Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Titus 2 Tuesday - Build Your House

"The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our homes." Harold B. Lee

That quote instantly reminds me of the Titus woman that I am choosing to honor with today's post. Melissa has a genuine and sweet heart to mentor others - specifically those who are moms with small children. She has a great amount of experience in this area as she has 3 boys and 1 girl. (Their daughter was adopted from Haiti) They range from pre-teen to almost adult!

There were so many things that I could say about Melissa that it has taken me awhile to write this post. I finally decided that the one over-all thought that I have from her is based on Proverbs 14:1 "The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down." She has encouraged me to honor my husband, bless my children, and to invest in the home that God has blessed us with.

I appreciate the way that she speaks well of her husband and genuinely respects him and his opinions.

I appreciate the way that she has cared more about creating a warm, inviting, and creative space where her children are encouraged to learn, grow and create rather than to be concerned with whether or not her living room could be photographed for a magazine layout.

I appreciate the way that she gives to others and speaks truth from her heart.

She began writing "letters" via e-mail to a few moms who had asked her questions and she got an amazing response so she continued to write more "letters"- mom to mom about real issues and topics. The list has continued to grow. She began her blog as a way to encourage even more moms who may be longing for a mentor but do not have one. As she experienced herself years before. You can read her letters and tips at: http://amomlikeyou.blogspot.com/

I honor your influence upon my life today Melissa!

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Kingdom Mama said...

This is really a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing.

Mikki Black said...

Too true, Shanda. You have described Melissa perfectly! She is an amazing person.

Daveda said...

Hmmm...If I could narrow down what I have learned from other women...I am certain I would not be the me that I am today.

Yet, another great post! And a great friend to take the time and space to show your appreciation.

Melissa said...

Wow Shanda. Thank you for the kind words. You have certainly blessed me today.