Can We Catch Up, Please?

Hey Ladies,

I was just missing you and thinking of you all and thought I would do a quick catch-up on my life since it has been so long.

Life for Colin and me over the past few months has been a bittersweet transition, a combination of missing our first home together in Atlanta and fully embracing this new season God has for us with both hands.

Here are just a couple of reasons I miss my life in Atlanta:

Friends.

Friends

Friends

And, friends. Especially friends who can cook like this one:

Here are just a couple of reasons I love my life in Houston:

Getting to know my Aunt Gay again after many years. The purest redemption I have ever witnessed.

Sunshine with Mom.

Jackson.

Watching Amanda transform into an impromptu barista at Bible Study:

Fighting with Mom over our favorite coffee cup at work.

Wearing my favorite slippers at Living Proof. They’re really feminine, right?

Tex Mex.

Tex Mex.

And, oh my goodness gracious, Tex Mex.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Thank you, Roxanne Worsham.

Watching Jackson bond with his lizard who he first named “Lizard” and then, later, “Longtail.”

Annabeth Jones.  She is too busy and wiggly to take pictures but here are a few.

She is the cutest thing on two legs.

Also, she has taken to domestic life. Who knew?

Generations before and generations after.

My Pawpaw and Memaw.  My Pawpaw is in his hard hat with his house plans watching his new house get framed exactly like he wants it.  The two of them were sitting in folding chairs watching 6 men work.  A classic moment.

And here is one very good reason I love my life no matter where I am:

In addition to the big move from Atlanta to Houston, the biggest change in my life is that I am back at the Living Proof offices writing some small segments for the James study with Mom. I was joking on Twitter the other day that I am able to write about one sentence per every fifty pages Mom writes. It is a slight exaggeration, but not much. I am a very slow writer and Mom is a machine. She has to repeatedly tell me, “Remember you don’t have to say everything to say something.” This is probably the best piece of advice I have gotten since I started the project. I think about it multiple times per hour.

Over the past several years I have grown quite comfortable with working at the research level. It is nice and convenient. I can remain detached from the conclusions and implications of the data with which I am working and can’t be held responsible since Mom is the author and I am not. I am smiling right now because I know Mom would be smiling at that comment. But, seriously, writing is a different beast. It is vulnerable. I feel stripped and exposed. I am finding that it takes a whole lot of courage. The ugly truth is I am inordinately afraid of making a mistake. And this is not humility, folks, but a very sneaky and dark form of pride.

In Madeleine L’ Engle’s reflections on writing, she quotes a few lines from Anton Chekhov’s letters that have been restorative to me in this new process: “You must once and for all give up being worried about successes and failures. Don’t let that concern you. It’s your duty to go on working steadily day by day, quite quietly, to be prepared for mistakes, which are inevitable, and for failures” (Anton Chekhov quoted in Madeleine L’ Engle, Herself, 72). Just reading that is liberating.

While I obviously think writers and teachers should think carefully through content and style, perfectionism really is incapacitating. And it can become an idol. All that to say, I am practicing the art of being patient with myself.

So, that is me and probably a lot more than you wanted to know.

How are you?

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  1. 251
    Mary Watkins says:

    Melissa, it was so good to hear from you. Your thoughts are such a delight. Thank you for sharing the photos. My husband Mike and I just returned from a Carribean cruise. We are celebrating our 30 wedding anniversary this year.

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    Heather says:

    THANK YOU MELISSA for catching us up with you and the clan. I wish we could post pictures and send the love right back. Funny, I’m in a season of learning a very similar lesson. In recovery for an addiction, (a miracle in itself that I just put that in black and white, permanent ink here), trying to work my program perfectly in the midst of daily life, daily toddler-potty-training-life, does not reap many rewards. Only when I get quiet be still & let God speak is when He shows me “this way, turn here”, that is when what I need to say is said, or a choice I need to make is the sweetest and most valuable. Thank you God.

