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Emily began writing short stories and poetry as a little girl, entered the blogging world in her early 20's, and recently released her first book, Yielded in His Hands (eLectio Publishing). She enjoys being a stay-at-home momma while still being able to freelance write. Believing she has been forgiven of much, she loves much, and desires to point others to Christ and His redemptive and transforming power. If you would like to connect with Emily or learn more about her book, you can visit her website: www.emilyrosemassey.com

Emily Massey

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Emily began writing short stories and poetry as a little girl, entered the blogging world in her early 20's, and recently released her first book, Yielded in His Hands (eLectio Publishing). She enjoys being a stay-at-home momma while still being able to freelance write. Believing she has been forgiven of much, she loves much, and desires to point others to Christ and His redemptive and transforming power. If you would like to connect with Emily or learn more about her book, you can visit her website: www.emilyrosemassey.com

From Brokenness to Restoration

#darkness #Christian Life #restoration

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being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6 NKJV).

The work God has done in my heart can definitely be described as one big (de)construction project- from tearing down walls that were erected from what I experienced as a child to restoring the brokenness created by my six year prodigal journey running away from the Father.

And as long as I am breathing in oxygen on this fallen planet, this heart of mine is a total work in progress.

In the process, the Lord has built patience in me- that in and of itself is a total miracle for this sometimes stubborn and driven personality of mine.

I believe God can change us in an instant, but chooses the longer, sometimes grueling and painful road, because it requires us to trust Him in the waiting and allows our history with Him to deepen in such a beautiful way.

I have talked quite a bit about “seasons of soul” on my blog because it amazes me to see how the Lord proves Himself faithful in the valleys and the mountain-top experiences of life. Instead of focusing on the crashing waves that may try to overwhelm us, when we choose to fix our eyes on Jesus, we trust that He won’t allow us to sink and won’t leave us alone in our storm. The same is true when everything is butterflies and rainbows. He’s still the same Jesus standing by our side: rejoicing with us, mourning with us, and cheering us on as we run the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

Shortly after I gave birth to my son in the Fall of 2014, it seemed as if the Lord was whispering to my heart that I would be entering a “season of restoration.” This was a glorious promise because there had been numerous occurrences in my life where the enemy had stolen more than enough from me and my family. In the midst of this promise of restoration, I had no idea that I would experience one of the darkest “night of the soul” seasons in my entire life that would last for well over two years.

I experienced both natural depression and spiritual depression at the same time and because I was isolated as a new stay-at-home mom, it felt even darker for me. I can tell you that I held onto that promise of restoration with each passing day, but some days were just plain hard to keep hanging on, if I can be honest. I’m thankful to Jesus for standing by my side, as well as my husband Paul, who was so faithful through it all. There also have been friends who have been such a breath of fresh air of God’s grace to me, sharing words of encouragement and love that helped me face the day and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Their prayers were so evident in my life!

And here I am today, knowing that my dark night of the soul season has lifted. Knowing that God has been bringing my brokenness to full restoration and I’m living in that promise now!

The joy I am experiencing is overwhelming! The peace I continue to rest in surpasses anything the world can offer.

I share this with you to let you know God sees you. He knows the pain is very real. And He’s with you in the midst of your storm. Your trial has a shelf-life….even if it may be years, and even if you don’t experience relief until you see Jesus face to face, as hard as it is to say that. The Lord is forever faithful and will never leave you. Hold onto hope! Hold onto your faith in the Father! He is working behind the scenes and is faithful to complete this work that He has started in you, just like the Word promises us.


Yielded in His HandsCheck out more of my blogs on www.emilyrosemassey.com! Also, visit my website for more information on how to stay connected with me, as well as info about my book Yielded in His Hands- now available on Amazon.com!


Finding Me

#christian living #following Christ

hope, peace, joy, resurrection, new season, finding me, emily rose massey, blogger, writer, author, yielded in his hands, book, promotion, graceI spent hours upon hours marketing, networking, and promoting my book from 2014-2015. I was blessed with many opportunities to be able to share my story of deliverance and divine transformation through public speaking engagements and radio and TV interviews. But somewhere along that whole time glorifying God, I got lost in the midst of all of the (self) promotion process that comes with being an author/writer.

In 2016, all of the book promotion seemed to come to a sudden stop, and my focus had to shift to taking care of my family, as we went through some challenging situations raising Isaiah and dealing with financial pressures of being a one-income family. At the beginning of 2016, the Lord told me I was entering a season of rest. I had no idea what that meant because I didn’t know how to rest. I have been a do-er by nature my entire existence. I have always thrived on productivity and accomplishment. Looking back at the process God has been taking me through since becoming a stay-at-home mom two and half years ago, I realize now that I was trying to find my worth and value in what I did and not who I was- or more importantly, WHOSE I was. Even through my ministry involvements, I wrestled with this, but now I can say that I have truly learned what it means to just BE God’s daughter.

