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Marisa D’Amore

Welcome friends! I am a high school senior that loves the Lord, writing and sharing God's word through public speaking.

On this site, I will be sharing content that I hope will encourage you as I write about the things that are on my heart.

I am also a contributing author at TheRebelution.com

I was born an extreme preemie at 26 weeks. I weighed one pound, thirteen ounces and was thirteen and a half inches in length.

I spent six months in the NICU and was on a ventilator for the first three months. At two and a half months old, I had laser eye surgery for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Plus disease. At three and a half months old, my retinas detached in both eyes due to ROP. I immediately had a lens-sparing Vitrectomy on my left eye. Five days later, I had a Vitrectomy on my right eye.

Just days after my last surgery, I developed a life-threatening infection in which my parents were informed I would not likely survive. After two weeks of platelet and blood transfusions, I recovered and spent another eighteen days gaining strength and weight. I was discharged from the hospital weighing seven pounds, eight ounces.

I am completely blind in my right eye and have very limited vision in my left eye.

I learned Braille code by the 3rd grade. I have competed in the West Florida Braille Challenge for ten years earning several first place titles in my division. In 2013. I qualified and competed at the National Braille Challenge in California.

I’ve been asked, “If God loves you, why did He allow this to happen to you?”

My response to that is this: people assume that being able to see is what would bring me satisfaction and joy. But they are wrong. What brings me satisfaction and joy is seeing and knowing Jesus Christ as my Savior. What brings me joy is seeing and knowing that God truly has a magnificent plan for my life.

None of the things we can obtain on our own will ever truly satisfy. Not all the riches, not all the fame — only knowing our Creator satisfies.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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How God Defines You

This idea of having our identity only as sons and daughters of God has become a huge passion of mine.

It’s so easy to get caught up in what others say about you and what the culture labels you. But God is the one that created you, and therefore He is the only one who has the authority to tell you who you really are. It’s so critical that you speak the truth of God’s word over yourself because the most important voice you hear must be a voice of truth.

I sometimes take the time to speak out loud over myself who God says I am so that when the lies of the enemy come, I can overpower them with the truth from God’s word.

When you begin to see yourself the way God sees you, you’ll also begin to see other people the way God sees them. Because I lack physical vision, I have Christ’s vision for myself and others because I know how important it is for us to live out our identity as God’s children. Because I know that I am God’s daughter, I know that I can also be a light to the world.

Radiate God’s Light

We are called to radiate His glory and love to the world. We weren’t meant to hide in the shadows. Jesus gives us the power and the grace to live the abundant life He died to give us. He gives us a life where we not only walk in our identity as His children but most importantly, have an intimate relationship with Him.