Hello, My name is…

Hi, My name is Michelle…

“Hi nice, to meet you, my name is Michelle…”

“What brings you to London? What do you do? Are you here with your husband?”

The above is a typical conversation when I meet a new person…I’m asked what I do, why I moved across the world and did I come with my husband? What? By myself? And wait, you’re on an only child? How could you?.. I meet a lot of very successful and driven and talented people living here, every day.

That can get incredibly intimidating..

And sometimes, I think that a lot of us can easily begin defining ourselves by things like job, marital status and economic status…but why?

Why do we tend to define ourselves and evaluate our worth by our work and/or our relationship status? Where in the Bible does it say that you were “knit in your mother’s womb and I knew the job you would have and whether you will be married at 30 or at 21?”

It doesn’t…so why do we care..?

It says that I was fearfully and wonderfully made…

It says that He knows my thoughts…

It says that every bit of me was made in secret, and that He knows my soul very well…

It says He wants to prosper me and not harm me…

It says that there is only one thing I must do…

My mission is simple.

It does not matter to HIM if I’m an artist, or a lawyer, or if I wait tables to ensure that I can feed myself.

It does not matter if I marry my first love or if I marry the 9th guy I date. He does promise though, that if it takes a while, He cares for the broken-hearted.

My mission is simple.

My mission is to love.

To love HIM.

To love others…

To love me…

To show the world that HE loves them, that His mercy, His grace, His love is sufficient. To show the world that in HIM all things are possible. To show the world that He wants to give them a life abundantly, exceedingly above all that they could ever imagine.

So I decided that the me, the one who was wonderfully made, in HIS image…the one who was created at this time because at this time I would most likely receive His love…that me…the only me there is…She is going to be a good woman.

This woman is going to care for the widows and orphans. This woman will not let injustice reign in the world. Instead she will fight for justice. This woman is going to use the talents given to her to show the world that there is more to life than striving for the attention of others. That life lived together, in unity, is better than living a life alone. This woman will make it her life mission to show the world that HE will never leave them.

So whether married or single, in my dream job or simply getting by I am going to do all things THROUGH Him who created me. Defined by Him. In HIS strength and be happy, confident and content that if I seek Him my life will be complete.

Hi, let me introduce myself, my name is Michelle, I love people, travelling, and can’t live without film or music. My passion is Christ, my medium is writing and I’m going to change the world…

Rollercoasters and Imagination…

 

The very last place that I expected to be on the Queen’s Jubilee weekend was sailing down a giant slide on a carpet with a guy I’d met a month earlier…in Sweden. Instead I thought I’d be…well…elsewhere…

My Jubilee weekend was spent avoiding rain storms, watching a marathon, meeting new friends, relaxing and running around like a 15 year old girl being talked into riding the scariest roller coaster of my life (I still think I hate you for that Simon!)…and although this weekend was literally worlds apart from what I thought I would be doing 5 months earlier, it was really one of the best weekends I had in a long time.

Sitting alone, watching the rain pour down yesterday, I sipped a cup of coffee and quietly thanked God that His ways are far better than mine. Does that mean that a part of me still misses what I had, yes, of course…but it also means that when you abide in Him, He really does abide in you. God cares about every little detail. No, maybe He didn’t plan this exact path but He sure allowed me to feel safe, at peace and genuinely content with where I am now. I’m so thankful that we serve a God who is interested in every aspect of our lives. He rejoices in our happy moments and comforts us when we are sad.

And as I sit at my desk, knowing that my life is about to change yet again I can wait, in peace, in rest, in the comfort that even if I expect the next season to look a certain way, that even if it doesn’t, it will be the best I ever had. And in those moments I will sing, rejoice and thank God that He knows WAY more than I will ever know…

Because… (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).