Community · Encouragement

Quarantine Chronicles 3.0 [Who Knew?]

Well, here we are wearing the same outfits and running out of give-a-cares. We are still in search of the toilet paper we will NEVER again take for granted, and we have added hairstylist to our impressive resumes. Election campaigns have quieted, and GPA now stands for global perspective adjustment. This is QUARANTINE 2020. Who…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 3.0 [Who Knew?]

Encouragement · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday: Revisited

“…in the middle of some of my hardest seasons, I’ve looked at the canvas of my life and felt like maybe God had gotten lost, or even maybe skipped over me. * That He indeed had good plans for many, but somehow I wasn’t included. I often hope to see a finished work, but get…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: Revisited

Community · Encouragement · Hope

Breaking News: Peace is NOT Sold-Out

While communities scramble for rations of toilet paper and milk, everyday problems and matters of the heart have not let up. Suffering is showing up-business as usual. While taking care of one of our children post-surgery, we were presented with unexpected news and a decision that taxed our minds and labored our hearts. We grappled…… Continue reading Breaking News: Peace is NOT Sold-Out

Community · Encouragement · Hope

Refresh: A Monthly Worship Gathering

Is anyone else thankful for the arrival of February? Goodness. Because January didn’t play nice, I am eager for the Refresh gathering this month. What is Refresh? It is a once a month gathering designed for women who need a soul recharge. We worship, share encouragement through teaching, and spend time in prayer. It is…… Continue reading Refresh: A Monthly Worship Gathering

Encouragement · Hope · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday-Shareable Graphic

Friends, It’s been a long time since I shared a Moment of Truth Monday post. Today seemed like a good day to drop an encouraging graphic for you to consider for yourself and share with someone who might need to hear it. As you start off your week of work, studying, volunteering, grieving, or whatever…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday-Shareable Graphic

Encouragement · Sow Kind · SowKind Movement

#Sowkind Advent(ure)

Advent Talk in January So you might be wondering why I am still talking about ADVENT in January. It is not that I have my months mixed up, even though you can be sure I have accidently written 2019 several times. I closed out 2019 doing acts of kindness and inviting the world into the…… Continue reading #Sowkind Advent(ure)

Encouragement · Sow Kind · SowKind Movement

#Sowkind Story Swap: Please Share!

My goal was to make kindness my dialect in 2019. I had some failed attempts, but the efforts that fell short were evidence of effort, and that’s progress. To close out this year, I’d love to share and hear some stories of kindness. Story swapping is a way to restore momentum by gaining new ideas…… Continue reading #Sowkind Story Swap: Please Share!

Encouragement · Sow Kind

The Residual Effect of Unmeasured Words

One minute I was upright in the ocean, but in the blink of an eye, I was improperly acquainted with the coarseness of the ocean floor. While involuntarily being drawn in and pushed out of the rip current, I struggled to get vertical and out of the dangerous rhythm. Once my feet were under me…… Continue reading The Residual Effect of Unmeasured Words

Encouragement · Porch Pondering

Porch Pondering Part Three: Reaping and Sowing

This is the final part of the “Porch Pondering” vlog series. It was a labor of love, and it taught me a few things about myself. I am a hand-talker. Wow. As much as I love the outdoors, the outdoors doesn’t always reciprocate. Melinda wields great power with her calm spirit. Video editing and storytelling…… Continue reading Porch Pondering Part Three: Reaping and Sowing

Encouragement · Porch Pondering

Porch Pondering Part Two: Seasons

Seasons, wherefore art thou? For some of you, a new season is playing out in majestic ways right in front of your eyes. For others, like me, the anticipation of experiencing a new season is palpable. Although the calendar says we are in Autumn, the temperatures don’t match what I expect it to feel like.…… Continue reading Porch Pondering Part Two: Seasons