For those kind of days….

Sometimes life is no fun. Not particularly tragic compared to other things you have been through or watched others endure. Not anything specific that you can change or control. Just tough, with the days that blend into the next and you feel like you are spinning around and accomplishing nothing and wonder if there will ever be enough hours in one day... Am I the only one that has those kind of days? It is those kinds of days that marking the good matters the most. Gratitude can make the difference between a tough day and an unbearable day. And, the counting of gifts continues {excerpted from my gratitude and Joy Dare journal} ~ reading of hell and feeling a renewed desire to share my Jesus with the lost ~ the lime at the bottom of my empty glass {yes I take it out and eat it :} ~ … [Read more...]

I was once a lost cause

A girl of just thirteen faces torment and abuse from her peers. We excuse it that kids that age don't know any better.  They are too young to wrap their minds and manners around the concept of a peer having a baby. Then, you witness the behavior of those same kids mama's...throwing stones of accusation and ugliness at a situation they know nothing about. Nobody knows what we're for, only what we're against, when we judge the wounded... ~Casting Crowns If they knew that this girl was the victim of abuse and chose life for her baby anyway, would they still hurl cruelty her way?  Would they use the telephone lines to spread the wildfire of gossip and judgement or would they get on their knees and beg for forgiveness for their haste in jumping to conclusions? Are they aware that the venom … [Read more...]

Peeking In

I tend to be quiet here when I am going through something{s}. Really, I have a lot to say but need to say it in real life before I can go blabbing about it on my blog. Plus, I am sick.  After a night in the ER with two bags of fluids, a really strong pain killer and a nurse that seemed to enjoy digging around to start an IV, I am feeling {slightly} better.  The doctor told me today, at a follow-up appointment, that my sample {I will leave what they sampled to your imagination} is growing a pathogen and that Monday he will have results to let me know what antibiotic I need to start.  Basically, I have bad bacteria in my gut? Who knew. So, in an attempt to keep you updated on my oh-so-glamorous life {ha!} here are some pics from my phone this week: Sitting at the DMV on a Saturday was … [Read more...]

Sweet Tea, Lent and Gratitude

I've written about sweet tea before. It is funny how a drink can be fodder for so much growth and insight in my little 'ole life. I gave up sweet tea for the first week of Lent. It has been more difficult than you would think.  {It's only a dollar at Mickey D's and often a pick me up during a long day} Tea is always in our big gallon pitcher at home as well {sweetened with stevia, that is good stuff!} I have been praying every time I go to the fridge to reach for it.  I have been amazed at how much more often I find myself talking to God throughout the day {almost embarrassing to admit}. I am thankful for the small reminder that has impacted my life in a significant way this week. Next week, I will be adding a category of food to my Lenten fast.  Dairy will probably be it, as I am a … [Read more...]

Choosing Joy

Margaret Feinberg calls it a sacred echo. God whispers something to your heart. You think you hear but you aren't sure. Then, the same thing is repeated somehow, someway and... if you are paying attention, you can catch the whisper of God, from His heart to yours.  God speaking to you, through His Word, through circumstance, through whatever avenue He chooses to use. For me, the latest Holy whisper was about choosing joy {it has long been a conversation between God and I}. First, a blog post wrote long ago came to my remembrance. Then, the theme of that post became a reverberation across the blogosphere. And, just to make sure I was listening, the sermon yesterday was about Biblical joy. As if to say, "Are you listening, Melissa?  No matter the circumstance, no matter the … [Read more...]

Living Faith, Dead Faith

Last week, in James chapter 1 we discovered three things that define a religion {faith walk} that is acceptable to God. keeping a tight rein on our tongue {James 1:26} caring for widows and orphans {the needy} in their distress {James 1:27a} keeping ourselves from being polluted by the world  {James 1:27b} Now for chapter 2. If I lived in Florida I would grow a grapefruit tree in my backyard.  I love grapefruit.  I would tend to the tree {however one tends to a grapefruit tree} and as a result I would expect the grapefruit tree to product luscious grapefruits that I could eat for breakfast and juice for whenever. Because grapefruit trees are designed to bear grapefruit. Likewise, I am a tree planted by the Living Water, expected to produce fruit in due season {Psalm 1:3} The … [Read more...]

He is my impact

{This is the 13th prompt for Toni's 30 Days about Me challenge} Day 13~ Someone or something that has made an impact in your life: First and foremost, Jesus Christ has had the biggest impact of anything or anyone in my life.  He is the reason I am here.  Please read my story and join me in praising Him for all He has done and continues to do. There are many pivotal moments I could point to in my life and people that played important roles in shaping who I am that I could tell you about. But, it really all comes back to Jesus.  He has blessed me with the good in my life, has redeemed the mistakes I have made, He has healed the wounds of my past and He continues to complete a good work in me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is … [Read more...]

My Favorite Song

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Do you know my Jesus?

I know He doesn't look like the pictures I've seen since childhood. I know He loves me more than I will ever be able to fathom. I know that He cares about the details of my life, the lives of teen girls and the lives of all that read this. I know that He works ALL things for good and hears every prayer. I know that He died for my sins and because of that God sees me as righteous. I know there are people I love that don't know Him. I know I want them to know Him the way I do. I know He can set them free...from bondage, strongholds, addictions and pain. I know that I pray everyday they will allow Him to do so. I know He wants them to believe. I know He loves them and died for their redemption and yours, same as He did for mine. I know if you ask me how I know all this, I could … [Read more...]

My Bible in 90 Days Journey

Image by Wonderlane via Flickr Putting this last ninety (ninety four if you want me to be perfectly honest) days into words is proving more difficult than I thought it would be. Renewed passion for the Word of God. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  II Timothy 3:16-17 Renewed conviction for the sin that so easily creeps in. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  Galations 5:19-21 Renewed gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice. But He was pierced for … [Read more...]

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