Today, Melissa speaks to us about the person in scripture who personifies no compromise, being bold for Christ and what working from home has been like for her.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I am the eldest of three, raised in a Christian home with my parents also being my pastors. My mom shares with me that when I was in elementary school, I would ask her her to give me Bible tracts to pass out with the kids at school and tell them about Jesus. When I turned 17, I went on my first missions trip to Nicaragua. It was amazing to see people praising God regardless of what living condition they were in. I was also able to see God do big things on that trip, and it definitely molded my faith. I am now married to a preacher, and we have a 2-year-old giant baby. We are both still growing and learning ’til death to us part.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: I’m currently reading the book of Daniel and have been fascinated by his life, I just started a Daniel Diet/ Fast as well. What fascinates me is his boldness for God. Daniel never compromised his beliefs, even when it was not that big of a “deal,” or when he had every reason to make exceptions.
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: To be BOLD for Christ regardless of it being politically correct or not.
“To be BOLD for Christ regardless of it being politically correct or not.”
Profession: I am a parent educator / and jack of many trades in my church.
If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? Confessions of a Pastors Kid turned Preachers Wife.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? I remember being around 11 and accepting Christ in my heart for like the 10th time, but this time, it was real to me, and I felt a lot more grown in my decision.
How has your relationship with Him changed you? In Christ, I have found forgiveness, accountability, and purpose.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? In every season, I find God working on a different area. In this season, staying home and working from home has made me work on areas that I had no idea needed work. I have really appreciated the deep cleaning He has been doing in my home and heart, both physically and spiritually.
“I have really appreciated the deep cleaning He has been doing in my home and heart, both physically and spiritually.”
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I am currently reading the book of Daniel and a book called, She Believes. This book is such a sweet book, a perfect reminder of God’s love for us and how unique he makes each one. I highly recommend it if you struggle with self-esteem issues or have a preteen.
How did God speak to you recently? I constantly wake up with different themes and phrases in my head so I write them down and meditate on them. I also like to read my Bible and meditate on what God wants to say to me through his word. Daniel has really been talking to me about boldness.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
Be intentional with your mind, body and, and soul (that covers a lot right?).
Talk to your FATHER (GOD), EVERY DAY, FOR ANY REASON.
Forgive in order to have a closer relationship with God. God calls us to forgive and not doing so moves us further away because we don’t allow him to touch that hurt/ angry part of us.
Favorite person in scripture? Joseph on forgiveness, Daniel on boldness, and Paul on 360’s done by God.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That he gives JOY & PEACE independent of our hardships. I hope to reflect that.
How do you engage with your community? I am very involved in my church with our kids program. I also preach and teach there. I run a CROP SWAP online for my city (people gift and exchange produce and plants from their gardens), and play music for preschool kids online.
A goal you have? DECLUTTER and work on a project I am very excited about.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Sexual Abuse Prevention & Intervention
Too many people leave their children in harms way without knowing. One in four women has been abused, that is an AWFULLY LARGE NUMBER. Many cases go unreported, and when they are reported the adults usually have no idea how to react and end up further hurting the person who disclosed this information. If someone discloses abuse to you, thank them for being brave and trusting you then hear them out and offer to work with them to get the help they need. * IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND NEED HELP REACHOUT @GraceandLogic on INSTAGRAM.
Define Christianity in a sentence: A relationship with God, the father who loves you unconditionally and calls you to grow. A promise of having more to life than what you currently have. And having a MASSIVE FAMILY!
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Until next time, keep witnessing!