Does The Dog Rank Higher Than You? A Book Giveaway & Interview with Michelle Medlock Adams ~ Part 3

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It happens in the life of every mom.

There comes a time when even the dog ranks higher in your kids’ affection than you. 

It’s even worse when you don’t have a dog, and your neighbor’s dog ranks higher than you. 

I’ve been interviewing Michelle Medlock Adams this week, the author of When Chocolate Isn’t Enough: An Inspirational Survival Guide for Moms.

Enjoy this sneak peak at just such a hilarious moment in Michelle’s life, ripped from her book:

 

It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World


“Allyson, let’s go 
honey!” I called to my then 4-year-old daughter.

As we rounded the corner, I noticed a sign on the bulletin board: “Dress like the family member you most admire this Friday.”

“That’s tomorrow!” I mumbled to myself, already planning to turn Allyson into a mini me.

She could carry a briefcase, I thought, And, I could pull her hair into a professional-looking clip.

As I loaded Allyson into our SUV, I said, “Ally, I read where you are supposed to dress up tomorrow like someone in your family that you admire. Are you going to do it?” 

“Yep,” she said.

“So, who are you going to dress up like?” I smugly asked.

Allyson looked up at me with her big blue eyes and sweetly said, “Maddie.”

“MADDIE!” I shrieked. “But you can’t dress up like our dog!”

. . .

(I told you this is just a sneak peak. Read the full story in: When Chocolate Isn’t Enough: An Inspirational Survival Guide for Moms. pp. 87-90.)


I’ve tried to be the kind of mom that would always rank higher than a dog, but it’s a losing battle. 

Looking through old photos with my girls on Mother’s Day this year, Brittany stared at one photo, horror written on her face. 

“Mom! I blame you for my hair cut!”

My other daughter Carolyn chimed in, “Yeah! Me, too! Those were the worst hair cuts. We looked like boys!”

“Whoa! Wait a minute,” I said. “That was all you two. You both wanted your hair cut just like your cousin Katelyn.”

Brittany defended herself. “I can’t be blamed. I was too young to know she didn’t have good style back then. You should have forbidden us.”  

I ended the attack by reminding them that it was Mother’s Day. “Can you two just wait one more day to tell me how bad of a mother I am?”

We all had a good laugh together.

And I certainly couldn’t be too hard on them. I blame my mom for my bad hair cuts, too. I blame my friend Bev for my bad hair-color jobs, but that’s another story.

Oh, and by the way, Katelyn’s haircut was quite stylish, as was the girls’. No one looks stylish in old photos, except maybe Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

As I read Michelle’s story, “It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World,” I immediately remembered the haircut conversation.

If I’d forbidden the girls from getting their hair cut short, my dog would’ve ranked higher than me back then.  

But because I didn’t forbid them, my dog ranks higher than me now. It’s a losing battle.

Michelle has great advice for handling feelings of canine inferiority:

 

Jean Circle Blog PhotoJean: One of my favorite stories is when you got beat out as “the most admired family member” by your dog.

I think every mother can relate to the feeling one time or another that even the dog is more favored than them.

What have you found to be the best way to combat those feelings?

 

Michelle Adams Circular Bio PhotoMichelle: As a mom, we give everything.

God’s made us that way. He’s made us to be almost sacrificial — to be there for our kids.

Words of affirmation[†] is my love language. It’s part of being a creative person.

That can’t be your main love language as a parent, or you’ll go crazy.

And you can’t live in a hurt place.

Learn to enjoy the moments you get.

And know that, in the in-between times, you don’t have to have them.

The Bible promises us in Proverbs 31 that one day our children will rise up and call us blessed.

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
(Proverbs 31:28 ESV)

It may take years between today and that day, but one day they will.

As a mom, we have a big bull’s-eye on our head, so cling to that verse.

Eventually you’ll get that text from your kid that says, “I love you so much!”

Save it. Hang on to those, because next week you may get the opposite.

