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 this message. I am truly in such a dark place and need His Shalom more than words can say.

  2. Such a great Truth!
    Robyn, may God place His Shalom in the most deepest part of you, protecting and keeping you safe. I pray his light will guide you out of the darkness.

  3. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
    – Jesus Christ
    (John 14:27)

  4. Thank you Michelle. I love your message today. So true that “God has not always taken away my “trenches” but when I look back I see the ways He protected me, my loved ones and even my not so loved ones. The ways He opened new doors, and brought me into a place of joy and peace and good that I couldn’t have ever imagined before” I am so grateful! My trenches make my strong in Him. Strong in things I never thought I’d be strong in. Thank you Lord \0/

    “May each of us know and rest in the protection of God’s shalom”.

  5. Thank You Lord for Your great and precious promises and Your faithfulness to perform them in Your timing. Thank You for Your peace which surpasses understanding. You are a great God all the time❤️

  6. Michelle thank you for this reading. All my life I had only a few friends at school not that many. Then when they and we have left school. They have seemed not to want to keep in touch some of them. The ones that did keep in touch two sisters. Love 86 miles away from me and I only see them if they are going to put flowers on their Parents Grave. Which is just 15 miles from were I live. They are so good to me even if we don’t see either that often. They email me or text me now and then to see how I doing. Which is so lovely they pray for me. Both saved. I have another friend who is only 15 miles away from my house. Don’t see her that often as she is busy in her own life. So I do at times get down wish I had another friend who was saved. That I could go for prayer walks with and coffee and have a laugh with see at least on a month or once every two months. But it used to get me down all this. But now I am thankful for the friends I don’t see that often. That God gave them to me. When we do meet up we have a wonderful time together. My Husband said to me one time I was down in one of my Darkness moments. Over not having a friend who would want to and be able to see me more. That if I needed prayer or she did or just to talk about something we could when we met up. My Husband said Dawn don’t let it get to you. You don’t have a friend like that. That you want that would be able to spend more time with you. I tried to make friends with people they just don’t want to know. My Husband said that is their loss. They are loosing out in getting to know the wonderful person you are. Look at it this way you got friends who live 86 miles away that care and one that lives 15 miles away. Even though you don’t see them that often. They care and are there for you. They pray for you. That is more important than people who don’t want to know you. I had dark moment over other things in my life that have happened. No my fault. But only for God being there saying to me Dawn you show them you have forgiven them and still love them in me. Remember they are not saved. So they don’t care they caused you pain by the things they done. But until they do they will not change that is so true. Since forgiving them. I see them in a different light. Can talk to them differently. I never forget what they done. But it doesn’t annoyed me. I learning to love them like Jesus does. Live my life for Jesus in front of them. Hopefully they will see the love of Jesus in me. Want what I have. I pray for their salvation. I thank God he gives me the strength to do all this he is there for me in all my Dark moments. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little in my prayers all you incourage. Xx

  7. Thank you Jesus for allowing you to provide this testimony to me and for me. I so needed to see this! God you are so good to me, even during my times of distress, misunderstanding, not understanding, and not knowing. Thank you Lord! Shalom!!!

  8. God’s strength and peace gets us through when the world beats down on us because we are Christians

  9. Michelle,

    Jesus said we would have trials & tribulations down here. Those trials build us up & make us stronger. In 2015 I quit my full time job to be care giver for my dad. One day visiting him during lunch his tremors were bad & he was having trouble feeding himself. I offered to do it & he nodded yes. Two men were sitting on either side of us. The one to the right said “You will get stars in your crown for this”. I felt like God was talking to me. Fast forward 6 years. I was working part-time as clerical in large hospital. Had volunteered to work full time till my co worker could get arm fixed. In the midst of this they shut my unit down & moved me to a Covid ICU unit mid November. I was a bit nervous at first. Working there I learned to make IV chains (IV with 4 extensions). One day I decided (out loud) to get up & make some for the RNs. December that year they “gave” me a fulltime benefitted position—basically wrote a job description just.for.me! Talk about God blessing the socks off me!

    Blessings 🙂