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Melanie is a daughter to the Most High King and tremendously grateful for daily grace and rescue in the messiness of life. She resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband of nineteen years and their four children--one recently adopted through the foster care system. Melanie writes regularly on her blog...

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  1. how beautiful, thank u for your encouraging words. RESTFULL is something Iam learning to find through OUR FATHER, and trusting the friends HE has put in my life. what a great way to think of the times we are resting in our friends! my small group from church is my RESTFULL time and you have just made me realize it, Thank you for that and GOD BLESS YOU.

  2. Dearest Emily:
    This post is sheer genius! What you’re saying is so true and Biblical…Jesus said that the disciple is not above the Master. I understand that statement to mean that we are no better than Jesus, and if He often felt the need to go be alone, why should we think we’re above that?! Certainly Jesus knew more than anyone the great needs all around Him, and what needed to get done. But He knew the value of taking time alone with His Father and learn to choose not the good will of God, but the best will of God.
    I would also like to commend you in your beautiful and effective style of writing. You go “down home” where we live. I can relate to your experience because I did the same with knitting. My Sister-in-love and her Mom were excellent at knitting and crocheting, so when I learned my husband and I were expecting our first baby, I gave knitting a try. Nine months later, i had this loooooong pastel looking “thing,” which would’ve served as a lovely scarve if I was giving birth to a baby elephant!

  3. You painted a beautiful picture of authentic community. Thanks for sharing this. Women are in desperate need for this in the world we live in today.

  4. Melanie,
    I’ve always encouraged the ladies in my community to be open, transparent, vulnerable. Well it was only in 2014 that I gave myself permission to do the same. It was/is quite freeing and I’ve received some hugs filled with love, some sisters to wipe my tears, some words of encouragement and a freeing in my spirit.

  5. This is beautifully written. I pray the church is learning to be His Church. Love serving our women’s small group bible study…we are slowly getting there.
    Thank you and may God bless you as you bless others!

  6. Melanie,
    Women need authentic, loving, caring community!! We need to be there for each other, pray and carry each one’s burdens. Life is tough enough with all the stresses. Community needs to be non judgmental and encouraging. We should point people to Christ–In the end we need to be trustful. I pray that people find this blog a safe haven to share their hurts, ups, down and good times in life. I want to be one who prays for people and doesn’t judge, but loves as Christ loves!!
    Blessings 🙂