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
I 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.
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!