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Monday, August 1, 2011

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Anita Mellott

Anita Mellott shares a devotional about trust from her new book, School Is Where the Home Is, 180 Devotions for Parents

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He’ll Catch You

“I will trust and not be afraid.” (Isaiah 12:2)

“How do I know you’ll catch me?” Seven-year-old Caleb peered down from a tiny ledge five feet off the ground, a deep gorge behind him.

“Look at us,” yelled a homeschool co-op buddy. A dozen kids and adults faced each other as their intertwined arms formed a safety net.

Caleb had been the first in line for Trust Fall, a team-building exercise for our co-op kids at camp. Now he took a half step backward, bringing his back up against the solid tree trunk.

“Well, I trust you with my secrets,” his voice faltered. “But not to catch me.”

“But we’re your friends,” a chorus of voices replied.

“You can do it, Caleb,” the adults encouraged.

He sighed and turned around to face the tree. He closed his eyes, leaned backward, and with clenched fists, dropped off the ledge to our cheers.

Seconds later, a redhead popped up from the carpet of intertwined arms.

“That wasn’t too bad.”A huge grin spread across his face as he jumped down.

I’m so much like that, I thought, as we walked away. I trust God with my deepest longings and struggles. Yet when he leads me to step out, I pull back.

Isaiah 12:2 is a simple but profound reminder that God is trustworthy. The word trust implies a place of security. The remainder of the verse gives the reason not to fear: “The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” Trusting is a choice to find strength in the Lord. It’s faith in action. When God calls, I can leap knowing that “underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

Digging deeper: Can you leap with abandon into God’s arms? Reflect on Psalm 91.

Excerpted from School Is Where the Home Is: 180 Devotions for Parents by Anita Mellott, copyright © 2011 by Anita Mellott. Used by permission of Judson Press,

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A homeschooling mom of several years, Anita Mellott lives its joys and challenges. With post-graduate degrees in Communications and Journalism, she worked as an editor with Habitat for Humanity International, headed the Department of Journalism at Mt. Carmel College, Bangalore, India, and did a stint in public relations and advertising. Her articles have appeared in various publications including Homeschool Enrichment, Novel Rocket,, The Christian Post, and magazines in India. When she's not homeschooling, she blogs at From the Mango Tree:


Linda from Georgia said...

Great insight on trusting Father. Oh how hard it is to fling oneself out into space -- but the "catch" is breathtaking. Am praying your devotional will touch many people and give them new ways of walking in His love.

June Foster said...

Hi Anita, I met you last year at the ACFW conference and chatted awhile with you right before my appointment with an editor. Your calming influence helped me so much. Blessings to you and your family. June Foster

cbalmony said...

Nice reminder to trust Him in ALL things!

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Very nice thoughts. I, too, trust God with my deepest thoughts and struggles but find myself worried about trying new things out in my life, just taking that one step.

(Don't worry about entering me in the contest. I don't have an e-reader.)

Nora St. Laurent said...

I've read parts of this book. I enjoyed how Anita put her heart and soul into the devotions throughout the book. It's honest, touching and inspirational!

I highly recommend this devotional!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network

Finbar said...

Home school is the wave of the future. This is a sad commentary on public education in America but the truth must be told. As religion has left the public school systems, many things, mostly unwanted, have entered. Keep the Faith in all you do.... always.

Anita Mellott said...

Thank you so much, Linda.
June: I remember chatting with you. Thank you for stopping by.
CBalmony: Yes, it's a reminder I need almost constantly;).
Linda: Thank you for your kind words.
Nora: I so appreciate you. Thanks for your encouragement.
Thank you, Finbar!