    Sending you, your mama and everyone a BIG squeeze from Charlotte NC 🙂

    • 252.1
      Kim Ulkekul says:

      From one who can relate to fighting addiction, being a Believer, and being elbow deep in diapers – stay connected with a few other women with whom you will be completely honest. Never be afraid to ask for prayer whenever you need it. And keep those positive CDs and words written down constantly being listened to. Would have saved myself a pretty ugly pit or two had I known that during that season in my life. Praise God for victory and redemption, but whatever wisdom I can share to help someone else not go there…Hugs.

    • 252.2

      I’m praying with you in your recovery, Heather! I know so personally the beauty that comes from those ashes when God takes over. I don’t even know you, but I’m SO very proud of you! Many Blessings and continued prayers will be coming your way, siesta!

      Kristi 🙂

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      Katie says:

      Praying you feel Good’s love and redemption poured on you daily! Keep working your program!!! So proud of you!

      Blessings,
      Katie

  3. 253
    Michelle says:

    Hey Melissa, glad you are back. I’ve been dying to ask how you have solved the discontinued-mascara crisis. I tried some of the mascara that you shared with us in a post a couple of years ago and you were right. It was GREAT! Alas, I could not find a replacement for it. Come to find out, it has been discontinued. Nothing I’ve tried since has measured up. Such a bummer……Hope you are having a good week.

  4. 254
    Linda says:

    I don’t know if we are really supposed to answer your question …. but I guess I am! I am glad for the comments about being more free to fail. I am forty and currently feeling like a freshmen (in high school or college–both feel applicable!). As my kids are growing up I am having to redefine myself and it’s hard. I’m asking questions like… who am I if I am not taking care of others? who am I if I am not “accomplishing”? What does is look like to be a good and faithful servant when all I need to do to today is laundry and grocery shop? I feel guilty even writing that! I “should” be volunteering, or maybe looking for a part time job or something of the sort. But so far the Lord has really held me back from doing anything logical (at least according to the world’s logical–or mine for that matter.) I’m so afraid to try something and fail, or not try anything and fail, it leaves me a bit frozen. But as I thaw, again I realize that He is so trustworthy, so really very good, I don’t have to be afraid. It’s like I have this amazing dad, right there comforting me, cheering me, encouraging me, leading me and I keep shaking my head and saying, “I don’t really think you mean it. You’ve shown up over and over again, but I still don’t think you mean it.” Amazing isn’t it? I want to believe, fall back like the Nestea plunge of great American commercial lore, into His arms so trusting. so strong. I’m trying Lord, thanks for being patient.

    I’m glad you’re reminding me. Thanks.
    Linda

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    Barb says:

    Hey Melissa – thank you so much for the pictures & the update on what is going on in your life!! 🙂 Just love watching those babies grow! You have some sweet pictures of everyone!! I’m glad you get to spend more time with your family for this season!!!

    Just finished the “Beloved Disciple” study your Mom wrote. So Powerful!!! I have always been a bit afraid of Revelations, but the way God spoke thru your Mom & her explanations & points of view – opened it up and makes it so exciting!!! This phrase is one I wrote down during last night’s video (the quote might not be exact-but this is what I heard) “After everything is said & done – all that matters is that [I] TRUSTED in Him” & “are you going to believe Him?” YES!!! There is so much more – the wedding we have to look forward to – so Awesome-opened my eyes!!! I would recommend this study to everyone!!! Now to finish the online study I’m doing in “Living Beyond Yourself” before I find another group study. 🙂

    I always enjoy your posts – so deep & insightful!

    ♥ Blessings, Barb

  6. 256
    Soo says:

    What a fun post to get the morning started. 🙂 I was just in Atlanta last week at a conference hosted by North Point. What an amazing city!

    You know what, God is so good. I am living proof of this everyday. His grace abounds and I am eternally grateful. My husband and I are coming up on our two year anniversary and I can’t explain how knocked out of my socks I am for his love for Jesus and me.

