I’m excited to share a sermon with you today by my dear friend Jay Madden. I’ve known Jay for 17 years and he has been an integral part of my story from the getgo. He is one of the ones who encouraged me to go back to school and get my masters in counseling. I remember telling him “I’ll be 50 by the time I graduate!” In his distinct, southern drawl he casually said, “Melody, in three years you’re gonna Read more […]

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  At the beginning of December, I had a 30 minute FaceTime call with my friend Micah Murray, who I have written about before. Micah runs the Clumsy Bloggers workshop that I’ve participated in, and he made himself available to us for some one on one time about issues we experienced as bloggers. These are the things I identified that I wanted help with: I’m a counselor, and I often struggle Read more […]

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I heard someone say this morning that there are 47 days until Christmas. How can that even be possible? Maybe it’s me, but I just don’t want to get caught up in it all this year. All the cultural trappings feel like such a distraction for some reason. I don’t like walking into Walmart or Lowe’s or Publix and seeing all the Christmas stuff front and center. I especially didn’t like it before Halloween Read more […]

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Many of you may remember that I went to northern Malawi with Will this past summer to serve the community of Chitipa. Partnering with Peachtree Presbyterian Church in ¬†Atlanta, GA, we went with a team to do a youth camp for the high school students whose school fees are paid by members at Peachtree. This summer, several members of First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC went on the trip and Read more […]

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Dear Friends, Remember back on October 5th when I told you I’d taken up the 31 Day Writing Challenge- write and post on my blog every day for the month of October? Well, today is the last day of the month and I have written 20 times. Not 31 times, but certainly more often than I’ve ever written before. If I did the math right, which is never a sure thing, I wrote 65% of the challenge. Perhaps Read more […]

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Disclaimer: This post is going to be about laundry. If I lose you here, I understand. But for those of you who, like me, have been doing laundry for over 30 years, I KNOW you’re going to feel my joy. When Will and I got married in April of 1986, we didn’t have a washer and dryer. We lived close enough to my parents that I was able to go to their house to do laundry once a week. Which Will thought Read more […]

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Yesterday as I was running some errands, my SiriusXM radio was on the doctor channel and the Dr. Laura show was on. I’ll be honest, I haven’t listened to her show since we lived in Atlanta almost 20 years ago. I used to listen to her in car pool line. I actually remember liking her and thinking she had some good parenting stuff to say. All that has changed. I actually heard her say these words Read more […]

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I took a sick day yesterday and I’m taking one today too. The sad part of it is I’m kind of happy about it. I’m not happy that I’m sick because I actually feel pretty rotten. You know, congestion, headache, sore throat, the usual symptoms. But I’m happy to have the excuse to be home, stay in my bed, sip hot tea, watch TV, read, and rest. I think this is interesting because there’s no reason I can’t Read more […]

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I arise todayThrough the strength of heaven;Light of the sun,Splendor of fire,Speed of lightning,Swiftness of the wind,Depth of the sea,Stability of the earth,Firmness of the rock. I arise todayThrough God’s strength to pilot me;God’s might to uphold me,God’s wisdom to guide me,God’s eye to look before me,God’s ear to hear me,God’s word to speak for me,God’s hand to guard me,God’s way to lie Read more […]

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I have had many roles over the past 50+ years. Daughter, girlfriend, wife, mother, friend, volunteer, Bible study teacher, speaker, retreat planner, graduate student, and licensed counselor. In the last year, I started a blog and have been trying to write. I think I have a book in me, but thought I’d start out blogging and see where it took me. This past weekend I had the privilege of attending Read more […]

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