But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Your Mom Has a Blog - Apologetic Report
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:04

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 36

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This week we talk about redhead mutations, pizza, discipling kids, and more!

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 12:12

Let Your Kids in on Your Ministry

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Several years ago, before our older kids had even started school, Chad and I took them with us to sing at an adult daycare facility. We went there with the senior adult choir from our church, and the kids stood with us and sang as many words as they could remember while the daily residents…...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:01

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 35

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This week we talk about life in the ministry. Also, the rap button is back.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 08:29

Two Minutes Before the Wedding

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The wedding ceremony was going to start in five minutes, and Chad and I were in his office, trying to quickly hash out an argument we had been stewing over since the night before. It was going to be difficult for him, the pastor, to go out there and deliver an inspiring wedding day talk… [r...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:24

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 34

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This week we talk about VBS, summertime, new carpet, potty humor, and more.

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Monday, 05 June 2017 12:31

The Things You Learn When You’re a Mother

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From the day your children are born, you begin the letting go. You, who miraculously sheltered them inside of your own body for nine months, suddenly must hand your tightly swaddled wonders over to visitors, to grandparents, to doctors and nurses. Your heart feels like it could shatter just to look...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 15:11

Every Thought Captive

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I have had the same study Bible since I was a young teen. I got it at the height of my youth group days, and even though I have other Bibles, it’s still my favorite one to pull out and read. It’s gigantic, the kind that all of the super godly girls had in high… [read more]

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:20

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 33

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This week we talk about Chad’s ailments, golf’s parallels to church life, music, and the saga of the lost keys.  

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Monday, 29 May 2017 13:47

…And then summer happened.

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Well, I have been a little bit sparse around here these days. Sorry about that, y’all! The kids got out of school early this year (hallelujah!), and we have been trying to settle into a summertime routine. But, things have been so busy that we haven’t really found our rhythm yet. My...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:36

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 32

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Welcome back to the weird world of Chad and Melissa’s podcast. This week we talk about Christmas songs we hate, our twenty year long hamburger debate, Chad’s major ancestry discovery, the end of the school year, and being in God’s family.

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Monday, 22 May 2017 07:32

I Just Can’t Stop

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I have spilled a lot of ink through the years trying to find all the right words to describe what it’s like to know true love. In the past six years I’ve written roughly 40 blog posts devoted to Chad and our marriage and our great love for each other. Sometimes I wonder if...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 13:49

Play with Your Kids, with Gusto

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Today I did something that I rarely take the time to do. I played with my kids. I mean really played with them. Sure, I will often sit down to play a board game. Or I will half-heartedly pretend with them while I work around the house or get ready in the morning. But, today.… [read more]

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Friday, 12 May 2017 00:01

Marriage Wounds

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The year was 1998, and Chad Edgington had decided he wanted to marry me. He scrimped and saved and schemed to buy a little diamond, and he delivered it, delicately, to a pair of brothers he knew in Nashville who were jewelry makers. He had a vision for what he wanted it to look like,… [read...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 13:48

Moving Forward After Sin

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One night I walked into Sawyer’s room at bedtime to find him crying bitterly. He had disobeyed earlier in the day, and even though he had already shed tears of remorse about it, his earlier sin was still haunting him at bedtime. It had been an inconsequential mistake, really. He had been a...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 15:11

There’s More to Life Than This Temporary Phase

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Emerald turned five on Monday. I can hardly believe that our baby-est baby has already reached this age. I have known it was coming, but somehow it still shocked me when I realized the night before that this was it–our preschool phase was ending. In just one short summer, she will leap from...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 14:38

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 31

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This week our youngest turned five! We survived the preschool years (all twelve of them)! High fives all around! In this episode, we talk about some things that we feel made a difference in our marriage during the crazy little bitty kid phase. We hope you’ll find some encouragement and maybe...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 13:42

Maybe You Need to Step Back from the Internet

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I love the internet. I love social media, news, the wild opinions, and even the endless debate. Except when I don’t. When I get sick of listening to the same people say the same thing over and over again. When everything that could possibly be said has been said, many, many times, but people...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:39

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 30

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To celebrate our 30th episode, we invited our second most popular guest to come back: the one and only Jackson Chang! We talk about what we were doing at 30, being open, thoughts on sanctification, Jackson’s knack for getting food poisoning, and more. Thanks for listening! Here’s...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 13:47

Changing Your Facebook Feed for the Better

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Let’s face it: most of us spend a lot of time on Facebook. I just wanted to drop in quickly today to assure you that your Facebook feed can actually be a source of great inspiration, encouragement, and godly wisdom. It’s all about the pages that you follow. A friend recently told me...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:40

Messy Beautiful Friendship

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Chad and I have spent most of our married life in cities far from our families. During our first two years together, we were almost 900 miles from our parents and siblings, and we quickly learned that our friendships were going to be an essential part of life. We have shared victories and failures...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:05

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 29

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This week we talk about Easter, FFA jackets, terms of endearment, which Bible names we would choose, church directories, and what church has meant to our lives. See the pictures we mention on my Facebook page.

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Monday, 17 April 2017 14:24

Do You Really Know This Story?

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Last week Emerald and I sat at the back of the fellowship hall while Chad talked about the resurrection. The crowd that had come for lunch was now just nibbling on brownies and finishing up the last of their sweet tea, and Emerald crawled into my lap, nothing to do but watch her daddy as… [...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:32

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 28

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This week we talk about Easter clothes, Chad’s wedding day shirt, VBS, and we even Facebook lived part of the podcast. All in all, it was a big mess. Hope you enjoy! Watch the video on my Facebook page.

Authors: Melissa...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 13:21

Dads, Be Tender With Your Children

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It was well past midnight, but my dad and I were still up hashing things out. I was a passionate, opinionated, God-fearing teenager who thought she had her faith and this world figured out. He was a well-educated, wise, heart-wounded Christ-follower who had buried both parents and his brother, who...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:51

Raising Persecution-Ready Kids

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I remember reading about Felix Manz when I was in college. I read about how he was taken out to a freezing river in the middle of a bitter Zurich winter, how he was tied up and thrown into the frigid waters, the “third baptism,” they called it, for the Anabaptist who had dared...

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