  7. 257
    Kathlenn Funk says:

    Hey Melissa, it’s good to hear from you. I know how you feel about moving back home and missing your friends in Atlanta. We moved down here almost 2 years ago and I still miss my friends and family back home in St. Louis. Please remember God brought you here for a reason and his timing is perfect. I am praying all goes well for you and your husband here in Houston and for your future where ever God takes you.

    As far as writing is concerned, Hang in there, you have a great support team.

    I pray you have a great day. Enjoy the beautiful weather God has given to us today.

  8. 258
    Janice says:

    Melissa,

    You are a joy to me….thank you for sharing!!

    Janice
    Canastota, NY

  9. 259

    I love the writing quote. Friends are awesome, but nothing beats family. So glad your mom has her two girls close. Blessings!

  10. 260
    Sarah M says:

    Thank you for posting this! I needed the reminder that perfectionism is often pride!!

    Also, I’m excited about a James study! I love the book of James and cannot wait to see it through the Moore women’s eyes.

  11. 261
    Lisa says:

    I don’t know why but I am a bit envious of you. We don’t know each other (just know of you from this blog), but I’m jealous of your season in life of working in ministry, marriage to a Christian man (I’m getting married this month to a wonderful man but whose walk with God isn’t strong), and of your good looks (mainly your hair). I don’t know why I’m letting the enemy convince me right now that my life is less than, but he sure is winning. I want purpose too. No wait, I want complete confidence God has me right where He wants me. And from reading your post it sounds like God has shown that to you. Thus, why I also feel a bit envious. Anyway, I think I need to pray more and spend more time with God.

    Godspeed.

    • 261.1
      Melissa says:

      Lisa, Thanks for your comment. Honesty of this sort is very rare. If you knew Colin and me personally it would completely invalidate any of these dark lies. I pray you have a special month ahead of you as you prepare for marriage and seek God. Warmly, Melis

  12. 262
    Laura says:

    Hi Melissa!

    It’s such a blessing that you can cherish the friends you left in Atlanta and appreciate where the Lord has taken you. I am an Air Force wife and we have to move all too frequently, it really is a blessing for the Lord to give you eyes to see reasons to miss an old home, and reasons to love a new home.

    I would have to say that since writing is so personal, you are well on your way to being an incredible writer! I very much appreciated your honesty in this post, and the pictures you included 🙂 I am praying the Lord gives you exceeding more than you ask or imagine as your write the James study, as you miss friends in Atlanta and as you enjoy family in Houston.

    Blessings to you!

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    Kelli says:

    It is good to hear from you and get a small peak at the adjustments you and your man are making in your new adventure. It is great to see your pictures and share in a minute way your family and friends and FAVORITE foods (those pictures looked absolutely fabulous – by the way!)

    As you can tell, life on this side of the blog world is busy for me. It took me 2 days to get this post answered. We live on a small hobby farm and spring is when all sorts of adventures break loose. Hubby is working out of town, doing a melodrama for the 4th grade class to raise money for an outdoor adventure, 2nd grade girl drama (who knew they could have soooo much drama), and life in general keeps me bobbin up to the surface to catch a quick breath of air before I dive down again. Thankfully the Lord is there to cheer me on and guide me in ways I will never truly comprehend!

    Thanks again for touching base and being giving us some inspiration for living the dream.

    Blessings
    Kelli in Colorado

  14. 264
    Kristin says:

    We were hoping to attend an event in Minneapolis and hear Beth speak only to find out it is already sold out. Great for her – so sad for us! Any insight to know if tickets might still be available somewhere??

