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Igniting the Joy Within


March 4th, 2023

Southern Grace Farms

465 Clayton Rd, Angier, NC 27501

Anxiety. Depression. Fear. Loneliness. Unworthiness. Sadness. 

We were sent to this earth to reflect the very image of God! Parenting, "busyness", pleasure seeking, fear, depression, grief, abuse, illness, can easily overwhelm us and dim our ability to reflect the "light of the world" as we have been designed and commanded to do. Jesus reminds us, however, that He is the light of the world and that whomever follows Him will not walk in the darkness, but have the light of life. 

God can take the worst thing that happens to us, rescue and repair us and turn us into a testimony and light to others in darkness, but this requires a relationship with Him. The focus of the conference is to help each other strengthen that relationship which ignites the spark within our spirits and to invite others who may be walking in darkness to find the source of light. 

“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5, NASB).

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Melissa Maimone


     Melissa Maimone teaches women that an authentic life in Christ can be messy and magnificent at the exact same time. With her unique blend of theology, humor, and insight, Melissa provides down-to-earth lessons, practical applications, and life-changing perspectives. She is both teacher and friend to her audiences; creating a dynamic atmosphere of learning, inspiration, and shared experiences. Women leave their time with Melissa equipped with biblical, realistic, and transferrable tools to live a bold life of faith, no matter what they face.

     She is the author of “The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace, and the Gifts of a Dark Place” and “Gathering Dandelions: Meditations and Musings on Faith, Fracture, and Beauty Mistaken for a Weed”.

     Melissa has been a featured speaker at various Christian camps, women's events and retreats throughout the United States. Before she transitioned into full-time speaking and writing, Melissa served as the Director of Women’s Ministry (along with wearing a few other hats!) at a large church in Santa Clarita, CA for over a decade. She uses her wide range of church experience and her B.A. in Organizational Management to mentor other women in leadership.

     She is a featured speaker for Compassion International, an organization dedicated to rescuing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Melissa is passionate about their work and is honored to be part of a nationally recognized leader in changing the lives of children, their families, and their communities.           

     Melissa has been featured on Lysa Terkhurst’s Proverbs 31 blog, in Lifeway’s HomeLife Magazine, as well as various podcasts and radio shows. She and her husband Danny live outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. They have two grown children. She loves Jesus, her family, and her friends. Her hobbies include reading, walking, watching weird documentaries, and eating tacos.

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