Friday, September 20, 2013

The Technology Tornado

As the school year is in full swing now, and our schedules have filled with a million things to do, it can be really easy for technology to take over your time. Twitter, Facebook, email, Instagram, Vine, text messaging; all these things can suck you in so that work and ministry become a 24-7 gig. Technology is definitely not bad. And when it’s used in a healthy, balanced manner, it greatly enhances both ministry and life. But when you find yourself staring at an iPhone screen more than your spouse or family…something needs to change.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Finding Quality Time With Your Spouse?

Youth ministry workers usually have pretty funky schedules, and finding ways to have quality one-on-one time with your spouse, in the midst of an ever-fluctuating, always-demanding environment, can sometimes seem impossible.

But a healthy marriage can’t exist without making the time to connect relationally, emotionally, and physically. Without these basic connections, many marriages, and ministry marriages in particular, can really struggle.

So in the midst of a crazy, busy ministry life, how can you work on carving out time for your spouse?

Check out some ideas at: http://www.morethandodgeball.com/simply-insider/finding-quality-time-with-your-spouse/

Monday, September 2, 2013

Melissa's New Book: The War Inside

Hello wonderful blog readers. I have exciting news to share with you all. My first YA Paranormal-Dystopian novel, The War Inside: Book One in the Horizons Trilogy, has just been released! While I love writing about relationships and marriage, it has always been a dream of mine to create stories as well. I had such a blast writing this book, and I'm so happy to be able to share it with everyone! During last month's Read & Review, The War Inside at different points hit Amazon.com's Kindle Top 100 Bestsellers in both the "Dystopian" genre and "Metaphysical & Visionary Fantasy." Pretty fun stuff.

The book is now available in Kindle eBook format and in paperback on Amazon.com. (For those of you who, like myself, love the smell and feel of actual paper.)

To buy a copy of the book check out the links below. I’d also love an honest review on Amazon.com or Goodreads.com if you have the time. Please share these links! Tweet 'em....Blog 'em....Do whatever you want with 'em.




Kindle eBook - CLICK HERE

Paperback Book - CLICK HERE

To Check it Out on Goodreads.com - CLICK HERE






I'm also pumped to share that The War Inside is going to be featured as part of the "My Crazy Corner 2013 YA Blogfest" . The book will appear on the September 30th slot, so make sure to check out the blog on that date. There will be tons of new YA books for readers to preview.

Also, from October 17, 2013 - October 25, 2013 Goddess Fish Promotions will be hosting a Virtual Book Tour for The War Inside. It will be featured on all kinds of awesome blogs and websites. If you have a blog, and would like to host a promotional spot, interview, or a review, you can sign up at Goddess Fish Promotions.

Thank you SO much wonderful blog readers for your support as I promote this novel and work on other books. I could not be any kind of writer without you. As a special thank you, I'm giving away two paperback copies of The War Inside, so enter below for your chance to win. Thanks for your readership and spread the word!!

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway to win one of two free paperbacks : CLICK HERE
Our goal of this blog is to share stories (both good and bad), thoughts and insights about our marriage and we would love for you to jump into the conversation.

The goal is to provide three things:
1) HOPE for struggling couples that they are not alone.
2) GROWTH in our marriages and our understanding of marriage.
3) ENCOURAGEMENT to keep loving your spouse unconditionally.