  15. 265
    Jill says:

    Hi Melissa,
    It’s so good to hear from you. I have been wondering what you have been up to! 🙂 Something you said struck a cord deep within me….you said, ” It is vulnerable. I feel stripped and exposed. I am finding that it takes a whole lot of courage. The ugly truth is I am inordinately afraid of making a mistake. And this is not humility, folks, but a very sneaky and dark form of pride.” This can apply to anything…not just writing. I find myself being so careful not to make mistakes in my job, parenting, in what I say, in leading….you name it and fill in the blank. But bottom line is when I am trying to be so in control of a situation and not wanting to make a mistake, to look bad, etc……plain and simple it is PRIDE! What a disease that creeps in even when you don’t realize it. We have to remember the only person we need to please is Jesus, NO ONE ELSE!!!

    Thanks Melissa for reminding me!!! 🙂

  16. 266

    A couple of days ago, I posted earlier in this thread about the death of my brother one year ago today. I am having a harder time with it as the day goes on than I anticipated. I appreciate those of you who have joined with me in praying for my family and their salvation. It means a great deal to have other believers here on the blog and in my world that know me face to face to pray with me.

    Today I have been pretty reflective. As I have read through this thread some thoughts have come to mind between the tears, snot, and that painful lump high in my throat. I have a big roll of toilet paper next to me since I have run out of Kleenex which I call my Rolex.

    Some verses come to mind today:
    1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. –It matters to Jesus what happens in my world and He both wants to be and is involved in my life and in yours too.

    1Jn 4:11- Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

    Rom 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

    God has demonstrated Romans 12:15 to me over and over again as He has sent friends in my life to both rejoice and cry with me. He has put people right in the middle of my business that I needed to be there even though my control freak image management self would like to be driving the bus.

    It has been a year of devastation, desperation and dependence. And through all of that He has sent real live members of the body Christ to go through that with me. It has also been a year of hope, help, and peace.

    We live this life between destruction and restoration. I am so glad that Jesus walks that road with me–that He sometimes carries me and that He also sends people to share it with me–real live people that I can touch and see– to share both the good things and the very hard things.

    I have thought about the people who did the most Christlike things for me on this day last year. The lady who sent me a text saying she would care for my animals when she knew I needed to leave town. The people who went on appointments for me to take care of my clients. The one who bought my plane ticket because they knew my funds were tight. The dear lady who made me a pretzel at the airport because I had not eaten all day was starting to feel ill. And for her kindness in refilling my bottle with water. I desperately needed a little food and drink and in that moment, she was being Jesus to me. It was the biggest deal to me in my grief to have her help me.

    We are to do life together. We never know the extent that we might bless someone whether it is our best friend or we are just baking pretzels at the airport. There is no difference for the believer between the secular and the sacred. Because Jesus lives in us our very lives are sacred and meaningful to Him.

  17. 267
    Rachelle says:

    Thanks for being honest about your writing process. It was very liberating to read. And great reminder about how being afraid of making a mistake is a form of pride…really needed to read that today, THANKS! Blessings — Rachelle

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    Rachel in Arizona says:

    Loved the pictures! And the one of your grandparents…how sweet was that? Love it! I also thought your mom’s quote was great, “Remember you don’t have to say everything to say something.” I may have needed to hear that. 🙂

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    Ruth from North Idaho says:

    Loved hearing from you, Melissa. And loved your writing comments. I’m sure your family is SO GLAD to have you back in Houston!

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    Patti Reavis says:

    I’m beginning to feel connected to you!! I love your mother and find you charming. I guessed it….that you all were doing a James study next…that was about 3 months ago. I loved the pictures and just reading your thoughts. God Bless You.

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    Janice says:

    Melissa, Thanks for sharing your struggle with writing and your quotes. The quotes hit home. I feel the exact same way and often miss opportunities to share something because of fear of messing up. Thanks for encouraging me today! Blessings to you!

  22. 272
    Debbie Kilgallin says:

    Well, it was good to catch up! I’m excited because I was just officially certified as a Life Coach–thanks for asking!

    Love your comment and quote about writing. I’ll end up applying that to a few areas of life. Wanting to do things perfectly/fear of failure/pride keeps me from all sorts of things I could be doing for the Kingdom. Thanks for calling a spade a spade.

