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His Song shall be With Me

I love the song Rejoice in the Lord by Ron Hamilton. This past week one particular line stood out from the rest. 
In darkness, He giveth a song.
And wouldn't you know it, I found a verse that is quite similar (no coincidence, I know )
Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. Psalm 42:8
Sometimes in our lives, dark times come- times when it is hard to remember how to be joyful or how to even smile. Those are the times when we sometimes have a hard time remembering the song God gives us. Or if we do remember it, maybe it doesn't quite sound the same. 
It's very easy to let the difficult times hurt us, to discourage and depress us. We lose our smile, our joy, and our desire to be happy. Sometimes we even start to lose hope. 
Does that mean God has left us? No. The end of Hebrews 13:5 says so. God has promised to never leave us or forsake us, even when we are going through th…

My Top Ten(s)- Part Two, Books

Time again to delve into the world of what on earth can Melissa find to make into a list this week! I had a lot of fun with the top ten foods lists, so I thought I'd give it another go. This time, let's look at books. Again, I'll do favorites and least favorites. Obviously, the Bible tops any other books for favorite, but I'm talking about books besides the Bible. Also, I've read a lot of books, but these are the major books that most people will know and be able to find easily

Favorites:

1. Emma by Jane Austen
I didn't even know this was a book at first. One Sunday, years ago, I was scrolling channels and found the PBS Masterpiece Theater version of this book and fell in love. Found the book and knew I would never stop loving this book. I've seen multiple versions of the movie, but the 2009 will always be my favorite.

2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Another classic, only this time, I read the book first and then saw the movie adaptation (well, one of them, anywa…

My Top Ten(s)

Maybe I'm the only one, but I love reading top ten lists. From books to movies, I like seeing what I have in common with them. Sometimes I only find one or two things, and sometimes I find myself nodding in agreement with every single thing.

So, naturally, I wanted to make some Top Ten lists for my readers. (I'm thinking ten lists? Eh?) Today's list is going to be, honestly, the first one that came to mind.

Food. Specifically, my favorite and least favorite foods. We'll start with the good stuff.

1. Donuts
You've seen me mention donuts several times in my blog, I'm sure. I'm 99% sure that donuts are one of man's greatest inventions in the food world. Favorite flavors? Raspberry or Lemon filled, or glazed with icing and sprinkles (No, I did not outgrow the childish love of sprinkles, and I'll thank you not to judge!). We get ours mostly from Krispy Kreme or a local bakery called Lickin' Good Donuts (Only draw back to this one, you've got to get…

Of Donuts and Music...

Anyone who knows me know I love three things: yarn, Vanilla Coke and donuts. 
I enjoy those three things quite a bit. One of the three is beneficial to me, since it's used to make things that are useful to others and myself- as long as I don't buy too much and overflow my room with it. (Obviously, I'm not talking about donuts or Vanilla Coke, am I?) The other two? Well, they're a constant temptation to me. Don't get me wrong, I could enjoy them and they wouldn't do much harm, as long as I enjoyed them in moderation. 
But temptation is strong. Really strong. I don't just mean foods or hobby supplies. Temptation comes in all shapes and sizes, all forms. While my love of sweet things is a constant temptation that can do me more harm than good in a physical way, there are temptations that affect me in my walk with the Lord that are strong to. Some are stronger than others. Some can get a hold of me faster than anything else. 
Music.
That's right. Music. One…

When life gives you laundry.... (Part One)

I bet you thought because of the title, this would be a post about laundry, right? Wrong! Well, sort of... I'm actually just going to give a few tips and some advice I've learned from daily living. No really order to this, just fun, sometimes totally random, things I hope will help and maybe make you smile.

So, first off, let's talk about food. Mmmmmmm, food. Seems like food has gotten the better of me lately, and I can't keep out of the kitchen (something I'm working on). See, I have a sweet tooth that loves to whisper in my ear that I deserve two helpings of dessert or that honey bun that was tucked away in the back of the pantry. It lies, all the time. I used to do well with controlling my desire for sweet things, but in the past few months... sweets and junk food were just so convenient. Needless to say, I'm suffering the effects and trying to remedy that.

No, I'm not on any set diet.
Yes, I'm watching my diet- for my petite height, I need to be ca…

Where Honor is Truly Deserved

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.  She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.  She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.  She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.  She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothi…

April Showers bring... Mud and Pollen Stains.

Hello, Readers!

It's April! WHOA! When did that happen? I mean, yesterday was January and there was snow on the ground and now, it's APRIL? And in the 80's? This is the south, so not that uncommon I guess...

Anyway, I'm working on giving this blog a boost, so be prepared for some big changes- other than the look of the blog, which you can plainly see I've already done- and for some pretty special announcements and guest posts.

Oh, and did I mention maybe a giveaway? There's that, too.

But for right now, let's just catch up! It's a Saturday which means friendly chats.

What's been going on in my life? Well, a wedding and day trips and things like that. I've rearranged and cleaned out so my creativity has skyrocketed overnight. More space= more room to make stuff to fill that space.

We've had so much cake and sweets here lately, I feel like I might die. I'm having some minor issues with blood sugar balance, so that's not exactly the mos…