About

Melissa McLaughlin is a teacher, writer, wife, mom, speaker, prayer leader, and an overcomer. Her passion is pursuing Christ with biblical truth, Spirit-filled grace, and fervent prayer. Are you seeking fresh inspiration for yourself, your Bible study, prayer group, women’s ministry, or church gathering? Connect with Melissa here to reignite your devotion to Jesus, and watch the flames of faith grow.

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Melissa McLaughlin grew up in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, the daughter of two loving, Christian parents. By God’s grace, she gave her life to Jesus around the age of twelve.

Melissa looked up to her older brother, as he was an outstanding role model. Melissa’s younger brother has special needs, and his unique approach to life helped Melissa develop greater empathy, understanding, and patience for someone struggling with a disabling condition. He is an inspiration to Melissa and her family.

Marriage, Family, and Career

Melissa met and married her husband, artist and teacher, Tom McLaughlin. With joy, they welcomed three children into their family, and they treasure those gifts from God!

From an early age, Melissa always wanted to be a teacher. She graduated from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA with a dual major in Elementary and Special Education. Melissa earned her Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist from Temple University in Philadelphia.

These teaching degrees and multiple certifications were put to good use. Over the years, Melissa’s teaching career included: teacher in regular elementary education (K,1,3,4,5), special education (K-5), reading specialist (K-5), at-risk program facilitator (K-5), Inclusion facilitator (K-8), homebound instructor (middle school), tutor (all ages, all subjects), as well as Sunday School teacher and VBS teacher at church. For Melissa, there is no joy greater than seeing a student learn something new and be filled with the desire to learn something new again tomorrow!

An Unexpected Twist

Unfortunately, this dream-come-true career took a turn for the worse when Melissa’s health difficulties required an unexpected early retirement.

Giving up her beloved teaching job was heartbreaking for Melissa. She was shaken to the core. Praise God, after many months of ongoing treatment and lifestyle changes, Melissa’s pain lessened.

However, being a teacher was how Melissa viewed herself, the role she had always longed for and cherished. Now that was gone. Melissa grappled with her faith and feelings. God, what are you doing? Why have you allowed this? You are the Creator. You can do anything. Why won’t you heal me? At times there were only tears, no words. Melissa began reading the Bible for hours at a time, collecting verses that filled her mind with hope and refocused her eyes on Jesus. Slowly, the Bible verses became interwoven into Melissa’s thoughts, and the Scriptures became her voice in prayer.

From Sorrow to Hope – God Used it For Good

As the sorrow in her heart subsided through daily Bible-based prayers, Melissa realized these prayer strategies might be a lifeline for someone else facing difficulties. Melissa eventually put that pain-driven, Bible-based, prayer process into words and completed her first book:

In Dark of Night When Words Fail
Voice of Jesus Pray For Me

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Available on Amazon – In Dark of Night When Words Fail Voice of Jesus Pray For Me

An Overcomer – What God is Doing Now

Melissa considers this blog part of God’s grand purposes. He moved Melissa into a new role, blending her faith, writing, and teaching. Through Christ, Melissa is an overcomer!

Melissa McLaughlin continues to be a student of God’s Word, and by His grace earned a Certificate in Foundations of Biblical Studies from Biblical Training, an online Bible training website with classes taught by seminary professors. The founder and president of Biblical Training is Dr. Bill Mounce.

The Bible studies, devotionals, prayers, and poems written on this blog are the result of ongoing daily Bible reading, prayer, worship, and inviting the infusion of the Holy Spirit into every syllable, space, and utterance. Even if you are facing a difficult season, join Melissa here to know and love Jesus more. In Christ we are overcomers!

Are you looking for a teacher, speaker, writer, prayer leader, or overcomer to uplift you or the people in your ministry?

Melissa’s life, faith, and journey are sure to inspire and encourage!

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Thank You

Melissa would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to:

Christian Speaker and Author Julie Dibble, who gently and repeatedly invited Melissa to start a blog. Julie’s blog, Julie Dibble, and poetry blog, Faith Hope and Poetry, are a wonderful source of encouragement.

Christian author, Dr. Louima Lilite, of Oklahoma Baptist University, provided godly encouragement and wrote the foreword of Melissa’s book. Dr. Lilite published two books titled, Weeding Impatience and When Music Meets Faith. In addition to his work at the university and writing, Dr. Lilite hosts a Christian teaching blog, Choose Freedom.

Ministers Donald and Precious Graham provided publishing counsel. Follow this link to read Minister Donald E. Graham, Jr.’s blog. The Grahams are gifted Christian preachers, teachers, and writers. Their books can be purchased through their ministry: Promise and Destiny Ministries.

Finally, Melissa’s greatest praise is to Jesus, the One who loves her like no other.