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Melissa Blair

So You’re a B Team Christian

My son had it in his mind last fall that all he wanted to do in the wide world ever was play some football. Being raised by the South teaches a boy a few nonnegotiables mostly by way of not-so subconcious: say yes ma’am, eat your cornbread in…

4 Things to Remember When Be Still Seems Impossible

Be still and know that I am God. ~Psalm 46:10 Thumbing through the scrawl of my journal one quiet morning before my three roosters began to crow, I began to pick out patterns of words on several of the worn pages: please show me be still I never realized…

All the Things

  (Y’all. This is a real picture from my real friend Sara Gilmore’s home in Salt Lake City, Utah!)   Because I like to share all the good things… The Swoonerie Let’s be honest: I happened by The Swoonerie in the beginning because it…

When Your Family Doesn’t Get Along for the Holidays

Growing up cutting my teeth on the unrealistic expectations of Cinderella, I spent years looking for a cute boy to come and save me from my chores, waltz with me, and look at me with big moony eyes every second of every day for happily ever after. While I do…

December Book Giveaway: Shine So Bright by Tim Willard

Like all the conference-goers attending all conferences everywhere, I quickly scanned the list of keynote speakers for our few days together at Allume last year. Yes. Yes. Know him. Know her. Read her book. Who? Timothy Willard? Never heard of him. So Tim Willard’s Doc Martens take their…

A Letter: To Ones We Have Lost and Miss

Hey Dad, This December marks four without you. Some days it feels like forty…other days it feels just like you left us yesterday. I guess sometimes these ‘anniversaries’ feel hard because it takes me right back to that time…Before. I never wallow around in the missing because that…

When Your Kids Don’t ‘Get’ Advent

‘Kids! It’s time!’ I sing-song from the living room and my voice dances through each room of the house, partnering with each child to carry and deposit them directly at my slippered feet. They scramble and squeal into the room like a posse of greased pigs someone is…

The 4 Words That Bring Healing

One Saturday hanging in the kitchen with my man and our youngest comes in biting her fingers with big tears sledding down her cheeks. Leaning just inside the door, she stares at us, simply waiting for us to notice her pain. ‘What is wrong?’ Setting my knife on the cutting…

What to do When You Can’t do it ALL

  I’ve always had a little fire in my belly about, oh, just about everything. Once in college after reading some article that seemed to scratch the chalkboard of my feminine wiles, I wrote a rather spicy letter to the editor at the largest newspaper published in Houston, Texas…

Ways in Which Love is not Practical

  What looks like crazy on an ordinary day looks a whole lot like love if you catch it by the moonlight. ~Pearl Cleage Just one of a mama’s jobs is to take the temperature of her family. Lately, I’ve noticed mine has a slight fever. Nothing major…