About Me? Why is it so much easier to talk about someone else than it is yourself? Well, it is for me anyways. However, I will try my best to let you know a little about me and why I do what I do. I was born and raised in a Christian home. My Daddy was a Pastor of several different churches as I grew up at home. So yes I am what they call a P.K. (Preacher's Kid). I was the baby and my only brother and oldest sister had already left the flock and started a family of their own. By the time I was 13 however, my sister April got married and left as well, so I was pretty much a only child growing up. There were times I enjoyed the life as a P.K but most of the time I resented every bit of it. I resented being made to go every time the door was open. I resented having to visit people's homes that were sick or wanting to fix us dinner after church. I was saved and baptized at the age of 10 but boy oh did I ever go back on God and try the Devil's world. I was lost and in despair in my teenage years. I ran away from home 3 times and by the age of 18 I was a mess and my Mom made me go live with my older sister Kenya in Kentucky to try and get my life straight. I did for a little while. I attended a full gospel charismatic church with my sister and her family in Huntington WV. I learned and grew a lot there. A lot of the things I learned from there are still with me today. We however eventually stopped attending that church and my life went to a downward spiral. I began drinking, partying, being promiscuous, smoking weed and doing things I should not be doing at all. I eventually found myself up in some trailer in Paintsville Kentucky where nobody even knew where I was but God. One Day my Daddy who delivered mining parts over the tri-state area heard God's holy spirit whisper in his ear to start praying for me in his prayer language. I had not spoken to my family in over 3 months. Nobody knew where I was. In the meantime on this same day the people I was living with at the time in that trailer were all fighting (including me) and things were about to get real ugly when I went into the bathroom and screamed on the top of my very soul "OH MY GOD PLEASE HELP ME! PLEASE HELP ME!" As I opened my eyes from my plea' I looked out the window of the bathroom and saw my Daddy's work truck pulling up in the driveway. Remember he did not know where I was but as he began praying in spirit, God directed him where to go. I ran out to greet him so fast that I don't even remember feeling my legs move! I fell into his arms weeping so hard and asked him to take me home. He was crying and ever so happy to bring me back home with him and my Mom. I called my Mom on a payphone as my Dad suggested to let her know I was coming home. I remember my Mom was holding back tears and said her door was always open to me. So I got home, stopped the partying, the drugging and the drinking and got a nice job at Nationwide Insurance Company where they paid for me to go to Insurance School. I finally got my license to sell insurance and I was very content and happy in my life. I began going back to church and asked God to forgive me and he did and he made my life new again with him. God is so good like that! No matter where we've been in life and what we've done he is more than happy to forgive a truly sorry heart and bring them back home. At age 23 I met my husband through a mutual friend and in 4 months we were married. Yes QUICK I know! lol Within the first year of marriage John (my husband) felt the call on his life to become a minister. He answered the call and began working towards that and within the 2nd year I was a official "Pastor's Wife" believe it or not. I still feel very inadequate to this call but I enjoy it too. It's not a easy road to travel but I am thankful for every curve, every stop sign, every pot hole and every bridge along the way. I began writing poetry when I was a teenager but it didn't become Christ centered until around the age of 24. I have a lot of poetry that I've written throughout the years scattered somewhere. However just recently I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to start writing devotionals. I've always had a love of writing. I've written poems for family, friends and church family. Now that I have met Jessica who is the creator of Revived Heart she was more than happy to show off some of my writing's on her wonderful Christian website. I am very proud to be a part of this mission of hers. Jessica is a wonderful Christian and I am very thankful to have her as my sister in Christ.So here I am today in St. Albans, WV, a preacher's wife who is writing poems and devotionals for my friends and family that I'm able to share with people on a Christian website. Had you asked me 20 years ago if this is what I'd be doing. I most certainly would have laughed because of the lifestyle I was leading but now I am laughing and smiling because I can't believe the change in myself and the change that God has made in me. I can finally say I AM HAPPY and its all because of Christ Jesus!
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