A Pastor’s Inspiration – Pastor Melissa McKinnies –

It was at the young age of 15 that I discovered my life verse in the Bible. It is found in Psalm 37:4. It reads, in KJV, “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

That verse kept me in the darkest of hours, in the strongest of storms and during the loneliest times of my life. It was an anchor for me; a refuge. It was my source of hope. When I was tempted to question the seasons or the timing of things in my life, I would revisit this verse. I would write it out in my journal day after day and recite it over and over like a mantra. It kept me grounded and rooted, and man do we need those kinds of things during the teenage years! High five that neighbor beside you in Panera as you’re reading this article! They’ll get it! But I digress.

We have all been there. That time in your life when the dream looks hopeless, the degree out of reach, or the relationship you’ve been hoping for is non-existent! Maybe you’re there now. The hour seems the darkest, the storm is the worst yet or maybe you have never been this lonely. Not only do you feel alone, you are downright lonely.

Can I just breathe some hope into you today? Your dreams are not hopeless, that degree is not out of reach and there is somebody out there designed just for you! Maybe I haven’t described your situation exactly, but know this, you can do this! You were made for this! You were made for more! The dreams and plans inside of your heart and mind were meant to be lived out by YOU! Don’t get discouraged! Keep watering the dream, feeding the dream and work hard at keeping the dream alive! You can do this! I believe in you! Keep on keepin’ on!

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