SOS Episode 9

I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing Denise Sultenfuss of No Fuss Healthy Living for this episode of the Sharing Our Stories podcast. Denise shares her story of healing Lyme disease and turning her passion for wellness into a writing ministry. She was full of practical tips and wisdom for those on their own wellness journeys. You can learn more about Denise on her blog. She also posts regularly on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to listen to this informative episode and let me know what you think! … [Read more...]

SOS Podcast Episode 8

Episode 8 is one you don't want to miss. We don't talk about mental health enough, as stigma still exists. This conversation is needed, healthy and important. Julianne Van't Land is a writer, wife and twin mom living in Lexington, Kentucky. You can find her on her blog where she writes about faith, deconstruction, mental health and more. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook. You can listen by searching for the SOS Podcast with Melissa Smallwood on your favorite podcast platform … [Read more...]

SOS Podcast Episode 7

Show Notes Episode 7 features an interview with Dr. Sherri Yoder. Sherri encourages and inspires with her story of following God's plan for her life versus the status quo. Listen in to SOS with Melissa Smallwood on your favorite podcast platform! Here are ways you can learn more about and connect with Dr Sherri Website FacebookI Podcast: (on itunes and Spotify) Thriving Thoughts with Dr Sherri Instagram … [Read more...]

Don’t Tell Me There’s No God

I felt him release his grip on my life jacket. I turned my head, still frantically clinging to the dirt and rocks on the embankment he had pushed me to. I saw the look of surrender in his eyes, and the violent current responded by beginning to pull him away. I was safe. He could give up now. It seemed like everything was happening in slow motion as panic welled up inside me and I decided in that moment that I would rather die with him than live without him. I let go of the embankment to grab the strap of his life jacket. "Don't leave me", I screamed over the roar of the raging river as we were sucked back into the current we had been fighting so hard against. July 30, 2018 is a day that will forever be etched into my mind. As a survivor of childhood trauma and a Masters level … [Read more...]

The Power of Acceptance on Mother’s Day

Sometimes there's just not a Mother's Day card that fits. For those of you who have stood awkwardly in the greeting card section of the local supercenter, this post is for you. Maybe you stand in that aisle, putting cards back one by one because you can't find the one that says what you need it to. There isn't a Hallmark card that says "It's okay. You did the best you could and I turned out okay.", now is there? Maybe it's not that you don't want to acknowledge the holiday or let your mom know that you love her, you just want a card that doesn't feel dishonest and phony. Some of us have mom shaped holes in our hearts and there's no day that you feel the ache of those places quite like Mother's Day. To be a mother is to put your child's needs above your own, when necessary. … [Read more...]

In humble gratitude

In 2014, on my old blog that had decent page views, faithful advertisers and loyal subscribers, I published an Open Letter to Michael Brown's mama after his shooting death at the hands of police. I conveyed my deep sympathy for her loss and my sadness over the way her baby's name was being drug through the mud as his youthful mistakes were being blamed for the unjust actions of adults sworn to protect. While I knew my opinion was not popular amongst my Facebook friends, I was completely unprepared for the level of vitriol and hate that filled my inbox after hitting publish on that post. And the source of that hate, judgment and nastiness were my "Christian" readers who felt that I was "abandoning my faith" and "giving officers a death sentence" and "bowing to political … [Read more...]

SOS Podcast Episode 6

Today's podcast featured writer, Bekah Bowman. Her story of grief, loss and the pursuit of joy no matter her circumstances is truly inspiring. We talked about how people can meet us best in times of hardship and what kind of presence is the most helpful. Listen to the podcast here. You are going to want to learn more about Bekah after hearing her story. You can read about her and her beautiful family on her website as well as follow her journey on Instagram and Facebook. I pray that her story encourages and inspires you as much as it did me! … [Read more...]

SOS Podcast Episode 5

This week's episode of the SOS Podcast featured author, Sandra Peoples. Sandra is a wife, mom of two boys and has a passion for special needs ministry. Sandra's story is unique in that she grew up as the sibling of a special needs child (her sister has Down Syndrome) and then as a parent of a child with special needs (her youngest son has autism spectrum disorder). Sandra wrote an amazing book for special needs parents called Unexpected Blessings. I can't recommend the book enough as it is full of support, encouragement and ideas for the unique challenges that special needs parents face. I enjoyed talking with Sandra about parenting, advocacy, caring for her neuro typical oldest son while managing the special needs of her youngest, maintaining connection with your spouse and … [Read more...]

SOS Podcast Episode 4

This week on the SOS Podcast I interviewed author and Bible teacher, Teri Lynne Underwood. Teri Lynne and I go way back in our online (and in real life) friendship and it was so fun to catch up with her. We chatted about praying for our kids from the toddler years to adulthood as well as raising teens in the age of social media and much more. Listen in to my interview with Teri Lynne here. You can find Teri Lynne on Instagram, Facebook and learn even more at www.terilynneunderwood.com. … [Read more...]

SOS podcast Episode 3

This week's episode features author and speaker, Stacey Thacker. Stacey is a wife, homeschooling mom of four girls and author of six books, including my personal favorite, Fresh Out of Amazing. Stacey is a speaker with a passion for God's word. Listen to the podcast here: The SOS Podcast During this episode, Stacey and I talked about walking a difficult road and keeping your faith during difficult times. While we experienced a few technical difficulties, I am so glad I got the chance to chat with Stacey and glean wisdom from all that she has been through in the last five years. You can find Stacey on Instagram at @staceythacker and @girlfriendsguidetothebible. You can access all of her resources, including Fresh Out of Amazing, at staceythacker.com. For the Enjoy … [Read more...]

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