Think about all the expressions you heard growing up revolving around money, you probably heard many if not all of these sayings: “Money can’t buy happiness, money doesn’t grow on trees, a penny saved is a penny earned, another day another dollar, and money is the root of all evil.” Well actually the Bible says “the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.” I definitely believe that money isn’t EVERYTHING, but we can also agree it’s definitely SOMETHING and it provide us a lot of options and opportunities in the world we live in. I love what Zig Ziglar said “Money isn’t everything, but it’s right up there with oxygen.”

A few weeks ago reading my Bible I came across this well-known verse:

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” – Mark 8:36,37

The thought I had upon reading this verse was what was it exactly that we have made GOD our lives? Money? Success? Praise, recognition and the approval of others? Is the “stuff” we collect in life really more important than our own happiness, fulfillment and personal relationships? Can anything we strive for in life really supersede our relationships with each other and with our Creator? I realized that we must keep our priorities in order. God 1st, Family 2nd, Business 3rd. When we keep our priorities in the proper order, everything will work together for the greater good.

A good friend of mine recently shared her powerful testimony of what the Lord has done in her life and I would love to share it with you all today to help illustrate this point. It is a powerful example of how we are all prone to wander and can stray from the best path God has planned for us, and how God can supernaturally intercede to help get us back on track. Enjoy:


“I was raised in a Christian home growing up, I saw many things growing up in the Church, miracles and many other supernatural events.  However what I found was religion and not a personal relationship with the Lord at the time. I thought Church was just singing, listening to a sermon, feeling good for a minute and then going home. When I turned 18 I started to party and wanted to see what the world had to offer. I ended up at the age of 19 getting in a relationship with the wrong guy and turning away from God.

At age 20 I became an exotic dancer for 8 years. Ever heard the saying “money can’t buy happiness?” I couldn’t sleep and I sure didn’t have peace. As the years went by I kept making wrong decisions. There came a point where I had to leave the state and start again so I moved to Northern California. My Mom asked me if I would go to Church with her. I said I would go to make her happy. While I was there, it just so happened there was an evangelist visiting from Russia. I thought I knew how Church was so I figured if I stayed in the back of the Church no one would see me and God would not get involved. I was very wrong; the preacher called two people up and yep I was one of them. I had no idea the prophecy he spoke over me would soon change my life forever.

The evangelist said “God is calling you out of what you are doing. He has called you to be a business woman and soon you will fly state to state and nation to nation. He then said God is going to raise you to the top of the company. People will say how can this be, she never went to college but just know it is my anointing upon your life.” After Church I had a hard time going back to the club to dance. The following day I went to work I felt convicted and while on the stage a sharp pain went through my back and I dropped to the ground in pain. I knew God was trying to get my attention so I quit. I went back to New Mexico and got a regular job. However my heart was still not right with God. I found myself making one mistake after another which lead me into a very painful 4 year relationship that started off with a married man.

The prophecy started to unfold and I got a job that flew me state to state for two years. Last year I was raised to the top of the company just like the prophecy said. I almost forgot about the prophecy until last year in January. I was completely broken inside. My boss asked me to interview this woman Erica that she couldn’t get off her mind. So I did. I gave her the job and took her out for training. On the day I was training Erica, I realized God was really training me. GOD had Erica read my mail right then and there. She told me things there’s no way she could have known about my life and asked me to go to Church with her and so I did. This time was different though and I gave my heart to Jesus. I got baptized and even went through deliverance.

It was then I realized it wasn’t until my heart was completely broken that I opened completely up to God. When I was just wounded I was still full of pride. As the months went on my relationship started to grow with the Lord. I will tell you this, before I did not fear God and I lived my life the way I wanted to as if I had no one to answer to. I now fear him and have reverence and honor for him. When I went to Church my body fell on the floor and I felt waves of currents going through it as if I was glued to the floor. I told God I was sorry and that wanted to live and asked him to please let the shaking stop. I told him that I would serve him. I can honestly say that God has completely transformed me and my life since then. It doesn’t matter what kind of mess you or your life is in. Jesus’s blood washes you clean. A lot of people only know a historical Jesus but God is the God of the now. You don’t have to look to another person for love. No one can fill the void in your heart but Jesus.