  23. 273
    Christine Roskamp says:

    WELCOME HOME MELISSA!!!!!! We Houston Siestas are sooooooooo thrilled you are back and also to have your handsome man by your side. Can’t wait to see you at your Mom’s next study.

  24. 274
    Vickie says:

    Melissa,

    I just love you and your precious mind for Christ. I am your Mothers generation. I dearly love studying the word of God under her leadership. My daughter is your generation. To think that you will be/are a voice for my daughters generation humbles me to no end. Knee-bending, praying, grateful is what I am for you, your sister and your Momma. I CAN NOT imagine what Ms. Annabeth will bring to the future for her sisters in Christ. All glory to Him.

    Love,
    Vickie

  25. 275
    Stacy says:

    Melissa,

    Love this post. Grateful that even in the best things (writing bible studies, etc), God can expose our supreme ugliness and we can rest in Christ’s perfect and pure attitude and life on our behalf. Needed to hear your words and see your sweet pictures. Colin loves his hats, huh?

    Blessings,
    Stacy

  26. 276
    Sally says:

    I am going to print that quote from L’Engle, in a really large, bold font and hang it over my fireplace. Why do I think that perfection is even a possibility? And why do I anguish over my own mistakes so much? I think women deal with this more than men do. There is one gal in my ladies Bible study that recently said, “why worry about the past, I can’t change it”. I don’t think any of the rest of us are able to do that very well.

  27. 277
    Maria says:

    Melissa, Love the pics!! Love the blog!!

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    Melonie, Denver says:

    This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says, In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. Is. 30:15, NIV

  29. 279
    Mercy4Drew says:

    Have had breakthrough in some areas and praising God for that. Bless His name!

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    Kristen says:

    I love “hearing” from you, Melissa! 🙂 Love the photos too. My favorite thing about this ministry is the way you, your Mom and your sister share your “doing life” with all of us. It encourages, challenges & is fun!

    Thanks for being you. And for taking the time to share yourself & Him with us.

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    Kristen says:

    P.S. I’m pretty sure your hair is a heavenly gift. Gorgeous!

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    Ina says:

    It is so fun to hear from you Melissa! Been wondering how you are adjusting to your new normal back in Texas. So thanks for sharing!
    Just have to say, isn’t being an Aunt the greatest joy?!?! And getting to do it up close – the fun as well as the every day life stuff is such a blessing. I totally get the adoring Aunt pics!

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    Annette says:

    I loved the James Study, looking forward to the workbook and DVD’s. Thank you for your honesty and reminding us perfectionism is not of God.

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    Tess says:

    Hello from the Peach State! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing that…I am in the process of writing too. I feel like a “big joke” just saying that!! I’ve felt God calling me to do this and I’ve been struggling with the very things you’ve mentioned…I just keep praying, “Less of me and MORE OF YOU JESUS”!!!! Again, this was encouraging. Thanks & glad you’re doing well.

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    Susan says:

    Thanks for your authenticity, Melissa! What a blessing to get to work and live alongside your family. I’m thrilled that the depth of your passion for God’s Word is being woven into your mom’s studies. Everything I read of your study process and reflections feeds me in a way that makes me to want more. Your sacrificial service – even in your own uncertainties – is reaching people! Keep it up, girl!

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    Pam Houston says:

    Just want you to to know how much you are loved, appreciated and valued and want to encourage you that what you bring to us is not to be minimized or deemed inconsequential. God is using you in significant ways and it is a joy to be a part of your life as you lovingly share with our community of “siestas”. All of life is to be celebrated and we celebrate with you His goodness, grace and blessings (all mine and ten thousand besides!) Have you read Ann Voskamps “One Thousand Gifts”? It’s my new favorite read.
    Love you so in Him,
    Pam H.

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    kathy says:

    Welcome Home and may you receive all the blessings you give us as you begin this new chapter in your precious life.

