About the Author

Michelle Ami Reyes, PhD, is an author and activist. Her first book, Becoming All Things, is the recipient of the 2022 ECPA award. Michelle writes at the intersection of multiculturalism, faith, and justice. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.

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  1. Thank you for these words! Desperately needed to know someone has walked in my shoes. Feeling so heartbroken and abandoned by someone walking out in my life. Trying to see God in everyday but it’s hard

    • I am with you. I too recently had someone walk out on me. I feel abandoned and rejected. I pray we may know Jesus more intimately and see how faithful and true he is. He will never leave or forsake us. And he is so gentle with our broken hearts. Many blessings dear one.

  2. I recently became a single mom and the loss of my relationship feels like a death. I never imagined breaking up with the man I’ve been with for the majority of my life. I don’t understand why, but I’m trying to trust God. Thank you for reminding me that God’s love is always there and He will never leave me.

    • Thanks for sharing, Shanice. I’m so sorry for what you’re going through right now, and I can’t imagine the grief you are carrying right now. May God bring you comfort and draw you to himself. You are not alone, sister. God loves you.

  3. Dear Dr. Reyes,
    Thank you so much for this devotional today Oct, 14, 2021 in the Daystar (In)couragement. Today is my Niece, Nicole’s birthday. She is grieving heavily last night and today because her mom and my sister died this past year on my birthday Feb. 3, 2021. Nicole is so lost and grieving today on her birthday because she was so close to her mom, Michele. In God’s sovereignty, He chose you whose anme is also Michelle. Please pray for Nicole that God will draw her close to His heart today and always. The loss of my sister, Michele was was also a wife and mother has really impacted our family. Thank you again for this wonderful message you wrote today. Sincerely, Kellie

    • Oh, Kellie, I am so so sorry. Grieving with you today. May God draw you to himself and comfort you with his peace, dear sister. You are not alone. God loves you.

  4. Amen!! I needed to be reminded of this because of my struggles right now. It is SO TRUE!! Thank you GOD!! Amen!
    Thank you for sharing this. ❤

  5. Thank you for shat your wisdom. We are all grieving in some way and this reminder is so very comforting.

    • What a good reminder — we are all grieving in some way right now. That’s all the more reason to cling to God and bear with one another’s burdens. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Michelle,

    God never promised us a rose garden down here. He said we would have troubles & trials. But take heart for He has overcome this world. He will be with us always.

    The years between 2007 & 2017 were hard for me. My aging parents were going through major health issues including dementia & geriatric psych. Always on edge waiting for the phone to ring. Mom laid in bed for 2 years not knowing anyone but dad & I. Our family put them both on hospice. God graciously took mom at home peacefully. Dad had to put in geriatric psych hospital twice. Jesus generously gave dad back to me better than before-only for 1 year. Then I believe he had a stroke. 11 days after I put him in hospital again God took him home. God was with me through those trying times. He had given me a wonderful, understanding husband who let me quit working to care for them.

    My in laws also had major health issues. In 2018 we discovered my father in laws cancer had
    metastasized to stage 4 bladder cancer. He had most of his bladder taken out-he was 90. A year later still having other health issues he was hospitalized week before Thanksgiving. The Monday before Thanksgiving after coming home from hospital I believe he threw a blood clot to brain & died. I am grateful that he didn’t have to live through a pandemic with his health.

    Through all those trials Jesus helped my faith & trust muscles to grow stronger. Now I trust them completely no matter the situations.

    Blessings 🙂