I’m so thrilled to introduce Monday Ministries, a new category for our HeartWings Blog, and the “Ministry of Hope” this fine morning!
Since the inception of our HeartWings Blog, we’ve highlighted many Christian Authors on Friday Focus. Now we’re so excited to bring the many ministries of our Heart”wings” sisters to you in our new feature called Monday Ministries!
To that end, I’ve invited Melanie Maddox Redd over to discuss her Ministry of Hope today. I pray that all our readers will enjoy discovering the wonderful work God has called Melanie to—as well as all our Monday Ministries’ guests each week—and comment to thank them and share the posts so all the world can know!
Welcome, Melanie! I’m so thrilled to visit with you this morning and to learn more about your Ministry of Hope. Thank you for sharing with us!
Well, you’re surely welcome, but the blessing is all mine! Thank you so much for the opportunity, Caryl.
I understand where you’re coming from, but in God’s economy, everyone involved gets blessed! So when and how did God call you?
As a 15-year old at church camp, God got ahold of my heart and called me to spend my life in ministry to other women. The camp pastor spent extra time with me and some others who felt called to ministry. He encouraged us to give our lives 100% for the cause of Christ. From that time to now, I’ve never looked back.
So I’m guessing you had some waiting to do. Tell us your story of how your ministry began. How quickly did doors open? What did you do during the wait?
As a young married adult, I began to get involved in women’s ministry at our church. Doors opened for me to teach small groups and other classes at my church. Many older women also mentored me and taught me how to be a better wife, mom, and leader of women.
That is so wonderful. I think that’s where my generation fell down at the switch. We failed to mentor the younger women, teach them. Does your ministry have a theme? How did you choose its name?
Hope is the theme of my ministry. As a woman with the spiritual gift of encouragement, it seemed appropriate to call it the “Ministry of Hope.”
It’s a good name. There are so many precious ladies out there who need encouragement. Hope is not in great abundance in today’s world . . . except it is, because He is in the world! You mentioned that you had a mentor? Would you share a little about her? Who she is and how she’s helped you?
I’ve been blessed to have mentors from the time I was in middle school. In every church and situation I’ve been in, I’ve just asked the Lord to give me at least one older and wiser friend. He has always sent me someone to counsel with, pray with, and talk things over with. It’s also been sweet to be a mentor to many younger women. I’ve found that both of these relationships spur me on to greater spiritual growth.
Well, there you go! You asked! It was so wise of you to realize you needed one! Do you have a job outside your ministry?
Yes. My husband is an interim pastor who fills in at churches all around our area. I travel with him and spend time reaching out to those in our ministry. Additionally, I do some adjunct teaching at a local seminary. And, I assist several bloggers and companies with their social media and marketing. I minister at home, in my neighborhood, our church, at our seminary, and online.
What does your day look like? Do you keep a regular schedule or catch as catch can?
My schedule varies by the week. My mornings start with coffee and Jesus, and then I meet some girls to exercise. Afterwards, I work on the blog, social media, or I meet different people for lunch or for work. On occasion, I get to speak to groups of women and teach Bible study. We are also involved in our church and seminary several times a week. Additionally, I’m buying groceries, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of my family on a regular basis.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, “I’d rather be busy than bored.” Sounds like you stay plenty busy! Would you please share what you’re working on now?
At this juncture, I’m on a blogging “sabbatical” while praying about what God has next for the ministry. After 3 years of non-stop output, it seemed wise to take a few weeks to pray, ponder, and ask the Lord to lead clearly in future days.
Some news doors are opening, and I am so excited to see what God may do next!
What are a few of your favorite things?
Author – I love Elisabeth Elliot, Chuck Swindoll, and Priscilla Shirer / Food – Bread Pudding with warm caramel sauce / Season – I enjoy the changing of the seasons – summer into fall, winter into spring. 65-70 degrees is about the perfect temperature for me!
Steak should be well done, and Coffee should be almost white with flavored creamer. And, paperbacks are still my love. To be able to touch the pages of a book and mark it with a highlighter; this is good stuff.
Tell us about your family, children, ages, and pets?
I’m married to Randy and we have two “revolving door” college students who come in and out. Our hope (and prayer) is that they will both get their schooling done and move out into the world to do what God has next for them. Becoming empty nesters is our goal!
BIO : Melanie is a Christian blogger, Motivational Speaker, Author, and Marketing and Social Media Consultant. She’s married to Randy and mom to two awesome college students. God’s grace never ceases to amaze her.
MINISTRY : The Ministry of Hope is all about helping others to succeed in ministry and in life. All of our messages, written materials, blog posts, and resources are designed to offer hope and encouragement.
♪♫•✫♥*My life! ¨*•.♪♫ is in You, Lord!•*♪¨My strength *♥• is in You, Lord! ♫♪♪ My hope! ♫•✫*♪• ♫♪ is in You, Lord! ♪♫•*♥♪ In You!♪♫¸ It’s in You! ♪¨*•♫♪ I will praise You ♪•*¨•✫♥*with all of my life! ♥*♪♫•✫♥*¨♪ I will praise You ♪♫•*¨ with all of my strength! *•.♪♫¸¸. With all of my life! *♥♪¨*•♫♪ With all of my strength ♪♫•*¨✫♥*All of my hope is in YOU! ¸.•*¨*•♫♪♫•*¨♪*•♫♪
(song by Joseph Garlington / My Life is in You, Lord)
Can you remember a time when HOPE got you through? Would you care to share, testify to God’s goodness?