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Melissa Smith

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Melissa Smith has written 43 posts for Backyard Missionary

When I don’t feel beautiful …

I have a friend, we’ll call her Jane, who I see on a weekly basis. Every week, she has on the same faded dark blue pants and blue coat. She wears a pink and blue knitted hat, which she never takes off. Although I sit down next to her so we can talk, she rarely … Continue reading

Looking for real love on Valentine’s Day? It may not be what you expect.

I’ve never been without a Valentine since I was old enough to care about one. I used to brag about the story of my senior year Valentine’s Day. From one boy, I received a soft teddy bear holding a satiny red heart; from another a dozen long-stemmed roses; and yet another a pair of beautiful … Continue reading

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  I can still remember the day that a global consciousness moved from somewhere in the back of my mind to the forefront. I was leading a women’s small group through Nina Roesner’s book, the Respect Dare (http://www.therespectdare.com). If you’ve heard of the Love Dare, the Respect Dare is a…

Location, location, location; God can use you right where you are

I can still remember the winter day we closed on our house in Eastern Montana. It was bitter cold, the sky was ugly gray and I swear vultures from the badlands up the road circled overhead. When we had house hunted the month before, this place was the one I told my husband I absolutely … Continue reading

Refreshing others … water line break brings blessings

Looking out my front window this morning I noticed two small fountains of water shooting ever so playfully up from the street. They weren’t supposed to be there, but they were fun to watch. My husband’s prediction? Broken water line. As I was noticing that our water pressure had decreased significantly, the city crew began showing up … Continue reading

God still parts the seas – a marriage redeemed

I know I wrote about this a year ago, but today, on my 15th wedding anniversary, I cannot dismiss the stirring in my soul that tells me I must write about it again. And even if you’ve heard this story before, you must hear it again. You see our marriage is a miracle. Our 15th … Continue reading

An encounter with an angel? God tests us …

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2 He told me His name was Tom. I didn’t see him coming which was strange because I’m usually hypervigilant about the people … Continue reading

Homeschooling as a mission – I have no idea what I’m doing

So I’m a week away from the day that my life is going to change yet again. After 2 1/2 very painful years of having my son in the public school system, we have decided to bring him home. And I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m not a teacher. I have no education degree. … Continue reading

Ringing Bells for the Salvation Army; The Cry of the Poor?

I first rang the bells for the Salvation Army in eastern Nebraska as a new professional, just out of college. I had become a member of the local Salvation Army board, and I was excited to have an opportunity to get out into the field and bring in dollars via the organization’s primary fundraising source –  … Continue reading

Who will be the one to show kindness?

One thing I’ve learned as I journey through life with less focus on myself and more focus on God and others is that we need to give each other a break. Last night my family was out for dinner, and our waitress, old enough to be my grandmother, was clearly frazzled from the get-go. It took … Continue reading