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Follower of Christ, wife to Tobin, mommy to Maelie, friend, heart-writer, guitar strummer, coffee lover. And she loves to run barefoot in the rain.

(in)side DaySpring: things we love
& you will too!
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& you will too!
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  1. We don’t see it at the time, but it’s there – today’s purpose for tomorrow. It’s your realization of your yesterday’s importance in your today, and your making an altar out of them in thanksgiving, that honors Him to the core! Such a blessing!

    • The more I recall this day, the more thankful I am for that moment. God can take the smallest fragments of experiences and use them to shape us. And continue to do so twelve years later. I love it. 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement.

    • Sometimes I think about the hidden places in my heart that have yet to be reached. I look forward to how God will choose to do that. 🙂 Thanks, Holley!

  2. “This woman, who possessed nothing of earthly value, now had everything she would ever need”

    This. Is. Truth.

    Mel……you warm my heart with your adventures! Anticpating our run in the Heavens together……barefoot!!!!!

    • I have to remind myself of what I truly need when I feel like I need more “stuff”. Father, keep me content and praising You for what You’ve given!

      RG, we will have so much fun running barefoot someday! Blessings to you, my friend.

  3. I love that such a simple story can be such a powerful reminder of God’s unrelenting love for each and every one of us.

    “May we all live with such gratitude.” Amen. 🙂

    • I was thinking of that as I wrote this. It was such a simple experience but had a profound effect. I love how He loves…and the ways He teaches me just how deep that Love is. 🙂

      “May we all live with such gratitude.”

      May I live the words I wrote. Thanks, Lex. 🙂

  4. Beautiful post. Thank so much for the reminder that the world is much, much bigger than we can imagine… that God is not the same race as I am… that He speaks to His people in whispers and phrases appropriate to their culture. Thank you. Thank you.

    • Sometimes I wonder, too, what kind of impact that moment has had on those around her. I can’t wait to find out someday! 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  5. It’s pretty cool to realize how that trip shaped so much of the rest of your life, and how God used that to lead us to Indonesia together. Without our separate experiences in South America way back when, who knows if we would have been so open to God’s calling later?

    • I love you. I’m so thankful for the ways God has led us…and that we said yes when He was telling us to go. Thanks for being by my side. 🙂