Melissa Elsner is a writer, speaker, dreamer and compulsive coffee drinker. More importantly, she is a child of God who loves the Lord and desires to live a life obedient to His call. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her adorable cat. When not working or writing, you can find her parked on her couch watching a Hallmark movie.
I love learning about the attributes of God and His sovereignty. As I learn and read His Word, I desire to apply these truths in an unapologetic manner that brings glory to God and God alone.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into His presence with singing!
Psalm 100:1 ESV
Awareness of the goodness of God and of the great privilege of worshipping Him produces joy in those who know they are welcome in His presence.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:3-5 ESV
Desired “gospel living” is not always popular. Especially when the world’s goal is to bring women into a position it was never meant to be in. The Bible gives a clear path for us as women when it comes to the role God has us in. We won’t skip over or dismiss scripture just because it doesn’t feel good.
Well hello. I’m going to pretend you are I are meeting for coffee and have all the time in the world to get to know one another. The most important thing to know about me is Who I serve. God is the ultimate authority in my life and, by His grace, I am here on this planet to serve Him. Writing has not always been a joy for me and, it wouldn’t be until my mid-thirties that I embraced this calling. As the years have gone by, the Lord has continued to direct my fingers as they type away on the keyboard. Instead of using this space to brag about myself, I want to put ALL the focus on my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
- Blessed me with a beautiful place to live here in the pacific northwest. Being able to gaze at such a variety of His creation (ocean, rivers, lakes, mountains and even desert) is truly inspiring.
- Provided for me to live near my parents and an incredibly large network of family. That is a wonderful gift!
- Entrusted me with the most adorable, cutest, furry kitten named Bella. She is both my sanity and my source of crazy. I just love her!
- Instilled in me the desire to sing and play the piano. I love giving back to the Lord this way!
- Given me the joy of cooking and creating! I love trying out recipes and sharing with friends.
- Created the coffee bean. Need I say more?
- Called me to a bold voice in an evil world that would love nothing more than to silence it.
My Statement of Faith
I believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, infallible, eternal and authoritative Word of God. I believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe in the sinless life of Jesus, His miracles, and His teachings culminated in His atoning death on the cross as the substitute sacrifice for sinners like me. I believe in His resurrection and ascension into Heaven. Jesus is the only Savior and Lord, the only Mediator between God and man, and He is the Head of the church and this ministry. I believe Jesus will return personally and visibly to this earth to judge the living and the dead at a time appointed by the Father. I believe in the sanctity of life and the traditional/biblical union between a man and a woman. I believe the biological gender you are born with is not for your choosing. God created you and loves what He has made. I believe that for the salvation of the lost, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. I believe that I have been chosen by God to eternal salvation as I daily continue trusting Christ alone for my right standing before God transforming me and producing fruit in me that is consistent with the character of Jesus Christ. Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Sola Scriptura, Soli deo Gloria.