Articles by Melissa Brotherton

Melissa Brotherton lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Josh, and their four children: Elijah, Cora, Ezra, and Silas. In 2011, after returning from five years living in Southern California, Melissa stepped in to the position of children’s pastor and community life pastor at their new church. Although she currently finds herself in a place she never thought she’d be, God reminds her to continue to abide in Him. To wait, to rest, to trust. She writes about this and more on her personal blog, melissabrotherton.com. You can also find her on Twitter @melissa_rae


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My Good Opinion

“My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.” So says Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy to Miss Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Pride & Prejudice. It has been a staple of my library since I was 16-years-old. I read it three to four times a year and not always from the beginning. Like an old…

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Vows

It was my wedding day. I stood at the door to the wedding chapel, dressed in satin and tulle; the same chapel where my parents and grandparents had been married. Ahead of me lay a new life, a new family, and a new name. The weight of the moment, naturally lent itself to introspection, and…

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A Hope Deferred

At 38 weeks and 6 days I felt anxious to see my baby. Although most women don’t feel overdue until after their 40th week, this was my fourth child and in the three previous pregnancies the baby had come at 38 weeks. I had never made it to my due date in the past. So…

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The Battle Within

My daughter Cora is obsessed with all things pink. A couple of days ago we saw a huge selection of colorful dresses at a local children’s clothing store. I saw a beautiful yellow one, a bright green one, and one with polka dots that I really wanted her to get. As we walked up to…

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The Long Valley

It lurks in the corners of my mind. It sidles up to me and whispers in my ear. It hits me full force when I’m least expecting it. Grief. I’ve faced loss before. Both my grandpa and uncle died of cancer within the same year. Two years later, I experienced an abnormal conception. This time…

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Follow Me

My childhood was filled with Sunday School songs and stories about Jesus calling His disciples to “follow Him.” I was challenged to be a “fisher of men” like them. As I look back, I realize how numb I was to the reality of what those stories were saying. These men were in the middle of…

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The Spiritual Exercise Plan

I hate to exercise. One look at me reveals this. I’m not the most toned person out there. I’d much rather go to the Cheesecake Factory with friends or drag my husband to the latest romantic comedy. Not to mention, I’m mom to a 5-year-old, 3-year-old, and a still nursing 10-month-old who make it even…

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