You’re their best friend, but you’re also their worst enemy. The love really is in their heart, though.

We’re the same way with God.

He does everything for us, sacrificed everything for us, and yet we’re too busy to spend time with Him. We’ve got to spend time with Him.

To be continued . . .

 

I don’t know about y’all, but Michelle’s statement: “And know that, in the in-between times, you don’t have to have them” really hit me. 

She’s so right.

We think we need to feel appreciated all the time.

We don’t.

Of course we want to, but we don’t need to.

As Michelle stressed in our conversation, every ounce of our value comes, not from being an appreciated mom, but from who we are in Christ.

If you’ve been a Christian long at all, you’ve most likely already heard that truth. But, have you really stopped to understand and embrace what it means?

It’s like a billionaire who’s treated as though he were an average person.

It doesn’t change his financial condition, so why should he care if someone doesn’t treat him like he has a billion dollars in the bank?

The only reason it would bother him is because of his pride. That’s a terrible reason. 

So what does it matter if the dog ranks higher in our kids’ eyes today? It doesn’t change our true value.

Let’s not kick the dog. Instead, let’s be glad he’s getting some love at all, because when it comes down to it, he’s still just a dog, and we’ll always be their beloved mom. 

A note of caution: If our dog shows our kids more love than we do, we might want to change some things. Just sayin’. And I don’t mean to get rid of the dog.

 


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Michelle Adams Book Signing pic july 2013Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. Author of over 70 books and a regular blogger for Guideposts, Michelle has written more than 1,000 articles for newspapers and magazines since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University.

Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two college-aged daughters, Abby and Allyson, as well as a miniature dachshund and four cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys leading fitness classes at Priority Fitness, and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings. www.michellemedlockadams.com.  Connect with Michelle also on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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Does Prayer Change God’s Mind?

Click to read: Does Prayer Change God's Mind? Isaiah 37:21 via www.JeanWilund.com

 

“. . .  Because you have prayed to Me . . . “

Have you ever had an incident where you felt led to pray for someone or something, and then when you did, He actually did it? 

I have.

My youngest daughter needed 20 more points on her SAT score to win the top state scholarship.

I prayed and asked God to give her what she needed.

To make it obvious that it was by His power, I asked Him to give her exactly 20 more points. Or, if He preferred — because I preferred — He could give her 120 more points.

I prayed, and she took the test.

She got exactly 20 points!

What??!! 

I’m thankful God answered out of the abundance of His kindness rather than out of the weakness of my faith. 

“. . .  Because you have prayed to Me . . . “

Because I prayed to God, did I successfully convince God to do something He hadn’t planned on doing?
Does prayer actually change God’s mind?

Let’s see what the Bible shows us. 

In 2 Kings 18-19, the king of Assyria sent his commander to threaten Hezekiah, the king of Judah. If Hezekiah didn’t surrender, he’d simply destroy Hezekiah and Jerusalem.

He boldly asserted that Hezekiah’s God was completely unable to rescue him. (2 Kings 18:13 – 2 Kings 19:37)

Hezekiah prayed, and God boldly asserted His power over Assyria.

Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead. (2 Kings 19:35 NASB)

“. . .  Because you have prayed to Me . . . ” (2 Kings 19:20)

Later God gave Hezekiah some bad news. He needed to set his house in order. His number was up. He was going to die. (2 Kings 20:1-7)

Again Hezekiah prayed.

Again God did what he wanted. He healed Hezekiah.

Did Hezekiah change God’s mind both times?

If he did, I’ve got some things I want to change God’s mind about, too.

Let’s think about this.

If I can change God’s mind, then you can, too.

What if you and I want different things? Uh oh!

I certainly don’t want you changing God’s mind.

In fact, do we really want a God who can be man-handled into changing His mind at all? 

 

If God has to change His mind:

  • He was either unsure about what He should do, 
  • or He was about to make a mistake and fortunately man was there to correct Him.