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    TJ Weeden says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog today, even though, for so many reasons, I cried through the whole thing. From the deepths of my heart today, thank you for writing. What an amazing life you ‘Moore’ girls have. God isn’t finished with any of you. And since I am sitting here reading this blog, and writing to you, and seeking God’s Will and His Glory, He isn’t done with me yet either.
    Blessings to you….keep writing, keep pressing on, and continue to draw from the wellspring of life….
    TJ

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    Glenna says:

    “You don’t have to say everything to say something” LOVE IT!!!

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    Judy says:

    I’m doing better this week. Last week was hard; I received news that our former pastor’s wife committed suicide. I pray daily for those she left behind; I’m sure they are devastated.

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    Leslie says:

    I love your post and the reminders/reflections about writing correlate beautifully to so much of life experiences.

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    I just discovered the LPM blog and have been swimming through it since yesterday. I’m so glad to read your story, Melissa. Thank you for sharing. I love what you wrote about writing and not being concerned with being perfect. I recently started my blog with the purpose of sharing my infertility journey which led to the road of adoption and is taking us to new place every day. Writing is something I never dreamed of doing, I believe we all have a story and telling it shows off God’s glory. But I struggle with being concerned with what others think, and how good I’m writing…and to be honest, how many people are reading it. But then God reminded me TO DO EVERYTHING UNTO THE LORD. I try to remember and live by that daily.

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    Emily says:

    I think Madeleine L’Engle’s quote applies to a whole mess of things, not just writing. Still, it’s good to hear that you are pushing through some challenging, if not quitting, points in your writing. As for me, I’m going through a week of God teaching me the same lesson over again about trusting Him. Perhaps, just perhaps, today will be the day that I fully learn and won’t need a repeat course! 🙂 Emily

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    Kim Ulkekul says:

    Melissa – thanks SO much for sharing so much of your inner self with us here. As always, makes me smile, inspires me and brings me such joy to know your mom has you working beside her in this season. What a blessing. Have to share with you that I loved seeing your mom, Travis and everyone up here in the Northwest. Not only for myself but for the friend I brought who was so significantly impacted. Then, last week, while visiting southern CA with my husband and three teenage girls, while hanging at the pool (Newport Beach RV Park), saw another woman with the same pink Living Proof t-shirt on walk on by. My girls all nudged me and I was all over it. Was hoping for an opportunity to chat, never came, but was so pleased to have that occur, knowing for certain Who orchestrated it. With my husband not a believer, those moments are so precious to me when we are traveling and I am away from my ‘home siestas’. I so love my women. Was awesome to have one I didn’t even know show up! Can’t wait to do ‘James’ with you two.

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    Pat W says:

    thank you for sharing this today. my memory verse these 2 weeks is “Be still and know I am God,” and I know that I know not what the prayer will hold nor the day nor the night, I just know that I am powerless over cancer and I am powerless over death but God is not powerless, but sometimes its hard to understand when cancer seems to win, but too, I know that because of my friends relationship with God, I am the stronger for it also, in strengthening my own relationship with God too. thank you for sharing so personally a glimpse through your lens. I so much liked how you said that ‘sometimes we dont have to say it all to say something’ – sometimes for me the saying of Just Something is hard to get said too, ya know. one thing my counselor says sometimes to me is : maybe you dont have to feel it all the way, you’ve done felt it All the way, maybe now you dont have to feel it all the way again now. just know that you do, feel, and then feel loved by those that love ya, and it’ll be okay, just let the words come out, it dont have to be perfect, cause we’re not perfect anyway, and sometimes when the words come out in a little different way, they’re meant to come out that way sometimes too, I’m so glad you’re on here with us, and glad that you have your family near you to love ya, and Too!, I’ve never met you but I’ve been thanking god that you’ve not been in atlanta the last few weeks with all those tornados ripping thru there… little blessings that come along when we most need them to and dont even know it… that’s how i think god works sometimes. 🙂

