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They call me "Melinda"

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August 2002. Freshman year of college.  First week.  Orientation. Arlington, TX.

I'm introducing myself to everyone and anyone.

The conversations that first week went like this:

Me: "Hi! My name is Minda."

Them: "Wait what?"

Me: "Minda...you know. Linda with an M"

Them: "oooh Minda."

Me: Yeah.

Them: "Awesome. Hi. Fun name. Nice to meet you."

About halfway into this week of orientation where you are meeting everyone- I got tired of that conversation. Minda was not familiar. No one knew what I was saying. So I said "to heck with this. I'll just go by Melinda.(my official 1st name)"

This lasted for one day.  "Melinda" just didn't 'fit'....you know?

But. During that one day of giving up on the name Minda- I met a girl who would be a part of my life in a big way! And would introduce me to OTHER people as "Melinda."

So. I have 2 friends that call me "Melinda."

And they argue whe…

"I'm AWESOME!"

How's THAT for a humble title?? :-)

Last week I took a test called Strength Finders for a class I'm taking at Gateway.  We were to take the test- and then the plan was to come back to class the next week and talk about our #1 strength.

Are any of you familiar with this?  If so- and you've taken the test- I'd love for you to comment on this post and tell me what your top 5 are!!! If you are not- go HERE and find out how to compile your strengths. You will not regret doing this.

I'll tell you my top 5- and then I'll tell you what my first thought was.
ResponsibilityWoo (Winning Others OverEmpathyCommunicationMaximizer So. Here's the deal. When I first read them- I thought to myself- ok, this makes sense. But how are these things STRENGTHS??

With each of them- I knew immediately how each of them could be a BAD thing. I didn't want to get up in front of the class and tell them why my strengths were indeed, BAD things. This is a perfect example of just how s…

96 and Pregnant

Was reading in Joshua this past week and I might be tempted to say that it is one of my favorite books of the Bible.

And speaking of favorite books of the Bible....I might just have to admit to you all that the Old Testament is my favorite.

Really. I think it is. It's filled with stories of people that I feel as though I can relate to.  I mean- can't YOU relate to a man who had to spend 400 years building an ark?  Can't YOU relate to a woman being 96 years old and being pregnant for the first time? ;-)

Ha.....no. Their circumstances are not what I can relate to- but I feel as though I can relate to them a little bit better than with people in the New Testament. The people in the New Testament- they walked and talked with Jesus...in the PHYSICAL. They saw Him. The people of the Old Testament believed God and His promises....without ever having met Him in the physical. You know?  God may not have appeared to me in a burning bush- but He appeared to me in a REALLY awesome jo…

pray....?

Reading from a Beth Moore book today and this clip just jumped off the page.  Because I could have very well written it myself.  I know for SURE that I've thought the same things.  Beth goes on to talk about the maturing of her prayer life- and I'm not there yet. But I'm getting there. 

I love hearing that I'm not alone in my walk....that other people struggle with things similar to me.

It makes me feel.....not alone.



On a scale of 1-10 based on the sense of God's presence and apparent response, I could have rated my prayer life a pitiful two. Don't misunderstand me, I prayed all the usuall prayers, but my ordinary mode of operation was to pray things that looked like they were probably going to turn out anyways. Can anyone else relate? Then God began calling me out of my unbelief.

My prayer life changed and matured gradually through the years  as I sought God through His Word, but something dramatic happened that suddenly pitched it forward. I hate to admi…

First Page In New Journal

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I will RARELY share in my blog things that I've written in my journal....But here's my first page of my new journal. 

Hello February

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Nice for you to FINALLY get here.....and you brought along some fun weather too!!! That's exciting!


And what does Minda do when she has a snow day?  She makes coffee, makes homemade blueberry muffins, and settles in on the couch with her computer, a load of books, and starts to work from home! Yipppeee!

Also- today begins a new journal.  So many empty pages.  My heart kind of aches when I think about what is to come in this next season.  (I kinda consider my life in seasons by my journals.).  So here's to a new season. Is it weird that I kinda want to cry just thinking about all that the LORD will do over the next several months?  He is good. This I know. I know that this journal will, like all the others, be filled with stories of His faithfulness.