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Latest Posts from Melanie Lenow

A {Real} Solution to a Complaining Heart

“What are you writing about, momma?” one of my daughters asked innocently as I began working on this piece. “Complaining,” I replied. With a concerned look on her face, she said, “Oh. Are you going to name any names?” While I in... Read More »

How God Sees Your Unnoticed Work

We all know the age-old question, “If a tree falls in the middle of the forest, does it make any noise?” What is really being asked is this, “If something happens and a person does not see it, did it really happen?” Many days, this ... Read More »

When The Lord is Your Banner

“And Moses built an altar and called its name, The Lord is My Banner.” (Ex 17:15) The Israelites were coming against their first enemy since crossing the Red Sea. They had fought the battles within their own hearts, questioning God’s ... Read More »

God Only Gives Two Choices

The battle took place around the dinner table, just as many battles with children do. However, this time we were surrounded by family…on Thanksgiving. Not necessarily the place where you want to have a teachable moment with your child. Bu... Read More »

Hope from a Stump

A couple of years ago, we noticed something odd growing in the middle of our crape myrtle tree. This particular tree is on the side of our house where we hardly ever play or walk, so we hadn’t paid much attention to it in the 6 months we ... Read More »

The Heart of an Anxious Mom in the Hand of a Sovereign God

I was sitting on the conveyor belt in the baggage claim area of the Jackson International airport when the tornados came through Jackson, MS. The airport staff had directed us to take shelter there until the storms passed. I had already hea... Read More »

5 Family Benefits of Children’s Sports

We’ve all seen the reality shows of girls on hyper competitive dance squads or young boys playing tackle football with the intensity of a college game day. We’ve heard the warnings of strained muscles from over-use and understand the co... Read More »

Dying to the Idol of Ease

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Col 3:23-24) It was finally the weekend after a bu... Read More »

Three Ways to Help Your Children Embrace Humility

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4:10) In about the last twenty years, the job of parenting has expanded to include a concern for our children’s self-esteem and self-image. Consequently, we f... Read More »

Permission to Enjoy

Every parent has heard the phrase, “Enjoy this time with your children. It goes by so fast.” However, sometimes in the midst of the late nights, long talks, dirty diapers, or scheduled practices, parenthood does not feel very enjoyable.... Read More »