Encouragement · Hope

Quarantine Chronicles: An Experiment in Intentional Observation

Chasing slow is counter-cultural. Many of us have grown accustomed to hustling through our days, and I wonder if the imposed slowdown is inviting us to measure the details of our lives. Most of us grow restless after a few seconds of imposed stillness, but what would happen if we used this time to pay…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles: An Experiment in Intentional Observation

Encouragement · Sow Kind · SowKind Movement

#Sowkind Second Birthday SURPRISE!

Have you heard? The #sowkindmovement celebrated two years of scattering kindness THIS month, and the stories of the power of behind kind words will inspire you! Last year, we celebrated with cake, story telling, and a small community service project. This year, we want to do something different, but we will need your help to…… Continue reading #Sowkind Second Birthday SURPRISE!

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)

Community · Encouragement · Sow Kind

#Sowkind Suggestions: 2019 Holiday Edition

Last year, I shared a #Sowkind Thanksgiving Takeover post. While I still stand behind every suggestion in that post, it is time to expand our vision. This year, while eagerly awaiting the return and reunion of my maturing children, I cannot ignore an often overlooked subject. Singleness. It presents in many forms. Singles have a…… Continue reading #Sowkind Suggestions: 2019 Holiday Edition

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

Encouragement · Porch Pondering

Porch Pondering Part One: Transplanting

Welcome to a new three part vlog series! {vlog=video blog} Each part of this series is roughly six minutes in length. That’s about the time it takes to check in on social media, curl your bangs, or warm up a frozen meal. While I know we are time poor, I hope you’ll invest six minutes…… Continue reading Porch Pondering Part One: Transplanting

Encouragement · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday

Well, it’s been a hot minute since my last MOTM post. I realize this is posting on Wednesday, but it was crafted and posted on social media on Monday. Who can remember to post all the places? Most people, just not this one! I’ve missed writing MOTM posts. They are always good for my soul.…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday