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?
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