And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…Revelation 12:11

Written by: Writer and Author, Michelle-Lee Young
Edited and Published by: William Ballard, Professional Writer/Author and Web Designer

I am not a preacher, singer or musician.  If my name were mentioned in a crowd, there are many who have never heard it.  I wasn’t popular in school, nor did my grades exceed expectation.  In my younger years I didn’t think like all of my peers, I had so many questions about life and everyone around me acted as though this life would never end.  Not realizing, that one day these questions that I had and my differences from those around was for a purpose. In fact, when I was young I didn’t know why I was born into this world, if my final destination was death. I analyzed everyone and everything and still came up with nothing.  I lived in fear trying to grasp some sort of purpose as to why I was on this planet called earth.  Little did I know that there was one calling to me, throwing out a life line of hope, if only I knew how to reach for it?  I would not find out until years later that God was the author of my life.  I knew that there was a God, but didn’t realize that I could have a relationship with him.  In these times in my life, I would sit in my room and write for hours. I was trying to figure out answers to these questions that were always rolling around inside my head.  I started to write poems at the age of 7.  I would write poems over the course of the next few years.  This is how I communicated with God, I would write

The Space

There is no time to glance behind

Or look toward the road unwind

Call out to me in blackness heard,

To soar so high just like that bird

To run would take the hearty fall

When time seems closed behind the wall

Unheard unspoken beneath your soul

To what you gave your measured goal

Beware of things that truth behold

To care of thoughts of things untold                                                                  

Where marked are words from a starry sky

And at the end is where you’ll lie

Where all meanings here unfold at night

Although again no end in sight

Hold high the strength of light that race

But dare to look beyond the space

 By Michelle-lee Young

As the years went by, God answered my quest, gave me purpose and filled my life with love.  I dared to go against the current of this world, looked beyond its surface. Thankful I found the “pearl of great price”.  I have put my life in the great author’s hands.  I have been delivered of many things that this world tries to bind with.  I am free and have a beautiful story to tell.  This story that I have could have ended another way if it was left in my own hands. I am so thankful for the gospel of Christ and the hope that I now have.  When I write today, unlike when I was young, there is a fulfillment. The confusion I had and the fearful anxiety is gone.  I still do have some questions. They are not questions of purpose, but rather a deeper relationship with almighty God.  The questions are replaced by a longing to know this great God in whom I have placed my life and trust in. 

The author and finisher of our faith

Our testimonies are hand written by God and can reach into another person’s life and give a ray of hope. 

Just share it, tell it, speak it, sing it, draw it, write it, email it, text it, however you can… and let God do the rest…

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.

Hebrews 12:2

The words we speak…

Written By Michelle-Lee Young

What are words?  Words are used to bring meaning; they can be spoken, written or produced in song.  They affect everything that we do and our words affect all of those around us. Once a word is spoken it cannot be unspoken, it has left our mouths and is now in the universe to be heard and then understood.  By our words we can encourage, build, love and inspire.  By our words we can discourage, tear down, hate and hurt.  We see words everywhere we go, on signs directing us as we travel.

We see words that compel us and see words that are used to entice us.  Powerful are the words that we hear and that we see.  Language is a way of putting words together to help us relate to one another and understand one another.  God used words to speak and create and then those same words became flesh and blood.  God’s word will stand the test of time, and can be used as a plummet line for our lives.  If it doesn’t line up with the one truth it is not truth. With our words we can lie, with our words we can deceive.  The words we speak are in our control.  We can speak life as did Ezekiel in the Bible, when he spoke the dry bones and they became alive.

Every word that is spoken is seed that we sow and will bear fruit just like a physical seed.  Every tree is known of its fruit. The Bible says in Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit”.  There are words that are spoken to us as children that we never forget-- and those words a lot of times will direct the steps we take as adults.

A song can touch a heart through its words because those words have meaning.  We must guard the words that we speak each day.  We don’t know how our words will touch another person’s life.  We must control the things that we say to our children or we could say something that could affect them for years to come.  The closer that we draw to God and His Word the more our words become like his.  It is then when the words we speak are spoken in love just like he spoke his words to us. 

His words have stood the test of time from generation to generation and will always stand and will always bring life.  The Word of God speaks life into us, gives us hope and a purpose for living.

So very thankful for the Words He has spoken and left for me as a guide to live by. The words from the author and the finisher of my faith! Jesus.

For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. Isaiah 119: 89-90

May the Lord Bless you and keep you!