Life, Swine Flu, and Breathing…

Sigh…So life has been a  little busy since June… I realized I have not updated my blog in almost 5 months.  WOW… First, please forgive me.  I did not forget about you, I just had to prioritize life a little.  The juggling act began on June 9th when sweet Haven entered our organized world.  Since then, our lives have been turned upside down, but in a good way.  Sometimes we need a little reorganizing and we don’t even know it.  So today for the first time in months I am sitting down at the computer to update you all.  My friends.  My supporters.  My prayer partners.  Thank you for sticking with me through the ups, downs, changes and lack of blogs :)    Let me tell you about life, now as we know it.  Haven is asleep in her bed, which is still in my room.   Ahem 😉 . I am sitting on the couch, well laying on the couch, with a heating pad on my back.  Last week I somehow injured myself. Next to me is Dora (Hutch’s imaginary friend turned stuffed bear) and Ellie ( Hutch’s favorite, a stuffed elephant).  Hutch is laying across my legs.  We found out today that he has H1N1.  While I am trying to stay calm and not overreact – I decided to get on here and talk to you…Poor thing.  I have never seen him this miserable.  It is one of the hardest things to see your child hurting and know there is nothing you can do about it.  Maybe just a glimpse into part of, God’s view of the world of us…Seeing His children in pain and not being able to do anything about it because of the gift of free – will. The project He gave to us when the world began…or really when humanity began.  Of course I still do not have my mind fully wrapped around it ( it being suffering and God’s role in it ) but  I don’t believe we ever will on this side of Heaven.  But none the less I am hurting and I believe God is too.  I believe He is right here watching and  holding onto Hutch just like I am.  So we are trusting Him in all of this and taking every precation to help make Hutch well and to protect little Haven from getting it.  So I am just trying to remember to breathe. Funny, I just lead a guided prayer at church (Gracepointe) on Sunday morning about remembering to breathe.  The importance of breathing, making space for yourself.  Now I have to be reminded.  (By the way…Hutch must feel a little better since he just declared he is a ROCK STAR!  Ha)  So back to breathing… in and out… breathing in the Spirit of God and out everything that is not of God.  Breathe in healing,  let go of pain.  Breathe in peace, let go of confusion.  Breathe in and breathe out.  OK I feel a little better already just talking about it.  We will keep breathing and life will go on.  Life that is full, oh so full.  Full of beautiful children and memorable moments.  Like Batman and Batgirl… all dressed up for Trick or Treating.  Like being on a platform and knowing I am exactly where God wants me.  Like seeing my little girl’s face light up when she sees my face.  The list goes on and on…(sigh) now I can sigh for a good reason.  We are blessed.  AND You are too. Remember to breathe.  update you soon, I PROMISE :) Melissa

Life is Good!!!

Well there is so much to tell you.  Haven Faith was born on June 9th at 5:44pm.  She weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces.  She is just perfect, I promise.  I am at home today Thursday June 18th still recovering from the c-section and sleep deprivation:)  But life is still good… I think you live off of adrenaline, euphoria, etc… for a few days and then the craziness sets in.  Although we have had a few hard nights then good still out weighs the bad.  I think if we pay attention to life, pretty much the good will always out weigh the bad.  I promise.  Well I will be back soon and give you a longer post.  I promise to get better at updating sooner!  Keep us in your prayers these next few weeks.  Blessings on your lives, Mel

Changes…

Well friends, it is high time I write to you and fill you in on all the amazing changes going on in my life.  

Change by definition (verb) : to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone

You have to love that definition. To most, and most of my own, changes have been seen as scary and unwelcome at first.  But this time change was peaceful and confirmed by God in a lot of ways.  I guess as it should be:)  Let me explain.  Ben and I felt three weeks ago that God was asking me to resign from Avalon.  We felt it was a clear call and after much prayer, wise counsel, and peace accompanying it, we accepted.  I told Avalon and knew that if God was so clearly calling me to this, that He was also going to clearly speak to Avalon and to their future as well.  Which I might add, He has.  They are continuing their ministry, replacing my position and I will be on the front row cheering them on.  I love and have loved my almost 7 years as a part of AVALON and their ministry. What an honor and blessing it has been to be there. I just knew God had other things in store for my family, my ministry, and my solo career.  In just these 3 short weeks, God has already moved and provided on our part.  I am so excited to announce that I will be the new Pastor of Music and Arts at Gracepointe Church here in the Nashville area. This has all happened very quickly but I don’t know why I would be surprised that God can and sometimes does move fast! Ha.  The church is very supportive of my solo ministry and has made room for that as well.  I have fallen in love with leading worship after being a part of Kairos over the last 2 years. Kairos is the Tuesday night ministry of Brentwood Baptist.  Little did I know God was growing in me a gift to be used for my own church family in this new season.  I appreciate your prayers and support of me, Avalon, and everyone involved in these transitions.  Also did I mention that I am having a baby girl in 3 short weeks!!!!!!!!!!! A lot of changes, but I want to encourage you to seek after God’s heart for yourself, listen to your life for His voice… sometimes He is speaking loudly and sometimes He is waiting for you to get quiet to hear the awesome things He is doing and wants you to be a part of!  God is good, faithful, and moving in all of our lives. Watch and expect great things.  Ephesians 4:20  Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us….. DREAM BIG is all I can say, and God will dream up the perfect things for you… more than you could have even imagined!  Again change is to make something (you) different than what it would be if left alone.  I thank God, that He never leaves us alone!!!  I appreciate your prayers and amazing support!  Blessings, Mel
A lot going on…

A lot going on…

I am so sorry I have not written in a while!  There is a lot going on in my life!  I have so much to tell you BUT I want to wait until I have the time to explain all that God is doing, please keep checking back for an update this week, also pics and you tube clips from Life Today and TBN!  Thanks for your support! Melissa