to my testimony. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. You have an amazing ministry and I look foward to getting to know you and your site better. God bless you!!

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A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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