About the Author

Melissa Zaldivar is a social in the world of academics and an academic in the world of socials. She's an author and podcast host with a BA in Communications and an MA in Theology. She loves a good sandwich, obscure history, and wandering around New England antique shops.

(in)side DaySpring: things we love
& you will too!
Find more at DaySpring.com
(in)side DaySpring:
things we love
& you will too!
Find more at
Recent Posts

Reader Interactions


  1. A definition/tool to determine truth is to ask, Is it provable 100% of the time? And yeah, God is! One of my consistent prayers for myself & others is that as we walk through whatever is on our plates is that we will see God in the details. He is there even when we don’t know it. His truth is all around us. Thank You, Lord for being & showing us Yourself, Truth! Thank you, Melissa for your inspiring words.

  2. I LOVED the reality and the sanctity of your writing and today’s devotional. Thank you for “keeping it real”!

  3. I love, love, love this, Melissa! We can widen our worlds and experience life through the lens of God’s love. Bravo!

  4. Hi Melissa!

    As a believer, I, too, can see God’s truth in many areas. In the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, there are many events and conversations that remind me of God’s faithfulness and Jesus’ return! New discoveries in the field of microbiology illustrate the complexity of God’s creation and reinforces how it was impossible for us to have evolved from nothing.

    We do have to realize, though, that we are seeing these truths as believers. Unbelievers may come to completely different conclusions. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And we are admonished in scriptures to teach our children God’s truth (Deut. 6:6-7 for example).

    We are living in a time of many voices speaking many opinions stated as the truth. Let us be encouraged to kindly speak the truth according to God’s word in love (Eph. 4:15) whenever we are able to do so.

    • Yes! There is Truth (that points to God alone) and things that happen to be true. A big difference but when we stay in scripture, we are headed in the right direction.

  5. Wow!! What a welcome and needed message for the youth (and those of us WAY past our youth) to hear this day!
    Thank you!

  6. Thank you Melissa. I’m ready for the day. You put beautiful words and a beautiful perspective into everyone I will encounter today and we will be able to bless each other because no matter what GOD is in the center \0/

  7. Melissa,

    I grew up in the 70s. It was the beginning of the Jesus movement. Contemporary Christian music was getting started. Parts of our country were having a Christian Revival. It was a time of change. I remember hearing people say that Jesus was coming at certain date & times. The world itself shows us God’s truth. Just look at rainbows after a storm or how flowers bloom after winter. Nature itself shows us God’s truth & splendor. Each small glimpse of goodness like a patient suddenly doing much better & you will see God’s truth & that will set you free.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. I too was raised in a church where it seemed that anything fun was forbidden. But I survived and went my own way until I actually found my way back to faith and trust in the living and loving Father and His Son’s sacrificial love and my reintroduction wasn’t in a church but in the middle of the night in my very own bed. It is true that God meets us where we are not where others think we should be. We have remained together ever since. His love never fails and continues to love me warts and all. Our relationship with Him isn’t about what but about who we follow. Thank you for the reminder.

  9. Amen and amen! Since I write about finding Truth-with-a-capital-T in unexpected places, especially pop culture, you know I love this!

  10. I just can’t believe how difficult we can make our walk with such a Holy, Loving and Forgiving God.

    And what’s strange is we all mean well and we (everyone with an opinion) have made the clear water very muddy. No wonder we have caused some children to miss their creative calling. We didn’t want them to be tempted to have the wrong kind of fun. Wow, now those children are out of college and maybe we owe them some fun. I just wanted good grades and a wonderful job for my children. I think they were concerned about friends, clothes, and music. Teachers were better at stirring up competition between students and classrooms. Now these children will have to do a better job with their own children.

    Thank You Lord for Your Tender Mercies