We know neither is true. Scripture and history make that clear.

He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind. (I Samuel 15:29 NIV)

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But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. (Psalm 33:11 NIV) 

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He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4 NIV)

Throughout Scripture we see that God asks questions and brings matters up to individuals for the purpose of working out His will, not because He needs help or more information. 

God presents these situations to His people to give them the opportunity to line their hearts up with His heart — not the other way around.

“For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9a NASB)

In this situation in 2 Chronicles 16, God presented King Asa of Judah an opportunity to trust in Him to protect Judah when Israel came against them.

Unlike Hezekiah, Asa chose to trust in the power of the king of Syria instead. (2 Chronicles 16)

God lets Asa know that He wanted to support him, but Asa had acted foolishly, choosing an earthly king over the sovereign God.

“You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.” (2 Chronicles 16:9b NASB)

 

Did God not get what He wanted in this situation because Asa didn’t pray?

God is fully able to get exactly what He wants every time.

He chooses to let man have his own way at times so that they — and we, thousands of years later — will understand the consequences of trusting in man instead of Him.

God got what He wanted here. He wanted to expose Asa’s heart. 

Asa’s heart was to trust in a self-centered, sinful man of limited strength rather than in the all-powerful, all-loving God who never fails. 

His heart refused to line up with God’s heart. That was now exposed.

In fact, when God sent his prophet Hanani to Asa to confront him and give him a chance to repent and trust, Asa threw Hanani into jail. 

Asa’s actions declared his independence from God. So God withdrew His protection, and Asa suffered for it, of course.

Tragic. He only needed to humble himself and pray, and then stand back and watch the power of God at work.

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Prayer Releases God’s Power

Prayer is like the starting gun of a race.

The runners on the starting blocks represent God’s power, ready to be released.

When someone prays, BANG! The power is released.

Fortunately everyone in this race wins, because God’s power never fails to do exactly what He sends it out to do.

God’s looking for men and women who are willing to be pray-ers — vessels through which He can pour out His blessings and power onto earth. 

When God finds willing vessels, He acts through their prayers to do what was already in His heart to do. 

Now back to Hezekiah.

 

Did Hezekiah change God’s mind?

No. God changed Hezekiah’s.

God sent His prophet Isaiah to tell Hezekiah that he’d soon die to elicit a response of faith from Hezekiah. 

God gave him the chance to trust God for his future, or not.

Remember, Asa chose not to trust God when Hanani came to him. 

How did Hezekiah respond? Did he throw Isaiah into jail?

No, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to God. (2 Kings 20:2)

He didn’t fire off at God, telling Him He didn’t have the right to let him die.

He prayed from the depth of his soul to the One he knew could change his future. 

Hezekiah became a willing vessel for God to display His power. 

God did miraculous things in response to Hezekiah’s prayers.

” . . . Because you have prayed to Me . . .”

Unfortunately, later in Hezekiah’s life, he stopped being a willing vessel. Pride took over his heart. Being a willing vessel is a day-by-day, moment-by-moment choice. 

The Final Answer: Four Points & A Conclusion

So what’s the final answer to whether prayer changes God’s mind? 

Of course I can’t begin to explain all the workings of God’s mind — my mind is too infinitesimally small to comprehend it all.

But I have an opinion based on what I see in God’s Word.

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Because . . . 

1. God is sovereign.

If God isn’t sovereign over all, then He’s not sovereign at all. But He is.

Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; (Isaiah 46:10 NASB)

He’s sovereign over all the affairs of the world from the beginning of time through forever.

No one has power over God. He never makes a mistake or changes his mind. 

 

2. God uses prayer to change events on earth.

Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the Spirit of God. (Edwin Keith)

The spirit of man is limited in strength, but the Spirit of God is all-powerful.

God has chosen to use prayer as a powerful, primary means to release His power on earth. 

