Need Encouragement Today? Listen to our “2014 Mugs and Muffins” message!

We had the best event several Saturdays ago… Our FBC Cleveland’s Women’s Ministry annual “Mugs and Muffins.”  It was a sweet time of fellowship, encouragement, and prayer.  Just what was needed for a “back to school boost” and God’s reminder not to give up!

Our speaker, Melanie Redd, did a wonderful job.  She writes an encouragement blog at  This is her tagline:  Stepping Closer Ministries – Hope & Encouragement from God’s Word using creativity, humor, simplicity, and a large dose of common sense.  And that’s just what she delivered at our event.


FBCC WM Mugs and Muffins 2014


If you missed it, you missed a true blessing.  BUT, we don’t want you to totally miss out.  Using the mic on my iPhone, I recorded the encouraging and challenging message from our  speaker, and you can listen to it on Sound Cloud here!  Yay!  {You’ll just have to sign in to Sound Cloud (  It’s free, and like “Youtube” for audio.}



Melanie shared a few of these ideas and pictures on this blog post and some quotes and scriptures she used in this post.   If you want a continual dose of encouragement, you’ll want to sign up to receive her blog emailed to you.

And, you’ll want to get a copy of her book, Stepping Closer to the Savior.

You can order the book in paperback form from Amazon here, or get it in the e-book edition here. 


I promise it will be worth the time to turn on Sound Cloud and pretend you are sitting around a darlingly decorated table enjoying a delicious muffin and hot cup of coffee or an ice cold coke.  Join us for our virtual Mugs and Muffins message, and I promise you’ll be encouraged!


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