November 4, 2022
Melissa Ebken

Mental health might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to forgiveness. Often, we feel it is not possible to forgive someone, especially when it concerns trauma and abuse. And on the other hand, we may also feel that we are not worthy or deserving of forgiveness for what has happened.

Forgiveness has a great impact on our mental and physical health and incorporating forgiveness into our healing practice can make a profound difference in how we move forward.

This does not mean just forgetting what happened. But it does mean giving ourselves permission to accept or give forgiveness and to begin our own healing journey by letting go. Forgiveness can be very empowering and can shift the power to heal back into our control.

Melissa Ebken

Melissa Ebken

Melissa was called into ministry, much to her surprise, after becoming a biologist and serving for ten years in the IL Army National Guard as a utility helicopter mechanic, the first woman to do so. She has served in Illiopolis and Niantic since 2001.

Melissa is at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to walk with those who struggle and suffer. She is a trained coach and has consulted with churches in conflict. Her current pursuits include founding a Virtual Assistant training academy, forming a ministry co-op to better serve small churches, supporting nurses to thrive in stressful climates through building emotional intelligence, and guiding people who are ready to lean into and overcome difficult challenges and experiences in their lives.

She authored the book “Teach Us To Pray: An Ancient Model For a Modern Day”, and has a podcast called Pursuing Uncomfortable.

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