My name is Melissa Ringstaff and this is my story.
There was a time when I was not sure my dreams could come true or if I would ever find true happiness. I didn’t know if God could forgive me, or if I could even forgive myself.
You see, I was a teenage mom.
I made a lot of mistakes as a young girl. I believed I was in love with a boy. I allowed myself to be used and did things I knew in my heart I was not ready to do.
When I was only 14 years old, I got pregnant with a baby. I was faced with a big decision at a very young age. I knew in my heart that this baby was my baby and that I had to do everything in my power from that point forward to ensure he had a good life.
I was determined not to be a loser. I had always been a “good girl” and it was difficult to accept the shame and guilt I felt. No longer did people see me as a sweet Christian girl who made good grades. All people saw was my young face and my growing belly.
As it goes so often when a girl gets pregnant out of wedlock, my boyfriend was not faithful. He went off to college, dated other girls and ignored me for most of my pregnancy. It hurt like crazy. My heart was shattered. Not only had I given a precious gift to this boy, I had to carry the responsibility all alone. I am so grateful to my parents who really stood by me, even though I know how devastated they were. It broke their hearts.
God’s Healing Power
Flash forward 15 years: I am happily married (for the second time) to a loving Christian man. I am the proud mom to five beautiful children. Today, I am ministering to women all around the world, sharing God’s love for each and every one of us. It doesn’t matter that we all screw up at one time or another. God loves us anyway.
- Yes, I made some mistakes.
- No, I was not able to finish high school.
- No, I should not have married the father of my out-of-wedlock baby.
- Yes, I determined not to let my life be the result of poor choices.
- No, I wouldn’t change my life for anything!
I gave my life over to Christ (for real this time) and have worked hard, prayed a lot, and watched as the blessings poured out of heaven.
Just because you made a mistake, does not mean your life is to be the epitome of your mistake. You can have more. You can be forgiven. You can live a life full of victory. God is waiting to fill your life with joy, peace, success, and happiness.
It is up to you whether you ask Him to lead you to a better place.
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