Ana Martinez, Voices Against the Grain Guest Blogger
The other day as my son and I were sitting next to each other, The Lord used Him to witness something to me. For more than 16 years, I have struggled with problematic skin and the result has left scarring on my face. I’ve visited several doctors who were unable to reduce the scarring due to my darker skin pigment. So the topic has always been a sensitive area for me. However, as we both sat there laughing and playing, he turned to me and out of the blue said, “Mommy you know everybody loves you even with all these marks.” He then began to gently touch the scars on my face and said yet again, “Everyone loves you even with all of these marks.” He repeated this, letting me know I am loved. It warmed my heart, as he has no idea this was an area I have struggled.
It reminded me that’s how God loves all of us. In spite of our flaws, our minor and major imperfections, He still loves each and every one of us. No matter our past sin, present sin, or future sin He unconditionally loves us. As we are reminded of the love Christ has for us daily and the price He paid upon the cross let’s not take His love for granted. But let us love Him back by bringing Him Glory, Honor and Praise in all areas of our lives. Let us uphold the Word of God to the fullest and keep His precepts along the path of righteousness.
Romans 8:35-39 (KJV) 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
About Ana Martinez
Ana Martinez was born in Michigan. When she was age 4, her parents Pastor Juan and Deborah Martinez founded the Potter’s House Christian Fellowship in Almont, Mich. Ana grew up in the church and in a humble, loving Christian home. Her parent’s faithfulness and commitment to ministry for over 27 years has been a testimony to her. In her youth she was like the prodigal son. She knows what it means to walk away from your call and to stray from the Word of God. Her life experiences have taught her that God’s way and His principles are worth upholding. She is a God-fearing Christian woman determined to do the will of The Lord. Her heart’s desire is to reach the lost and win souls for the kingdom of heaven by sharing the Good News, according to Matthew 28:19. Ana truly believes people are hurting and need to know that there is forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give ye rest.”
Ana has served on the Missionary Field, and has served in and led praise and worship, web design, children’s ministry and youth ministry. Ana’s most recent initiative isGeorgia Peach Ministry, a non-profit she founded that serves widows and orphans. Ana is also on the board of the Potter’s House Christian Fellowship. Ana is a private chef and has worked with professional athletes over the past five years. She is also an entrepreneur and is part owner in an interior design business, a chef placement business, and is entering into the food product industry.
Ana resides in Southern California with her three beautiful children and seeks daily to model this scripture from Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”