“. . .  Because you have prayed to Me . . . ” (Isaiah 37:21)

That’s not to say that God only releases His power through prayer. He’s not at our mercy. (See Isaiah 59:16 below.)

 

3. God raises up specific people to pray.

Because God’s all-knowing, He knows who He should alert about certain situations, so they’ll pray. 

He knows who He can trust to pray.

He also knows who will not pray, but would rather throw someone in jail for suggesting it. 

And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him. (Isaiah 59:16, NASB)

He presents us with a need, and leaves the choice up to us — but He already knows what the outcome will be, and has a plan on how to use our response to His glory.

The willing vessels of prayer glorify God through their faith and His powerful work through their prayers.

The unwilling vessels unwittingly glorify God through the unfortunate and often tragic consequences that come from not trusting in Him. 

 

4. Prayer changes our hearts, not God’s. 

The prayer of faith changes our hearts from self-centered hearts to God-centered hearts. 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NASB)

God can work through even a little faith — the faith of a mustard seed. (Luke 17:6)

He works astoundingly through pure faith. 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, (Ephesians 3:20)

Everything Jesus ever prayed for was accomplished on earth because His heart was in perfect alignment with God’s heart at all times. Pure faith.

 

What About Unanswered Prayers?

No one else but Jesus has had all their prayers answered as they prayed them, because no one else has ever had such a perfect alignment of hearts with God.

Sometimes it actually is God’s perfect will that someone we love dies.

Jesus didn’t pray for John the Baptist to be saved from prison or death. Only God knows why that was not His perfect will, but I have my thoughts, and they come from John’s own words: He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)

But that’s another post for another day.

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Therefore:

Conclusion:

Prayer does not change God’s mind. It changes ours. It exhales our spirit and inhales God’s.

Prayer transforms our minds, and molds us into willing vessels of faith through whom God can do the powerful work on earth that was already in His mind to do.  

 

In view of all this, let’s humble ourselves before God and give Him our hearts. Let’s ask Him to mold and shape our hearts into a shining reflection of His own Son (Romans 8:29).

Then our hearts will be in line with God’s, and our prayers will move mountains. (Mark 11:23)


 

Edie Melson's Book "While My Soldier Serves"If you know a soldier
or are a soldier,
you want this book of prayers.

WHILE MY SOLDIER SERVES:
PRAYERS FOR THOSE WITH
LOVED ONES IN THE MILITARY

BY EDIE MELSON

You’ll be blessed by this powerful book of prayers. 


What about you? Do you have a story of how God has used prayer in your life?

Has God used your prayers in other’s lives?

I love to hear the stories that display the greatness of our God.


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A Prayer For When Your Loved One is in Harm’s Way: Help Me Hang On

Click to read prayer: "Help Me Hang On" by Edie Melson

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Fear strikes all of us who love someone in harm’s way, but sitting around wallowing in fear doesn’t help.

I don’t think anyone but God could raise me up out of fear if my loved one were serving or living anywhere dangerous. But thankfully He’s not only able, He wants to remove fear and replace it with faith and peace.

Below is a prayer written by Edie Melson, the author of While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military.

Edie wrote this prayer when her son was serving in the Middle East.

It’s a prayer for the brokenhearted whether your loved one is a soldier, policeman, fireman, or a missionary serving in a dangerous area.  

Dear Lord,

I’m trying to stay positive for my loved one’s sake, but inside I’m slipping. I can feel myself tumbling into a pit of depression.

Replace my negative thoughts with faith. Help me turn off the litany of what can go wrong and replace those images with Your promises. Lord, I know You can bring her home safely, and I know that when I rely on You, I’m strong. But at times I don’t want to be strong. I just want to bury my head and cry. 

I want to lash out at a world filled with other loved ones who aren’t in harm’s way. I want to scream that it’s not fair. It’s not that I want other young men and women in danger. I just want my loved one to be safe at home.

