Illustrated Faith I AM Devotional | story

So, in case you don't follow me on Instagram, you haven't heard the exciting news! I wrote and designed this month's Illustrated Faith Devotional Kit!! I have been over the moon excited this whole week, as it just launched online a few days ago! I am still so blown away that it's actually here. 

I was going to write out why this is such a huge blessing, but I figured I would share via video! It's not fancy or edited  and I recorded it as soon as I got the sample in the mail! So, excuse the poor lighting and sound. 

I love you all so much and I can't wait to see how God uses this devotional to speak to each and every one of you!! There is so much that He has in store for y'all. You can purchase yours here, or click the button on the sidebar!

More to come!

xo. Mel


The beginning.

Oh, hi! Remember me? Yeah, it's been a while; a good long while.

To be honest, when I "took a break" from blogging, I thought I'd be gone for a couple of weeks or maybe months. I never intended it to be years. That time in my life was filled to the brim with things to do and ultimately I had to make the decision to cut something out of my life - blogging. It was one of the toughest decisions, but one I trusted. Over the last two years I've come back to this space in an attempt to revive that which I had let go of, but I couldn't ever fully commit.

Contrary to what many may believe, running a blog is a lot of work. Or at least if you want it to be successful, it is. So I would begin to type, and then backspace backspace, then type, and after this song and dance, I would exit out of the window and close my laptop and think to myself "maybe some other time".

And so here I am, yet again, trying to do the thing I've failed at so many countless times before. But, I think this time it might stick, because I'm trying to be more intentional - I'm calling this what it is. It's not my comeback. It's not a revival of what once was. It's a starting point. It's a nice to meet you, let's get to know each other. It's a beginning of something that could be special and beautiful.

My blog used to be filled with everything from beauty tips, fashion posts, reviews, life moments, advice, and diys. Which is really what I've struggled with most. I know why many of you are here (I've done the surveys, y'all!), and I don't want to disappoint. But in an effort to please the masses, I think we forget to do what we love. So, in an effort to remember myself, I'm going to choose content based on where I'm at in life.

I'm not feeling the fashion and the beauty, or even the diy. It's all lovely and I appreciate everyone who provides us with fresh inspiration. But I'm craving something deeper. I'm longing for a space that calls something more out of myself; a place for us to meet and talk, and think, and question, and discover. Is that okay? If not, that's quite alright. Know you're always welcome here, but I get that it's not for everyone.

If you've been following me on Instragram during my blogging absence, then you may have noticed a series I started, called #melwritesanote.  And I guess that's really the heart of this all. My purpose if you will.

I want to write you notes. I want to write about what I know, what I'm figuring out, and what I have questions about. I want to write about who you are, who you're called to be, and who you're becoming. I want to write about the good stuff, the tough stuff, and the stuff no one else really wants to say. I want to write about the things that reach you where you're at, that speak to your soul, and hit your heart. I want to write to heal, to comfort, to clarify, and to remind you that you're not alone. I want to write.

I've always felt called to write. In fact it was one of the very first things God laid on my heart many many moons ago. And so I think it's finally time.

Here we go.