Talk About It!

I remember the day after President Trump was elected. I remember the Lord saying to me, “Go to work and Preach the Gospel.” I prayed in the Spirit and worshipped as I drove to work. My first class was primarily minorities. Fear, sadness, disappointment permeated the room. Teenage eyes peered at me looking for answers. As I walked around checking homework, a young lady asked, “What are we going to...

How are you Known?

It was my birthday eve. My boys and I had a lovely meal and watched a cute movie. All was well until I made the mistake of reading a Facebook posts. I am learning to scroll past most of the craziness but every now and then, I can’t. This was one of those times. Despite my temptation, I didn’t respond to the sharer of the article. I took my anger...

The Heart of the Father

My daily reading plan has me reading the book of Jeremiah. This is probably not a good idea during a pandemic and racial unrest and while so many Christians and prophets are “Prophesying, America is about to be judged.” (Side note: The same Christians who say God is about to judge America, are also the same Christians that say America is the best country. Do you see why Pre-Christians may...

I Won’t Be Quiet

I’m asking myself, “Why can’t I be quiet?” It’s been over a month. Why can’t I just let it go. Honestly, my suburban lifestyle hasn’t change. My kids are fine. The shut down has been financially favorable for us. Why can’t I move on? Just stop talking about racial inequities in this country. Obviously, they are not affecting me. So, Melissa just be quiet. But I can’t. This quote explains...

Seated at the Table

Late yesterday evening, I sat on my porch swing, praying in the Spirit and asking for a revelation about a prophetic dream someone had given me. As I prayed, I felt this profound sadness. I wept. Tears flowed not for me, but for the Church. For my home church and for the church that meets in America. My heart truly aches because of the division within our churches and our...

No Fine Print

Recently, my church was searching for a new pastor. We had narrowed the search down to two candidates. Both great men. I was on the search committee and was trying to decide which I would recommend. So I did the very spiritual thing of Facebook Stalk both candidates. In my research, one of the candidates said something in a sermon that sealed the deal for me. He said, “God is...

What is God Doing?

Yesterday, my dear friend and I shared lunch. Over our three hour lunch we discussed politics, religion, and race relation. As we brought our discussion to an end, my friend asked a question. I don’t think she wanted an answer, but it’s a question many of us find ourselves asking in 2020: “What is God doing?” Later that evening, my husband and I sat on our swing porch in the...

Kiss and Makeup

  Does anyone else feel like America is stuck in a bad Hallmark movie and the source of our drama is a simple misunderstanding that could easily be fixed with a conversation? Ten tribes of Israel gathered to make war against two of their brethren tribes. The source of the conflict? A beautiful altar.  Two tribes built an altar because of fear of what might happen in the future. The...

A Girl Without a Side

I’ve decided not to pick a side. Well, the Lord said to me, “Don’t pick a side.” I had to repent. Once a side is chosen, once the line is drawn, God’s truth becomes secondary to our chosen side’s truth. Once a side is chosen, we begin to scour the internet for voices to confirm our side’s point of view instead of listening to God. When a side is chosen,...

The Sky Is Blue

The sky is blue. Why would anyone feel the need to declare such an obvious and simple truth? Maybe, I live in a remote part of Alaska which may experience darkness for 67 consecutive days. Maybe it’s the 33rd day of darkness and I am desperately trying to remember what daylight looks like. So, to give myself hope, I remind my spirit, “The Sky is blue.” Maybe I have been...