Ten summers ago, my husband and I adopted Eppie from a rescue center in Atlanta (you can read the story here). At the time, she was sweet but timid. She quivered when she heard the deep voice of a man. She had nerve-invoked incontinence. She cried when she was separated from us.
She had been through something scarring.
We’ll never know what happened to Eppie before she became part of our family. That isn’t where God intended our paths to intersect. But in the decade since, she’s loved us and we’ve loved her . . . and a lot of healing has happened.
Now, dear friend, I don’t mean to compare you to my (adorable, wonderful, practically human) dog, but I do know that you have probably suffered something scarring. My heart breaks just a little as I think about the stories some of you have shared with me. Bad things happen, and there is something about life that seems to suggest that what is bad will always get worse.
It’s easy to get stuck there.
Whether you’re the oldest of old or the youngest of young (I write for children too!), I believe there is always something hissing in your ear, urging you not to hope, not to take risks, not to live out your calling. And it’s easy to believe those lies when life and circumstances and deep hurts have isolated you with your wounds.
Can I meet you there?
You don’t have to tell me your story, and I may not tell you all of mine. But I promise that I’ll make this a space where love grows . . . . and I think a lot of healing can happen.
So take some time to look around, but please don’t go before you sign up for quick encouragement that I send several times a month. It’s something I take seriously, and it blesses me as much as it blesses you.
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be in touch soon!
A Little Bit More About Melissa:
Melissa Lu is a writer, small business owner, attorney, and mother to two active boys and a new baby. Her work has been featured in Guideposts Magazine (July 2015) and on Dayspring’s Incourage.Me. She loves any creative endeavor and is a passionate food allergy awareness advocate. She also loves baby animals and has been known to watch videos of Violet the sweater-wearing goat (you’re welcome) when she should be doing something productive.