Hello! My name is Jessica Fernandez, and I have been a Christian for almost 16 years. I want to share a little about myself and why this group has impacted my life. I went from thinking that I knew who I was, to I wasn’t sure who I was anymore. My battles, struggles, pains, suffering, disappointments and heartaches became the focus of my Christian walk. Jesus and his promises became cloudy, even though I was still in church, praising and listening to the word. I would surrender it all to God, but by no surprise the enemy was already out there ready to defeat me, and would give back all that I thought I handed over to God. I would feel angry, hurt, ashamed, depressed, sad, and so sorry for myself; because life and situations just didn’t turn out the way I expected. I was doubting my faith, my walk, and Gods love for my family and I. I will drown in my tears of sadness every day. I tried fighting against those feelings but my situations just seemed to get worse and the trials became stronger. My marriage, my children, my faith, my peace, and even my stand for my salvation was affected. My thoughts where everywhere else except on Jesus.
I was still in church, I just couldn’t find the courage to stop going. I started indulging in things that Christ had delivered me from. My thought was it is, “ok who will find out?” I started pushing away from volunteering at my church. I pushed certain people far from me. I was feeling so ashamed of myself, and the last thing I wanted was anyone to correct me. I would disguise myself behind a great smile, hoping no one will notice my shame. This battle lasted for almost 3 years, in that time I received a Facebook invite to a women’s group, so I accepted it, didn’t think nothing of it. I would read the inspirational posts that Marisely would share to the page. I remember sometime last year in October or November, I seen a post from Marisely sharing why she created this group; encouraging other women to feel free to post anything inspirational. It felt like a switch had turned something on inside of me. I’ve always loved women ministries. Women are Gods beautiful creation! I am more than grateful for the group “Women of Faith and Confidence” because that’s who we are called to be. I was holding on for dear life to the mantle of Jesus, just like the women looking for healing from years of sickness. I started sharing with the group verses that spoke to my life. I saw the great responses from the group. It made me feel like I was helping another sister in her time of need. I love the way Marisely opened up to the group, encouraging us women to be a part of her spiritual journey with monthly challenges. That truly had strengthened me and encouraged me back to praying and reading Gods word daily. The group has inspired me to fight against the lies of enemies and my fears. Also how to love, forgive, and pray for other women who are going through a tough time. His forgiveness and grace washes all our sins away and redeems us for a life of eternity. I’m a brand new creation for Christ by the blood of our Lord Jesus!
We are called to build each other up in our Holy Faith. That’s what this beautiful group of women are called to be. Women inspiring other women!!
Jude 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
Although, I’m still fighting with certain situations, I know I’m not fighting alone.
God has given us the perfect outfit to put on every day! Ephesians 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God,that you may be able to withstand in the evil day.
I encourage you to walk in Gods peace and accept that you are an OVERCOMER! John 16:33 these things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Lord, I am your vessel!!