Exciting things are happening!

Can I just tell y’all that God is amazing?

Sometimes I am tempted to throw in the proverbial towel with this whole writing/teaching thing, especially when I start listening to the lies of the devil.  And then God will show up in a sweet and powerful way {or two or three} and remind me that I am doing what He has asked and that my only calling is to obedience.

This week, He affirmed that in my Bible reading.  For those of you that don’t know, I chose to do the chronological Bible reading plan this year in my personal quiet time.  I was reading in Exodus when God is calling Moses to go deliver His people from Egypt.  Just read this little exchange between Moses and the Lord:

But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words.  I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me.  I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled”.  Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth?  Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see?  Is it not I, the Lord?  Now go!  I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say”.  ~Exodus 4:10-12 NLT

Yes, that little bit of Scripture just stepped all over my toes.

So, with a mixture of excitement and trepidation I am announcing a new format of study on my blog.  Beginning February 15th, I am going to lead a study here called Plugged In:  Accessing God’s Power Through Prayer.  It will continue for 8 Wednesdays, leading up to Easter.  The format will be short vlog segments for you to watch when you have a few minutes of quiet.  Then a free printable worksheet will be provided for more in-depth study of the topic presented if you desire.  God has blessed me with a talented audio/visual friend who is making this all come together.  I am honored to share it with you!  Here is a little intro video for your viewing pleasure (ha!):



Please join me for session one of Plugged In: Accessing God’s Power Through Prayer on Wednesday, February 15th.

In more exciting news, one of my favorite websites, The M.O.B Society, has gotten a face-lift. The M.O.B Society is a site for mothers of boys, by mothers of boys and I am honored to be a contributing writer there. Raising future men of God is such an incredible honor and responsibility. It is comforting and encouraging to have a place to go where other moms are going through and dealing with the same challenges, joys and struggles. A few months ago, the M.O.B writers contributed to an eBook, called From Mom’s Failure to God’s Grace: Stories of Raising Boys from the M.O.B Society Writers. Tomorrow, the book will be available for on Amazon for $2.99! All proceeds go to the Seed Company to provide the Word of God to people across the world. I am so tickled to be a part of this. Be sure to stop by The M.O.B Society today!
Mothers of Boys

And, lastly, for those of my local friends, we are resuming Wednesday morning Bible study (we had taken a hiatus for the holidays that lasted a bit longer than I planned). This coming Wednesday at 9:30 we will begin a 6 week study of Isaiah 58 that I have entitled, The Well-Watered Life. I can’t wait to share the insights God has given me from this chapter (my life chapter!). Wednesday mornings, First Baptist Church, Martinsburg, WV.

I think that is all except for the counting of more blessings (excerpted from my Joy Dare journal)
~ a book that challenged me
~ friends that inspire me
~ new shoes for Sweet Pea
~ just enough powdery snow to make the trees pretty
~ a husband who is the calm to my storm
~ a special girl asking for prayer (an answer to prayer in and of itself)
~ six new girls at Young Lives club
~ a true Sabbath rest
~ knowing God fights for me (Exodus 14:14)
~ a much needed nap

What are you thankful for?




  1. So many wonderful things Melissa… that is awesome! God is amazing! The snow certainly does have a way of making the trees pretty! A husband who is the calm to my storm… oh that is so great. I have a husband like that too. Such a blessing!

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