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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. I have no friends or family there for me but I know God is there and heaven will always be worth it.

  2. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the title this morning. My life is in a bit of turmoil- yet again. And what has helped are kind words and offers of help from new friends and old, and others like the woman who checked me in at the local car repair place I go to. And then the sunrise this morning reminding me that I am not alone. When you wrote of the woman on the plane, I thought of Blanche DuBois (A Streetcar Named Desire) when she says how she has come to rely on the kindness of strangers. And while I do not rely on them, I can certainly appreciate a smile or nod when we cross paths.

  3. Hello Everyone, thank You Lord for helping me every single day and night. Thank You Holy Spirit for being with me every step I make (even my unwise steps). God, You are my Heavenly Father and I am Your Beloved Daughter, You know the entire story of my life. Your Word says You knew (Saw) the end from the beginning. This is the confidence I need to navigate life.

    Sometimes I don’t act like I believe I can make it strong all the way. Sometimes I act like I am more concerned about what affects me than others. I know I am Your new creation in Christ Jesus. Nothing and no one can snatch me out of Your Hand. It’s been three years now with so many questions about Covid-19. We may never get all the details worked out. But, God You know everything !

    As I remind my three girls about Your Grace and Mercy, I remind myself to be patient because You are my portion and I place my trust in You. I know now that our children have a way of teaching us (parents) as we mature. That includes great work standards, punctuality, loyalty, and honesty. All these attributes are needed in all our relationships.

    Thank You Lord for sharing Your wisdom with me. Thank You for not giving up on me. My Christian G.P.A. is only judged by You.

    Enjoy your day Everyone.

    Brenda
    Your Sister in Christ

  4. Isn’t it awe-inspiring when we can look back, and see the hand of God bringing us comfort, protection and reassurance when things go awry! The angels He puts in our path, when we need their comfort and encouragement, takes His grace right over the top!!!!

  5. Wow! Beautiful, beautiful story. I have seen God in people many times. Just this weekend my car almost overheated and as I was a state away from home and on a major highway traveling back from a basketball tournament with my teenage son, I was concerned. By Gods grace I was able to safely pull off the highway to a Walmart parking lot in a safe area. As I waited patiently for my husband and the tow truck I saw a big rig parked near me with the numbers 221 painted on the side. That was my Grandparents house number. I believe God sent angels to help me this day in the spirit of my grandparents and seeing their house number assured me I was safe and that God was covering me and my son and that all was going to be fine.

  6. As someone who has had a tough year and a tendency to go off the rails, I can certainly relate to this post. And I totally agree that God has placed people in my life at different times to remind me that I’m not alone. My hope is that God has used me as a reminder to others that they’re not alone either.

  7. Wow, Melissa, this almost gave me shivers! I generally travel with a daughter, who irons out all the wrinkles in our plans. She gets on her smart phone and finds whatever help we need. There is still waiting in lines and close calls, but she’s usually there to guide us through it all. Meanwhile, I nervously pray.

  8. Its so amazing how God’s hand is everywhere we look! You didn’t crash, He provided a comforting seatmate. Your friends were so kind and supportive to you. He even had an angel waiting for you on the last leg of the flight! Amazing!

  9. I sure needed to be reminded of that today. I often feel like the one who always gives but I’m in a season of grief now and I need the Lord to send the advocates ! I’m thankful for the ever present Holy Spirit and the help he has and will send to help me overcome ! Thank you.

  10. Melissa,

    God sends angels among us to help us in our trials. They just look like you & I. When I moved out of state for college I had a neighbor who cared for me. The first night she gave me dinner & throughout the semester the family would invite me to dinner & over for a Super Bowl party. I have never forgotten that & do my best to pay it forward. Being the one to help/care for others in their needs. When my pastor’s wife was moving her mom (out of state) into her home I made a chicken pot pie & some bread for them. Just a quick meal when they got back. Today I’m taking bread & chicken pot pie to my MIL who fell last Tuesday (4/26). There are times in life when we need people to be there for us. I was in that position off & on for 10 years caring for my aging parents. Now I see it is my turn to be the hands & feet of Jesus.

    Blessings 🙂

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