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My nephew came to visit me at the office today. It made the day. It’s like he blesses my office when he comes. Blesses and rearranges my office. So sweet and innocent (most of the time) is the child.

How in the world does God expect us to come like a child after all that we see and experience in this life? It seems impossible to go back. I would do anything to keep Blake from seeing and experiencing the ugly of this world. I want to make his world as much like the Kingdom of God as possible but much of it is out of my control. The best I can do is to teach Blake to stay in the shadow of the Almighty no matter what lurks beyond it.

I imagine God feels the same for us. God would do anything to make this world the Kingdom of God but there are some things that God willing gave up control over. The best God can do is teach us to stay in the shadow of the Almighty and to help us do our part in revealing God’s will on earth like it is in Heaven.

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Friday Five: Birthday, Redux

1. “It’s my party and I’ll [blank] if I want to…”
Favorite way to celebrate your birthday (dinner with family? party with friends? a day in solitude?) Celebrating with family is a must at some point. One of my favorite traditions the past three years is a trip out-of-town all by my lonesome. My parents give me several days away and it is the best trip. Sleep in, read books, not speak a word . . . Heaven on earth.

2. “You say it’s your birthday… it’s my birthday too, yeah…”
Do you share your birthday with someone famous?

Larry Hagman who played JR on Dallas. When I was younger, it made me think I was bound to be cursed for life.

3. “Lordy Lordy look who’s forty…”
Milestone birthdays:

a) just like any other birthday–they’re just numbers, people.

b) a good opportunity to look back/take stock

c) enjoy the black balloons–I’ll be hiding under a pile of coats until the day is over

d) some combination of the above, or something else entirely.

4. “Happy birthday, dear… Customer…”
Have you ever been sung to in a restaurant? Fun or cringe-worthy?
If I have been, I’ve blocked it out of my mind. It would be something this introvert would truly not enjoy!! (note to all my friends!)

5. “Take my birthday–please”
Tell me one advantage and one disadvantage about your particular birthday (e.g. birthday in the summer–never had to go to school; birthday near Christmas–the dreaded joint presents)
One disadvantage: It only comes once a year.
One advantage: It only comes once a year.

Welcome

Welcome to my newsite. I will continue with my Typepad account for a few weeks before I switch over my www.melissahatfield.com domain to this account.

Hope everybody can make the transition! Please pass the word along.

Oh – a leave me a comment that you’ve made it to the new site!!! 🙂 I’d hate to lose anyone.

Peace –
Melissa

Wandering …

I’m checking out WordPress today to see if I’m interested in moving my current blog from Typepad. One of my goals for 2007 is to rethink my finances and losing the monthly fee for blogging would help. I want to see what WordPress will offer me here at no cost before I consider making the move.

I’ll let you know what I decide in a couple of days . . .

One of the few tangible goals I made for myself for 2007 is to write a book. I’m talked about it enough. I’ve been encouaged by others to write. I need the extra cash . . . 🙂

I’ve begun my new book and so far I’ve been quite diligent. I absolutely love the Chick-lit genre of writing. Particularly, the inspirational chick-lit variety. In the past two days, I’ve read a book a day. The stories and characters become quite real to me and they never seem to be long enough. The inspirational Chick-lit market is growing but the writers are few. So it seems like a natural place for me to begin.

Now comes the joy of being disciplined enough to write. I can waste a day like no other, fluttering from one thing to the next. So, I’ve found that it works best for me here at the beginning to leave the house and to go to a local coffee shop where I have drinks on hand and I won’t be distracted to leave.

Of course, sitting on my rear writing doesn’t actually meet my goal of getting more exercise but one goal at a time. 🙂

Happy 2007 Everyone

I wanted to wish all my readers and pop-by guests a Happy New Year! May the changing of the years bring you closure and healing as well as hope and anticipation.

I’ve been on vacation for awhile now and with the added holiday days, it feels like I’ve been on vacation for a month.  I have one more day before I head back to the office and plan to enjoy it.  It was been a great vacation.  I’ve gotten quite a bit accomplished which makes me feel good.  My house in very clean and organized. I got was able to do some cleaning, cleansing, painting and organization while on the break which makes me feel like 2007 is off to a great start.  I don’t have specific resolutions but just the wonderful sense of a brand new year full of possibilities.

Today, in celebration of a milestone, I "destroyed" some reminders of past heart issues.  A ceramic frog lies in a state of pottery crumbles in my trash bin covered in a pile of ashes – all that is left of several journal entries regarding a particular era in my life.  It felt great!  Sometimes you have to physically do something to solidify what you have emotionally and mentally accomplished. A rite of passage as you look ahead.  And let me tell you – taking a hammer to something breakable is very therapeutic. Very.  I highly suggest it. 🙂

One of the verses I keep posted by my computer so that I can see it each night before I go to sleep says this:

At days end I’m ready for sound sleep.  For you, God, have put my life back together."     Psalm 4:8

A wonderful benediction to each day. May this be a prayer of promise and comfort for each of you as well.

Peace – Melissa

Confession

I have a confession to make. 

I really enjoy the holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime.  I really, really do. Not the Lifetime movies about abuse or abandonment or tragedy. The "holiday" romance movies.  The Christmas "feel-good" movies where boy and girl get together at the end or a new family is created by the miracle power of the season.  I could watch those movies all the time if they could keep up with production.  It feeds the optimist in me. 

I’ve been leary about confessing this before but tonight I’m coming clean …

My name is Melissa and I watch Lifetime/Hallmark movies.