I am a born writer. Ever since I won a strawberry-shaped notebook for “Best Essay” in the second grade, I was hooked. But as much as I love typing on a keyboard, I also adore opportunities to minister and encourage women face-to face.
- Redemption — Over and over again, I have seen God “redeem the years the locusts have eaten.” (Joel 2:25). I love to encourage women that our mistakes don’t define us. When placed into His hands, they can actually be used for our good and for the good of our families.
- Invisible Wounds — I look like the picture of health. But for 19 years, I have battled chronic pain and autoimmune disease. My son, who looks like your average teenage boy, has a silent enemy he fights everyday — cystic fibrosis. The battle is not just a physical one. It has taken a toll on my mental and spiritual health, as well. It has challenged my belief in a God that is working for my good. Yet, despite my doubts and discouragement, He always proves Himself faithful.
- Identity — I have spent many years of my life trying to fit in someone else’s box. To copy formulas for motherhood, marriage and life in general, that seemed to work for others. I always assumed that I couldn’t really trust my own judgment. I didn’t have confidence in who God made ME. It is a journey I am still on, but God has helped me to embrace my uniqueness and quit envying and copying the uniqueness of others.
- Encouragement for Moms — I have a huge heart for mothers. My book, with co-author Kathy Helgemo, Mothering From Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family, chronicles my struggle to be the mom God made me to be and embrace the unique children He gave me. Other topics I speak on include mom guilt, pursuing your dreams while raising kids and how to discern wise mothering advice. I love to speak to moms and MOPS groups.
What People are Saying
Melinda asks strong questions that really show her understanding of the topic, but also (comes) “down to the trenches” to hang out with women asking the same questions. She is so warm and relatable! ~ Suzie Eller, Author & Speaker, Proverbs 31 Ministries
Melinda … shares great insights while clearly conveying practical wisdom. (Her) real-life experiences gives her the ability to offer meaningful tips and great ideas in a fun-filled way. Your group will learn, laugh, & grow!” ~ Michelle Myers, Coordinator, MOPS of Ft. Myers
Melinda’s personal testimony is very powerful and her ability to relate that story to every individual’s personal struggle is quite effective. When Melinda was finished speaking at our recent Women’s Conference, the response to her altar call for prayer was incredible … Many lives were touched that day. ~ Lauren Anderson, Church Executive Director
Below is a list of talks I’ve given to women’s and moms’ groups. I have spoken at conferences, retreats, workshops and led countless small, informal groups. I would love to customize a presentation that meets the unique needs of your organization’s group of women.
Invisible Wounds: Choosing Hope & Freedom When You’re Trapped in a World of Hurt
So many of us walk around with a smile on our face. We look perfectly fine and normal. But beneath the surface, we have wounds that just won’t heal. We’re fighting battles that no one else sees or seems to understand. In this talk, Melinda shares openly and honestly about her decades-long battle with chronic illness and how it has challenged her faith and belief in a God who cares and is working for her good. Despite the mental, physical and spiritual wounds, she also shares how she is claiming Truth, hope and freedom moment-by-moment and day-by-day — and how you can, too.
Cultivating a Courageous Heart
Fear and anxiety can be paralyzing. In our dangerous and uncertain world and lives, how can we keep fear from overwhelming us? In this talk, Melinda discusses some of the root causes of our fear and empowers women with practical tools for deepening our trust in God so we can step our courageously even as we fight off anxiety.
Transforming the Voices That Cripple Our Mothering
Melinda helps moms identify the destructive approval-seeking tendencies within themselves that negatively impact them and their families. She also gives practical insight for transforming those internal voices that drive us to seek validation, enable our children and relieve conflict at all costs.
The Perfect Parent
Our mistakes as moms can haunt us. As time goes on, they seem to become bigger and more permanent in our minds. Guilt and condemnation can easily overwhelm us. In this talk, Melinda explores some of the common lies we believe and how God’s perfect nature can help us refute them. She’ll give hope and practical tools for mothering with joy and truth, as well as the assurance that through God’s power, our mistakes can be redeemed.
Video Sample of Melinda’s Speaking: The Perfect Parent
Interested in booking Melinda for your event?
Please email email@example.com. I’d be happy to answer any questions, provide information about availability and discuss how I can tailor my talk to your event.