Show me how to guard my thoughts and to process all the things I’m feeling. Let me accept help from my friends instead of hiding away and feeling sorry for myself. Most of all, wrap my loved one and me in Your loving arms and carry us safely through this difficult time.

– Amen. 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 NIV

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If your loved one is serving someplace dangerous, I highly recommend getting this book.

Or maybe you’re the one serving someplace dangerous. You may want to give this book to your loved ones as a gift.

Prayer works. Prayer matters.

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A Prayer for My Soldier from “While My Soldier Serves” (by Edie Melson)

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Dear Lord,

I’m asking You to protect my loved on by helping him make wise decisions. I know at times he has to make split-second decisions — life-and-death decisions. Please give him the information he needs to choose wisely. I know he’s exhausted and tired of the situation he’s in. Don’t let him make decisions that will harm him or those around him.

I also know he’s far from home, and there are many temptations surrounding him. I ask that You give him the strength to resist the things that would harm him. Show him clearly the consequences of poor choices. Make his path clear, and put people around him to make choosing wisely easier.

Surround him with buddies who will support his good choices and point out his poor ones. Give him the friends he needs for this specific situation. No one knows what can happen when we choose one thing over another, but You do know. Let him hear You clearly as he decides what actions to take. Most of all protect him, even when he chooses poorly. Keep him in Your perfect care.

– Amen.


 

It’s not always easy to know what to pray for our soldiers, especially when our emotions have our thoughts going in a million different directions.

Edie Melson has written a powerful book of prayers, “While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military” that gives us numerous powerful and specific prayers we can all pray for our soldiers.

(See the book in the photo below. Better yet, click the picture below and read more about it and enter to win a free copy.)

There’s still time to win a free signed copy of this book of prayers. Check out this post and enter to win by clicking on the picture: 

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While My Soldier Serves: Memorial Day Encouragement, Giveaway, & Monday Music

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While my soldier serves.

That doesn’t apply to me. But wait, actually it does.

Neither my husband nor children serve in the military, but my soldier does.  

Your soldier is my soldier.

I owe my freedom to every American soldier who’s served so that I can live free.

Every soldier is our soldier.

We should pray for them as if they were our very own son, daughter, husband or wife. 

I can’t begin to match the tremendous sacrifice our soldiers have made, but I do have three gifts to offer: Encouragement, a Giveaway, & Monday Music.

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ENCOURAGEMENT:

Edie Melson, author of While My Soldier ServesAuthor Edie Melson understands the sacrifice our soldiers have made. Her son served in the Middle East.

Edie prayed, battled fear, and clung to God while her son served.

God met her in those hard times and brought her a harvest of joy.

I asked Edie to share some Memorial Day Encouragement and introduce her new book, While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those With Loved Ones in the Military.  

Sowing Faith in the Hard Times Brings a Harvest of Joy

by Edie Melson

There are times when life is lived in the dark. The days are long and hard, and the rewards nonexistent. Everywhere we turn—inside and out—the landscape is bleak and barren. It’s times like these that only faith will get us through. There’s no proof we’re on the right path, no confirmation that God is at work. Often, even God Himself seems distant and unreachable.

I’ve been through those times—and come out on the other side. My time of darkness came when our oldest son was deployed to Iraq as a frontline infantry Marine. We don’t come from a military family, so everything about his choice to enlist was an opportunity for growth. Every step in his journey was a time of stretching for our family. Oh, don’t make the mistake of thinking we were disappointed in his choice. We were button-busting proud of our son’s willingness to serve.

But as his mother, I didn’t want to face the prospect of my son going off to war.

I’d always assumed I’d have a grace period between childhood and adulthood, a time of transition. College would have fit the bill, instead, he graduated high school and immediately entered the Marines.

Marine Corps boot camp doesn’t provide that grace period. One minute I was hugging goodbye to my child, my oldest son. The next time I saw him, he was a fully formed man—still a son, but without any trace of the child I’d said goodbye to.

