Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I'm A Featured "Expert"

Remember those art journals pages I created several weeks ago as I was pondering which direction to take with various opportunities? Well, one of the opportunities that I was seeking God's direction for has become a reality!


It all started in early March when I attended Jennifer Rothschild's Fresh Grounded Faith Conference in Waxahachie, Texas. It was the beginning of spring break and I wanted to plan a little weekend away for me and Robbie. Being the sweetheart that he is, Robbie said he wouldn't mind if I spent most of the day Saturday at the conference. He dropped me off that morning, picked me up so we could share a yummy lunch together, then picked me up again at the end of the day. (Yes, he is the greatest!!) Because I attended the conference alone, I was able to really focus on what the Lord was saying to me through the speakers and worship time.


I have read a couple of Jennifer Rothschild's books and led one of her Bible Studies (Walking By Faith), so this one-day conference was a real treat for me.  I've followed her ministry for several years now, including receiving her free newsletter to womensministry.net, a wonderful resource for women in ministry. This site provides "practical tools, insightful resources and an inspirational community that empowers women's ministry leaders to initiate, nurture and sustain vibrant transformational ministries for women." I met Judy Patterson, Executive Editor of the site, at the conference . . . which leads to today's announcement.

I'm so excited to reveal that I am a featured "expert" on the womensministry.net website. I hope you'll pop over and check out my video on How To Use Your Blog As A Witnessing Tool and my article about Blogging Your Passion.

If you've just found my blog through womensministry.net - Welcome! Please take a look around and leave me a comment to say Hello. (Here are links to a few things I mentioned in the video - Sunday Musings, book reviews, scrapbooked testimonies here, here and here, and a look at our daily life here, here and here.)

16 comments:

Angie Vallejo said...

Found you thru WMsite today! Love to find another crafter who does what I do! Loving your scrapbook projects!

musesofamom.com
livingacraftinglife.blogspot.com

Alison said...

Congratulations Melissa..this new venture sounds perfect for you!...thanks too for the totally unexpected Happy Mail...it really put a smile on my face when I retrieved it from the postbox last night!
Hugs
Alison xx

alexa said...

Your excitement and joy really shines through and I hope this new role will bring you and others great gifts. Thank-you so very much for the Happy Mail today! It was a wonderful surprise and I felt very touched :).

Ellyn said...

You did an awesome job! So proud to be your friend!!!! (please not, excessive INTENTIONAL exclamation points!!!!)

Cheri said...

Congrats! Sounds right up your alley. And thanks so much for the happy mail! It made my day!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! I know your faith means a lot to you, and now you can share it with others. Good for you.

Karen said...

Congratulations! This is just a perfect match for you.

Cheryl M said...

Congratulations Melissa! I'm so very excited and happy for you. It's strange (but yet it's not when you think about it)that I've had an idea for my site on altering a Rolodex and using each card for a scripture. And I think I just got the little nudge I needed! Both your video and post at WM were absolutely perfect!

Sian said...

Your pleasure at this wonderful opportunity really shines through in your post. Well done!

S said...

Wow, it sounds as though the Lord put you at that conference on purpose. Congrats on your new opportunity - what a blessing you will be to that website and its followers - just as you are a blessing to us here.

Missus Wookie said...

What a lovely opportunity for you! I'll have to go and have a look at the new blog :)

Sandra said...

I couldn't be happier for you x

Ginger said...

Hello Melissa :) Congratulations on your new opportunity mentioned. Nice to see good things happening to good people!

Thanks for stopping by tonight for a cup of tea :)

Beverly said...

{{{Melissa}}} I am so happy for you but also that you will be able to reach so many more women on their faith journey. Lifting a prayer that your gifts are used abundantly and bear much fruit!!

Tammy said...

Sounds exciting. So glad the opportunity found you and that you have another place to share your gifts and knowledge. :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Congratulations!
Rinda