Guest Post: My Journey through Motherhood by Melissa M

I'm excited to share our first #YOURSTORYMATTERS of the year. I have followed Melissa and her blog on social media for quite a while and when I learned about her difficulties in motherhood because of a condition she has, I was sincerely inspired. Being a mom is no joke. It's hard! But being a mom with a health condition has to be even harder (I can only imagine).

Check out Melissa’s story below. I'm telling you, you are going to be blessed!





If I’d tell you that my journey through motherhood has been a breeze, it hasn’t. Motherhood has its share of blissful moments, as well as frustrating ones. Ever since I was young, I have always had the desire to one day be both, a wife and a mother. However, I thought that for some reason, that it could never be possible for me. Especially, after having my heart broken several times by men, or shall I say boys who never knew how to cherish it. It was until I came to the Lord in 2011, God really changed me and started making me new, my desire to be a wife and a mother one day didn’t change, in fact, it amplified. To keep things short, after about 3 years in the faith, God blessed me with a Godly man. Soon after he proposed and we got married. About a year and a half into our marriage, I became pregnant we our first child- a precious baby girl.

Ever since becoming a mom, I have felt (and still feel) incredibly blessed and privileged. However, at times, I have had and still to this day have moments of frustration, exhaustion, and depletion. These moments bring doubt as to whether I am capable of taking care of another human being. I say all of this because I have a physical condition called Cerebral Palsy, where about all of the right side of my body, including both arm and leg are weakened and therefore, it has rendered me limited in some ways. Sometimes I feel discouraged because according to the world’s standards I may not be considered normal. but that’s okay. I’ve come to realize that I’m special and unique in the Lord’s eyes and the fact that he has blessed me with this incredible gift, He will carry me through each day. One thing that has always stuck with me throughout this journey is what a friend told me once; “God is the one who raises children.” At first I didn’t quite understand her statement, but now I do. I’m just a steward, God has entrusted me with her and as I seek Him to give me His wisdom, strength, and grace to train her up in the way she should go (Proverbs 22:6) He then in turn works through me just as Philippians 2:13 says “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” So, in reality it’s Him doing the work in both of our lives, I’m just simply a vessel. It all has been Him who has equipped me on this journey. He will also equip you, if you seek Him. We are not meant to go through this journey alone. His grace will meet you in whatever situation you may be facing today, just invite Him in. Nothing is impossible or too difficult for Him.

Below I would like to share some verses and quotes that have helped me through my journey.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13 ESV

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. -2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

God arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. -Psalm 18:32 NLT

You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. -Psalm 18:35 NLT

“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” -Unknown

“A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.” -Unknown

Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up despite the struggles.” -Sharon Jaynes




If you were inspired by Melissa's testimony, I encourage you to follow her on these sites. Personally, she’s been a blessing to my life and I know she'll be one for you too!

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❤ Cynthia Cano
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