Hi there, I’m Melinda.
Glad you are here.
I created this space for anyone to rest, find hope, gain perspective and walk toward a joyful life.
As I go through crises in my life that brought me to almost depression—it also brought me to empathy. I noticed everyone has been hurt in life or have hurt someone.
“We are all broken by something. We have all hurt someone and have been hurt. We all share the condition of brokenness even if our brokenness is not equivalent.” – Bryan Stevenson
I remember when I was at the point of non-functioning, lying in bed not wanting to do anything; a friend ordered home delivery—and a surprise lunch appeared at my doorstep.
Going through pain alone is lonely.
I texted my friend: “I always thought the hurting are for other people, people without food, shelter, the oppressed, worse off than us; we have so much. But you, God’s beloved princess, reached out to us. I can’t tell you how touched I am. Thank you for showing me the many ways to show love to others. You are awesome.”
We can have all the riches and things of the world—yet without love and kindness, we still can be broken and poor inside.
I’ll always remember how it feels to be shown love at one of the lowest points of my life.
For my feelings to be accepted as they are.
For me to be accepted as I am—broken.
And through love and kindness—how much strength has been given to me to walk forward one step at a time—toward a joyful life.
I know that God loves me and God is Hope. But on that day, it became real—when a friend became a willing channel for God to show His love for me.
It is my prayer that through this site—this space—we’ll find hope. Encouragement. Rest. Faith. Perspective. Healing. Joy! So that, we too, can be that channel of love, hope, and joy for someone.
Here are some articles that you may like to read:
Read articles on adversity and empathy
Empathy: the missing link between pain and hope.
Read articles on living a carpe diem life! (living in the present)
Read articles about living with joy
Amidst life’s challenges, we need to be pointed back to the source of joy.
Read some wisdom quotes
20 quotes about life
Read up about me
A lil about me
“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”― A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
In His love,
Soli Deo gloria
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