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Apr 19, 2009

100th post and Introducing Life and Style By God's Design

It's my 100th post and I have an announcement.
With joy and excitement I introduce to you a newly launched women's ministry called Life & Style By God's Design.

A little over a year ago my best friend, Alisa Brown of Carolina Panache, and I began talking in earnest about pursuing our passions. We encouraged one another to take action steps. One of the steps I took was to register for the Proverbs 31 conference She Speaks. I followed the speaker track and was evaluated in a speaker group. While attending She Speaks, I stayed in Alisa's home throughout the weekend of the conference.

Alisa took some action steps, too, which included going from the corporate world to full time home life! In the pursuit of following our God given passions, we have combined our interests and giftings in a new women's ministry called ~

(Follow the link.)
Alisa is passionate about making the home a haven and a retreat from the world. I have seen first hand the beautiful ideas Alisa is able to bring into fruition. Just stepping into her home is inspiration. She enjoys opening her home and extending hospitality to others. As a recipient many times over of her hospitality, I know she will inspire women to realize the value of home, family and gracious living.

My passion? Teaching God's Word in a way that inspires, motivates and leads others to know God to the fullest extent and be fully available to Him. To borrow a quote from Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge, I want women to know that "the more His we become, the more ourselves we become; more our true selves."
To be the "real you" you must know Him in a "real way." No more carbon copies of one another. No more comparisons where someone wins and someone falls short. No more competition. There is room for every spiritual gift where love is the foundation. Women helping women reach their potential. That's what energizes me!

April 2oth, (tomorrow) Alisa and I will be guests on HomeKeepers, a program on the Christian Television Network (CTN). The show is hosted by Arthlene Rippy who has over 20 years of speaking and TV hosting experience. HomeKeepers is based on Titus 2:4-5. Arthlene interviews us about the launch of Life & Style By God's Design. It was a lot of fun and I hope you will be able to view it. If not, we hope to add some of the show segments to our blogs. See the information at the bottom for stations and times. Or log on to CTNonline.com on Monday, April 20th to view the Live Streaming video at 5:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST.

Alisa Brown & Melanie Dorsey
on the set of HomeKeepers Talking about Life & Style
Arthelene Rippy, host of HomeKeepers with Alisa & Melanie

The table awaits Alisa's creative design. Wonder how she used those boots in a tablescape? Watch the show!

Melanie aka Bella~Mella in the studio kitchen at HomeKeepers

Yeah, baby! I have visions of being on the Next Food Network Star!

Interested in Life & Style By God's Design? Alisa and I are available to speak at your ladies retreat, conference or one day event. Contact us at mylifeandstyle@aol.com

To view "HomeKeepers"

Dish Network - Channel 267,DirecTV - Channel 376, Sky Angel IP TV - Channel 136

Affiliate Stations:

WCLF TV - Clearwater FL,

WYBU TV - Columbus GA,

WRXY TV - Ft. Myers FL,

WVLR TV - Knoxville TN,

WHTN TV - Nashville TN,
WFGC TV - Palm Beach FL,
KFXB TV - Cedar Rapids IA,
WGNM TV - Macon GA,
WTJR TV - Quincy IL,
HHBR TV - Pensacola FL,
WVUP TV - Tallahassee FL,
KNLJ TV - Jefferson City MO,
WLCF TV - Decatur IL


  1. What a great idea!! I do look forward to watching this and learning from two very creative ladies. Thank you for sharing this news with us.

  2. This is so thrilling! You express your vision clearly; obviously the result of much prayer and thought. To express your passion with purpose is so exciting. Makes me want to shout and dance. The photos are beautiful!

  3. This is so great Melanie. I hope I can view the launch of your new ministry. I get up early so I will try to catch you girls with my morning coffee. May God give use you both to do mighty things in His name. You both look lovely. 100 and MORE. Shine for Jesus!!!!!!B

  4. Congratulations to both of you, Melanie! The ministry sounds wonderful, and I'm about to set my DVR to catch you on Homekeepers!

    May the Lord bless you both as He uses you to bless others! I'm looking forward to "watching" God's plans for you unfold! :-)

    With love and prayers for you... Jennifer

  5. Melanie,
    Woo hoo! What great news! Congratulations on your 100th post...and on your new venture...and on your TV appearance. Wow, all that excitement would rock my little world clear off its rockers! ;-)

    I don't get any of the channels you listed, so I hope you post clips on your blog.

    I have to say from the pictures you look like a seasoned TV professional...so attractive and poised.

    I'm praying God rains heaps of blessings on you and your friend!


  6. Congratulations! What a wonderful way to spread His word! I love that you get to do this with your best friend. That is the same joy I have with Lazy Moms!

  7. I'm searching Mel! I can't find it. I just saw your TV channel list, I CAN'T miss this!

    Women will be drawn in! You have such a warmness about you.

    Wow! I love that you just DECLARE what it is that you're suppose to do with your life and you're DOING IT! I know it comes from years of listening to the heart of God and walking with Him. Thank you for your example!

  8. Okay, I have to be true to myself and comment on your choice of outfits. The two of you look FABULOUS! You're coordinated, but not matchy-matchy. You fashionista you! :)

    one more little thing..I was looking for your article about how you lost 16 lbs on Proverbs 31...I might be looking in the wrong spot. When you get a sec, can you help?

  9. Wow, wow and WOW!!! That is so exciting girlfriend! Put a feather in your cap. You are amazing. I am in awe. FABULOUS!

    Keep us posted...oh, no pun intended...posted on your posts.

  10. I got up a little earlier to see you and it wasn't on. I tried to watch the 5:30 show. I hope you are able to share it on your blog. B

  11. Melanie,
    It was so good to have you visit Sweet Tea. i am thrilled about your ministry! Arthlene is a dear friend and her show is a blast!
    I love what God has called you to do and look forward to many visits!

  12. Delightful and happy blog! So pleased I stumbled upon it!

  13. I am so happy for you to be able fulfill your calling in such a meaningful way! Blessings on you and Alisa! I'll be praying...

  14. Congratulations Melanie!! Yay God! This is so exciting! I will check out your new site.

  15. This is the best! GOD using HIS talents. I'm so happy to read this. You and I have similar hearts. I loved Stacy's quote.

    I wish I could see the show in Colorado? Can I?

    Celebrating your new ministry!


  16. Look at you mella bella going all famous on us:)! Good for you...that looks like so much fun! Let me know if you ever need a worship leader for your events!

  17. I am just now writing to tell you how much I enjoyed the show. And I love Homekeepers, have my DVR set to snag every one of them. It's a new "not to be missed" fav of mine. You and Alissa did such a great job. Thanks for the encouragement. Blessings on this new ministry. gwyn rosser