Melissa L. Ray
Author, Speaker, Homeschooling Mom & Belief Coach
A Bit About Me
Hi. I'm Melissa Ray. It's great to meet you.
I am honored to be the mom of three wonderful children living in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. My life has been full of great experiences, but not without its share of heartache and disappointment. How I have responded to it all has made the difference!
I love life! I am loyal, truthful, full of joy and kind. Love and encouragement for others, as well as Prayer, are my superpowers!
I have been an elementary school teacher, stay at home mom, home schooling mom, self employed, bookstore owner, corporate employee and I have published magazine articles and books. I love Jesus, my family, community and educating children.
I am an author of poems, articles and books. I am an encourager by nature which makes me a great Belief Coach. I make friends everwhere and am alive with optimism, which makes me a great speaker. I cannot wait to meet you.
If you are finding yourself gettting "hacked" by life and not able to step into your calling, I encourage you to partner with me in the Unhackable Mindset© course and free yourself of what is holding you back!
A Bit About My Inspiration for The Blue-Eyed Boy Adventures: The Wisdom of a Sharecropper
My inspiration for this book series comes from my Daddy, Randy Ray. I have listened to the stories of his childhood and have always been intrigued how he was continually resilient in the face of so many adversities. Some of those adversities were:
The most gut-wrenching of his childhood tales for me to hear was how his mom would beat him and how she refused to tell him that she loved him when he wanted so badly to hear those words.
How as a sharecropper, he never lived in a house that had electricity or plumbing.
Going to school with no shoes or ones that were too small.
Cleaning the school cafeteria in order to have a meal and taking home leftover food that was slopped in a jar in order to help feed the family.
How he had to eat literal mud pies to stave off hunger pains.
His mom dying and still not confessing love for her child.
His dad being injured and unable to work.
Being looked down on for the family's social status and how they just couldn't get ahead.
In spite of all of those awful things for a child to experience, my dad was able to rise above. My grandpa, Johnnie Ray shared the wisdom of a sharecropper. All of life's wisdom came from a simple man that never learned to read nor write.
My dad and my grandpa navigated through these tough times, and a sometimes cruel world by remembering certain things.
How important it was/is to treat earth and the people on earth well.
How we should look out for future generations by planting new trees or fruit trees when they would never taste a bite themselves.
When grandpa was tripped on the sidewalk and left wounded, but how that was still not right to repay evil for evil.
How we have to live with ourselves and the deeds we have done to others.
I know the culmination of these trials and relationships had a lot to do with the course that took my dad from someone with nothing to a man that has traveled the world, built schools, fed the hungry and loved others well.
I think the book series and courses will reveal how to be an overcomer, too. Please join the movement.