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    Lori says:

    Hi, Melissa. Welcome back to Texas. I write from the nearby hill country of Austin. I am thankful to have come across your post today. I too struggle with perfectionism and pride, which cracks me up because I am SO imperfect and not usually a prideful person!! I was inspired by your moms writing advise and the innocense and beauty of the quote. I am copying the quote to my journal for review from time to time! I fear judgement from others, which for me translates to fear of failure. We must realize that true, authentic service to God is always honoring Him. If God is for us then who could stand against us? Ephesians. 6

    Love and in support of you and LPM,
    Lori Trenasty at http://www.silverlining-ltrenasty.blogspot.com

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    Jenifer B says:

    Melissa,
    You are a blessing and a very talented, intelligent woman. You have God given gifts that we are counting on you to share. 🙂
    Press on and don’t let the fear of mistakes delay you!
    It is a hindrance that needs to be thrown off!
    You are an inspiration!
    Blessings!

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    WorthyofLove says:

    Side Note: When I went to leave a comment another Siesta’s info was already in the required field.

    Melissa,

    Thanks for catching up with us! Loved your pics. It made miss Texas a little…looking at all the Tex Mex. Yum!

    We are a moving family. My husband & I have moved 12 times in 16 years of marriage. My poor boys have moved five times in six years. The Army life.

    We currently find ourselves in Tennessee. I thought we were finally going to grow deep roots here. It seems God may have other plans. My man loves to teach Creation Science. He is about to retire from the Army. God has just opened four doors outside of this state for him to possibly get a job doing his passion. Big Breath…it is a good reminder that this earth is not our home. Can’t wait to FINALLY get there!!

    Hugs,
    Michelle

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    OceanMommy says:

    Melissa,

    Beautiful post! Love seeing the pictures. What a treat to get a peak into your life the last few months.

    We live east of ATL and moved last weekend. Just five miles or so, but it was a move “I” had not planned. The entire thing came together in less than two months. God has been all over it.

    I stood alone in the new house last Friday waiting on my husband and the movers to arrive with our furniture and asked God to fill each and every corner of this home He has given. I am beginning to see some of the reasons He had us move to this home, and it is amazing. Can’t wait to see what He has planned next!

    Do I miss our former home and neighbors? Yes. But boy oh boy has he knocked our socks off in this new place.

    Hugs and blessings!
    stephanie

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    Leanne says:

    Melissa, how I have missed your posts! Now…maybe you can get Amanda to do a drive-by and post what she is up too we will all be satisfied 🙂

    This week has been a tender moments week. I finished up the David study yesterday with my bible study group that I have been a part of for the last 5 years and had to close that chapter b/c of moving into a new season in the fall that won’t allow me to attend early in the morning. One of the older ladies has kept the 4’s class since my older daughter was 3, and now we had to say good-bye to her b/c my son has outgrown the age limit of the morning bible study gorup, *tear*. It has been such a journey there. In the early days I Believed God, Broke Free, met Esther, and so many more…how I hate when eras like this have to move on to start another.

    As for this evening, I also closed another chapter by saying good-bye to my little Brownie Troop that I have had the unbelieveable opportunity to nurture this year. And as God would set it up…I was teaching them all along the way about having courage as a girl, and confidence. I have just come through the ringer on this topic, so I was all to ready to mark in their new bibles I have them (with their names engraved) Joshua 1:9. I had no intentions of being the leader, but there was a room full of eager girls wanting to be a girl scout…and no leader. Of course I stepped up…wanted to step out…but glad I stayed. I think I have had more fun then them, and definatley and saddened to let it go.

    So many tender moments. It’s like graduating from college. I kept praying for light at the end of the tunnel, and once it started to get close, I started screaming for it to slow down. Now that it has come…I will let the tears fall, and joy fill my soul.

    I’ve missed your posts…and Amanda’s 🙂

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