Top 10 Posts of 2017

Happy New Year, ya’ll! I’m super excited about 2018. I’m not much for ” new year resolutions” since I always fail them within three days. However this year, I’m doing something a little different. I’ve written down all my goals for 2018. Being able to look at the list as something to work towards rather than to change myself for is a much more inspiring focus! 🙂

2017 has been a great year over all. Yes, each year holds it’s own trials and troubles, but they dim when compared to all that we’ve learned, accomplished, and experienced. While I want to get on with the new year, I thought it’d be great to take a peak at the most loved blog posts of 2017. Which ones made it into the top 10? Check them out below!

Anabaptist Orchestra Camp

#1 | Anabaptist Orchestra Camp {Pictures}

Last weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Elnora, Indiana for the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp (AOC). It was an incredibly inspiring, encouraging, and refreshing weekend both musically and spiritually. I came back a changed person. It was a blessing to see the passion and dedication in each person there at camp. Each person put forth their best for the benefit of others and the glory of God… Read Post

The Day I Finally Gave Up

#2 | The Day I Finally Gave Up

I had hit the bottom. Literally. For weeks, I’d been struggling, trying to balance a myriad of responsibilities, financial problems, and a ton of various pressures (both perceived and real). Most of the time, I was able to keep up-beat. But every once in a while, exhaustion over-whelmed me, and I would spiral downward into a pit of despair… Read More

My Testimony - The Fully Version

#3 | My Testimony – The Full Version

I may be only sixteen, but God has worked so much in my life. I have seen his power and felt his love in a true and personal way and I want to share that story with you. I’m not sure how to describe it all, but I’ll do my best. I’m sharing this, because I hope to shed some light into someone else’s life. I don’t have a really amazing or especially spectacular story like some, but it is still beautiful. Because every life that has been touched by the Master’s hand is beautiful… Read Post

 

Self Portrait: The Younger Me

#4 | Self Portrait: The Younger Me

Finally, I got around to doing a portrait of a little (ahem), I mean small girl. Or, more precisely, me when I was about five. I didn’t count the hours, but it probably took the longest of any picture I’ve drawn. I had great fun applying some new techniques to the hair, that I had learned through observation… Read Post

Rebekah Graphite Portrait

#5 | Rebekah – Graphite Portrait

For the fun of it, I’ve added the original picture after the drawing. Can you recognize her? And for all of you who are wondering who she is and if I know her, I don’t. It’s  a picture I found on a photo website. Her smile is just so sweet, I had to draw it!! 😉 I named her Rebecca and already feel that I know her! For all of you who wonder how many hairs are on a person’s head, believe me, it’s thousands. Quite literally! 🙂 Doing this picture gave me a glimpse into that fact as I had to apply hundreds of strokes. Quite fun actually… Read Post

The Influence of Mothers

#6 | The Influence of a Mother

Sunday was Mother’s Day. Perhaps you may think this post is late, but it’s really not. Because, hopefully Mother’s Day prepared you for this post. All across America, and probably other countries too, people were celebrating the gift of motherhood. At the same time, others are sitting back wishing they had a mom to celebrate with. I feel for you. But I have a little challenge for you. Celebrate her, even though she isn’t with you. The fact alone that she brought you to this world has had the deepest impact on your life… Read Post

The Long Hair Family

#7 | Finds From the Old Notebook: The Long Hair Family

The story of a really good family written by a six year old. 🙂 I’m going to warn you right off that this story will bore your socks off. So if you don’t have too much patience, then this one isn’t for you. It quite accurately shows though, what type of writer I was when I was  six and seven. Actually, it’s slightly embarrassing. 😉 But back then, I thought I was the best writer ever and wrote simply the best stories(!)… Read Post

Art attempts From Before I Became an Artist2

#8 | The Dustbin of History: Art Attempts From Before I Became an Artist

Every artist has a story of how they got where they are. Some are natural prodigies who paint beautiful pictures from age eight. For many of us though, our pasts are marked with more failures than successes. I was convinced that I would never become an artist. I wanted to, but I didn’t “have what it takes” or so I thought. And indeed, I am certainly no prodigy! I thought it would be fun to share with ya’ll where I come from. Starting when I was about six, I’ll lead you through the years right up to the present. 🙂… Read Post

God's Hurting Child

#9 | New Song: God’s Hurting Child

We have heard of God as a Father and we as his children (the “sons of God”). How often do we think of it in that way in our hearts? Many know a Father as someone who doesn’t particularly care about them and perhaps is even angry and abusive. They don’t know what the real love of a dad can look like. When it comes to God, they don’t understand how he could be so good and be like a father… Read Post

Unashamed to Speak

#10 | Unashamed to Speak

I’m going to be bluntly honest: being a blogger can be difficult at times. There’s the temptation to ignore things God has laid on my heart to share that I know might not go over well with some people. I might get better stats on my blog if I do things my own way and avoid certain subjects. But really, what is the purpose of this blog? To give you all the same things that you’ve already heard a million times?… Read Post

 

There you have it folks! I hope ya’ll have an amazing year!

Best wishes,

Melody

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