WHAT'S YOUR GIFT?

I Pray released to Radio

. We’ve released “I Pray” to radio through Christian Radio Weekly. This will give the song the chance to be heard by as many as 3,000 radio & internet stations throughout the U.S. and across the world … and then, exponentially through the listening audience of each station. Cool! . First off – thank you! [...]

I Pray released to Radio I Pray released to Radio

This is (in)courage …

. The (in)courage community chose my song “Surrounded by Your Love” for their newest video. I was delighted, honored and humbled (and a teensy bit excited – ok, A LOT excited – I may have squealed)! Here’s the video. This community of women, many of whom I’m proud to say I’ve met and connected with, [...]

This is (in)courage … This is (in)courage …

Desire Does Not Expire

. I always wanted to be an artist – but singer was someone else’s dream. . I was a jock, then journalist and now a juice-slingin’ Mom of three. Sure, I sang – but with the radio and to my kids (easy crowd). . I searched for an activity to pour myself into. Not that [...]

Desire Does Not Expire Desire Does Not Expire

Why I sing

. I sing now because I can no longer not. . Two years ago, the Holy Spirit moved in such a way that I began getting pelted with lyrics, melodies and opportunities to share songs. . At first, I held fear up like an umbrella to shield me from having to step out and embrace [...]

Why I sing Why I sing

Surrounded by Scripture – Red Letter Words

If anyone needs to be surrounded by scripture, it’s me. . I need to be reminded, sometimes minute-by-minute what the TRUTH is. You see … I’ve been lied to. . I’ve been lied to by boyfriends, bosses, toxic “friends” and I’ve been lied to by the media. . Chances are, you have been to. . [...]

Surrounded by Scripture – Red Letter Words Surrounded by Scripture – Red Letter Words
What I'm saying is . . .

My Gus is 8

Posted by Mela September 3, 2012, under Faith, Family | 4 Comments

this kid is eight … this kid is amazing
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a year ago, he celebrated his birthday in a wheelchair
he rocked out seven surgeries, healed amazingly and smiled through most of it
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he’s been a bundle of extremes
charming from the get-go
Our “Gus the Bus”
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the kid with so much to say
loves big and lives loud
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the combination of his attitude and charisma might be the death of me
he gets his looks from his Dad and his need for an audience from me
all the world’s a stage for our silly Max
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he’s a deep thinker, a smart questioner and quite possibly the best prayer sayer
wears his heart and ketchup on his sleeve
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brave enough to take fish off the hook, but still sleeps with a light on
a leader who follows Jesus unashamed
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the younger brother, our baby, yet the largest (9 lbs!) at birth
loves Clone Wars, Pokemon and playing his DS
makes friends easily, from 7 to 87 (age is irrelevant when making friends)
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likes thing “just so”
a lover and a fighter … and often both within seconds of each other
a grand storyteller, face maker and belly laugher
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a showstopping, let’s make it count, moment maker
Happy Birthday, Max August
We love you!

MEGAPHONES … my kids are LOUD!

Posted by Mela July 16, 2012, under Family | 2 Comments

Whether your boys are megaphones and loud speakers, like mine
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or cautious, apprehensive whisperers …
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God hears them too.
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Whether you have bold, a little (or a lot) WILD, clamoring for attention,
can’t-sit-still wigglers,
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or quietly observing, introspective guys who wonder before wandering …
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God needs them too.
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Maybe your boys make an entrance in a make-way-for-me, I’m-coming-through sort of way.
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They often leap before looking and ask more for forgiveness than for permission.
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God can use them too.
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As I sit and watch how uniquely God knit my boys together, I marvel at his handiwork.
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Sometimes I wish my pleas for “quiet down,” “calm down” and “settle down” weren’t lost on my silly little men.
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Their calmed down is still louder, wilder and more unsettled than most people are expecting.
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But, it’s moments when I cringe at their boldness, that God uses it to help us have a conversation we normally wouldn’t.
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It’s times when I wish their gifts were different that I’m taught a lesson of how valuable (and laugh-inducing) their special way of experiencing life can be.
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Like when we met a WWII P.O.W. and because of my littlest’s questions, we found out his captors broke every one of his fingers. The elderly gentleman and my 9-year old share a first name and when the veteran learned that, he told my guy, “You and me, we’re survivors!”
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They charm and delight others with their unique senses of humor, big smiles, fearlessness and not-shy questions.
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They lead me into discussions, places and experiences that stretch, challenge and teach me.
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It’s not the WAY they live out their faith that should concern me … quiet/loud, bold/timid – it doesn’t matter.
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It’s that they do it. God will lead them and use their efforts – the spot-on and the misquided – for good.
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They will be mighty warriors for God – at the front lines, volunteering for battle and shouting as they sprint full-speed-ahead toward victory.
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And, I’ll be there cheering them on …
just probably a little louder than the Mom next to me.
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Mela is a blessed Mom of a teenage daughter & 9 & 7 year old boys, who works in ministry, speaks & sings at women’s events and seldom finds quiet time at home. But, she revels in her really loud, funny, kind, loving family who makes others smile, invites others to know Jesus and never gives up. With a love for the stage, she set out with a big dream and let God guide the way. With enough faith (and moxy) to go for it, Mela wrote & recorded her album in 4 months, which reviewer Kelly O’Neil called a “formidable debut.” “Mela pours her heart and smile into each of these outstanding original dozen songs.” She encourages others to discover & develop their unique gifts to share God’s grace with others, based on 1 Peter 4:10 – even if it means taking up singing in your 30s.

Book Review: Voices of the Faithful

Posted by Mela April 10, 2012, under Book Reviews, Writing | 8 Comments


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I will admit, because of the one-page stories, I was tempted to skim through Voices of the Faithful: Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World and write my review early. But, I let myself read it as a once-a-day devotional before I put my thoughts on here.
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It was an easy read and I enjoyed each brief encounter.
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I could stop for a moment and set my eyes on a fresh perspective … a brush with God … a Spirit-filled story of a brother or sister in Christ.
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My song, Take My Life was inspired by a letter from one such missionary, who ended up being put to death for his beliefs. It was his boldness and conviction that struck me. I want to live a faith that doesn’t cower.
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As I read the stories, I wondered how I would handle the same situations.
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The book is nicely arranged by subject & month, which lends itself to being picked up anytime and read. You’ll find stories focused on God’s character in January, witnessing in May, contentment in August and glimpses of Christmas around the World in December.
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They also include information about missions and an interesting read on “How to Pray for International Missionaries,” which I found helpful.
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What I appreciated most:
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  • Short, to-the-point, but still meaningful with an added touch of Beth Moore’s signature warmth & humor
  • Got me out of my “this is how all Christians live, work, witness to others, serve” mindset
  • Stretched me to want to live bolder and bigger
  • Focused my prayers on others
  • Opened my eyes to those living out their faith, in vastly different circumstances

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I would recommend this as a gift for a friend, teenager, college student or missionary. It’s a daily dose of encouragement and who can’t use that?!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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