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

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.

Authors: Melissa...

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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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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 14:29

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 27

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This week Chad raps. Yes. He raps. A lot. In between the rapping, we manage to talk about Mike Pence and the “Billy Graham Rule.” Here is the Karen Swallow Prior article we talk about.

Authors: Melissa...

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The woman wrote it on a marriage forum, hoping for some wise advice about the situation in her marriage. She accidentally discovered that her husband had been searching on Facebook for old girlfriends and had re-connected with several old flames through private messaging. Since that time, she...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:00

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 26

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This week we talk about more ways that we have noticed God working. Also, ranch dressing, Christian tapes, t-ball, sopapilla cheesecake, and more!

Authors: Melissa...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 12:59

Test Every Facebook Prophecy

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He asked me to tell you that He heard you. It’s gonna be okay. The words were emblazoned across my computer screen, the large-print Facebook status of a stranger. A thousand readers had given the thought their stamp of approval, and many had left comments. You could almost hear the tears...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:23

Don’t Be a Cynical Christian

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Last night at church, we hosted Hilarious Hair Night in our children’s ministry. I am the one who plans our theme nights, and I’m pretty sure I love them more than anyone. I love getting dressed up in a silly costume or wearing my clothes inside out or going to church in my pjs...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 13:16

Maybe We’re Raising World-Changers

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I want to do big things! And I want to do them now! Adelade gave a passionate speech in the car on the drive home from dance class. At twelve years old, she feels like her life is being wasted on the utterly ridiculous pursuit of running around a track in P.E. She truly can’t… [read...

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I have always been a vivid dreamer. When I was a kid, for years I had a recurring dream about a monster in the foyer of our house. As an adult, my dreams are often about hiding from tornadoes or driving into floodwaters with my kids in the car. Every single dream seems so real… [read more]

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:36

Be Patient With Your Church

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Baseball season is upon us once again. My older two have abandoned the sport in favor of other pursuits, but little Emerald is beyond excited that this is the first sport that she is old enough to play. She has her brand new pink baseball glove and a heart full of enthusiasm, even though...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 14:58

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 25

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This week we talk about the pastor’s conference, t-ball, women’s conferences, a lesson from a funeral, giant pencils, and more!

Authors: Melissa...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 13:51

It Only Takes a Spark

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The 81 year old pastor stood at the front of the room with a kindly smile on his face. He was a legend of sorts, standing there before a crowd of young preachers (and me, a green preacher’s wife), conveying to us some of the many things he’s learned through his years of serving God...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:41

Our Women Need Steak Knives, Not Straws

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This week I’ve been with Chad at a preaching conference. As you might imagine, at a Baptist conference for preachers, there weren’t too many women around. In fact, although I think there were two other women there, in some sessions I was the only woman in the room. One room was filled...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 09:24

Inseparable

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In the fall, Chad and I started doing something we’ve never done before, in all of our almost eighteen years of marriage. We started praying together every day. Thanks to his diligence, we haven’t missed a single day since we decided to try it after attending a marriage conference. I...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:34

Your Mom Has a Blog Special Noonday Podcast #24

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This week we have a special in-studio (ok, in-living room) guest! We chat with Amber Cok about thinking globally. I love this girl! Here’s the link to shop Noonday, get info about hosting a trunk show, or learn more about becoming a Noonday ambassador, like Amber:  bit.ly/melissaspringND

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Sawyer is nine years old. He has often seemed to have a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. He was baptized last year, and he is so keenly aware of his own sinful tendencies that he has on occasion been completely broken up about them. He once told me that as he ran laps...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 11:47

It Matters Where You Shop

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A few years ago, I was introduced to the idea of fair trade shopping. It’s amazing to me that we can so deeply impact lives just by buying from companies that offer fair wages for the goods that are produced. We’re all going to buy clothes and purses and jewelry. Why not buy it...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:39

Your Kids are Not Family Decision-Makers

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Tonight the kids and I were watching a DVR’d Fixer Upper episode. Like most of you, I love Chip and Joanna and the beautiful houses they design over and over again. I honestly don’t know how they even keep up with all of the stuff they’re involved in these days. Joanna Gaines has...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:39

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 23

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This week we talk about Star Trek, getting older, the 80s, how our spiritual focus has changed, church when we were kids, obsessing over beauty/self, and more! Thanks for listening!

Authors: Melissa...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 13:44

Beauty and the Christian Girl

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I remember reading the Sweet Valley High books when I was in elementary school. The books were full of the high school adventures of twin sisters named Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, both blonde bombshells who are described at the beginning of each and every book as “a perfect size...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 21:22

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 22

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This week it’s a special Valentine’s night edition of the podcast! We talk about my most romantic memory ever, Elvis, aging, Valentine’s Day, and more. Plus, a song!

Authors: Melissa...

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