Author Archives: Melissa

Is There A Doctor On The Plane?

“Is there a doctor on the plane?” shouted the flight attendant in a panicky voice as she repeatedly patted my face. “Ma’am? Ma’am? Can you hear me? You’ve fainted. Are you okay?” I don’t really remember much before passing out … Continue reading

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I Was Arrested In College

I was arrested in college. Handcuffed. Put in the back of a police car and hauled off to jail. Before I was locked in a cell, my mugshots were taken. (Admittedly, I was actually quite pleased with how they turned … Continue reading

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Our Capacity To Love

Loving with risk. That’s where I’m finding my challenge these days. Like never before, I can see God stretching my heart muscle in its capacity to truly, deeply, profoundly love. When you’re a naturally loving person, (ahem…which yes, I most … Continue reading

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I Placed A Stone

                  I placed a stone on my brother’s grave today One year ago, I said my heart-wrenching last goodbye And now, here I am, alone in the cemetery on this cold, dark, … Continue reading

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Cranky Curmudgeons

Confession: Over the past couple months, I’ve noticed that my husband and I have behaved rather curmudgeonly towards each other. Sure, almost 26 years of marriage can do that to a couple. I get it. But, truth be told, when … Continue reading

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My Shame List

I suppose this past year could be described as a baptism of sorts. We all face times when life breaks us open, forcing us to do the deep questioning, the lonely journeying, and the intentional healing. This past year, it … Continue reading

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Home At Last

I was 5 years old.  It was one of those moments when I was quite certain I was going to die.  During my early childhood, there are only two times I can remember feeling as if death was looming. One … Continue reading

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Mist on the River

There are certain moments in life that define us spiritually, brief instances that cause us to pause and notice as a divine meaning is branded into our memories forever. One such epiphany happened to me as I was returning home … Continue reading

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Life University: Insights from 2013

1.  BEING REAL IS FAR MORE ENGAGING THAN PRETENDING TO BE PERFECT Obvious, right? Well, you’d think so. However, maybe, you’ve found yourself bored with the way people work so hard at convincing others that their lives are perfect — … Continue reading

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Aaaaaaaggrrrhhh! Company’s Coming!

Here’s an inside peek at what it’s like at the Timberlake’s tonight, as we’re getting ready for company this Thanksgiving. Samurai Housewife from Doug Timberlake on Vimeo.

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