Melinda Means is a weary soul in need of refreshment from the only Source who can quench our thirst. After years of chronic pain and questioning God’s plan, she has finally found the joy of seeking the Healer more than the healing. It's a long journey that has led her to peace and hope.
About 15 years ago, I began leading weekly women’s Bible studies. I’m currently my church’s Women’s Director, as well as a Small Group Leader Coach. I lead studies, plan events and conferences and encourage women and ministry leaders to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus. I also lead a weekly chronic illness support group at my church called “Living Hope.”
For three-and-a-half years, I co-led an online blog and ministry called Mothering From Scratch. My children were simply providing too much humbling and hilarious material to let it go to waste. The blog gave birth to my book, co-authored with Kathy Helgemo, Mothering from Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for Your Family. Although I still speak and minister to moms, God has led my ministry in a new direction. Visit Melinda's website, click here.
Melinda Means understands the isolation, questioning, grief and depression that accompanies hidden hurts.
For 20 years, she has walked a long, lonely, difficult road of chronic pain and illness — both hers and her son’s. In Invisible Wounds, she transparently shares her struggle with the tough spiritual questions and raw, dark emotions that often accompany suffering. Seven brave, beautiful women share their invisible wounds in these pages, too.Revealing their pain for this book often brought them to tears. Yet, each one gladly went to some very dark, vulnerable places. They believed God wanted to use their heartache to relieve someone else’s.
Here are some of the important questions Melinda wrestles with in this book:
How could a God who claims to love me allow me to suffer?
Does God really see me in my pain? How can I know?
Is it possible to embrace the reality I've been given? If so, how?
How can overwhelming difficulty lead me to hope?
Allison D. Reid was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her love for medieval fantasy was sparked by the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, which fed both her imagination and her spiritual development. When at the age of thirteen her family moved to Germany, her passion for medieval history and legend only increased, and she found herself captivated by the ancient towns and castles of Europe.
Allison returned to the United States to study art and writing at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She earned her B.A. under the tutelage of the well-renowned and prolific writer Andrew Salkey, a student of her other great inspiration, and the father of fantasy, J. R. R. Tolkien. After graduating from Hampshire College, Allison moved to Connecticut. There she got the opportunity to attend seminary and further explore her faith before returning to her home state of Ohio.
Allison now lives in the Miami Valley area with her husband and children. She continues to work on her first published series while taking care of her family, editing for other independent writers, and managing a home business. Check our her blog - click here.
Threatening clouds and fierce storms besiege the city of Tyroc. More frequent and powerful than ordinary storms, young Elowyn, a weaver’s daughter living in the outskirts of the city, senses something disturbing and unnatural about them. She soon realizes that the storms are but a warning sign of much more frightening things yet to come. Terrifying wolf-like creatures emerge from the depths of the wilderness at the bidding of a dark master. His name found only among the crumbling pages of ancient texts, the re-appearance of Alazoth and his Hounds is a dark omen for the people of Tyroc and beyond. Only legends remain of the heroes and prophets whose blood was shed ages ago to banish him into the abyss, which should have remained his prison for all time. How he has been released is a mystery, but all the old stories agree that death and destruction are sure to follow. With the Hounds inching closer each day, the city of Tyroc caught up in religious and political turmoil, and her home life no less turbulent, Elowyn has nothing left to rely on but her meager courage and a budding faith in Aviad, the Creator.
I have loved to write since I was a child, writing short stories, poetry and even including my own illustrations. I enjoyed taking creative writing classes in high school, experimenting with all types of writing. At age 22, I gave my heart to the Lord and my writing along with my journaling changed. My journaling took on the form of expressing the things the Lord was speaking to my heart as I studied His Word and prayed. It evolved into a way to record what He was teaching me in my daily Christian walk. Journaling has always been just one of the things that has helped me to process some of my deepest hurts, lowest lows, greatest joys and highest highs. It has been both cleansing and healing.
In my twenties and thirties, I wrote Sunday school lessons and sermons as my husband and I worked with hundreds of teenagers in youth ministry. As I was in Bible school, I wrote essays and papers, not quite as exciting. Within my years of Women’s ministry, not only have I written numerous sermons but also blogs, articles, and weekly online lessons. During a few of those year I wrote for the Examiner, an online newspaper. I was their Greenville Christian Living Examiner.
Today, I am still just as passionate about women’s ministry. I co-pastor City of Hope Church in Spartanburg, SC, with my husband and soul mate of 27+ years. Life is busy, but never too busy to get in the secret place with God. I just turned 50 years old. This is my season! I still write sermons and am passionate about preaching the word of God, but these past few years the Lord has been urging me to live my writing dream and share my writing with the world! I have had writing in my heart for a very long time. The responsibilities of being a wife, raising a family, and serving in ministry alongside my husband had me believing that it was never the right season for me to step out. I have started many writing projects, only to put them on the shelf for a time. In this season, the Lord has prompted me to step out and finish those books! My heart is full and overflowing. My pen is on fire. I am eager to share with you all of the many things that are on my heart in hopes that they will bless you in some way.
Each page of this devotional will lead you on a growth journey as you come to fully realize just how significant your role as a wife really is. You are a rare beauty, one of a kind, truly special and entirely significant. You are an answer and a gift. And you play a vital part in developing the kind of marriage that God has intended for you to have from the very beginning. Place your feet on a fresh new path, God’s path. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to just be a common wife with a common love and a common marriage. I want more! “Show me the right path, Oh Lord; point out the road for me to follow.” – Proverbs 25:4
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