Melissa Henderson

Arise authorAward-winning author Melissa Henderson writes inspirational messages sometimes laced with a bit of humor. With stories in books, magazines, devotionals, and more, Melissa hopes to encourage readers. Melissa is the author of Licky the Lizard and Grumpy the Gator. Her passions are helping in the community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon, and Stephen Minister. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and at

How ‘Fear Not for I Am with You’ Can Encourage Despairing Believers

Each moment is an opportunity to grow in faith. The word of God gives hope. “Fear not for I am with You.” God is with us always.

How Can Christians Misuse ‘Whatever You Ask in My Name’?

Think about those words. ‘Whatever you ask in my name.’ Going to God in every situation brings us closer to Him and strengthens the relationship with our Heavenly Father.

A Comprehensive Spiritual Gifts List to Discover Your Gifts and Calling

There are various places in Scripture that provide a spiritual gifts list. The New Testament shares passages which mention spiritual gifts. 

Skepticism and Unbelief behind the Verse "Physician, Heal Thyself"

The words "Physician, heal thyself" from Luke 4:23, may bring memories of our own illnesses or troubles. Reading or hearing the words of Scripture from the book of Luke can remind us of the deep love God has for His creations.  Have you recalled times of healing in your life or the life of a family member, friend or stranger? Are there times you remember when the healing was not on this earth, but in Heaven? Perhaps prayers have been shared for people or animals, asking for healing.

Do we ask for the healing of mind, body, and soul? Have we looked at the ways we have been healed mentally, physically, and spiritually already? We have not been healed by our own actions. We have been healed by the power of God. Healing is through His power, not ours.

‘Physician, heal thyself’ is a powerful statement. There is more to those words than a passing thought.

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Life-Changing Significance of Jesus’ Words When He Says ‘I Am the Resurrection and the Life’

Jesus spoke ‘I am’ statements. ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ is one of those statements (John 11:25).

Can You Find ‘He Is Risen Indeed’ in the Bible?

Sharing a greeting of ‘He Is Risen Indeed’ reminds us that Jesus did not die. He lives. He Is Risen! Hallelujah!

7 Prayers for Loneliness for When You Feel Unseen

Have you felt lost? A prayer for loneliness can bring peace and comfort. No matter the reason we feel lonely, going to God in prayer is the best way to remember we are not alone.

Why Is Prayer Important for Christians?

Why is prayer important for Christians? A life filled with Christ means we will go to Him in joyful moments and in times of sorrow. We will pray for others. Family, friends, strangers and enemies. Praying is an act of obedience.

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