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Melissa Zaldivar is a social in the world of academics and an academic in the world of socials. She's an author and podcast host with a BA in Communications and an MA in Theology. She loves a good sandwich, obscure history, and wandering around New England antique shops.

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  1. Building what is broken rather than fight. What a great insight! Thank you for this encouragement!

  2. “I often want to build my case before I build my faith.”

    Well, that’s a zinger to the heart. Your post reminds me that I serve a King and not myself; that there’s no need to be right or even have rights because those things are building my own kingdom. Ouchie.

    Why is it so hard for us to believe that Jesus knew what He was doing? So appreciate your thoughts here, Melissa. xo

  3. Thank you for putting your words to how I’ve been feeling. It is so heartbreaking and exhausting hearing all the hate and anger spewed forth everyday. (In)courage is part of my morning reading, and today was a refreshment for my mind and heart.

  4. I really appreciate this post so much. It was exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you.

  5. Stay faithful to the work. Keep building. Absolutely words I needed to hear in this season where work is extremely dark & difficult. I want to quit, but I know I’m there for a season & a purpose. Good word friend

  6. Melissa thank you for what you shared. I find I feel as though I am only just got into bed. Then it time to get up. Yes the bed is cosey. But I do have to push myself to do get up. Plus say my prayers and spend that time with God. As if I didn’t. I get too tired during the day. I get to busy. That my prayers if I said any would be rushed. I feel I letting God down. Plus not spending the proper time with God. As God is always there. I find myself on days like that saying Lord Forgive me. I only said a few Prayers. I hardly spent any time with you. When I let my day get busy and tired get the better of me. Or my warm cosey bed. You are there for us 24 hours a day. You never leave us. Then I feel guilty. I say Lord forgive me for not making time for you. When there are my brother’s and sisters in the world who love to have the freedom I have to worship you say my prayers and spend time with you. When I do have it. I am not using it right or spending time with you Lord. I get so busy then tired. I don’t have the energy to spend time with you. Just say a few rushed prayer. I feel at the time. At least I say some better than nothing. Then a real guilt comes over me. To say why didn’t I make time for you Lord. When I can worship you freely. Not like some of my Brother and Sisters in the world. They love the freedom I have. Then I know when a busy day happens. I only saying a few rushed prayers. The Devil is laughing at me. Saying your Day has been that busy you either have not got time for the Lord or it rush your time. Ha ha. I then feel even worse. Especially when our Lord is always there for me. I then have to push myself to get out bed spend the time with the Lord. When I have done that. I feel so much better for it. Not as guilty. Then the old Devil can’t have the last laugh. So my day goes so much better. When I give the Lord time. Even if my day is busy. So I must put God first in everything. Thank you for what you shared Melissa. Keeping you all incourage in my prayers. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  7. Melissa,

    Everyone seems to need to be heard these days. We all want to make our cases & have others believe as we do. They spout their opinions loudly on social media & other places. In the midst of all this I let God handle it and like Nehemiah go about my day to day life. Like you said work watch the horizon & work.

    Thanks for great post.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. Ooof. Just like other commenters, I’m struck by “building my case before my faith.” Thanks for stomping on my toes in the very best way! (For real. That’s such a good, wise reminder, and I needed it.)