Thanksgiving Prayer- The World

Last night we had a Thanksgiving service at our church. It was a relaxed time of prayer and songs and thanksgiving. I had the privilege of writing the prayers and responses for the service. We started with the world, then moved to nation, community, church and individual (family, friends and ourselves). As we enter this […]


Pay Attention to the Tears….the Holy is Drawing Near

This past weekend I was driving down Route 8. It was rainy and I was alone in my thoughts as I had a thirty minute drive in a quiet car. Yes, quiet. That doesn’t happen too often. This story came on the radio and it caught my attention, pulling me out of my head and […]

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Peace That Surpasses Meltdowns

Hi. My name is Melanie. I write here. Sometimes. And since the last sometimes was April, thought I should re-introduce myself. Ok, now that we have done that…here we go again. We spent yesterday at Ohiopyle State Park. Surrounded by the beauty of rushing water and scenic views made for hiking, it was the kind […]


{Guest Post} Fighting Back the Darkness

Hello! Jess Hoover invited me to guest post while she is taking a maternity break. Her baby boy was born this past Monday night! Please come on over to her space as I write about ….. “Mama! Prince Hans lied…again!” Her eyes are wide in disbelief as she takes in her second viewing of Frozen. […]


He Would Be Fourteen

Fourteen.  I’m curled up in my favorite chair this Saturday morning. I’m imagining our house with a fourteen year old boy. Our first born. I do the math again to make sure it’s correct. Yep, an April 2001 due date, he would be 14 this month. Some days my remembrance of his short life is […]

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Strengthen Me

“My soul is weary. Strengthen me according to your word.” Psalm 119:28 This alley is across from where my daughter went to preschool. I often thought it felt lonely. As though its time had past. As though it was worn out, but still remembered a time when it thrived and was alive with activity. I […]


When Your Words Thaw

On the first day of spring, we awoke to snow. By afternoon she realized her mistake, and let the spring sunshine take the stage. On the first day of spring, we venture to a newly opened Trader Joes. I bought sunflowers. On the first day of spring, my words experience spring fever and are itching […]

November Space

Barren Gratitude

“But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.”  – LM Montgomery (from Anne of Green Gables series) Most of […]


Beauty in a Chinese Restaurant {Day 18}

  “I have an idea Mama. Let’s each go up to the buffet and try something we have never had before.” We are sitting at his favorite Chinese restuarant. I soak up the minutes and his chatter. Jumping from school to baseball to the food we are eating and back again. Its just the two […]


Ready- for where these shoes take you.

“Are you ready yet?” I’m sitting in the quiet right now. Only the dog and I have made our way into Friday. But I know in just a few minutes I will need to make my way upstairs to wake a sleepy 2nd grader. His movement always starts s.l.o.w. Until he sees the clock, this […]


Manna….or Becoming ok with not writing over the summer.

  “The People of Israel went to work and started gathering, some more, some less, but when they measured out what they had gathered, those who gathered more had no extra and those who gathered less weren’t short—each person had gathered as much as was needed.” Exodus 16:17-18 I didn’t write this summer.  No scratch […]

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He Never Stops Noticing You

“Attention all! See the marvels of God! He plants flowers and trees all over the earth. Step out of the traffic. Take a long loving look at me, your High God.”  Psalm 46:8,10 (Msg) It was just an hour. Somehow miscalculated on the calendar. Instead of filling the time with another errand while I wait […]