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

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!

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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!

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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!

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Monday, 13 February 2017 18:47

The Harmless Sins are the Most Dangerous of Them All

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Once more social media is filled with the news of Christian Grey. I watch with interest as Christian women plan evenings out that revolve around the new movie. They joke about how eager their husbands will be have them home afterward–their sexual passions stirred by an actor who isn’t...

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A few days ago, we discussed romance on the podcast. A friend of ours posed the question, “Melissa, what is the most romantic thing Chad has done in the past year?” I sat there in silence, desperately trying to think of one huge romantic gesture that I could point to. I tried to...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 08:24

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 21

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If you tried to listen to the podcast earlier today, you noticed that we had a little technical issue that cut if off at 21 minutes. So sorry about that! It should be fixed now. Be sure and finish the podcast. Don’t end on that note where Chad and I are arguing about Valentine’s...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 20:39

A Prayer for Our Times

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Father in Heaven, I praise you because you are great and wonderful and gracious and good. You are the One True God, the Beginning and the End, the Great I AM. I believe in you, Lord. I worship you because I am allowed to know you, and I adore you because you care to know… [read more]

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 20:38

One Hour in a Restaurant Doesn’t Make a Good Marriage

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Today I ran across a sweet post written by a marriage blogger. It was a series of fruit of the spirit-themed date nights for couples. It’s an ingenious idea, really, and everyone who was discussing it in the comments seemed excited about the prospect. But, I laughed. I was imagining Chad...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 20:24

Remember Your Hope

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I see plenty of things on social media that I hate. Like the pictures of Jesus that say, “If you love me, share this.” Or fake news. Or arguing about politics. But there’s one thing that I’ve seen, especially lately, that I hate seeing more than all the Jesus-themed chain...

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My parents’ church gets a little wild sometimes. Some days it might even seem downright charismatic. It’s the small town Baptist church that I grew up in. I visited there recently, and there were people everywhere speaking in tongues, running up and down aisles, and talking to the...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 22:56

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 20 (Take Two)

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We recorded a podcast and then started over. This week we talk about why we did that, about tone and attitude, Chad’s bad accents, Poncho’s, and who knows what else? 🙂 Thanks for listening!

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Monday, 23 January 2017 19:52

When Women March in the Wrong Direction

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On Saturday women everywhere walked down wide avenues and narrow streets. They filled parking lots and smiled and held signs and felt proud of themselves. They were in the mood to protest, and they did, thinking, they said, of each other, of the greater good, of the way they dream things were and...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 21:21

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 19

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This week we talk about clutter, annoying habits in marriage, and this article about women and alcohol.

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Monday, 16 January 2017 21:00

The Joys of Obligation

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Years ago I was acquainted with a girl who told me that she didn’t want friends. I don’t want to be obligated to people, she said, with a little laugh. I know she was half joking. Yet, many of us in the church seem to be living our lives the same way. As if we… [read more]

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