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
Sunday, 13 August 2017 12:56

Following Jesus is a Different Kind of Safe

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Dear Adelade, Sawyer, and Emerald, The other day I received an email from some company or other, asking me to help promote a new children’s book. The book is about Jesus, whom I love. It is meant to teach children that Jesus is their friend and that He will always watch over them and...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 12:17

Sex Should be Spiritual

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God designed sex within marriage to be a sacred, pleasurable, and spiritual act. We don’t often stop and think about how amazing it really is that God invented sex and gave it such potential to build a physical and spiritual union between two people in the safety and devotion of a Christian...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:54

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 38

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This week we talk about turning 40, church camp, special music, Chad’s idiotic teenaged hero moment, and more.

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 13:56

What I Still Haven’t Really Learned at 40

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Today I’m 40 years old. The kids have been so into my birthday. For two days Emerald has been saying, “Happy birthday, Mama! You’re 50!” And all I can picture is me walking around in stretchy pants, doing high kicks, declaring that I’m 50 years old. Thankfully, I am...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:24

It Turns Out That Mom Shirts Matter

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My Facebook newsfeed is filled with little boutiques that are marketing to moms like me, basic church-going women with 2.5 kids and a dog and the proverbial white picket fence who want to look cute when they’re running errands. I’ve noticed a huge rise in tshirts with little saying for...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:12

Your Mom Has a Blog Podcast, Episode 37

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Well, we’re back! This week we talk about our vacation, Teen Vogue, a kidney transplant, sleeping in church, and more! Click here to go to my Facebook page and enter the giveaway we talk about!

Authors: Melissa...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 08:02

Dear Feminists, Where Are You?

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Dear Feminists, Where are you? When a culture of brutality and abuse and sexual torture against women is being built around an empire called pornography? Where are you when teen magazines encourage young girls to let their porn-influenced boyfriends sodomize them? When sexual experts tell girls...

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You may have read that Teen Vogue published an article this week for its audience of girls, ages 12-18, which is a how-to guide for anal sex. In fact, the creators of this magazine are writing instructive articles for all kinds of sexual acts. They want young girls to believe that sexual...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 07:26

Why We Should All Work in the Church Nursery

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I remember when Emerald was tiny, and I was completely overwhelmed with my life. I had a first grader, a preschooler, and a new baby, and I couldn’t wait for those glorious two hours on Sunday when I could drop all of them off in their various classes and go have some adult conversation,...

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Sunday, 02 July 2017 13:33

Altar of the Feels

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If you have kids of most any age, chances are that today they felt all the feels. And, if you are a mama of said children of any age, then I’m betting that today you, too, felt all the feels. I’m not really sure where that term came from, but it pretty much sums up… [read more]

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This is a sponsored post. Thanks to Basic Invite for helping sponsor the blog this week! When the kids were younger I was the queen of themed birthday bashes. I would painstakingly craft individual invitations to hand out or send to friends, and I loved every minute of it. But, things have gotten...

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I went to a conference a few years ago and sat in a room with a hundred other women, perched on the edge of my chair with my notebook and pen in hand. A mother of six children got up to speak, looking thin and radiant with her long blonde hair and perfectly made up… [read more]

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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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