Women of Faith and Fiction ~ Melissa Henderson

Good morning! Today, I have the privilege of introducing you to author Melissa Henderson. Melissa and her husband, Alan, live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. She enjoys writing, reading, and volunteering. Last year, she published her first book! Congratulations, Melissa!

Personal

Good morning, Melissa. Tell us a little about yourself.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy husband Alan and I moved to South Carolina from Virginia in 2017, to be near son, daughter-in-love

and first grand baby. My favorite activities are volunteering in church and community, writing and reading, and of course, sharing time with family.

In 2005, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and anti-cancer medicines, I am now almost a 14 years cancer survivor.

My first children’s book, “Licky the Lizard” was published in 2018. I continue to write inspirational Christian fiction, non-fiction and children’s stories. I blog at http://www.melissaghenderson.com

Wow, Melissa, what a testimony! You are blessed, my friend. I’m thankful you’re healthy and here with us! Congratulations on your storybook baby.

Professional

Let’s talk about your professional life. Why do write in your chosen genre?

From the time I could read, my parents showed me their love of reading and writing. Following their lead for the love of words gave me the opportunity to explore my creativity. I have always written my thoughts in journals and enjoy looking back and recalling special times. There has constantly been a need. A calling to write. I pray that my words will bring others closer to God in some way.

Share something you wish the reader knew about your book.

In “Licky the Lizard”, I would like the reader to know the basis of the story is my own personal experience with lizards. Since moving to coastal SC, I have learned more about lizards and alligators than I could ever imagine.

In your opinion, what is the hardest part of the writing process?

One of the hardest parts of the writing process for me is to slow my thoughts down long enough to get them on the computer or paper. When I am excited about a story, words jump out of my mind quicker than I can type.

I can relate to that problem! How about some fun questions? First draft: Pencil or keyboard?

Keyboard most times, pencil sometimes

Plotter or pantser?

Originally a pantser, but now turning into a plotter

Tea or coffee

Definitely tea

Favorite thing to do when not writing.

Play with grandson (17 months old and full of joy)

Inspirational

This year’s theme is sharing hope. In Hebrews, the writer tells us to encourage each other while it is called today. Would you please take a moment to share a brief testimony to encourage our readers?

As a young person, my Daddy took me to church. I remember standing beside him listening to his deep voice sing the beautiful hymns. Throughout my life, God has given me many experiences to allow me to grow closer to Him. From the sound of my Daddy’s voice singing God’s praises, to heartache while losing loved ones, to the cancer diagnosis, to struggling with depression and anxiety, God has been my constant. He has placed people in my life to show me the love and mercy of forgiveness. Each moment and each encounter is building my faith stronger and stronger. If I pause and consider His works, I know He has a plan for me.

Again, Melissa, what a beautiful testimony. Thank you for your encouraging words, my friend. I agree with you, God has a plan for everyone.

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About the Book

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Licky the Lizard is one nice lizard, and just like you and me, he’s one of God’s own creations. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget that we’re really all the same—because He created everything in our world. We feel afraid because of our differences.

About the Author

Melissa Henderson and her husband Alan live in coastal South Carolina. She was taught the love of reading and writing at an early age by her parents. Melissa continues to write Christian stories and also, enjoys writing her blog.

Connect with Melissa here:

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For God So Loved

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17 KJV).

For God So Loved

Webster defines savior as one that saves from danger or destruction; one who brings salvation.

I would say both definitions describe our Savior.

This month we celebrate love. But it’s not the love we have, or should have, for one another I wish to talk about, but the incredible love God has for us!

For God So Loved

According to Paul in his letter to the Romans, God loved us while we were yet sinners.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 KJV).

I love that scripture! Many think we must clean up before we show up. We must stop doing this or that before we begin the journey to the cross. Not so. We come as we are, and He does the cleaning. He alone makes it possible for us to become sons and daughters.

However, the choice to become sons and daughters is ours alone. The story in John 4 reminds us that no one can make that decision for us.

And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world (John 4:42 KJV).

As you can see, the Sychar residents made their own decision.

Hope of Salvation

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11 KJV).

Savior: one that saves from danger or destruction; one who brings salvation.

God sent His Son because we needed a Savior to save us from our sins. Through Him, we have hope of eternal life.

I’m so glad I heard the good news of Jesus, and his truth brought me the hope of salvation.

Have you discovered the hope of His salvation? If not, click here to get started.

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What is your favorite scripture on God’s love for us?

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