As I was spending time some quiet time with Lord recently he told me he speaks to us everyday in different ways. I had two dreams a few years ago that just blew my mind and bothered me. God just recently gave me the revelation to the dreams. The first one was about a plane crash when I was flying to Hawaii. God said Hawaii represents paradise. You were aware the ocean was there but did not see it. You were told to put on the life vest as instructed. Then he said here is the interpretation: ‘You thought you were headed for paradise meaning heaven because of being raised in the Church. You knew about me but did not know me. You were given instruction to put on the life vest because Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Then God said you see my daughter I was warning not of a physical death but a spiritual one. Even when you wanted nothing to do with me I still loved you and wouldn’t give up on you.’ I’m so thankful for God’s mercy and love.

The last thing I have to say is that if you are tired of religion and want a relationship with the God of the now say this prayer out loud: “Dear Lord Jesus come into my heart and life. I am truly sorry for all of my sins. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the son of God, he died on the cross for all my sins. I confess with my mouth that God raised Jesus from the dead.  From this day forward I live for you Jesus. I pray this in your Holy name, Amen.”

If have tried everything else and it hasn’t worked out, try Jesus. Don’t give up on God and he won’t give up on you.

Melissa Shepherd 



Well I hope you enjoyed Melissa’s powerful testimony. We all walk different paths in life even though we all have times where we make mistakes, make poor choices and put other things like money and our own self-serving desires above God – he truly has something better in store for us. When we stop to realize how God is speaking to us and we focus on the glorious promises he has for us in life, we can finally start walking toward our destiny and living the life we are meant to live.


He is waiting for you.

God Bless


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7 comments on “MONEY can’t buy LOVE

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Brandon Aragon on April 3, 2014 7:11 pm

That is definitely a great change in life. Whether it started forever ago or a month ago jesus will never let us down. No matter what the situation is or if we feel as if the lord is not by ourside he knows we will choose the right decision if we are strong and confident because i know as confident we are and we should be every aspect of our life when we are confident the lord is with us. I may have a different relationship with the lord but i know not to be afraid because i know he truly is there with me. I tattooed on my arm a verse that means a lot to me and makes me realize my own sense of power. Words are strong and so are commitment. I know tattoos are a sin because we are damaging our souls writing on it makes it less pure. But i know for me i want to represent some kind of sign that allows me to say proudly i will fear no evil for thou art with me. The only thing i fear is getting in trouble. Haha i need to proof read this blogs. I never remember what i say or if i am grammatically correct. Thank you!

Or if i ever answer the question.

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jasonmherrington on April 4, 2014 12:21 am

So glad to have you commenting and interacting on the blog Brandon, so glad to hear about your walk with the Lord and yes when you have God there is no reason to fear evil. If God is with us, who can be against us?!?

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Andrea Lopez on April 3, 2014 7:30 pm

Melissa this is such a great post! Thank you so much for sharing your story and for giving us all hope and inspiration. God is a faithful God and will always be there for us no matter what. No matter how far off the path we feel we have gone the good Lord knows just how to get our attention so that we find our way back to the right path. Your story is going to help so many people!!

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Melissa shepherd on April 3, 2014 8:13 pm

Thanks for taking the time to read this post everyone. Brandon you picked an awesome verse to use. Glory to god for never giving up on us. He is so faithful.

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jasonmherrington on April 4, 2014 12:18 am

Such a powerful testimony Melissa, really so glad we were able to put this together to share your story. It takes so much courage to share our stories in our entirety – but what a powerful example of the grace and glory God can bring to our lives when we surrender to him. I can’t wait to hear the feedback from all the people who get to be impacted by your story. God Bless you Melissa – you are a champion!

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pray2christ on August 20, 2014 3:35 am

Reblogged this on Disciples of hope.

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pray2christ on August 20, 2014 3:42 am

Glad to see a life changed by Christ. A great testimony indeed. Melissa, God continue to be with you and bless you.

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