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How is it possible to have authentic joy in the midst of devastating news, grief, heartbreak, disappointment and loss?

Melissa would want you to  know that grief and sorrow were very real experiences for her.   She had great compassion for those who were suffering and would never want to discount someones pain.  But even in her suffering,  joy would shine through.  Her countenance and responses stunned and can only be explained by the presence of God in her life. 

          "Oh, Lord I couldn’t be more filled with joy knowing You’ll guide and direct my every step.  Lord I look to the ocean and see something new.  I feel so overwhelmed with joy as if I could fly above and across this sea proclaiming Your never ending love for me.  I know my face must be glowing with You for I feel as though I’m flying now.  Jesus, how You can love a sinner as wretched as me and take me in your arms and make me clean.  How you bury my pain far away and cleanse me within each new day.  How you listen to my heart and words unspoken and answer my prayers in such short time.  How your love reveals your almighty power.  How your love reveals who You are.  Lord Jesus Christ, my risen King, you are my everything.  You’re the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, Everlasting Almighty King.  You’re my family’s God across the nation and my God, so sovereign.  You’re the joy I see in the faces of believers. You’re the love I feel from amongst my friends.  You’re the one I love inside of Jeremy and You’re the one who’s eternally set me free.  Jesus Christ, my love for all time.  I worship you during this life.  I can’t wait to see your face and have your glory revealed to my eyes.  I can’t wait to hear you call my name and know, I’ll never leave your sight."

          The JOY in Melissa's life was authentic.  It showed all over her face and in the sound of her voice.  Her response to having cancer at the age of 20 will stun you.  She was living out a supernatural life - a mystery to most.  Below is a  video of Pastor Christ Carroll from Firewheel Bible Fellowship in Rowlett, TX.  He knew Melissa well and she had a huge impact on his life.  Watch and listen as he describes the supernatural joy in Melissa and how her life transformed his. 



These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:11-13 KJV


Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Heb 12:2 KJV


That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. - 1Pe 1:7-9 KJV


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. -

Gal 5:22-23 KJV

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