Melissa is a physical therapist who somehow found herself working in the crossroads of healthcare data analytics and data security. She is a leader in her local church, and captivated with discipleship and transforming dreams for the kingdom into reality. Reading, travel, and exploring the nearby Florida beaches fill in the gaps. 

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Gifts from the Heart
Gifts from the Heart
Melissa Barclay · Jul 22 4 minute read

The creatures eating along our shore, racing across the sand, flying in the heavens, and dancing in the sea go about their daily work willingly because the instinct created within tells them how to live and flourish. Shouldn’t we do the same? We were created with the same instinct to willingly offer our…

Follow the Light
Follow the Light
Melissa Barclay · Jun 7 3 minute read

A friend has been unemployed the last few months. A couple days ago, I received a request to pray for a new job and that there was a possibility being explored. Right away I wrote the request down including details. Less than 24 hours later I received a...

Strength Made Perfect in Weakness
Strength Made Perfect in Weakness
Melissa Barclay · Apr 15 3 minute read

Some weeks bring us to our knees. In reality, every week should find us on our knees. Driving up the side of the literal Mt. Etna in Sicily you view a...

Trees of Righteousness
Trees of Righteousness
Melissa Barclay · Mar 7 3 minute read

Some of us have branches that reach to the sky and provide shade and cool rest for those below. Others have roots that have grown deeper in search of the water of life. We serve and rest in our seasons to be a display of God’s...

A Gentle Whisper
A Gentle Whisper
Melissa Barclay · Jan 27 6 minute read

I think God prefaced the sound of the gentle whisper with the bright noise to provide contrast and recall to Elijah the memory of how God spoke to him. Elijah knew the gentle whisper like an intimate friend. He had been seeing and hearing God through the gentle whisper for years. However, the stress and chaos became so loud he had a case of amnesia until…

A New Perspective
A New Perspective
Melissa Barclay · Dec 30 4 minute read

My church has a presence in these countries, but at this time no one was talking about the mission fields in the first world. Over the next few years, I began to see how our country is gradually following Europe into the same secularism, although maybe 15-20 years behind. Through this process, it has become a practice to observe and ask what can be learned for...

Your Light Has Come
Your Light Has Come
Melissa Barclay · Nov 2 5 minute read

Ancient Rome in the time of the Caesars was an entirely different place full of the worship of pagan gods, grand imperialism, lavish living, and mythical symbolism. The Seven Hills of Rome were within the walls from about the 6th century BC forward and can still be recognized by buildings named after the hill where they rest. Roman law forbade placing cemeteries inside of city walls, and in ancient times a cemetery sat outside the western wall on the southern slope of the Vatican hill called the necropolis.

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Melissa Barclay · Jul 20 3 minute read

My map reading adventures began when I was proclaimed the navigator on road trips. Barely able to read, my mom taught me to follow the map route she had shown me on the map so that I could tell her the number or name on the next road we needed to take.

Guarding Light and Truth
Guarding Light and Truth
Melissa Barclay · Jun 4 4 minute read

Few places in the world feel like you have walked into the 23rd Psalm like Ireland. A Shepherd, green pastures, paths by still waters, and restoration of the soul. With a far different climate than David’s home in the Promised Land, you could still see a shepherd boy with a harp and not think it unusual.

Sharing Living Water
Sharing Living Water
Melissa Barclay · May 17 5 minute read

He grew up Muslim, but began to question his belief when he was 15 years old after his mother gave birth to a brother who died soon after birth. In his anguish over the loss, he asked questions of many people and found no answers in his Muslim faith. Next, Adam tried visiting...

Working Together in Community
Working Together in Community
Melissa Barclay · Mar 29 4 minute read

There are gangsters in my neighborhood. Before you get concerned for my safety, these are harmless to humans and are rarely covert in their operations. No, these gangsters operate in the open using audible communication. It is unfortunate I don’t speak crow because I think it would be enjoyable to hear them strategize.

Loving It! Loving Them!
Loving It! Loving Them!
Melissa Barclay · Mar 3 4 minute read

Almost every civilization in all of human history has been dependent on at least one form of bread as a dietary necessity. Round or square, long or short, airy or dense, the varieties and ingredients are endless and mean life instead of starvation in many places. In its simplest form, the ingredients of flour, oil, and salt could sustain…