Over the last year, God seemed to strip me of a lot of things that I found my identity in, ministry included. I just knew that I was going to be set on the Potter’s wheel once again, but I forgot how painful that process can be. Suddenly doors that were open, were now shut to me. I lost interest and passion in things that used to bring me such enjoyment (I know now that this was only for but a season as God worked on my heart). Leadership roles and responsibilities were now gone, and because of issues with Isaiah’s sleeping for many, many months, I could no longer write because of the lack of mental clarity and focus.

“Mombie,” anyone?

Even in the midst of motherhood, it felt like I was doing a whole lot of nothing. But through the process of losing myself, just like Jesus tells us, I found myself all over again.

He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 10:39, NKJV).

I have truly been discovering who I am IN CHRIST. It is definitely a learning process, as I have been unlearning so much over these last two years and allowing the Father to mold me even more into the likeness of Jesus.

With all of that being said, something has shifted in me and a new season is upon me. You will start to see and hear more from me on social media, especially regarding my passion to share the gospel and God’s truth through my writing ministry. I’m believing for more opportunities to testify for Jesus and share my story with those who are struggling in their faith and those who still need to hear the good news of God’s glorious grace. From struggling with anxiety and depression to healing from sexual brokenness, to learning how to be yielded unto the Lord so that He can use you, to finding the importance in your identity as a child of God over all other positions in life- yes, indeed, we have a Good, Good Father!

In 2015, I received an email stating that my story was selected to be on a segment of a popular Christian TV program. They were waiting to find out if a TV crew would be in my area to film and then I never heard back and never followed up on it (this had to be God because my persistent self would have never forgot about it). But this morning, the Lord told me to reach out to some ministries who were interested in my story, one being this Christian TV ministry. I immediately received a response today letting me know that they are contacting a producer and will get back to me as soon as possible! More details to come, friends!

I’m hopeful. I’m excited. And I’m ready to be a vessel for God’s glory! 2017- my joyous, victorious, resurrection year!

Thankful for you all!


Yielded in His Hands

 

Here Comes the Sun

#faith #change #trust

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I have decided to say “No!” to depression. Not to sound too…well, depressing, but since December, I have felt its noose slowly begin to tighten around my neck, and I was passively allowing it.

I believe it was a combination of the effects of stress and bad eating choices, winter blues, extended sleep deprivation, and just lies bombarding me from the enemy. I was also in the midst of working Christmas retail chaos for the first time in my life, so I guess you could say I was a tad overwhelmed and a little disappointed with the lack of creative outlet in my life.

But the clouds are parting and I’m beginning to experience the sun again!

I have felt in my spirit for quite some time that I am approaching transition into new territory. Like I wrote in my last post, I have been holding onto that hope with all of my might. I have been in survival mode for far too long, and I am ready for my life to thrive again. And not just for me but for the sake of those God has entrusted to me and who He is now sending my way.

The Bible verse that has been on my heart lately comes from Isaiah 60:1:

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you (NKJV).

This verse is displayed in my son’s room because it is one of my favorites found in the book of Isaiah.

What it says to me is that there is an action required for me to see the glory of the Lord rise upon me and that is I MUST ARISE! I can’t just sit there passively and let the devil continue to beat me up with his stinkin’ lies! I must rise up! I must stand up and most importantly, stand upon God’s truth and promises!

*Edit 4/4/2017- Shortly after I wrote the words above, a decision was unexpectedly made for me regarding my current evening schedule. God pretty much closed a door for me in an area of my life that was causing strife, stress, and strain in my marriage. Ha! How about that alliteration for ya?!

What seemed like something the Lord had asked me to do for quite some time, turned out to be a very short season for me in the end. Eight months later (8 symbolizes “new beginnings” in the Bible), I’m finding myself facing another “new beginning” in my life. Suddenly all this unnecessary weight I was carrying has been lifted off of my shoulders, and even though I could sense God’s grace carrying me through this last season, I still feel lighter in some way.

And now that my physical circumstances have rearranged to help alleviate stress and tension, I know that I still must hold onto hope and stand upon God’s truth because the enemy isn’t going to stop his dumb tactics to steal my peace and joy. This new change will require trusting God in a greater way regarding our physical needs because it has taken some of the control out of our hands and we have no choice but to trust that God will provide no matter what.

I just love how God cares about all aspects of our life instead of just our spiritual health. He will move on our behalf so that we can experience the life Jesus died for us to have. The more we look to Him to fulfill and satisfy, the more we discover how great a Father He is to us. He never disappoints!

Even if you can’t see it, He is working behind the scenes always. Even if you don’t feel the sunshine just yet, know that the clouds are going to part. Hold on! Stand up! Trust and believe!


Yielded in His HandsCheck out more of my blogs on www.emilyrosemassey.com! Also, visit my website for more information on how to stay connected with me, as well as info about my book Yielded in His Hands- now available on Amazon.com!