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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 […]



“My soul is downcast within me, therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon- from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls. all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:6-7 I stand near the bottom. Lost in its roar. It […]

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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 […]


Roots in the Future

“(Christian community) has its roots in the future and its branches in the present.” – John Zizioulas Roots in the future. An anchor for my soul. Grounding me for today. Because my future rests secure. And all will be ok. Linking with Still Saturday. {top image credit}


The Strength of Silence

Quiet has eluded me recently. Actually for a while. I miss it. I miss the multiplying effect it has on my soul. The way a few minutes of it builds margin for the day. “In quietness and trust is your strength.”  The voices shout opinions and the sounds stay loud, oh how I need His […]


Spiritual Blessings

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 I don’t know what this verse means. Not fully. I wonder where the heavenly realms are. And I long to understand more of the spiritual blessings. But […]


Even In The Dark, He Sees Me

Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?     to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there!     If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings     to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute—     you’re already there waiting! Then I said to […]


Prayer for the Morning

For two years we had an unexpected detour in our ministry journey. For two years, this verse was often my night time prayer. “Father please meet us in the morning with news of your unfailing love. Father even if our circumstances don’t change, may we awake to the unshakeable awareness of your love. Father fill […]


Mercy not sacrifice {Day 28}

On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13 Mercy, not sacrifice. Mercy not sacrifice. These words keep ringing in my ears. […]


Letting Go of Nets {Day 25}

Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee. what does it look like? smell like? is it a sunny day? cloudy? is it quiet? loud? what sounds to you hear? Jesus saw two brothers. Simon Peter and Andrew. They were casting a net. Jesus says; Come Follow me I will make you fishers of men. […]


Be Still and Know…. {Day 19}

Be still and know that I am God.   Be still and know that I am.   Be still and know.   Be still.   Be. ________________________________________________________ May you have time this weekend. For silence or solitude. Even five minutes. To rid of clutter and distractions. To fill with Jesus.   Linking with Still Saturday


Set my heart free {Day 5}

Obedience and Freedom walking hand in hand. They teach each other to dance, in the safety of their realm. They know here they are safe to express the beauty of their names. They teach me to stop, to see, to notice- through his eyes and wisdom and ways. My soul expands and flows into the […]