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

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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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.

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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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