For many years, Melinda was enslaved to people pleasing and perfectionism. It created an overwhelming pressure of obligation that snuffed out any aroma of God's grace. Fortunately, He was not content to leave her in bondage.
God used Melinda's love for her growing family, along with some often painful life lessons, to liberate her from the prison of people pleasing. Although she will always be "in recovery," her missteps are no longer a source of condemnation but an opportunity to experience God's grace and mercy.
Now she writes, speaks and blogs about her struggles and victories in life and parenting --hoping it will set other women free as well.
Melinda has a degree in Mass Communications and has worked as a freelance writer for more than 15 years. She has written for a variety of Christian publications and websites, include CBN.com, Focus on the Family's Focus on Your Child newsletters, Clubhouse and LifeWay's Journey: A Woman's Guide to Intimacy with God. She also has an article in the upcoming April 2010 issue of In Touch, Charles Stanley's ministry magazine.
She lives in Florida with her husband, Mike, and children, Molly, 13, and Micah, 10.