Are Your Actions Speaking Louder than Your Words?

If people can't tell by looking at my life who I follow, then I need to spend some more time with Jesus being shaped into His image.

Know matter what I say I believe, it's my actions that truly stand witness to what I believe. How many times have you heard someone say they're a Christian, and then they behave in a way that makes you wonder the truth of those words? How many times has that Christian been you? Yep, my hand is raised with ya there. … [Read more...]

Do You Need Faith That Moves Mountains?

Do You Need Faith that Moves Mountains

I used to think this verse was just a metaphor.  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 … [Read more...]

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

Are you ringing the wrong bell? A lesson from rock climbing at www.MelissaKNorris.com

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 … [Read more...]

Dear Mother Who Doesn’t Home School Her Children

A parent's success isn't determined by where their child attends school. www.MelissaKNorris.com

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. … [Read more...]

Why I Almost Wasn’t Able to Write This Post

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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 … [Read more...]

Do You Need a Trip to the River?

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

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. … [Read more...]

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. 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. Here's 11 reasons why your faith is your most important … [Read more...]

Are You Prepared and Prudent?

Are your prepared and prudent? www.melissaknorris.com

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 … [Read more...]