Do You Need Faith That Moves Mountains?

I used to think this verse was just a metaphor. Do You Need Faith that Moves Mountains

I’ve certainly never seen a mountain move and I’m surrounded by them on all sides. See that picture above, it was taken from my front yard this weekend. And I’ve never seen it move, no matter how little or how big my faith.

But I’ve learned our lives are full of mountains. Mountains can be many things, sometimes they’re addiction, unsaved loved ones, scars, fresh wounds, miscarriages, infertility, broken relationships, or pride, just to name a few.  Continue reading

Are You Ringing the Wrong Bell? A lesson from rock climbing

This past weekend I went rock climbing. It made my pulse pound. When I came down from my first climb on the belay system, I couldn’t remember the last time I’ve felt so alive. Intense. Amazing. A little bit scary.

I should probably clarify here, it was an indoor rock climbing facility. I can only imagine what it must be like out in the wild. I’d never been rock climbing, but I’m kind of athletic, even though I’m clumsy. Can you be a clumsy athlete? Must be, cuz that’s the way I roll…er climb.Are you ringing the wrong bell? A lesson from rock climbing at www.MelissaKNorris.com

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Dear Mother Who Doesn’t Home School Her Children

I had a woman inform me that only home schooled children received the best education and were the most advanced, without exception. Her words stung me. While I do a lot of things the old fashioned way and at home, teaching my children the whole of their education isn’t one of them.

She didn’t blink an eye when I told her my children were in the public school system. I left the conversation feeling inferior as a parent, wondering about my decisions, and a tad guilty.A parent's success isn't determined by where their child attends school. www.MelissaKNorris.com

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Why I Almost Wasn’t Able to Write This Post

My day didn’t go as I had planned yesterday. Ever have days like that? I thought I’d be sitting down in the afternoon to craft my newsletter and blog post announcing the release of my new e-book, Pioneering Today-A Homemade Christmas.

We’re also gearing up for winter here on the homestead and putting our boat into our small hay shed was on the list. This year, we’re exclusively using haylage, the big white marshmallow shaped bales, and they won’t fit in this shed. My husband needed help getting the boat into the shed. I guided him as he backed it in with only a few inches to spare on each side.MasterPioneeringTodayCover

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Do You Need a Trip to the River?

Does your prayer list travel on like your to-do list? I sometimes imagine both are a never ending scroll tumbling down the mountain and valley where we live. Don’t get me wrong, I’m honored to be able to come to a Father who wants to hear my prayers. I’m grateful I get to pray for people, especially those I care for.

But there are times when I grow weary. I feel like I can never pray enough to cover all of the needs I see around me. They press me down until I’m almost walking on my knees.

Come to His river. When you feel like you can't go another step. www.melissaknorris.com

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Do You Use All 11 of These Tools?

Have you seen this nifty little 11 in 1 survival tool? It got me thinking about the most important survival tool we have. In fact, the only real survival tool we have.SurvivalToolBonus

What is that you ask? I’m so glad you did, because this has been on my mind for several days now.

The most important survival tool is our faith in Christ Jesus. I’m guessing you already knew that. But if you’re like me, sometimes, you need those little nudge moments.

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Are You Prepared and Prudent?

If you hadn’t heard, September is National Preparedness Month. I consider myself fairly prepared for a natural disaster. So far this year I’ve canned over 150 jars of food, have a freezer with our own natural raised beef in it, and a garden that will produce for another few months.

But there’s more to being prudent and prepared than having a well stocked pantry. Even though I don’t always, or at least at first, I’m trying to run everything by my Bible. I decided to see what God says about being prepared and prudent.Are your prepared and prudent? www.melissaknorris.com

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Do Your Prayers Make a Difference?

Prayer is a powerful thing, but sometimes, it seems certain prayers go unanswered. I feel I’ve prayed for family member’s salvation, freedom from addiction, and other things for years without any visible results. I know many of you have went through the same heartaches and struggles. Prayers are like waves www.melissaknorris.com

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When Someone Says They Don’t Believe In Jesus

Have you ever had someone ask you questions about Jesus and salvation? I’ve had people who didn’t know the story of Jesus ask me about Him. They had no idea about salvation, the cross, or the Savoir who died there for their sins.When You Share the Story of Jesus and People Don't Believe www.melissaknorris.com

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