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Arise and Build

For the last few weeks of 2016 I studied the book of Nehemiah. So it wasn’t a surprise to me that when I wrote down my hopes and goals for 2017 a lot of it included the word “build”. Build our tiny house. Build up A Faithful Mess. Build authentic, life giving relationships. Build skills. Build knowledge. Build faith. Knowing that it was more than a coincidence, I went back into the story of rebuilding the Wall of Jerusalem to…

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The Post I Wish I Didn’t Have to Write

This is the post that I wish I didn’t have to write, but it appears that we all need a holy reminder. Please know that this isn’t a response to either candidates but a response to our collective reaction to all of it. I’m not sure I was prepared for the day after the election. I know it happens every four years, but this time around felt so very different. The emotions were high, the fear was real, the division…

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Gracious Words are a Honeycomb

In my bible study group we discussed the significance of names. We talked about how important our names are to God, and we read the meaning of each of our names. Melissa means “honey bee”.  I’ve always viewed this meaning as cute but not very significant. That evening however, the Lord spoke into me the true meaning behind my name – and my significance. When “honey bee” was read He immediately gave me the phrase “kind words are like honey…

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A Peace That Passes All Understanding

When I tell people that I moved from Austin to small town Southeast Texas they look at me as if I’m crazy. Wide eyes, strained eyebrows, gasping mouths. They quickly ask me “why?!” but it comes out more as a declaration than it does a question.  I get it, it sounds crazy. But what’s even crazier is my response –  I tell them that I actually love being here because it’s exactly where God wants me to be right now. …

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