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The Last Day in 2016

Wow, did 2016 go as quickly for everyone else as it did for me? I feel like I barely was in 2016, it went by so fast!
Today's the last day of 2016. I promise, I'm not going to make long speeches or give advice. I'll make one encouragement and that's it.
Tell Others About Christ in 2017.
That's the best thing anyone can do. Time's flying fast and by the looks of things, we don't have long left on this earth before the Lord returns. So instead of making resolutions and failing, make yourself a promise to tell others about Christ next year, and keep that promise. It's not too hard, not too big of a task. If you are reading this, you can tell someone else about what a great gift God gave mankind when He gave His Only begotton Son to die for our sins. If you can post on Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites, you can hand out a tract or tell someone by comment/post/direct message about what God did for you!
So I encourage you, my readers, to be faith…

Merry Christmas!

I hope each of my readers has a blessed Christmas, and that you remember the best Gift of all wasn't put under a tree, He was hung on one and rose again three days later. May God bless your day with laughter, love and family, and may the only tears be ones of joy!

Love in the Lord,
Melissa

My Sewing

Anyone who knows me will know I love old things. Dresses, books, music, dishes... I love it all. Old styles influence my sewing, my writing, and my crocheting. And hence, my white dress was sewn.

I had wanted to find a old 1950s/1960s dress pattern to try my hand at, in practice for my wedding dress. I tried to find a pattern that had the elements I wanted for my wedding dress, searching for a couple years before I came across one. I bought the pattern, then began my search for the perfect fabric.

The Lord let a friend of my family decide to clean out her abundant fabric closet, and I was given a very beautiful white, faintly floral fabric. It was a little thinner than I had hoped, but for a practice dress, it was perfect.

I finally worked up the confidence to cut the fabric (I was terrified of ruining such lovely fabric) and to try my hand at a zipper (I hadn't yet tried one!). I carefully cut the pattern out, then the fabric. In my fear of the dress turning out too small, I cut…

Meet My Characters: Josh and Isabella

I thought it was about time I introduce another of my fictional couples. Actually, this time it's a trio of characters, because the third character is too important for me to leave her out!


Meet Josh. Josh is a widowed father struggling to keep up with his growing daughter since he lost his wife. Quiet, serious and rather stern, Josh finds it easier to shut people out of the protective little world he has created for his daughter, rather than take chances that the life he has made for himself and his daughter might be disrupted. An architect by trade and Christian by choice, Josh has to face facts that having a broken arm, a rambunctious daughter and trying to take care of everything by himself isn't exactly possible at the beginning of this story, which brings me to my second character....

Meet Isabella. Pretty, rich and heartbroken, Isabella has had her heart broken in love, though not quite like Josh has. Her dream of becoming a teacher has never quite came true, though her…

The Sunday School Teacher's Bible- A Short Story

By Melissa Holliday
 Seven little faces looked up with awe and fear at the stern, wrinkled face that gave no sign of friendliness as they entered the Sunday school room. Seven pairs of eyes took in the sparsely decorated room, wondering how they had managed to deserve moving from the fun kindergarten class to this scary, unfamiliar first grade class. Seven pairs of feet shuffled in unwillingly as the old lady who was to be their teacher boomed out,
 “Let’s take our seats boys and girls.”
 Little Rhoda Jones sat down on the closest chair to the door, her best friend Amber sitting next to her. The two scooted their chairs as close together as possible as if being closer to each other would protect them from whatever happened in first grade Sunday school.
 “Now, since this is your first Sunday in my class,” Miss Todd said, her voice monotone and somber, “I’ll go over the rules. Do not talk during the lesson, do not draw on the table, no kicking and no playing during the lesson. If you …

Time to Meet.... Priscilla

I thought it was high time I introduce to you Priscilla, my best friend and one of my top advisors. So, I'll start right from the beginning:
Priscilla is the 4th child of fourteen, and lives a few states away from me. We met through my crochet and knitting website, and have been close friends ever since (well, once we were assured neither of us were creepy internet stalkers, that is๐Ÿ˜‰) She may be younger than me, but you'd never know it- she's a much wiser and mature person than I am. And, she is one of the prettiest girls I know.
When it comes to best friends, Priscilla is the best. When something is going wrong, Priscilla is the first to be there with comfort, suggestions to help, and prayers. When there's something happy going on, Priscilla is the first to rejoice with me. When I'm struggling with a decision, Priscilla is there to offer her advice and, again, prayers.
We don't always agree on everything, but that hasn't stopped our friendship. Why would…

The Importance of Waiting

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love weddings. The dresses, the flowers, the decorating... I just love weddings. Perhaps this is because I haven't had my own wedding yet. Oh, I've planned it. I've got just about everything ready for my wedding that I can possibly prepare without even having a young man!
But I'm also glad God has had me wait as long as I have to get married. I'll soon be a quarter of a century old, which (in my family) is the longest a girl has gone without getting married. Part of this is due to the fact that there are a lack of young men in my church and town (and even less that are Godly young men) and the other part is that God knew I was not ready yet, so I've been made to wait.
Hmm, wait, not made... Let me change that....
I've been given opportunity to wait.
Waiting while trying to find your future spouse is not a burden, it's a blessing. As single young Christians, we are given a great opportunity to serve the Lord completel…

I may not.... But.....

