Melissa Brownback
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Melissa is a pastor's wife, mom, and professional counselor who loves to discover life and hope in unexpected places.

(in)side DaySpring: things we love
& you will too!
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  1. Melissa,
    Given your love of heat…you’d love it here in NC in mid July lol. So true, that the periods of darkness make the seasons of light even more distinct. Without sadness, I don’t know that we can experience the heights of joy. I also have found that it is in the seasons of cold and darkness that I have experienced the depth, closeness, and unfathomable love of the Lord like none other. I have seen how faithful He is in our desperate times of need…and for that I’m grateful. Thank you for sharing here this am!

  2. This was great. I, too, love the warm weather and dread when the seasons change. I’ll look upon the cold in a different light now. Thank you!

  3. Beautifully written and such wise insights! I had to literally chuckle out loud when I realized you wrote my very life verse – “And yet, when I move beyond the surface to the heart of this desire, I am aware that what I ultimately want is comfort.” That’s me! Let my life be marked with no inconveniences, no dangers of slipping and sliding, no loss of square footage (we too live in a smaller home with a grand outdoors that we live in while warm), only comfort and warmth and sunshine all day. Ah, but life is not like that, as you say, and I believe God gives us seasons in nature to reflect seasons in our walk with Him. Even though living the warm life in sunny Southern California seems ideal to me because it never rains or snows or freezes over, it would still be life and there would be bills to pay, children to worry about, a job to (hopefully) get up for, cars to repair, etc. So, I’m better off staying where I am and appreciating life being a study in contrasts, a flow of the seasons.

    • Absolutely. I love how the flow of seasons pull us to reflect on our relationship with Christ.

  4. Melissa,
    I, too, want the perfect life-no inconveniences-just balmy weather. With periods of darkness comes a more closeness to God! I have experienced first hand some dark periods where I wanted out and a certain ending. God had other plans. By leaning into & praying hard to Him I found my light at the end of the tunnel. He provided a miracle for me to witness!! Because of that miracle my light is shining brighter daily! I want to show the world all the goodness God can provide!

    Blessings 🙂

    • It’s always so powerful to hear about how God brings redemption to our darkness. Praise God for His work in your life!