23rd July 2023

Melody McHugh Testimony

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Good morning, for those of you who don't know me, my name's Melody McHugh and thank you all so much for coming to support me on this special day. I've been blessed with an amazing Christian family and upbringing, having devoted parents that have played a big part in my life and significantly helped and taught me about my faith. It all started when I was eight years old, standing in our pantry. Now I have not the slightest clue what I was doing in the pantry, but all I remember that that was the first time I asked Jesus into my heart. And I'm forever grateful for Jesus dying and defeating death to save little hungry me through grace. And ever since, I have been on this wild but exciting walk with God, figuring out who I am in Christ and how to live for him in this broken world. Since becoming a teenager, I have had my share of highs and lows, feeling close to God and on fire for him on some days and other times just feeling distant. Although some days are better than others, God is always consistent. He is a personal God and recently I have grown my own personal relationship with him, my Heavenly Father. As a child, I always knew there was this big and powerful God in heaven. But realising that this big God sent his only son to earth to save me, a small individual blew my mind and made me feel so loved and precious in his sight. As Isaiah 43 verse 4 says, you are precious in my eyes and honoured and I love you. And then it clicked. This is the kind of love I want to live for. Now I can say I have found my worth and my identity. That is a precious daughter of the King. I still have so much to learn and so much room to grow. But I know no matter how big or small my problems are, he listens, he cares and all I have to do is let go and trust him on this crazy journey. Hand it all over and watch his good plan for my future unfold before me. So I stand here before you all today to exclaim that I am forever God's precious daughter. Thank you.

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