And before that year was out, he’d be half a world away, fighting an enemy whose main focus was on killing him. It was during those deployments that I learned about darkness of the heart. I wanted to protect him. I ached to shield him from what I knew he was experiencing, but I could not. So I did the one thing I could do. It became my course of last resort because I was at the end of my own strength.

I prayed.

And I prayed.

And I prayed some more.

I learned to take my overwhelming fear to the only One who could protect him. And I left my son in God’s hands. The prayers weren’t pretty. Often times they weren’t even words. They truly were the groanings we read about it Romans 8:26-27.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was like a seed, planted deep in the ground. I was surrounded by darkness, by rough, rocky soil, pressing in on all sides crushing the life from me. But through that incredible pressure, the shell of my own strength fell away, and I slowly began to push toward the light that I knew was just beyond the darkness

Then my course of last resort became my strength, and the first place I turned. Instead of praying in desperation, I began to pray in confidence. I learned to lean into God, instead of turning in on myself.

The final harvest of that time of darkness came to fruition just after Mother’s Day. It’s a book of prayers for those with loved ones in the military, While My Soldier Serves. How I longed for just such a book during my dark time. Now God has taken my time of darkness and is shining it as a light for those who are also facing the incredible stress of having a loved one at war.

Never doubt that God will bring a harvest of joy, no matter how dark the days you’re facing now. Lean into him. Cry out to him. And know that the light is coming.

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Edie Melson's Book "While My Soldier Serves"

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One reader is going to win a free copy right here.

But you can’t win if you don’t enter, so enter below.

While My Soldier Serves:
Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military 

By Edie Melson

Thousands of families send loved ones off to fight on a daily basis. These families spend a lot of time living in a world out of control. This kind of stress can take an incredible toll, but there is hope. When we feel helpless, we can take our fears to the One who loves us more than anything and holds the universe in His hands.

In this book you’ll find the words to usher you into His presence. These prayers are a place to visit again and again as you take your own fears to God. They’re just a starting point, written to help you find your own voice as you call out on behalf of the one you love.

 

While our soldiers serve, we’ll appreciate the numerous detailed prayers for our soldiers in Edie’s book — prayers for wisdom, strength, faith, protection, peace, and for those close to our soldiers.

You’ll love that Edie not only includes powerful prayers for our soldiers, but also for ourselves — prayers for fighting fear and anger and gaining peace, patience, faith, and strength, and for reaching out to others. 

Edie told me that after her son left to serve, she realized how desperately she needed prayers to help herself. God helped her pray prayers that battled her thoughts and fears which gave her the strength to pray with confidence for her son. 

Enter today to win your own signed copy.

Giveaway runs May 25th – May 27th.

I want us to pray for your soldiers, so enter the name of any soldier you’d like us to pray for. If you don’t personally know a soldier serving, just enter “any soldier,” and we’ll pray for our soldiers as a whole. I’ll post the first names of the soldiers when I announce the winner so we can all be praying for our soldiers. 

Enter either by leaving a comment in the comment section or through the easy Giveaway below. 

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MONDAY MUSIC


“Letters From War” by Mark Schultz

Before you click the play button, grab the tissues. Even you men.

This is a beautiful story of a mother and son who write letters to each other while he’s off at war.

I won’t spoil the video by telling you anymore other than to say this powerful song will pull at your heartstrings and make you appreciate the tremendous sacrifice our soldiers make. 

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Edie Melson, author of While My Soldier ServesAs the mother of a frontline infantry Marine, Edie Melson lived her book before she wrote it. Edie understands what it is to face adversity and come out triumphant on the other side. Her years as a wife, mother, and ministry leader have given her a unique perspective to reach out
 to others facing the same struggles.


She’s the Military Family Blogger for Guideposts.org, social media director for several writing websites, and a popular ministry and conference speaker.

Connect with her on her blog, The Write Conversation, Twitter, and Facebook.


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