Waking Up Earley

Thoughts, Ideas and Inspiration by Melissa Earley



Melissa Earley is an ordained United Methodist Pastor.  She is lead pastor at First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights.   Prior to coming to Arlington Heights she served churches in Geneva, IL,  Waukegan, IL and Northbrook, IL.  Melissa lives with her dog Mandy.  In addition to being an avid reader, she is a quilter, kayaker, and aspiring cook.


  1. This is really wonderful. I look forward to more!

  2. Great photo, Melissa there is so much joy there!

  3. I enjoyed reading your perspectives on life, and as always, have to giggle at your honest sense of humor. Welcome to FUMCA!

  4. Sarah Frances Welch Madsen

    June 2, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Reading you in the Disciplines Daily Devotions. Thanks for your insight. I look forward to completing the questions for the week. If I was in your town and state I would come to visit, but instead I am in sunny Florida going to a different UMC. Saying a little prayer for you and your ministry.

    • admin

      June 13, 2018 at 9:11 am

      thanks so much for your kind words and prayers for my ministry. It is much appreciated. Prayers for you and your church in Florida.

  5. Just completed the week with your devotional writings in Upper Room and was encouraged by your progressive message. Thanks so much.

    • admin

      June 13, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Thanks so much for reading the Upper Room devotions and for reading my blog. Prayers for you.

  6. Unrelated to the blog, but I wanted to thank you for last week’s devos in The Upper Room Disciplines. On several days they spoke directly to me. So thank you.


    • admin

      June 13, 2018 at 9:13 am

      So glad the devotions spoke to you this week. It’s such a gift for both reader and writer when that happens.

  7. Norma Lee Kerns Barnhart

    June 13, 2018 at 9:06 pm


    This Godot piece is great! You are right on, I think. Let’s be kind!!!!

    I also enjoyed your writing in the Disciplines. Your writing is wonderfully refreshing! Norma Lee

    • admin

      June 14, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Thanks, Norma Lee. Glad you enjoyed my writing for Disciplines. It’s been gratifying to hear from folks who read them. I wrote them almost 18 months ago! I forgot they came out last week.

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