I may not have a palace,
But I have a home.
I may not have the perfect family,
But I have a family.
I may not have a thousand friends,
But I have Godly friends.
I may not have riches untold,
But I have salvation and that's most important.
I may not be the most eloquent speaker,
But my words are spoken in truth and kindness.
I may not be the most beautiful girl in the world,
But my Saviour created me and He made me how He wanted me to look.
I may not write the best books,
But if they make someone smile, cry or laugh, I'll be happy.
I may not cook the best food,
But I have food to cook and that's a blessing.
I may not be the smartest person,
But I know what real wisdom is and what isn't.
I may not be the best Sunday school teacher,
But 'my kids' make my heart joyful each week.
I may not be the greatest of writers,
But whatever I write, I'm writing for the glory of God.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corin…

Thankful in December for....

I want to try post a list of what I'm thankful for each month from now on. With December being as busy as it is for my family, I'm putting it up tonight instead of at the end of the month. It's important that we don't forget to be thankful after Thanksgiving day is over, but we thank God for everything He's given us every day, every week and every month of the year. So, here's my top 10 things to be thankful for in December list:
1. My salvation. I wouldn't be here today if God hadn't saved me. There's nothing I'm more thankful for in this whole wide world than Jesus Christ dying for me on the cross, rising again three days later, and forgiving me of my sins. This is a precious gift, one freely given to anyone who will accept it!
2. My mom. Few people are blessed to have as good a mom as I have. She's raised her children to be good, Godly young people who love their family and Lord, to be different from the world around them, and to be hones…

Cooking With Missy

Cooking was always a challenge for me, up until the last couple years. I could cook, I just wasn't great at it. Thankfully, my mom is very patient and has taught me well. Since we haven't ate breakfast here yet, and food is on my mind, I thought I'd share some of my cooking stories.

First story: Chicken Veronica, also known as Yucky Chicken Floating in Orange Marmalade. Yep, that's right. Green grapes, orange marmalade, chicken broth and a bunch of seasonings, to be more specific. It all started with our yearly cooking project when I was still in school. Mom would have us pick recipes (mostly from her Taste of Home magazines) and we'd have to go grocery shopping for the ingredients, and then plan the cooking process. I decided "Hey, I'll try this recipe from a magazine with absolutely no picture! It's got a fancy name, it must be good..." Looking back I can see that might have been a mistake. I really should have been clued in when the ingredients…

My Stands and Standards, Part 1

I wanted to share with y'all a few of my personal standards and stands I take. Before I do, I want to make it clear: these are my personal convictions, and I don't hold anyone else to them, nor judge them if they are different. This is simply how I feel and what I take a stand on.

The first couple I wanted to share was my stands on clothing and modesty. These two kind of group together so I thought it was best to explain them at the same time.
Starting with clothing....
I don't wear pants. Yeah, I know, there's a lot of mixed feelings in churches about women and girls wearing pants. I don't judge anyone for wearing pants, but I also ask that they don't judge me for not wearing them. It's a personal conviction that I stand very firmly on. I have worn past in the past, as a matter of fact I wore them until I was about 12/13. That's when I made the decision to quit wearing them because I felt convicted over them. I've not worn pants since. And yes, I c…

Hope Chest

What's the best way for a single young lady to prepare her future home, when she doesn't yet know when or where it will be? In my opinion, it's a hope chest.
I was given a beautiful handmade hope chest when I was about 17/18 years old. Since then, I've worked faithfully to fill it- so faithfully it's now overflowed into my walk-in closet and under my bed! It may have started out as just odds and ends, a collection of mix matched dishes and some items with sentimental value, but now my hope chest is practically a new home in a box kit. I've even had to create an inventory list so that I don't buy duplicates of items I already have, because I've bought or received so many things for it, I can't hardly keep track of them all anymore.
My kitchen will be well stocked, thanks to my mom. She's always thinking of things I will need or would be helpful for my kitchen, plus a ton of little things that are just for fun. My mini doughnut maker, mini pie mak…