Melissa and her husband Jamey, along with their two baby girls, are taking Ft. Worth by storm! Melissa runs her own nonprofit called The Net that serves refugees, the homeless, and trafficking survivors in the Ft. Worth area. The Net even launched their own business recently. Her husband has a renovation company that she helps with, and they both run a restaurant called Brewed. So to say she has a lot going on is an understatement!
Melissa talks about this life simply being her chasing joy and doing what God has created her to do, which is loving God and loving our neighbors.
We discuss thriving and the importance of taking the pressure off of ourselves to have it all together, and instead truly value growth in our lives. We need to tap into community and fight for those spaces of learning.
Recognizing and combating fear, letting go of comparison, and embracing vulnerability are some of the things we discuss in this episode.
Melissa also discusses an article she wrote about all that she is learning about marriage. She talks about that she and her husband are each other’s biggest fans. She discusses that marriage is imperfect, but that there is value in vulnerability and honesty in marriage. Those things lead to growth and greater intimacy with your spouse. She even encourages that the important thing is when we need to jump start things in our marriage again, that there is freedom to do that. Rather than focusing on the drifting that happens in marriage, focus on getting back to being intentional with your spouse.
One of the most refreshing topics we cover is protecting our time. “No one is going to value your time more than you.” We can’t rely on others to know what is healthy for us, and we learn our capacities and boundaries for ourselves. We want to be good stewards of what the Lord has given us, but that doesn’t mean God is calling us to run ragged. He does not glorify busy. He values being intentional. We talk about the importance of adopting the sacredness of the sabbath as much as we adopt taking care of others in our lives. We need to trust the Lord with our margins.
We end with breaking some myths we establish about life as women, what motherhood is “supposed” to look like, and comparison.
This is one of those episodes that will make you feel at peace and give you comfort that you are not alone in the fight. Melissa encourages and is an advocate for women, so this is an episode you won’t want to miss.
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