A Not-So-Ordinary Life
A Kindred Story by Deisy Mendoza
I can still taste the butter dripping from the corn tortilla. The look of desperation on my mother’s face was evident. She needed to feed her children, and all she had to give was a corn tortilla smeared with butter. For most of my childhood my family lived paycheck-to-paycheck.
My parents immigrated to the United States before we were born. She and my father dreamed of living in a place where hope was present and possibilities were endless. Born in a small village in Guanajuato, Mexico their big families lived in one room houses with no indoor plumbing. Their education stopped at the fourth grade so they could help provide for their families.
At the age of seven I gave my heart to Jesus while attending a Vacation Bible School that my teacher invited me to. I had been taken by the Lord’s presence even before then. He was calling me and I was falling in love with the man in the stained-glass windows, who I would often stare at during Catholic Mass. My family was against me attending anything other than the Catholic Church, so I kept my sweet Savior to myself for much of my childhood.
The world I grew up in was a difficult one. In more ways than one, I was told that I would never be beautiful, do anything important, or accomplish anything meaningful. I would mostly keep to myself to avoid being bullied or called any racial slur. I heard many during those years, but instead of growing bitter or angry the Lord in his goodness directed my heart to love what is different. And so my love for the nations and the many wonderful cultures of the world grew.
The beginning of my junior year my life changed forever. A fellow classmate — who I had known for years — stepped outside of her normal and began to pursue a friendship with me. I didn’t have many friends at all so her sudden interest in getting to know me drew out my curiosity. As our friendship blossomed she began to tell me about what it meant to have a relationship with Christ. The Savior that I had tucked away in my heart for all those years began to seek me out.
He wanted more of me and with my new friend’s guidance I began to understand what that was. That summer I cried as I gave my whole heart to Him. My life was now forever His and like Him I wanted more as well. I began to see myself as the Lord did.
He became my everything and I would often sit on the front porch of our two-bedroom home praying, dreaming, and listening to Him speak to my heart. Life has been full of challenges and many ups and downs. I am certainly no stranger to hearing racial slurs directed my way, I have had a front row seat to seeing what mental illness can do to a relative, I have experienced depression at its finest, and most recently, I have become a parent and advocate to a child with autism.
Despite the hardships, the Lord has also taken me to places I never thought I would go and accomplish things I thought were impossible. I have seen the glittering Eiffel Tower and I have witnessed the culture of a different country while living there for 9 months. I am married to a man who says I am beautiful and have two gorgeous little ones that I can share my faith with openly and encourage them to pursue the one who truly loves them. He has lead me to run a successful business for the last ten years, and now He is leading me to pursue women’s ministry and become a missionary through media by establishing a women’s magazine.
This all started because one person said yes to allowing the Lord to use them to change someone’s life. It only takes one person to change a life. It takes saying yes when everyone else says no. It takes getting out of your comfort zone to really experience the life and legacy the Lord wants for you. An impact starts out small and it keeps expanding because something or someone decided to act. We were all created with purpose for a purpose. It’s time to live our lives in such a way that it impacts the women around us to do the same. So, let’s change the atmosphere and awaken the hearts of the people we encounter to live a life that leaves a meaningful and impactful legacy.