Name: Melanie Groen
Your Family: Married for 7 years with a 3 year old daughter and a newborn son
Your Location in the World: Southern California
Three favorites: Visits back to Michigan to visit family and friends, being outside and The Gilmore Girls.
What is your calling?
I believe that God continues to refine your call as you grow in him. All my life, I knew that God had called me to work with children. It is easy for me to build relationships with youth and I have worked and volunteered for a variety of organizations that have allowed me to do this. Lately, I feel like God has shifted my calling to witness to unbelievers in my life that are my age. I’ve always found myself surrounded by a group of strong believers and lately God has placed me in groups and in a job where that isn’t the case. I feel like he has called me to be a light in these relationships that I’m building.
Share a way God has worked through you, part of your redemption story:
I am a planner. I have to do lists at work and at home, completed every day. I have schedules and routines that I like to follow. Believe it or not, everything doesn’t always go my way or in my time frame. God has taught me that although it is okay that I have these schedules, I need to honor Him through prayer, knowing that I don’t always get to see the big picture. I have learned to trust that God has his hand in everything. Knowing this, I feel like I have been able to be a support to other people who question where God is or what his plans are for them.
How do you place yourself in the proximity of renewal?
I place myself outside of my Christian circles for the proximity of renewal. Although this is difficult at times rather than the “easier” friendships of my close Christian friends, I make efforts to ask people out to lunch or coffee that I know are not believers. I go to an exercise class in which very few people walk with Christ. In my workplace, my closest co-workers all don’t consider themselves Christians.
(Thank you Melanie, full of sunshine and the joy of Christ.)