Gathering Dandelions: Meditations and Musings on Faith, Fracture, and Beauty Mistaken for a Weed

Gathering Dandelions: Meditations and Musings on Faith, Fracture, and Beauty Mistaken for a Weed

by Melissa Maimone

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"Jesus is masterful at seeing the exquisite in odd places. ... He came for both the sophisticated and the rubes. Jesus finds beauty in those who have been mistaken for weeds. He loves the unlovely and sees each one of us in amazing, unimaginably beautiful ways."In her trademark communication style of transparency, humor, and poignant observations, author and speaker Melissa Maimone explores the delights and difficulties of faith-filled living. She shines a vulnerable light on both deep suffering and tremendous joy through short stories, Scripture, prayers, and reflective meditations that read like entries from a journal. More than a devotional, every chapter is a declaration of hope, that in the midst of this ordinary, fractured life, you are deeply cared for, intricately known, and immensely loved by God._________________________________A Note from the Author:Do you know the scientific difference between a flower and a weed? Nothing. Yep. It's true. The only difference between a flower and a weed is whether or not you want it to grow where it does.I have struggled with depression and anxiety most of my life and I don't like it. It's shameful. It's difficult. It causes me pain and limits my life in frustrating, embarrasing ways. Like a dandelion growing in my backyard, I was sure it needed to be plucked, mowed, or zapped with weed-killer. I've considered depression a weed that I've repeatedly tried to remove and yet stubbornly returns, despite all my efforts.Yet as I continue to follow Jesus, as I continue to read His Word, seek Him out, and bring my whole self to Him, I am discovering God and I have a very different perspectives on the things that have taken root where I didn't want to them to grow.I see weeds. He sees flowers.It's caused me to reconsider the anxiety and depression that comes and goes like the tide. If God has chosen not to remove it (and trust me, I've asked. And asked. And asked.) then maybe He doesn't view it like I do. Maybe there can be more to my struggles than simply overcoming them. Maybe I've mistaken my deepest struggles for weeds when they might just be the most beautiful parts of my life.This book is a series of short stories and observations about the everyday, ordinary stuff that at first glance appear to be dandelions; weeds that grow where we'd least want them to. And it's a book about the love and grace of a God who longs to gather up our deepest pain and rather than simply pluck it out, to create beautiful bouquets of contentment and joy.I recommend a cup of tea and a scone while you read Gathering Dandelions. Each chapter is just a few pages. At the end of every one, there are a few questions and a prayer that offer a chance to reflect and respond. They are an opportunity to bring your whole, unfiltered self to God. And if your life is crazy and you haven't sat down quietly with a tea and scone for the last five years, then keep my book in your bathroom. I won't be offended in the least. At least you'll have a quiet place to sit and read for a few minutes.This book is a result of coming to God with all of who I am and can be; Embarrassing. Joyful. Neurotic. Funny. Afraid. Passionate. Doubtful. Inquisitive. It is a demonstration that honesty with ourselves can be the first step toward honesty with God. And when we bring all of who we are before Him--no matter how much of a mess we might be--we will find a God of compassion, grace, power and love who will gather us up and create beauty out of the things we have most mistaken for weeds.In Him,Melissa

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692800393
Publisher: Merula Press
Publication date: 01/21/2017
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Melissa Maimone is a Christian speaker and writer with a desire to encourage those who feel like they are not enough--or too much. While her talents and experiences are incredibly diverse, her message of hope, grace, and God's amazing love remains consistent.

Melissa is a featured speaker at various women's events, conferences, and retreats throughout the United States.

She served as the Director of Women's Ministry for over 13 years at a large church in Valencia, CA and has extensive experience in ministering to women.

Though she grew up in a somewhat idyllic household, it wasn't until she reached some of the lowest, darkest times in her life that the transformational love of God changed her life forever. Melissa has a passion for being real with others and being real with God. (Mostly because she got so darn tired of faking it.)

She lives with her husband and two children in Southern California.

For more information about Melissa, visit MelissaMaimone.com

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