Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Soul's October Journey:Third Part

It wasn't as dramatic as the encounter of Jesus and the woman at the well...

God led me there...

Walking with a Broken Heart

I found my way in a should see a couple of books I enjoyed browsing (well, at least their titles)...

I wish finding a soulmate was just as easy as shaking hands with a stranger... but do we ever need to look for them ourselves?

These are familiar names but... hmmm... not yet...
not these books...

Oh, are they really?

Oh, my heart says it's near...

How to Mend a Broken Heart sample PDF

And there, I found it!

The book took me side by side with the Old Testament. I thought I could just speedread it, but a good book is definitely worth buying.

I realized each day as every Chapter evinced that we are all broken hearted ~ wounded people.

It's not just because one is scorned or set free that we experience this. I see a deeper brokenness embedded in each of us.

My spiritual director in his book says that he prefers the term wounded people because the Spirit stirs them from their place of comfort towards a journey...

to the unknown...

 to a world of trust, openness and detachment.

That is, only if we expose our wounds.


Melissa in Chinatown
photo credit: May Christine Tandoc

I look up to a friend and he says, "Walk it off!"

~ Jim Brandano


"Taste and see the goodness of the Lord." ~ Psalm 34,8

God is faithful and He gives us Jonathan friends (Nelson Dy, How to Mend a Broken Heart, Ch. 2: You Gotta Have Friends, MM: OMF Literature, 2006, p. 22) to walk beside us...
I am very grateful that God led me to my FB friends...

they weren't invisible after all...
I could neither touch you nor see you in person
but I feel your presence in as much as the same way you express it through your concern and love.

I appreciate all those personal messages you sent me while I was away... you've posted them on the walls of my heart.

I am forever grateful Corinne Rodrigues for making it more concrete through Roy Durham 
You soothed my soul's woundedness without knowing it...

 My spiritual director once told me that the measure of my enlightenment is more pronounced in my drawings ~ my art...

But I'm truly learning a lot from my wise friend's ABS and my Irish art mentor who push me to the limits of my capacity.

The more I wish to shut off myself... the more I am invited to give the whole of me.

So, here I am

God wrap me and give me away...

p.s. To that angel who tweeted me, I know I can't write your name as you prefer to be anonymous...if you ever pass this way, I'd like you to know I am truly grateful...


  1. Melissa! Oh how we have missed you! It is so inspiring to watch you on your journey. I am learning things from you that are helping me on mine as well. A few of the book titles were hilarious! I can relate to some of them! Thanks for acknowledging those who have touched you along the way. We are always in your corner! Blessings!

  2. Melissa, once again, your words and reflections have moved me so intensely!
    "God wrap me and give me away . . ."
    How marvelous a realization this is!
    Matthew 16:25
    For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
    You, my dear, are journeying in the right direction . . .
    May God's blessings abound for you!

  3. Somehow even in my darkest days...I come here and I leave smiling....Thank you...As always...XOXOXOXOXO

  4. Melissa it s through your prayers what god has bless us and you have bless us with the gift god gave you thank you god bless wonderful post

  5. Melissa, Welcome back dear friend, we missed you. Your post is awesome, love all the books and want to read them all, will buy one today :) I am so happy for your journey and the friends that you have made along the way. Your post is a glowing tribute to friends and love. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Melissa my soul sis, this is a journey that will change you and you are taking it very gracefully and humbly. Yes the heart is broken but it will heal. We all have had broken hearts. We are there with you in spirit all the way.

  7. I see the pain dear friend. I am not sure if my words would do any good at the moment, but I am sure a friend who could see the pain will not leave you alone. And I am sure there are many like me by your side. Keep yourself alive and around your friends, and you will reach the dreamy shore that will never make you feel sad. Love, Me.

  8. Have you ever heard a song from so long ago with so many memories tied to it that it made you cry? And didn't you with that you could go back into time when everything seemed so much simpler and carefree? Those are songs that are the soundtrack of our lives... the ones that bring back childhood memories, best friends, first love, first heartbreak... the memories.But it doesn't happen in reality.Every new day is another chance to change your life.The times in life, that seems to be the worst, always turn out for the best...I am so happy to see you back,even though I know that the the pain doesn't go away,but you area fighter,a survivor...and above all a WINNER!!!! Wishing you the very best in everything you u always.

  9. Very true, Unless we show our wounds how they will be healed by Him?

  10. Melissa you have let us journey with you and we are better for it!! Thank you for the shout out. That you call me friend is more then enough. I know you will find all you seek and wish you gods speed!!!

  11. So glad to see you back. I have missed you. It's amazing how our blogging family, who most you will never meet in person or touch in real life, can sometimes be more supportive and concerned than the people we see everyday.

  12. Bless you dear Melissa, soul friend. God always gives us Jonathan friends, those who remain steadfast through thick and thin. A male Jonathan friend wouldn’t hurt though, would it? *prayers*
    So glad to have you back again!

  13. Melissa, my daughter is 28 and single. This post reminds me of her and her unscheduled search for her soulmate. She doesn't push but her eyes are wide open and I know her hopes are high.
    I love how you surrender to God, trusting that the plan is magnificent and constantly unfolding. It is of course...for all of us, if we would only believe.

  14. My spiritual director in his book says that he prefers the term wounded people because the Spirit stirs them from their place of comfort towards a journey...

    to the unknown...

    to a world of trust, openness and detachment.

    That is, only if we expose our wounds.

    MELY these lines r sooo true...sooo deep....n when a person like me who keeps alll her pain n secrets deep inside her reads ths...gets more restless...m v v v afraid f exposure....

    Mely~ things move on...u r spreading soo much love n when u will get back all in return u will b overwhelmed sweets...

    May b we wud hv not spoken nyday bt i knw u thru ur writings...
    Ur happines....pain...ur wenever u need a friend I am around..u cn alwys count on me!!!


  15. Hello.
    As you probably realize already from my writings, I'm a firm believer in love, it's what I exist for & who I am. No matter what trials & tribulations I have to face in this life, I will always trust in love. Love has the power to heal all wounds, if we let it.

    Never lose faith Melissa. As you continue on in your journey, I hope you find everything your heart seeks & desires.

    Thank you for sharing & for your most gracious comments on my posts. I love receiving them because I know they come straight from your gentle heart.

    My recent:
    Our Candlelight Of Love